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Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime ~ (CPTM)

MV Aranui 5 ~ News Update

CPTM has advised that the popular MV Aranui 3 will continue all her voyages for the 2015 season from Papeete and sail around the tropical Islands of the Marquesas. Then, the stunning new MV Aranui 5 will arrive on the scene and she will commence her first Voyage on Saturday January 10, 2016 replacing the Aranui 3, which will retire having served a faithful 12 years for Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime in Papeete, Tahiti.

“Aranui” is what many call a mixed passenger-cargo ship that operates between the capital of Tahiti being Papeete and sail all around the Marquesas and Society Island and more. For interest, the name “Aranui” means The Great Highway in the Maori language being all part of the CPTM ships great Polynesian history and culture.

A rendering of the new MV Aranui 5 sailing past one of the exotic Islands

Please Note: Images on this page are renderings of the ship and her interiors and they were kindly provided by; and are © Aranui Cruises Australia.

Introducing MV Aranui 5:

The MV Aranui 5 offers comfortable, air-conditioned accommodations for 254 passengers in remarkable comfort, for this is certainly not a traditional cargo ship that just has some passenger accommodations, but this ship is more of an upmarket passenger ship that just happens to carry cargo and mail to the many Islands it visits, making the voyage so much more interesting! On her spacious aft decks of Aranui 5 passengers will be able to sunbathe, swim in the pool and enjoy exotic tropical drinks while she wends her way among the amazing and beautiful tropical Islands. All in the wonderful comforts of a fine ship!


Above & below: the spacious Reception Lobby


She has a spacious Reception Lobby, two fine Lounges and four Bars as well as the Panoramic Bar, known as the Skybar. Then there are the two Conference Rooms for lectures on the cultures and history on the Islands visited and other lecturers that may travel on various voyages.

Located far forward and just under the Bridge is the spectacular Sky Bar and Lounge


This is one of the two Lounges located aft of the ship, with one of the four other Bars on board


This is one of the two Conference Rooms than may also be used for Buffets

Of course there is the Main Dining Room, a Shop, the Gym, Massage Room at the Spa and the aft Swimming Pool and to reach all the ships decks, there are two lifts! 


Above & below: here are two views of the Dining Room



This image provides an excellent view of her staggered aft decks and pool on Pool Deck

CPTM’s and Aranui’s Background:

The first Aranui was purchased from a New Zealand ship owner in 1959. CPTM kept her original name, because it suited her. Serving as a link between the remote Marquesas and the rest of the world, she truly was a “Great Highway” on which cargo and passengers travelled. The original Aranui became too small to meet the needs of the islands as trade increased. CPTM therefore retired her and purchased a new vessel, which was also named, Aranui 2.

The second Aranui was originally built as a freighter for the Baltic trades, with unusually thick hull plates because of floating ice often found in that area. She was modified in Germany in 1990. However, after just several years of service, she also was too small to meet the islands growing trade needs as well as the ever-increasing passenger travel requirements. For the very first time CPTM decided to build a new ship in 2000, and she was named Aranui 3.

The Aranui 3 was specifically built to be a passenger-cargo ship and because of the number of passengers she could carry, she was reclassified as a passenger ships. Thus, meeting the strict requirements of international SOLAS or “Safety of Life at Sea” regulations and many safety features including life boats and life rafts and fire safety systems, etc,.

On Day 13 the Aranui call into this remarkable Island, my personal number one beauty destination in he world

For on day 14 she returns to Papeete and I suggest that you remain and spend some time there!

The ship is of French registry and she is crewed primarily by Marquesans. They are extremely skilful and well know to be very hospitable. It is often their custom to give an impromptu concert in the evenings, both for their own and our passenger’s pleasure and enjoyment.

Length: 126m. Breadth: 22m. Draught: 5.20m. Dead weight: 3 200 tons, Cruising speed: 15 knots, using two Propellers. Capacity is 254 passengers berthed in 103 suites, staterooms and other cabins. The ship operates under the French flag, and her crew are all-Polynesian, primarily Marquesans.


The Aranui 5 will offer a range of accommodation options, from the operator’s very first ever-single staterooms to their new premium and deluxe categories.

As the company has revealed from recent renderings of the ship’s interior’s, it reveals that the cabins are more spacious and styled in a natural colour palette, there are Polynesian flourishes including Marquesan-inspired décor, Paul Gauguin prints and original paintings by Erhard Lux who is a German artist who lives part-time in Moorea.

The Cruise Line has announced that the demand for balcony cabins has been felt, and thus on the Aranui 5 there are 60 suites and deluxe staterooms, that is over half of the ship’s rooms that will feature a private balcony, in fact some five times more than it was on the Aranui 3.

This fine new ship offers Presidential Suite, a Royal Suite, Premium Suites and Junior Suites, but there are also Superior Deluxe and Deluxe Staterooms as well as a standard Stateroom. Then there is “Class C” a special category, which has always been available, offering 5 small well planned and comfortable Dormitories for a younger market.

Here we see a Premium Suite, and all suites (except for 2) having a private balcony

32 Suites - from 18 sqm to 41 sqm (194 sq. ft to 441 sq. ft) + balcony from 4 sqm (accept 2 suites without balcony). Capacity of 2 or 3 adults.

31 Deluxe - from 13 sqm to 19 sqm (140 sq. ft to 205 sq. ft) + balcony of 4 sqm. Capacity of 2 persons.

40 Staterooms with porthole:

32 Staterooms with 1 king bed or 2 twin beds - 11 sqm (118 sq. ft) Capacity of 2 persons.

2 staterooms, single - 9.5 sqm (102 sq. ft) - capacity of 1 person.

6 staterooms with 4 twin beds - 16.5 sqm (178 sq. ft) - Capacity of 4 persons.

5 Dormitories with porthole:

4 dormitories 4 persons in each - 12.5 sqm (135 sq. ft) Capacity of 4 persons in each.

1 dormitory - 26.5 sqm (285 sq. ft) Capacity of 8 persons.

In Conclusion:

MV Aranui 5, 14-day round-trip cruises from Papeete will call on such places as the Marquesas, Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and the famed and spectacular Society Island of Bora Bora. The now world famed Passenger Freighter Line dispenses a Lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to so many of these remote island ports visited, whilst passengers disembark and explore a range of complimentary excursions including hikes, 4WD tours, a visit to the Paul Gauguin museum as well as a picnic on a secluded beach in Bora Bora, the place that I, the author, call “Heaven on Earth!”

Here we see the Aranui 5 in Papeete

Aranui 5 - 2016/17 *Cruise Schedule:

Day 1:      Papeete, Tahiti.

Day 2:      Tuamotu Archipelago (Takapoto).

Day 3:      At Sea.

Day 4:      Nuku Hiva (Taiohae-Hatiheu-Taipivai).

Day 5:      Ua Pou (Hakahau-Hakahetau).

Day 6:      Tahuata (Vaitahu) & Hiva Oa (Atuona).

Day 7:      Fatu Hiva (Omoa-Hanavave).

Day 8:      Hiva Oa (Puamau).

Day 9:      Ua Huka (Vaipaee-Hane-Hokatu).

Day 10:    Nuku Hiva (Taiohae) & Ua Pou (Hakahau).

Day 11:    At Sea.

Day 12:    Rangiroa, (Tuamotu Islands).

Day 13:    Bora Bora (Society Islands).

Day 14:    Papeete, Tahiti.

*Changes may occur pending weather or other circumstances.

But this seldom happens and passengers will be advised at the earliest possible!


I can assure you that a voyage on the MV Aranui 5, will be the ultimate Cruise Experience

And it will be one you will not easily forget, the truth is, like so many you may even want to do it again!


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