In a first for Aranui Cruises, the Tahitian adventure cruise line has added a special cruise to one of the most remote destinations in the world, Pitcairn Island, as part of its 2019 cruise program of 20 voyages in the South Pacific.
Varying its regular roundtrip voyage from Papeete to the Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu islands, the addition of Pitcairn to the itinerary marks the first new destination added to the program since Bora Bora was introduced in 2015.
More than 230 years after the Bounty arrived, Aranui 5 is scheduled to make the cruise line’s maiden call to Pitcairn on 14 January, 2019, offering guests the chance to see the grave of Mutineer John Adams, hand feed the Island’s only Galapagos tortoise, browse Pitcairn’s local Curio and Craft market, sample the island’s unique organic honey, purchase a rare stamp from the Post Office which opens especially for guests, explore the island’s Museum including the Bounty Cannon and walk to Christian’s Cave, where the founder of modern day Pitcairn, Fletcher Christian, would climb to watch for passing ships – in particular a British search party manned by Captain Bligh.
All guests will also receive a highly sought after Pitcairn stamp in their passport and will be guided around the island by descendants of Fletcher Christian and John Adams.
The line’s 125-metre long mixed cargo and passenger vessel Aranui 5 will start the year with a new 13-day roundtrip cruise from Papeete to Pitcairn Island departing on 10 January, 2019 and priced from $7280* per person twin share for an ocean view Stateroom, and $9940* for a Premium Suite with a balcony.
The one-off voyage includes the cruise line’s inaugural calls to the lagoons of Anaa and Amanu in the Tuamotus; Mangareva and Aukena in the Gambiers, which both offer pristine lagoons perfect for black pearls; and Raivave and Rapa in the Austral Islands, known for their intricate weavings.
(Source: Travel Monitor Cruises 30 November 2017)