National Geographic Traveller : "Nine exciting new itineraries for 2024"
National Geographic Traveller published an article including the Aranui Cruises
In November 2023, National Geographic reccomends the Aranui Cruises and its voyage to the Austral Islands as a first choice trip in its top 9 exciting new itineraries for 2024, by journalist Jeannine Williamson. Read the article here.
“Discover the southernmost archipelago in French Polynesia with Aranui Cruises. It’s the only line to visit the Austral Islands, which lie 400 miles from the Tahitian capital of Papeete, where the 11-day voyage begins and ends. Visit all five inhabited isles in the archipelago of seven volcanic islands ringed with coral reefs. Far-flung Rapa, 325 miles from its nearest neighbour and with a population of just 467, sits in an idyllic lagoon inside a crater and can only be reached by ship. On board, expect a wealth of ukulele and craft classes, plus a resident tattooist for anyone wanting a permanent reminder of their trip. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024, Aranui is the longest-serving line in French Polynesia and its ship Aranui 5 — an unusual hybrid cargo and passenger vessel — is as much a talking point as the itinerary.”