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Unpretentious Cultural French Polynesia Cruises

Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime Aranui 5 Cruise Experience

If you are looking for a cultural adventure and want to be part of the solution not just part of the problem, passenger-freighter cruises may be for you. Aranui 5 delivers island supply cargo to French Polynesia islands on the bow of the ship. The stern of the ship is for cruise passengers and unlike freighter-passenger voyages from days gone by, the ship carries more than just a dozen passengers who in the past got more of cargo ship experience. Aranui 5 is a full cruise ship experience with the entire stern area reserved for passengers, with spacious cabins and delicious three-course meals.

Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime, also known as C.P.T.M, is a third generation, Chinese owned, maritime company which operates the Aranui 5, passenger/freighter vessel in French Polynesia. Their 254 passenger-freighter has a Polynesian staff and crew sailing on 7, 10 and 14 day cruises. CPTM main office is located in Papeete, Tahiti; they also have an United States office located in San Mateo, California.

Aranui 5 all-inclusive cruises have availability for 254 passengers accommodated in 103 cabins on 8 guest decks. The ship has a swimming pool, 2 spacious lounges & 2 conference rooms, 4 bars, fitness room, shop, a massage room, two elevators, as well as a washer and dryer on board the vessel, but no dry cleaning is available.

Lecturers will share the region history with passengers before calling at port where they will explore the islands during free port excursions.



There are no other amenities such as casino, game rooms and water parks; there are no Vegas style glamorous stage shows, movie theaters, concerts or amusement rides. Pure and simple, small children and typical teenagers would be bored to death. This is an adult cultural experience cruise, but unlike Fathom cruises, there are no mandatory volunteer opportunities.

You will pack different for these cruises as well. No pretentious black tie formal events, nor evening wear for special occasions. You do not need to dress impress. Instead, you will pack like average, typical tourists would pack, including shorts, jeans or slacks, T-shirts, bathing suit, rain poncho or waterproof coat, sweatshirt or light sweater for the evenings, Comfortable shoes are a must.

In our photo slider note the cabin types and overall decor. In the video you should note several things. Note the decor in the common areas of the ship, there are no children, the attire of the guests and the overall cultural experience. This is not a typical Las Vegas vacation targeted cruise. If you are looking for glitz, glamor and a social class or caste system-based cruise, this cruise ship is not for you.



Ship lectures include include numerous experts and may include Dr. Ku Kahakalau, the first person in the world to earn a Ph.D. in Indigenous Education.

You may also enjoy lectures by Dr. Kame’elehiwa is a Hawaiian historian and director and professor at the University of Hawaii’s Center for Hawaiian Studies. Dr. Kame’elehiwa was a co-scriptwriter of the 1993 award winning documentary An Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation.

Accommodation Highlights: See other accommodations on cruise line website
Presidential Suite
Private outdoor balcony 441.32sqft (12 sqm), living room; day room, mini bar, bedroom, walk-in closet, 2 bathrooms with a shower, make up table, desk, 2 flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer, double bed or 2 twin beds, sofa bed.

Premium Suite
Exterior cabin 193.75sqft (18 sqm) with private outdoor balcony, glass sliding doors; semi private day room with decorative screen, bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, flat screen TV, double bed or 2 twin bed, sofa bed, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.

Deluxe Cabin
Exterior cabin 139.931sqft (13sqm) with private outdoor balcony (4sqm), bathroom with a shower, make up table; desk, wardrobe, 1 flat screen TV, double bed or 2 twin beds, safe; under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.

Class C - 4 occupants Bunk house style unit of 4 occupants 134.54 sqft (12.5sqm) with porthole, 4 bunk beds, 1 private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, sitting area, Children below 15 not accepted.

Class C - 8 occupants
Bunk house style unit of 8 occupants 285 sqft with (26.5 sqm) with porthole, 8 bunk beds, 2 private bathrooms with shower, wardrobe, sitting area, Children below 15 not accepted.

Dining and Beverages:
There is buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus will vary depending on what fresh ingredients are available. Complimentary wine is provided at both lunch and dinner.

Port Excursions:
Excursions are available at some ports of call, at no cost to passengers. These include meals, tours of villages and archaeological sites and snorkeling. Due to reef formations, lack of docking facilities, or wind and sea conditions at many ports in French Polynesia, it is frequently necessary to use a small craft or tender to transport passengers between ship and shore. At some ports, other activities are available, including scuba diving and para-sailing. However, these activities are not included in the price of passage.

Cruise Information:
Be sure to read the page "Cruise Information", as it has the essential information for your cruise contract, so there are no misunderstandings.

Cancellation Policy:

  • After your booking has been confirmed by CPTM, should you cancel for any reason, a cancellation fee of (USD) $75 per person
  • If canceled 90 – 61 days prior to departure: forfeiture of the 25% deposit.
  • If canceled 60 to 45 days before scheduled departure – 1/3 of the total fare is retained.
  • If canceled 44 to 30 days before the scheduled departure date – 2/3 of the total fare is retained.
  • If canceled less than 30 days or nonappearance at cruise departure date – the total fare will be retained.

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  • Aranui 5 Website

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