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Cruising the islands

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Cruising the islands

Has anyone taken a cruise through the islands? Four of us are planning a trip to the islands in April or May of 2008. The hotels are so expensive and we would like to visit at least 3 islands (we really don't care which ones) so we are thinking of taking a week long cruise and then spending a few days after that in an overwater bungalow on one of the islands. Does anyone have any thoughts or advice?

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1. Re: Cruising the islands

Hi,

I am scheduled to take a freighter cruise through the Marquesas Islands next March. It's longer than a week so that might not fit your timeframe and you may be looking for something fancier than the freighter. But you can check it out at www.aranui.com

nancy

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2. Re: Cruising the islands

The Paul Gauguin is a lovely ship that has seven day itineraries. A fairly small cruise ship with nice amenities.

The newest ship to sail into Tahiti and her islands will be the Star Flyer beginning in December. Seven, ten and eleven day sailings. This is the Star Clippers line and is a 360 ft Tall Ship that only holds 170 guests. A fantastic way to see these islands! And alot of fun.

Haumana (Bora Bora Cruises) is a small 110 ft ship. Small and intimate sailing. Gorgeous........

sunny regards,

shully

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3. Re: Cruising the islands

Regent's Paul Gauguin has a 7-day itinerary that is very port-intensive and visits several islands, including Bora Bora, Moorea and a private motu. There are also longer itineraries to choose. It leaves from Papeete. Even though it is expensive, the cruise is all-inclusive (in addition to cabin and food, it also includes alcohol and gratuities). Given the high prices in French Polynesia, it is actually a good value. We took this cruise in Sep 2005 and thought it was wonderful. Princess also cruises the islands.

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4. Re: Cruising the islands

ia orana sailor fans,

some links for your viewing pleasure.

http://www.tahiti-haumana-cruises.com/

http://www.boraboracruises.com/home.php

starclippers.com/cgi-bin/…itin_society.cgi

http://www.rssc.com/ships/decks.jsp?code=PAU

princess.com/destination/…cruises_hts.jsp

http://www.archipels.com/articles.php?id=1

http://www.tahitiyachts.com/

enjoy

Meherio

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5. Re: Cruising the islands

Having done this a total of 3 times... and next year dong a 4 th... I found the cruising far better and 1/2 the price of land... hotel, food ..

I live in Hawaii.......but THESE cruises are the only wau to go... without exception

The Paul Gauguin is the ONLY way to go... fugure about 280 to 350 a day per person so 560 to 700. Before you say ouch.... a hotel without meals on the outter islands run between 600 and 2400 a day + meals that average 200 a day for 2 and drinks are $$$$$$$$$$$$....+ activites.....

The Paul Gauguin is for a a large cabin with full size bath tub... 3 cordon bleu meals a day.... from any one of 3 open seating restraunts, all the premeir cru wine you want at meals or any other time..... and free liquor in the bars.... no tipping,,, only 330 passengers . She has a stern that lowers to become a dock where you can use free -- kayaks, wind surfers- waterskiing... yes ftee...... Even has an onboard scuba program and once a year Jean Michelle Costeau comes on board to 2 week to lecture and dive with the passengers........They have 7-10-11 and 14 day trips.

Being a Regent cruise.. it is raited 6 stars....and has casual dress but white glove service.........

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6. Re: Cruising the islands

Ia orana Hawaiian Dan

you should try the Bora Bora cruise (actually Yachting) experience next time

superb itinerary with less than 50 guests. and top notch service.

Meherio

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7. Re: Cruising the islands

Ia orana

The Haumana cruise experience for Rangiroa ( only since they are dropping the visit of Tikehau as from next year ) is getting better,

from 18 cabins, the yacht offers now 12 after refurbishing.

This must be the most practical cruise add on to a land packkage with the 3- 4 or seven day options cruising the crystal waters of Rangiroa.

http://www.tahiti-haumana-cruises.com/

meherio

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8. Re: Cruising the islands

Ia orana

Visiting Youtube

found the following vignette for your island fix :

http://youtube.com/watch?v=EqqbCvKEvf8

Bon Sailing

meherio

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9. Re: Cruising the islands

Interesting ................

You go on the Gaugin and it's 6 star service but you can go to dinner casual ...........

You take the cheap ship (Tahitian Princess) you get 4 star service but you must wear a tie for 2 nights, the best nights for food. I refuse to bring along a tie to FP so I get so so room service those 2 nights ...........

Next time I'll take the Star Clipper ........

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10. Re: Cruising the islands

Is anyone in your group a sailor? Even just a halfway-decent one?

The Moorings base in Raiatea pretty much will give a charter boat to anyone with a heartbeat and a credit card. I have chartered with them several times and they do a great job. I just received their 2008 rate sheet, and the per day rate out of Raiatea for, for example, a 36 footer during your time frame is $535 per day. you could see Raiatea (and Tahaa), Bora Bora, and Huahine at your own pace.