Cruising French Polynesia
A cruise vacation in French Polynesia is to many - a trip of a lifetime. However, with 118 islands to explore and several cruise companies plotting a course through the waters of French Polynesia you may want to set aside a few vacations because you will be spoilt for choice. You can view any of the special offers currently available through our special cruise partners by clicking here.
The largest Tahitian based passenger vessel is the MS Paul Gauguin - a boutique 5-star cruise ship that carries up to 332 passengers across the French Polynesian archipelago. Being signifcantly smaller than many ocean traversing cruise ships, the size of this ship makes the experience more personal and entering our secluded lagoons possible.
The more adventurous spirit may yearn for a more immersive cruise adventure that takes you off the path well travelled. If that ticks the box for you then you may want to climb aboard the Aranui-5, a Cargo Cruise ship that sails from Papeete to the far reaches of French Polynesia when it visits the Marquesas Islands. Along the way you will weigh anchor in Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus island chain, and Bora Bora in the Society Islands. While a journey on the Aranui-5 may be more adventurous you will still travel in style.
Perhaps you've always loved to sail but now you just want a luxurious holiday where you can just relax and delight at the wonders on display. The 5-star sailboat experience onboard the Wind Spirit, an impressive 4-masted sailing ship that accommodates up to 148 passengers will take your breath away.
From May 2022, Variety Cruises will offer a selection of 7-night and 10-night cruise tours of the Islands of Tahiti onboard the Panorama II, a motor sailing vessel that can carry up to 49 guests in 25 cabins.
For the true mariner there is a plethora of charter yacht options offering skippered or bareboat sailing options. Poe Charter Tahiti operates a fleet of 16 catamarans, and offers tours embarking from Tahiti, Moorea, the Tuamotus and soon the Marquesas Islands. A selection of tour options are available from day-trips to multi-day island hopping charters. Tahiti Yacht Charter is based in Raiatea and offers private luxury cruise options onboard a fleet of 35 catamarans that sail within the Leeward Islands. Also based in Raiatea, you will discover Dream Yacht Charter operating a fleet of 26 yachts - a mix of monohulled and catamaran.