One of the joys of cruise vacations onboard Aranui 5, is the opportunity to immerse in Polynesian culture as the cruise ship docks at some of the world's most remote islands.
Among the shore experiences which take this philosophy to the next level, is the chance to have a traditional Polynesian tattoo, carried out by a native artist in what is considered to be the birthplace of tattooing.
In traditional Polynesian culture, tattoos play an important role in society, symbolising major life events, rites of passage, social status, heroism, hunting/fishing prowess, family identity.
Since the ancient tattoo process is time-consuming and involves the use of wooden tools and a serrated comb made of bone, cruise passengers’ tattoos are applied using modern equipment by local artists who adhere to highest safety and cleanliness standards.
Other onshore experiences include hikes, visits to sacred ritual sites, encounters with local artisans, a visit to renowned French artist Paul Gauguin’s grave, snorkelling in the truly translucent waters of the atolls, a trip to a pearl farm and delicious picnics on white-sand beaches.
Prices for a 14-day voyage, including all taxes, start from EUR 2,528.54 in a class C dormitory (no children under 16 years) and from EUR 3,891.23 in a standard double cabin, based on two sharing. This includes all meals and wine during meals on board, planned excursions, expert lecturers and guides, a primarily Polynesian crew, plus facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness room, spa, bars, restaurant, lounges, library, video and computer room.