It’s a tropical cruise with a difference – because, as well as other passengers, you’ll be sailing along with dried coconut meat, brake pads and even bulldozers.
The ship is Aranui 5, which leaves Papeete in Tahiti, French Polynesia, every three weeks on a 2,200-mile round trip to visit the Tuamotu islands, Bora Bora, and the world’s most remote archipelago, the Marquesas.
As the 250 passengers lap up the lagoons, corals, volcanoes, cliffs and waterfalls, the ‘freighter to paradise’ also provides a lifeline to the inhabitants of the exotic locations.
On board, guests can enjoy a swimming pool, fitness room, spa, bars, restaurant, lounges, library and computer room. Ashore, they can meet the welcoming locals, visit beaches or go on 4×4 off-road tours, helicopter flights or horse riding.
In the new 2018 brochure, there is a ten per cent discount on some of the 14-day cruises including January 13, March 29 and June 12. There’s also ten per cent off for over-60s on the October 2 departure.
Prices, which include expert lecturers and guides, start from 4,089 euros (around £3,500/$4,400) a person, based on two sharing a standard double room.