Rare passport stamp on Pitcairn Island cruise

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If the new definition of luxury is seeking out unique experiences, this cruise might be for you: Sail on a Pitcairn Island cruise onboard the up-market Aranui 5 from Tahiti.

Aranui 5 at sea. Most rooms have private balconies.

Aranui 5 at sea. Most rooms have private balconies.

Tahitian based Aranui Cruises is adding a special cruise to Pitcairn, one of the most remote destinations in the world, as part of its bumper 2019 cruise program in the South Pacific. It’s a unqiue opportunity to get one of the rarest passport stamps in the world – the highly sought-after Pitcarn Island stamp.

The rarely visited Pitcairn Island.

The rarely visited Pitcairn Island.

The line’s 125-metre long mixed cargo and passenger vessel Aranui 5 will start 2019 with a 13-day roundtrip cruise from Papeete to Pitcairn Island departing 10 January. The Pitcairn Island cruise will be the first time the Tahitian adventure cruise line has offered a different itinerary from its regular roundtrip voyage between Papeete and the Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu islands.

The Aranui 5 is an intimate ship with a unique Polynesian atmosphere. It accommodates up to 254 guests in 103 cabins. Ninety percent of the rooms have balconies and luxurious Royal and Presidential Suites are available.

The Aranui 5 Royal Suite, available on the Pitcairn Island cruise.

The Aranui 5 Royal Suite, available on the Pitcairn Island cruise.

Pitcairn Island is famous the world-over as the last refuge of the Bounty mutineers 230 years go. Guests will have the chance to see the grave of mutineer John Adams and walk to Christian’s Cave, where the founder of modern day Pitcairn, Fletcher Christian, would climb to watch for passing ships – in particular a British search party manned by Captain Bligh.

There will also be an opportunity to hand feed the Island’s only Galapagos tortoise and browse Pitcairn’s local Curio and Craft market.

The one-off Pitcairn Island cruise also includes Aranui Cruise’s inaugural calls to the palm-fringed crystal-clear lagoons of Anaa and Amanu in the Tuamotus; Mangareva and Aukena in the Gambiers, which both offer pristine lagoons perfect for black pearls; and Raivave and Rapa in the Austral Islands, known for their intricate weavings.

For more information visit the Aranui Cruises website.

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