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[Seaworthy News 696, October 2020]

Aranui 5

- resumes its classic cruise to the Marquesas Islands

The Aranui has sailed with local commuters already in July and August, accepting also cruise passengers since September. In a statement, the Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM) explains: "Our enhanced sanitary protocols, including testing everyone who embarks on the Aranui 5, enabled us to do so. However, with the closure of Pitcairn's borders until March 31st 2021, both voyages to this island, in January and February, had to be canceled".

Schedules are out for 2021 and 2022, both featuring Discovery voyages with varying itineraries to the Austral, Cook and Society Islands as new additions, plus Pitcairn in 2022:

Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands

18 voyages in 2021 and 21 voyages in 2022

Bora Bora, Mount Otemanu

Society and Tuamotu Islands
1 voyage in 2022

I n t r o d u c i n g   N e w   I t i n e r a r i e s

Aranui 5, map of Pitcairn Islands

Pitcairn, Tuamotu and Gambier Islands

2 voyages in 2022

Aranui 5, map of Austral and Cook Islands

Austral and Cook Islands

2 voyages in 2021, and 2 voyages in 2022

Schedule and Tariff
for North and South America in USD: 2021 -- 2022
for Australia in AUD: -- 2022
for Europe and other markets in EUR currency: 2021 -- 2022

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The Pitcairn Story

Located halfway between Australia and South America, the Pitcairn island remains one of the most remote and undiscovered tourism destinations in the world.

It is a British Overseas Territory that has some legal autonomy and is often considered the world’s smallest country by population of approx. 50 descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions.

Bounty Bay, where the remains of the HMS Bounty lie

After all possessions were removed and lugged up the aptly named Hill Of Difficulty, the vessel was run ashore and set alight so that no trace of her would remain visible from the sea.

A village was established on the lower plateau, situated above the bay, and named Adamstown, after the last surviving settler, while Fletcher Christian is fondly remembered as the founder and first leader.

Fletcher Christian’s 1789 uprising against Captain William Bligh on the HMS Bounty inspired a 1932 novel Mutiny on the Bounty, several movies, and even a musical. Clark Gable played Christian in the 1935 film, Marlon Brando in 1962, and the star-studded cast of 1984’s The Bounty featured Anthony Hopkins as William Bligh, Daniel Day Lewis as John Fryer, Laurence Olivier as Admiral Hood, Liam Neeson as seaman Charles Churchill and a young Mel Gibson as Christian.

Pitcairn Island was sighted on July 3, 1767 by the crew of the British sloop HMS Swallow, commanded by Captain Philip Carteret. It was named after Midshipman Robert Pitcairn, a fifteen-year-old crew member who was the first to sight the island.

Two decades later, after overthrowing Captain Bligh and sailing first back to Tahiti where 16 out of the 25 sailors and mutineers decided to stay on the island, Christian then sailed with the remaining eight crewmen, their Tahitian wives and several Tahitian men, and arrived on Pitcairn in January 1790. The island’s location had been charted inaccurately, making it an attractive hideaway option. A British navy ship searched for months for the rogue crew to no avail. However, the mutineers who stayed on Tahiti were captured and brought back to England to face justice.

The Pitcairn settlers weren’t discovered until 1808, but by that time they were only survived by mutineer John Adams. The island’s early history was bloody, with many feuds and violent deaths. Now Pitcairn Island is peaceful and its fifty families, many of them descendants of that infamous Bounty crew, welcome visitors to their idyllic tropical home.

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