French Polynesia (Tahiti & Bora Bora)
Hawaii & South Pacific Cruises
(French Polynesia Cruise)
Return relaxed from this tempting tropical adventure by cruise through the sundrenched paradise isles of French Polynesia. A fusion of palm fringed white beaches, ancient volcanos, sacred mountains, shimmering lagoons, tropical waterfalls & violet sunsets, island-hop through the hypnotically exotic highlights of the Society Islands in high-style aboard the luxurious Ocean Princess. Disembark for leisurely explorations in Papeete, Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora & Moorea. Enjoy gourmet culinary feasts, dazzling cultural performances, dancing to live music, swanky casinos or simply sit back & relish doing nothing at all! Featuring customizable pre cruise tour & hotel, cabins are booking fast call now!
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
(2012): Dec 18
(2013): Jan 29, Nov 19, Nov 29, Dec 9, Dec 29
(2014): Jan 8, Feb 9, Feb 19
Enjoy a private airport transfer.
Situated in the center of Tahiti's Papeete area, near Lafayette Beach, the Radisson Plaza Resort is a refreshing vacation getaway. The 165 rooms use Polynesian influences mingled with contemporary charms. All rooms feature balconies, and one may be privy to views of arching dolphins and whales in the water below. Fresh seafood and local produce make for remarkable culinary excursions. Guests are served by friendly staff, both indoors and outdoors, with twists of French and Asian spices in each dish. A variety of facilities are offered at the hotel, with an outdoor Jacuzzi and lagoon pool. Shop at the onsite stores and visit the crafts area full of displays.
Take a half day private tour of Tahiti with an expert guide to introduce you to the island’s "secret ingredients." For starters, tell your guide what you enjoy doing and what you would like to see on your tour and he will create a customised trip filled with culture, history, a splash of nature, botany, a hint of geography, music and anything else that takes your fancy.
Meet your driver for a port transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and enjoy a leisurely evening on board as you meet some of your fellow cruisemates at your welcome dinner. You'll overnight in the port, allowing time for exploration in Papeete tomorrow before you set out on your cruise.
Port charges are included in your itinerary fare.
Ocean Princess is one of the 'Small Ships of Princess', reserved for sailing some of the most exotic destinations in the world. Onboard you’ll bond with a smaller community of just 680 passengers as you indulge in the warm, welcoming service for which Princess Cruises is renowned. Celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself to an incredible meal, freshly prepared in one of our elegant restaurants, the Sterling Steakhouse or Sabatini’s, featuring menus your taste buds won’t soon forget. The ship offers the deluxe amenities you’d expect from a first class hotel: from 24-hour room service to chocolates on your pillow at night.
Papeete ("water from a basket") is the capital of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune (municipality) of Papeete is located on the island of Tahiti. Traveling tourists arrive and depart Papeete via cruise ship at Papeete Harbor or domestic airline at Faa'a International Airport, which was completed and opened in 1962. The downtown features some fine churches and a market, though Tahiti is most known for its secluded ocean beaches.
Huahine is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Leeward Islands group (Iles sous le Vent). The island is 16 km in length, with a maximum width of 13 km. It is made up of two main islands surrounded by a fringing coral reef with several motu. Huahine Nui (Big Huahine) lies to the north and Huahine Iti (Little Huahine) to the south connected by a small bridge.
Today is a full day spent at sea as you cruise toward Rangiroa. At the on-board Lotus Spa you can opt to get pampered from head to toe for an hour of bliss, or the entire day. Or, spend some time libering up with a personal trainer in the world-class floating gym.
Rangiroa (meaning Vast Sky in Tuamotuan) or Te Kokota (Hyades in Maori), is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and one of the largest in the world (although it is smaller than Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Huvadhu in the Maldives). It is part of the Palliser group. The nearest atoll is Tikehau, located only 12 km to the West. It is about 355 km Northeast of Tahiti. The chief town is Avatoru, located in the northwestern part of the atoll.
Spend today at sea, sailing toward Raiatea, your port-of-call tomorrow. Enjoy the intimate and exciting venues aboard your ship, including the Club Bar, Tahitian Lounge, or the always-buzzing onboard Casino.
Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. The proper spelling of the name, rarely used though, in the Tahitian language is Ra’iatea, meaning bright sky. The chief town on Raiatea is Uturoa, administrative center for the Leeward Islands (French Îles Sous-le-vent). Ra'iatea is widely regarded as the 'center' of Polynesia and it is likely that the organised migrations to Hawaii, Aoteroa (New Zealand) and other parts of East Polynesia started here.
Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. Overwater bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The island is famous for snorkelling and scuba diving in and around its lagoon.
Another full day on Bora Bora, often considered the true "paradise" of French Polynesia, and even the entire South Pacific. Relax on the beach or feel free to explore inward. This is truly a magnificent place.
Moorea is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17 km (roughly 9mi) northwest of Tahiti. Because of its stunning scenery and accessibility to Papeete, Moorea is particularly popular as a honeymoon destination. The island vaguely resembles a fork, with its two nearly symmetrical bays opening to the north side of the island: Cook's (or Paopao) Bay and Oponohu Bay.
After a short cruise from Moorea, you'll arrive back in Papeete this evening, for overnight on board.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport valid for six months beyond duration of stay is required for both US and Canadian citizens. Visas are not required for stays of up to three months.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check information about entry requirements, travelers, particularly those planning to enter by sea,with the french Embassy.HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/french-polynesia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Papeete (Tahiti Island). Government: French Overseas Territory since 1946. Language: The official languages are French and Tahitian. Other Polynesian languages are spoken by the indigenous population. English is widely understood, mainly by islanders accustomed to dealing with foreign visitors. Religion: Approximately 55% Protestant and 34% Catholic. Time: Tahiti and Her Islands span three time zones: Gambier Islands: GMT - 9. Marquesas Islands: GMT - 9.5. Society Archipelago, Tubuai Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago (except Gambier Islands), Tahiti: GMT - 10. Electricity: 110/220 volts AC, 60Hz. US-style two-pin plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +689 Mobile Telephone: The GSM 900 network is not compatible with US mobile phones. Mobile phones are available to rent, which offer better rates than roaming fees. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Papeete and Moorea.
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