• French Polynesia Small Ship Cruises 2023/24

Discover French Polynesia On Board a Luxury Ship

Divided into five archipelagos with over 100 islands, including popular Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Mo’orea, French Polynesia has extraordinary appeal with its spectacular sandy beaches and surreal lagoons, and diverse culture. Visitors often fall in love, not only with its beautiful scenery but the friendly, welcoming people, over more than two-thirds of which live in Papeete, Tahiti. That’s where most journeys in this enchanting region begin, but to really immerse yourself in the magic, you’ll want to travel from there to get a glimpse of a variety of islands, their contrasting scenery and cultures, by embarking on a small-ship cruise. 

Our sleek two-masted sailing cruiser provides access to the lagoons so that you can experience islands that larger ships can’t reach. Plus, her maximum capacity for just 49 guests ensures that everyone will enjoy personalised service and plenty of space to roam about, relax, dine, and mingle. Almost anywhere on this elegant vessel, you’ll be able to gaze out at the awe-inspiring passing views, with her 25 spacious cabins featuring a mix of windows and portholes. There are large windows in common areas like the comfy lounge, and on the upper deck, you can relax while surrounded by the brilliant turquoise sea in sun-exposed and semi-covered spaces.

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Our Cruises in Tahiti & French Polynesia

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Panorama in Costa Rica

Our Cruise Ships in French Polynesia

MS Panorama

Panorama’s passengers enjoy her sleek beauty, comfort and state-of-the-art safety features, with many vantage points for taking advantage of sweeping, unobstructed ocean views that live up to her name. Her billowy white sails are seductive, while the 24 spacious, en-suite cabins provide a sanctuary for guests that ensure a peaceful night’s rest.

Panorama II Life on Board

Life On Board a French Polynesian Cruise

What better way to get in touch with Polynesian culture than exploring the islands of Tahiti by sea, as the region’s people have for thousands of years. Admire the beauty of the islands and their lagoons from the comfort of a private air-conditioned cabin with ensuite bathroom, each with a window. Enjoy swim stops with opportunities to discover varied Pacific sea life, or perhaps try your hand at fishing!

With three delicious meals included daily you’ll be ready to explore each port of call or join one of several optional shore excursions. Highlight meals include a local theme night and a fun barbecue. Avid birdwatchers will want to pack their binoculars and keep an eye out for a number of striking endemic species. With just 25 guest cabins and a maximum of 49 guests onboard, the ship offers guests an intimate experience






Muno our Small Ship Cruise Specialist

How do I get to French Polynesia?

Part of the appeal of a cruise in French Polynesia is its sheer remoteness. The South Pacific is a dreamer’s destination, sitting thousands of miles from the nearest continent, eternally associated with adventure, discovery, and epic landscapes. Our small ship cruises operate out of the Polynesian capital Papeete on the largest and most populous island Tahiti. Despite its remoteness, Papeete is well-connected with long-haul flights from North America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. 


How big are the ships?

At UTC we operate only small ship cruises. With a preference for attentive service and adventurous itineraries, we work exclusively with ships that carry at most 45-50 passengers, with high crew-to-guest ratios and a high-end, 4-5* quality of cabins and communal areas. As well as ensuring our guests are well looked after onboard, these smaller ships can also access areas that are impossible for the largest ships, ensuring our routes stay fresh and engaging year on year.

What islands do the cruises visit?

Beginning and ending in Papeete (French Polynesia’s only major international gateway), cruises typically take in the Tahiti Islands (Tahiti and Moorea), before crossing northwest to the Society Islands: Taha’a, Raiatea, Huahine, and the staggering, world-famous resort island of Bora Bora. Longer cruises may also cross north to the Tuamoto Island group, taking in Tikehau, Rangiroa, and Makatea before returning to Papeete via Tetiaroa. 


What kind of activities are included?

As detailed further above, the cruises have more than a taste of expedition about them, focusing on the breathtaking natural scenery of Polynesia, both on land and under the sparkling sea. Divers and snorkelers will find plenty of opportunities to interact with rays, sharks, and gorgeous natural lagoons packed with tropical fish. On land, explore the lush forests and soaring volcanic landscapes on energetic hikes or by intrepid 4×4 jeep rides. Note that excursions are typically kept optional, allowing you the freedom to choose which you’d like to participate in mid-cruise. 


When is the best time for sailing?

The South Pacific is known for being hot, humid, and tropical year-round. The established dry season for Polynesia however is between April and October, when you’ll find the highest percentage of clear skies and warm sunshine. With less wind and rain around, these months also see the calmest waters for cruising: particularly beneficial on longer itineraries that involve ocean crossings between island groups. The Pacific Islands are known for their many festivals and cultural events, so whenever you travel you’re likely to encounter some local color along with the magnificent scenery.


Why book with Unforgettable Travel Co.

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