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Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete is the main embarkation point for South Pacific cruises leaving from Tahiti, and is also included as a port of call on my other cruise itineraries. Located on the most developed island of the Society Islands, Papeete is filled with resorts, restaurants, museums, and endless opportunity for adventure. On the rural side, you can enjoy rainforests, beaches, waterfalls, hikes, and so much more. Many itineraries beginning in Papeete feature an overnight stay in the port. Some cruise lines offer pre- or post-cruise extensions in Tahiti, so you can truly take in all this island and its port city has to offer.

There are many cruise lines that currently offer cruises from Papeete. Whether you are looking for a cruise ship filled with many exciting features, an upscale luxury experience, or something in between, you are certain to find what you’re looking for when you take a cruise departing from or visiting Papeete. There are even a few specialty cruise lines that will bring you a more unique experience when cruising from this exciting port. Among some of the more popular cruise lines featuring cruises from Papeete are Azamara, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Windstar Cruises.

Both Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises offer a mainstream cruising experience, meaning their ships provide a great value with many exciting onboard features, such as youth and family programs, water slides (NCL only), outside movies, and outdoor sanctuaries. If you are looking for an ultra-luxury cruise, both Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises are great options when it comes to cruises from Papeete.

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Cruise Lines with Cruises from Papeete, French Polynesia

The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Papeete, French Polynesia. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Papeete, French Polynesia:

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Deluxe Cruise Lines

These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.

A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.

Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.

The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 4 (690 - 692 Guests)
  • Select Spirits, Beer & Wines Include
  • Gratuities Included
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Azamara Azamara from Papeete, French Polynesia Pre-Paid Gratuities & Onboard Credit!
Lindblad Expeditions
  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 16 (28 - 148 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • National Geographic Partnership
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Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (1,936 - 4,266 Guests)
  • Freestyle Cruising
  • Award-Winning Entertainment
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Oceania Cruises
  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (684 - 1,250 Guests)
  • Gourmet Cuisine
  • Country Club Casual
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Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 1 (332 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Exclusive Beachside Retreats
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 6 (490 - 750 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive, Ultra-Luxury
  • Enrichment Programs
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (264 - 600 Guests)
  • Open Bars Throughout the Ship
  • All Dining Venues are Complimentary
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Silversea Cruises
  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (100 - 728 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
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Silversea Expeditions
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
  • Personalized Butler Service
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Windstar Cruises
  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 6 (148 - 312 Guests)
  • Small Ship Sizes Lead to Exotic Ports
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Things to do near Papeete, French Polynesia

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Papeete, along with a brief description:

♦ Cascades de Faarumai

No vacation in Papeete is complete without checking out the breathtaking waterfalls of this incredible island! Good news if you’re not much of a hiker – these falls are only a short (about 5 minute) walk from the parking area, so you won’t have to worry about climbing or taking a large trek. The area surrounding these falls is also beautiful, making for some incredible photo opportunities to share with your friends and family. If you want to see waterfalls while spending time in Papeete, you definitely don’t want to miss this one!

♦ Lagoonarium

Looking for a fun and unique way to learn about South Pacific marine life? A Lagoonarium excursion in Papeete is just the ticket! There are many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities when you take part in this activity, which does cost a nominal fee. You can have up close experiences with fascinating animals such as sharks and stingrays, explore colorful coral gardens, swim with colorful schools of fish in their natural habitat, and even feed seagulls. If you love nature, especially marine life, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity.

♦ Wreck Diving

When taking a cruise from Papeete, those with scuba diving experiences will have an opportunity to dive into the famous wrecks in the area. Among some of the most famous wreck dive sites in Tahiti are The Aquarium Tahiti (featuring a plane wreck), Catalina and Cargo Ship (featuring a shipwreck and WW2 Catalina wreck), and Nordby Wreck (featuring the wrecks of 3 metal mast boats, although this wreck is located in Raiatea).

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