WINDSTAR CRUISES
Dreams of Tahiti FLY + CRUISE + HOTELS + BONUS OFFER: Enjoy yacht style cruising with only 148 guests onboard

  • Departs: Thursday, 19th July 2018
  • Ship: Wind Spirit
  • Cruise line: Windstar Cruises
  • Special is valid from: 23rd April 2018
  • Book by: 30th May 2018

Special Inclusions

Package includes:

Return economy class airfares ex Auckland to Papeete flying Air Tahiti Nui
All prepayable airfare taxes, surcharges and levies
3 nights pre cruise stay in Papeete with transfers Airport - Hotel - Ship
7 night Dreams of Tahiti Cruise onboard Winstars' Wind Spirit
Port Taxes and Govt Fees
All meals and entertainment onboard
1 night post cruise stay in Papeete with tranfers Ship - Hotel - Airport

TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD LTD ARE PROTECTED BY TAANZ. Unless otherwise stated, prices include return economy class airfares flying Air Tahiti Nui from Auckland including prepayable airline surcharges, levies and airport taxes, share twin/double accommodation (although local taxes may be payable directly), and inclusions as specified. Cruise is based on categories as shown & includes Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Gratuities Additional. Price includes all discounts. Package must be booked by 30 May 2018 with airfares fully paid within 72 hours of confirmation. Prices are in NZ dollars and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – QCard & credit card prices on application. Airfares and accommodation may not be available on all services and room/cabin categories, and capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment and cancellation fees do apply and airfares are non-refundable, non-transferable, and name changes are not permitted – please contact us for details. Prices were correct as of 20 April 2018 and are subject to change without notification and other conditions may apply. Sales until 30 May 2018 unless sold prior.

Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Papeete roundtrip aboard Wind Spirit.

The Wind Spirit is a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,350, the Wind Spirit feels like your own private yacht.

Wind Spirit features wide open, teak decks—quite unusual for small ships. With over 10,000 square feet of open deck space, guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private verandah.

All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owner’s Suite includes a sitting area.

Wind Spirit offers two primary dining venues. The Restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and the Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating. And, for dining under the stars, make a reservation for Candles which features steaks and skewers.

Highlights of this cruise:

Papeete
Ah, Papeete! Legendary seductress of sailors and capital of French Polynesia. Both Captain Cook and later Captain Bligh dealt with sailors who longed to stay in this tropical paradise. (One more successfully than the other.) And while the city is no longer the primitive village it once was, it retains its own set of charms. The views for one. From Papeete Harbor you can feast your eyes on Moorea, in the running for most beautiful island in the world. Even more awesome at sunset. The downtown market, “Le Marché,” is the best place to purchase your hand-dyed pareau (sarong). And when your stomach starts to growl from looking at fresh island produce, head to the waterfront and Vai’ete Square to dine with the locals from food trucks known as “Les Roulottes.”

Moorea
Have you seen the musical, “South Pacific?” Then the easiest way to describe Moorea is to tell you that it was probably the inspiration for James Michener’s Bali Hai. It’s what most people dream of when they picture a gorgeous South Seas island—jagged green volcanic peaks, a shallow blue lagoon bedded by white sands, tiny motus (islets) offshore. The island’s 12,000 residents are keenly aware they have an image to uphold, so they buried all the unsightly power cables to give you seamless views of paradise. Miles of coconut-colored beaches and that postcard-perfect lagoon make this the place for watersports of all kinds. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, climb to the top of Magic Mountain or Belvedere Lookout for insane views.

Raiatea
Raiatea, “The Sacred Island,” is located just across the lagoon from Taha’a and shares the same barrier reef. (Legend claims the two were a single island until a conger eel possessed by the spirit of a princess separated them.) It used to be the center of religion and culture in the Society Islands. Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast, was once the most important marae around, the place where kings from the neighboring islands would gather for important ceremonies. Uturoa, the main town, reminds some people of Papeete in its younger days with its quaint low-rise buildings. Raiatea is also home to the only navigable river in the islands, the Fa’aroa. Explore Polynesian history or climb Mount Temehani in search of the rare tiare apetahi flower, which grows only here.

Huahine
Agriculture, not tourism, is the focus on this friendly island where the name of one of the main towns, Maeva, means welcome in Tahitian. Huahine is actually two islands separated by sparkling Maroe Bay and joined by a bridge. Islanders on “The Garden Island” grow a cornucopia of tropical produce—cantaloupe, vanilla, banana, breadfruit, taro, papaya, watermelon, taro, coffee, coconut. There’s also wildly picturesque scenery and a pleasantly laid-back atmosphere that makes snorkeling and a picnic on the beach feel ambitious. Stop by the Maeva archaeological site and wander around the 150-odd marae (temple sites) and 400-year-old stone fish traps that are still in use. At Avamoa Pass, look for international surfing champs catching world-class waves.

Bora Bora
Half island, half atoll, Bora Bora has one of the most extraordinary lagoons in the world. The varying depths paint the water every shade of sapphire, topaz, and aquamarine, while the volcanic mass of Mount Otemanu stands guard in a uniform of jade and malachite. Add to this tropical fish whose names begin with clown, parrot, butterfly, and peacock, and it’s not surprising that the lagoon is famous for its snorkeling, or that artists break their brushes in frustration trying to capture it all. Play scavenger hunt and go in search of turtle petroglyphs, World War II canons, and the monument to Alain Gerbault, the first Frenchman to sail his yacht around the world. (He passed through Tahiti in 1926 and like so many others, returned to live in Polynesia.)

Pricing (per person)

Cabin Price
NZ $5499

Pre-Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity
17/07 Fly Auckland to Papeete. Arrive 16 July 2018.
16/07 Transfer to your hotel. Overnight.
17/07 Enjoy exploring Papeete on your own. Overnight.
18/07 Enjoy exploring Papeete on your own. Overnight.
19/07 Transfer hotel to port for embarkation

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
19/07 Papeete, Tahiti 06.00 PM
20/07 Moorea, French Polynesia 06:00 AM 06.00 PM
21/07 Raiatea, French Polynesia 08.00 AM overnight
22/07 Raiatea, French Polynesia 04:00 AM
22/07 Tahaa, French Polynesia 08.00 AM 05.00 PM
23/07 Bora Bora, French Polynesia 08.00 AM overnight
24/07 Bora Bora, French Polynesia 09:00 PM
25/07 Huahine, French Polynesia 07.00 AM 06.00 PM
26/07 Papeete, Tahiti 09.00 AM 09.00 AM

Post-Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity
26/07 Transfer to your hotel. Overnight.
27/07 Transfer to the airport for your flight to Auckland
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.