CRUISE ACTIVITY : A very modern home port and port of call
Cruise tourism generates important economic fallout – billions of CFP franc per year – and contributes a lot to promotion of Tahiti and her islands around the world. The Port of Papeete is at once a port of call for international cruise ships and also a home port for vessels doing cruises through islands. French Polynesia is a favourite destination on the global cruise industry; an industry largely dominated by the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
Since 2004, with construction of two big berths in the Papeete harbour, the Port of Papeete became a real port of international cruise, able to welcome simultaneously four cruise ships, calling or based in French Polynesia. These structures, which respond to international welcoming, mooring and safety standards, attract jewels of cruise activity such as the Paul Gauguin, the Tahitian Princess, the Amsterdam, the Seven Seas Mariner, the Regal Princess or the Queen Elizabeth II, sizes unreservedly. The harbour allows a 11 m draught, thanks to the depth and breadth of the channel of Papeete (12 m depth and 110 m breadth).
One of priorities of the country is to develop cruise tourism. That’s why a development instrument of the cruise industry in French Polynesia was created, the “Tahiti Cruise Club”. Among different partners we find the Papeete Port Authority, the Tourism Office and professionals of international cruise and yachting, of which the company Archipelagoes belong to. The Paul Gauguin, the MSY Wind Spirit, the MS Marina, the Aranui V: local cruise, represented by vessels based in our islands, is an important part of touristic development in our country. The Port of Papeete is the start of the line for cruises made through the five archipelagos. The cargo and passenger ship Aranui V measures 126m length and can carry 200 passengers. Departing from Tahiti, the Aranui V do exceptional trips of 15 days in the Tuamotu islands and the Marquesas archipelago, which represents a cruise of more than 1.500 km. With the MSY Wind Spirit, the Wind Star Cruise company offers cruise services in the Leeward Islands, and Tahiti Ocean proposes private yachts for unforgettable cruises. Cruise activity based in French Polynesia is also represented by differentiated cruise options that the Paul Gauguin and the Ms Marina propose.
Equipment and infrastructures
The two South and North berths of 200 m length and 35 m wide look onto a second work zone. Berths are built on stakes 711 m in diameter and 50 m maximal length. Sheet piles, prefabricated material in concrete and poured concrete, complete each berth. These modern and aesthetic installations value the seafront of Papeete, offer adapted infrastructures to cruise companies and offer comfortable calls to cruise travellers who can directly access stores of the city.