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December 8, 2017

Small Ship Cruise Line Review: Haumana Cruises * QC’s 74th Cruise Line !!

Snapshot

Headquartered in French Polynesia, Haumana Cruises offers short three-night catamaran cruises that can be easily combined with a resort island stay to make it worthwhile to come all this way. This revived cruise line shut down in 2011 due to the recession and in June 2016 started up again with an Australian-built catamaran cruiser for up to 26 passengers. Huamana means Spirit of Peace.

Haumana Cruises

The catamaran at anchor while passengers enjoy paddle boarding. * Photos (all): Humana Cruises

Ship, Year Delivered & Passengers

Haumana, refitted 2017, 24 passengers

Passenger Decks

3 decks, no elevator

Passenger Profile

Europeans, especially French, North Americans who are active outdoor types. All Polynesian crew.

Price

$$ to $$$ Rates are geared to the High and Low Seasons.

Itineraries

One way three-night cruises begin Mondays at Bora Bora and sail to Taha’a and Raiatea, then make the reverse journey on Thursday from Raiatea.

Haumana Cruises itinerary shows bi-directional route.

Included Features

One excursion at Taha’a, all soft drinks, and wine at meals.

Why Go?

A gorgeous part of the world, and coming this far from home, it is best to combine a resort stay prior or post cruise at one of the embarkation ports.

South Pacific island scenery

South Pacific island scenery.

When to Go?

The high season rates will be a guide to the best time to go. However, the best months are May to October, the driest and with the lowest humidity. November to April is hot, humid and rainy with torrents falling in December and January.

Cabins

Three categories, with two offering queen-size beds and double windows, and one forward-facing suite with king-size bed.

Queen-size bed cabin.

Public Rooms

One lounge located on the upper deck behind the bridge and that opens to an aft deck with bar and for intimate dining for a few at night. There’s open space aft on all three decks and forward on main deck.

Dining

The restaurant is aft on the Main Deck serving all meals with an emphasis on using Polynesian fruits, vegetables and seafood.

Activities & Entertainment

Ashore or from the vessel, there is swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking. Excursions to a vanilla plantation and a pearl farm are highlights.

Special Notes

With Haumana Cruises newly revived, additional details will appear as more is known.

Along the Same Lines

Huamana is the smallest operator with regular year-round sailings in French Polynesia, while similar catamaran-type vessels operate in Fiji.

Contact

Haumana Cruises at 1-866-783-5462, haumana-tahiti.com/en.

 

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