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French Polynesia Cruise

  • Departure DateSun 2nd Mar 2025
  • Silversea Silver Shadow
  • 11 Night Cruise From Papeete
  • Fly Cruise From £6,549 pp

Itinerary

  • Papeete
  • Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands
  • Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marguesas Isl
  • Nuku Hiva
  • Rangiroa
  • Bora Bora
  • Raiatea
  • Moorea
  • Papeete

What's Included

  • Unlimited Beverages
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Gratuities
  • Private Executive Transfers
  • Ultra-luxury, all-suite accommodation on board small intimate ships
  • Multiple restaurants with diverse cuisine & open-seating dining
  • Beverages in Suite and throughout the ship, including Champagne, select wines & Spirits
  • Soft Drinks including specialty coffees & bottled water
  • WiFi
  • 24-hour room service
  • Full Personalised Butler Service for every Suite

Prices from pp

TypeSuite
Cruise Only
£5,459
Fly Cruise
£6,549

Cabins

CabinCruise Only FromFly Cruise From
Vista Suite
£5,459
£6,549
Classic Veranda Suite
£6,119
£7,879
Silver Suite
£16,379
£18,429

Includes extra savings of up to £345pp
Single Fly Cruise prices available from £10,589
Cruise Only - price based on cruise only, call to add flights from your regional airport.
Fly Cruise - flights are included, call to discuss flights from your regional airport, flight supplements may apply.
Voyage Code: SS250302011

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Day 1 - Papeete

Arrive: Sun 02 March 2025 / Depart: Sun 02 March 2025 at 18:00

Formed by two ancient volcanoes and joined at the isthmus of Taravao, Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Archipelago and the economic heart of French Polynesia. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin immortalized Tahitian maidens in vibrant colors on his canvasses, Tahiti has had a mysterious allure and still summons up all the romance of the South Pacific as a tropical paradise. Rising in the center, Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai are the highest points; deep valleys radiate in all directions from these central peaks. Steep slopes drop abruptly from the high plateaus to coastal plains. The northeast coast is rugged and rocky without a barrier reef, and thus exposed to intense, pounding surf. Villages lie on a narrow strip between mountains and ocean. The south coast is broad and gentle with large gardens and coconut groves; a barrier reef shields it from the sea.

Day 2 - Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

Arrive: Mon 03 March 2025 at 12:00 / Depart: Mon 03 March 2025 at 19:00

Fakarava is oblong shaped and has an almost continuous string of reef and motu stretching for 40 km (25 mi) on its eastern edge. It's the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls, located 450 km (280 mi) northeast of Tahiti, and 120 km (75 mi) southeast of Rangiroa. It's renowned for the drift diving in its two passes—Garuae (also spelled Ngarue) in the north near the main town of Rotoava (and the airport) and Tamakohua Pass, 48 km (30 mi) across the lagoon in the south. The tiny village of Tetamanu, situated by the southern pass, was once the capital of the Tuamotus and houses the first church built in the archipelago in 1874. In 2006 the entire atoll was deemed an UNESCO biosphere reserve; to preserve the lagoon no overwater bungalows have been built in it. Fakarava was "discovered" by Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb Von Bellingshausen in 1820; some 20 years later missionaries arrived, in the guise of fanatical Catholic priest Honore Laval, and began building churches.

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marguesas Isl

Arrive: Wed 05 March 2025 at 12:00 / Depart: Wed 05 March 2025 at 22:00

The largest of the southern islands, Hiva Oa, the master pillar or finial post of the ‘Great House’ - which represents the Marquesan archipelago in the local mythology - has always been the rival of Nuku Hiva. The island is shaped like a seahorse and has a mountain range running southwest to northeast whose main peaks, Mt. Temetiu and Mt. Feani form a real wall around Atuona. Atuona, a peaceful little port at the head of the Taaoa Bay, also known as Traitors Bay, has emerged from obscurity due to having had the privilege of being the last resting place of Paul Gauguin and of the singer Jacques Brel. The tombs of these famous personalities are on the side of the Calvary cemetery looking out across the bay and are places of great pilgrimage. In the village, the Gauguin Museum displays items related to the painter's stay there at the beginning of the century and has copies of his works.

Day 5 - Nuku Hiva

Arrive: Thu 06 March 2025 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 06 March 2025 at 18:00

Think of French Polynesia and you are automatically transported to the white sands of Tahiti, the blue seas of Bora Bora or, at the very least, the iconic statues of Easter Island. Now, imagine a place that is home to that majestic trinity, but has no crowds and is full of island authenticity that is rare in these global times. You have just imagined Nuku Hiva. The island is the second largest after Tahiti in the archipelago, but is yet to be discovered by tourism.

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Rangiroa

Arrive: Sat 08 March 2025 at 08:00 / Depart: Sat 08 March 2025 at 18:00

Rangiroa, meaning ‘Vast Sky’ in Puamotu, is the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago and one of the largest in the world. Surrounded by two legendary bodies of water, Moana-tea (Peaceful Ocean) and Moana-uri (Wild Ocean), the atoll consists of about 250 islets and sandbars, with approximately 100 narrow passages in the fringing reef. The lagoon covers 618 square miles (1,600 square km), large enough that it has its own horizon.

Day 8 - Bora Bora

Arrive: Sun 09 March 2025 at 12:30

If you have ever dreamt up your ideal island holiday, we suspect it goes something like this: Soapy blue seas? Check. Sparkling white beaches? Check. Thatched wooden huts, gently sloping palm trees and kaleidoscopic marine life? Check, check and check. And yet, even by ticking every box, first time viewing of Bora Bora still beggars belief. This tropical hideaway less than 12 m2 in the heart of the South Pacific has been toping travel wish lists for years. Long considered the realm of honeymooners – spectacularly romantic sunsets are a speciality – Bora Bora is not just for wandering with your love. If the prismatic shades of blue of the world’s most beautiful lagoon do not fill you up, then perhaps underwater scooters and aqua Safaris will charge your batteries. If exploring Bora Bora’s lush hinterland is more your glass of tequila sunrise, then trips around the island (often stopping off at the celebrity haunt Bloody Mary Restaurant & Bar) are a must. Bora Bora’s peaceful ambience has not always been the case. The island was a US supply base, known as “Operation Bobcat” during WWII. During this time, Bora Bora was home to nine ships, 20,000 tons of equipment and nearly 7,000 men. Eight massive 7-inch naval cannons were installed around the island, all but one of which is still in place. Although little is known of the history of the island, it is known that Bora Bora was called Vava’u in ancient times. This supports belief that the island was colonised by Tongans prior to French annex in 1888.

Day 9 - Bora Bora

Depart: Mon 10 March 2025 at 23:00

If you have ever dreamt up your ideal island holiday, we suspect it goes something like this: Soapy blue seas? Check. Sparkling white beaches? Check. Thatched wooden huts, gently sloping palm trees and kaleidoscopic marine life? Check, check and check. And yet, even by ticking every box, first time viewing of Bora Bora still beggars belief. This tropical hideaway less than 12 m2 in the heart of the South Pacific has been toping travel wish lists for years. Long considered the realm of honeymooners – spectacularly romantic sunsets are a speciality – Bora Bora is not just for wandering with your love. If the prismatic shades of blue of the world’s most beautiful lagoon do not fill you up, then perhaps underwater scooters and aqua Safaris will charge your batteries. If exploring Bora Bora’s lush hinterland is more your glass of tequila sunrise, then trips around the island (often stopping off at the celebrity haunt Bloody Mary Restaurant & Bar) are a must. Bora Bora’s peaceful ambience has not always been the case. The island was a US supply base, known as “Operation Bobcat” during WWII. During this time, Bora Bora was home to nine ships, 20,000 tons of equipment and nearly 7,000 men. Eight massive 7-inch naval cannons were installed around the island, all but one of which is still in place. Although little is known of the history of the island, it is known that Bora Bora was called Vava’u in ancient times. This supports belief that the island was colonised by Tongans prior to French annex in 1888.

Day 10 - Raiatea

Arrive: Tue 11 March 2025 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 11 March 2025 at 22:00

The largest of the Leeward Islands, Raiatea is totally surrounded by a reef but has several navigable passes and the only navigable river in French Polynesia. Raiatea shares a protected lagoon with the island of Taha'a; legends tell how the two islands were cut apart by a mythical eel. Although it has no beaches, there are picture-postcard motus (flat reef islets) with nice beaches in the lagoon. One of the nicest things about Raiatea is that it remains "undiscovered" by most visitors to French Polynesia. Before European encroachment, Raiatea was the religious, cultural and political center of Tahiti-Polynesia. It was also Captain Cook's favorite island. The last resistance to the French takeover on the island lasted until 1897, when French troops and warships used arms to conquer the island. The native leader of the resistance, Teraupoo, was deported to New Caledonia. Raiatea is an archaeologist's delight. Scientists have unearthed artifacts linking the island with Hawaii. Local tradition says Raiatea was the great jumping-off point for ancient Polynesian mariners. There are a significant number of marae (Tahitian temples), including Taputapuatea. Considered the most important temple in the Society Islands, it is a national monument. In Uturoa, the main port, the colorful market is most crowded on Wednesday and Friday mornings when the Tahaa people arrive by motorized canoe to sell their products. Behind Uturoa, you can climb Tapioi Hill, one of the easiest and best climbs in Tahiti-Polynesia, and get a great view of four islands. Near the village of Pufau, Mount Temehani is the highest point on the island and the only home in the world of the Tiare Apetahi flower.

Day 11 - Moorea

Arrive: Wed 12 March 2025 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 12 March 2025 at 23:59

Tahiti's heart-shaped sister island Moorea is located only nine miles across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti. While Bora Bora and Tahiti are the destinations most prominently advertised, it is Moorea, the Magical Island that is the best-kept secret of the trio of famous French Polynesian islands. In fact, Moorea has often been likened to James Michener's mythological island of Bali Hai - and it is easy to see why. Picture perfect lagoons and gleaming white beaches are surrounded by jagged mountains and volcanic spires. Its six mountains include Mount Rotui. From its summit there are spectacular views of Opunohu Bay and the island. Captain Samuel Wallis was the European discoverer of the Windward Island in 1767. After leaving Tahiti, he passed along the north coast of Moorea without landing. The first European visitors to the island include botanist Joseph Banks and some sailors sent ashore by Captain Cook in 1769. Captain Cook himself anchored in Opunohu Bay for one week in 1777, but never visited the bay that now bears his name.

Day 12 - Papeete

Arrive: Thu 13 March 2025 at 05:00 / Depart: Thu 13 March 2025

Formed by two ancient volcanoes and joined at the isthmus of Taravao, Tahiti is the largest island of the Society Archipelago and the economic heart of French Polynesia. Ever since the famous French impressionist painter Paul Gauguin immortalized Tahitian maidens in vibrant colors on his canvasses, Tahiti has had a mysterious allure and still summons up all the romance of the South Pacific as a tropical paradise. Rising in the center, Mount Orohena and Mount Aorai are the highest points; deep valleys radiate in all directions from these central peaks. Steep slopes drop abruptly from the high plateaus to coastal plains. The northeast coast is rugged and rocky without a barrier reef, and thus exposed to intense, pounding surf. Villages lie on a narrow strip between mountains and ocean. The south coast is broad and gentle with large gardens and coconut groves; a barrier reef shields it from the sea.

Silver Shadow From Silversea

Award-winning Silver Shadow has all the hallmarks of extreme luxury at sea. With one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea, Silver Shadow is a firm favourite in the Silversea fleet. Authentic experiences. Simple pleasures. Shared moments. Silversea’s Millennium Class luxury cruise ships Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper offer you freedom and space to design your day. Slightly larger in size than ships Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, Silver Shadow retains Silversea’s essence – spacious suites, a complement of only 388 guests, superior service – paired with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and enhanced amenities. Aboard the Silver Shadow, energize body and soul with complimentary Pilates and yoga in the expanded fitness center. Savour fine wines and French gastronomy in La Dame, enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in La Terrazza, or simply gaze at endless ocean views from The Grill. Not forgetting the regional-inspired The Restaurant, dining at sea has never been so good.

Ship Cabins

Classic Veranda Suite

The Classic Veranda Suite provides generous living space for voyagers. Located lower bow, the Classic Veranda Suite offers all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard — both inside and out. A generous expanse of interior comforts — elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area, make this a cosy home away from home. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone. Veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Sitting area. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, full-sized bath, separate shower. Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe. Vanity table with hair dryer. Writing desk. 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television with Interactive Media Library. Unlimited Standard Wifi.

Deluxe Veranda Suite

The Deluxe Veranda Suite offers a comfortable living space, close to the heart of the ship. With its preferred mid-ship location and all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard, the Deluxe Veranda Suite is the savvy traveller’s paradise— both inside and out. Elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area, make this a cosy home away from home. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone. Veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Sitting area. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, full-sized bath, separate shower. Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe. Vanity table with hair dryer. Writing desk. 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television with Interactive Media Library. Unlimited Standard Wifi.

Grand 1 Suite

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Silversea Veranda Suite. Large veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; bedroom two has additional veranda. Living room with sitting area; bedroom two has additional sitting area. Separate dining area and bar. Twin beds or queen-sized bed; bedroom two has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath, plus a powder room; bedroom two has additional marble bathroom with full-sized bath. Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe. Vanity table(s) with hair dryer. Writing desk(s). 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Grand 2 Suite

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Silversea Veranda Suite. Large veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; bedroom two has additional veranda. Living room with sitting area; bedroom two has additional sitting area. Separate dining area and bar. Twin beds or queen-sized bed; bedroom two has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath, plus a powder room; bedroom two has additional marble bathroom with full-sized bath. Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe. Vanity table(s) with hair dryer. Writing desk(s). 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Medallion Suite

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. An extravagant suite for an extravagant cruise. Veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Living room with sitting and dining area. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath. Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe. Vanity table with hair dryer. Writing desk. 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Owner's 1 Suite

The name Owner's Suite says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Vista Suite. Large veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; bedroom two has additional large picture window. Living room with sitting area; bedroom two has additional sitting area. Separate dining area and bar. Twin beds or queen-sized bed; bedroom two has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath, plus a powder room; bedroom two has additional marble bathroom with full-sized bath. Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe. Vanity table(s) with hair dryer. Writing desk(s). 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Owner's 2 Suite

The name Owner's Suite says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Vista Suite. Large veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; bedroom two has additional large picture window. Living room with sitting area; bedroom two has additional sitting area. Separate dining area and bar. Twin beds or queen-sized bed; bedroom two has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath, plus a powder room; bedroom two has additional marble bathroom with full-sized bath. Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe. Vanity table(s) with hair dryer. Writing desk(s). 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Royal 1 Suite

Stately describes the Royal Suite. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for entertaining. Enough living space to roam. The pinnacle of good living. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite. Large veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; bedroom two has additional veranda. Living room with sitting area; bedroom two has additional sitting area. Separate dining area and bar. Twin beds or queen-sized bed; bedroom two has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath, plus a powder room; bedroom two has additional marble bathroom with full-sized bath. Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe. Vanity table(s) with hair dryer. Writing desk(s). 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Royal 2 Suite

Stately describes the Royal Suite. Commanding and majestic. Perfect for entertaining. Enough living space to roam. The pinnacle of good living. Available as a one-bedroom configuration or as two-bedrooms (as illustrated) by adjoining with a Veranda Suite. Large veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; bedroom two has additional veranda. Living room with sitting area; bedroom two has additional sitting area. Separate dining area and bar. Twin beds or queen-sized bed; bedroom two has additional twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath, plus a powder room; bedroom two has additional marble bathroom with full-sized bath. Walk-in wardrobe(s) with personal safe. Vanity table(s) with hair dryer. Writing desk(s). 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Silver Suite

Stylish and sophisticated. Separate dining and living rooms. Larger verandas. Situated midship. Perfection in design for comfortable living. Silver Suites accommodate three guests. Veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest). Sitting area. Separate dining area. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized whirlpool bath. Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe. Vanity table with hair dryer. Writing desk. 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library. Bose Sound system with bluetooth connectivity. Unlimited Premium Wifi. Illy espresso machine.

Superior Veranda Suite

Located on the upper deck, and offering spectacular sunset views, the Superior Veranda Suite has all the comforts and luxury that you can expect aboard. A comfortable living space, attention to detail and a generous expanse of amenities, this stunning suite makes for a cosy home while on the seas. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone. Veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Sitting area. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marble bathroom with double vanity, full-sized bath, separate shower. Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe. Vanity table with hair dryer. Writing desk. 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television with Interactive Media Library. Unlimited Standard Wifi.

Veranda Suite

A Silversea signature, the Veranda Suite is spacious and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a furnished private teak veranda along the suite. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Some Veranda Suites accommodate three guests. Veranda 3 and 4 offer preferred central location with identical accommodation to Veranda 1 and 2. One bedroom: 345 ft² / 32 m² including veranda Sitting area Veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe Direct-dial telephone(s) Refrigerator and bar setup, stocked with your preferences Pillow menu Plush bathrobe and slippers Luxury bath amenities Vanity table(s) with hair dryer Writing desk(s) with personalised stationery Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat screen TV(s) Complimentary interactive mobile content Champagne on arrival

Vista Suite

A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area of the Vista Suite has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. One bedroom: 287 ft² / 27 m² Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views. Sitting area. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. Marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bathtub. Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe. Vanity table(s) with hair dryer. Writing desk. 32” / 81 cm flat-screen television with Interactive Media Library. Unlimited Standard Wifi.
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