Cruise Terminal to Open in Tahiti in 2020, Plus Haumana Cruises to Relaunch

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Financed by the Port of Papetee, Tahiti has announced plans for a new International Cruise Terminal, which will have the capacity to accommodate up to three ships simultaneously and 2,000 turnaround passengers. The terminal, set to open in 2020, will also have amenities including an aerial walk, luggage room, check-in counters, waiting room, duty free, snack bar, and cafe and reservations facilities. 

In other cruising news from the destination, Haumana (which means "Spirit of Peace") Cruises will relaunch in June 2017. The revitalized vessel will offer 12 cabins, including one suite, with a maximum capacity of 27 passengers. Experiences include a three-day, three-night cruise to Bora Bora, Tahaa and Raiatea, with the main focus on experiencing Polynesian traditions, local crafts and visits to vanilla plantations. Fine food will be served onboard, paired with a selection of wines. Additional dining options include a private beach meal, a Polynesian dinner-show ashore and a waterside breakfast. Haumana will also have a panoramic lounge and oversized outdoor deck, a platform for nautical activities, and a sundeck. 

The Aeroport de Tahiti is also undertaking a $12 million dollar upgrade of Faa'a International Airport which is a little under two miles from the new cruise port. Airport capacity is presently at 2.5 million passengers per year and there are three departing long haul flights and two long-haul arrivals every day. This planned renovation, which is expected to be finished by 2020, includes an extension to the airport, refurbishment of the landside terminal and a new public hall containing new retail areas, shops and restaurants.

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