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Tahiti’s new sweetie

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 20 - 2008

Star Flyer gets a movable feast in Tahiti (Photo courtesy of Star Clippers) Star Flyer’s arrival to its new homeport of Papeete, Tahiti in December was a welcoming filled with pomp and circumstance. Fire boats jetting water and outriggers ushered the ship into the port, while local dignitaries and hundreds of well-wishers greeted the ship pierside along with performances by traditional Tahitian musicians and dancers.

Local dance troupe O Tahiti E performed quayside, followed by a plaque exchange between the ship’s master, Captain Bruno Borowka, and Marc Collins, Tahiti’s Minister of Tourism. Star Clippers Vice President Eric Krafft, son of owner and President Mikael Krafft, also attended the kick-off of the Tahiti program.

“We have never been welcomed like this before and we are overjoyed by how enthusiastically the Tahitians embraced us upon our arrival,” said Eric Krafft, vice president for Star Clippers. “Everyone at Star Clippers is excited that the Tahiti itineraries are under way, and the incredible booking response from our guests tells us that the French Polynesia program is going to be successful for years to come.”

Dec. 30, 2007, the ship began sailing year-round seven-, 10- and 11-night round-trip Papeete cruises.

The eight ports of call that compose the destination-intense itineraries take the ship to the Society and Tuamotus islands. Along the way, sunset departures, cruising in crystalline lagoons and opportunities to dive and snorkel in some of the most spectacular sites in the world enhance every itinerary. And shore excursions are designed to introduce guests to the fascinating culture and history of the Polynesian people.

Star Flyer sails a seven-night, round-trip Papeete itinerary that calls at Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora, and Cook Bay and Opunohu Bay, Moorea, with an overnight in Papeete before disembarkation.

The 10-night round-trip Papeete cruise takes Star Flyer to the Society Islands and Tuamotu Atolls, with special cruising in the Rangiroa Lagoon. The ship calls at Fakarava, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Taha’a, Huahine and Moorea. The 11-night voyage adds an overnight call at Huahine.

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