Mini Cruise Liner Ripe for Conversion to Superyacht is For Sale

The 70 metre Tu Moana is for sale at an asking price of 8.5 million Euros through YPI and Burgess both acting as co central agents.  Her disposal represents a rare opportunity to purchase a stripped down commercial vessel in need of a total refit and conversion into either a luxury mini-cruise ship or a very special luxury superyacht.

Tia Moana, the yachts sister ship with who she worked in tandem cruising the French Islands of the South Pacific, was sold last year by Richard Shepherd of Edmiston USA.

Bertrand Vogèle CEO of brokers YPI said, “The Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships are known for their quality builds, and this one has an excellent hull and technically superb structure.”

He added, “All the necessary surveys and reports have been carried out and, as a vessel that wasn’t sailed very often, she offers the perfect basis for an owner who wants to refit entirely according to his own tastes and needs.” 

With five decks she offers superb cruising possibilities with a draught that allows her to enter the extremely shallow coastal waters, such are found in the islands of French Polynesia.

Both Tia Moana and Tu Moana were built to ABS class in 2003 and were run as mini cruise ships, sleeping 78 guests served by 42 crew.  The accommodation in that configuration consisted of 2 large VIP suites on the bridge deck, with 14 double suites on the upper deck and 9 further double suites on the main deck. Tia Moana was, when sold, asking €20 million.

Originally classed with Bureau Veritas, she is presently out of class and can be seen in Tahiti where she is laid up unused.  The yacht offers great potential to an owner who seeking a large, well-built 69.5 metre, 1,697 ton vessel offered at a very low price but with unlimited potential when it comes to refitting her out. For the right owner, she is an offers an investment opportunity. 


  • Length: 69.5m (228ft)
  • Beam: 13.8m (45.3ft)
  • Draught: 2.3m (7.6ft)    
  • Guests: 78
  • Cabins: 37 double
  • Crew: 37
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots
  • Max Speed: 17 knots
  • Builder: Austal Ships
  • Year: 2003