We chose the Blue Lagoon cruise over staying on land because it offered visits to several islands and advertised many diverse activities. The guests on the cruise were from many different countries and we quickly became friends, which made the trip very enjoyable.
The captain told us on the first evening at the captain's dinner that they were going to take care of us and indeed they did! Each member of the crew on the Fiji Princess was on board with this statement. We were so impressed that they worked as a team to come together and provide us superior service. In general, the Fijian crew members were fun-loving and very caring about all of the guests. The sang to us every evening and taught us the bula bula dance. We felt very safe when we were snorkeling or swimming because there was always a boat and watchful eye with us. They took us to the best snorkeling reefs, all with colorful coral that we haven't seen anywhere else in our travels. The tender service back and forth from the boat to the islands was exceptional. The boat drivers happily took us back and forth whenever requested with prompt service.
The itinerary of this cruise was out of a dream. The first day, we stopped at the island where the movie Castaway was filmed and then we stopped at a different island each day after that for a new beach or snorkel experience. The Blue Lagoon private beach on Nanuya Island was the most beautiful that we have ever seen. There, we were served a BBQ for lunch and a delicious dinner on the beach that had been cooked underground (called a lovo). Local islanders provided us with singing and dancing entertainment after dinner. We visited two different villages and we were welcomed with a flower necklace and served a traditional Fijian meal by the friendly villagers at one. There was a visit to an island school and we swam in the Sawi-i-Lau Caves, which was very refreshing. Our farewell dinner was a special BBQ on the top deck of the boat and we had lots of fun as the guests were given an opportunity to provide some of the entertainment.
The variety of food on the cruise was very good and there was something for every taste. There was always fish of some type for those who liked local seafood. Including the morning and afternoon tea, we were fed five times a day.
This is the cruise for you if you like hot weather, swimming, snorkeling, beaches and being spoiled by the most friendly, amazing Fijian people!