Captain Cook Cruises
Captain Cook Ships
OnboardThe standout feature of a Captain Cook cruise is its connection with Fijian life, be it in the villages and schools or onboard the line's only ship, Reef Endeavour, when passengers mix and mingle with the staff and learn about the local culture. The crew will sing and dance with passengers and offer them a few bowls of kava (a traditional Fijian drink).
Friendly and easygoing are the hallmarks of these cruises, along with plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun in some stunningly beautiful tropical islands. Food is first rate and plentiful with an emphasis on fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, and dishes often include unusual Fijian ingredients like rourou (taro leaves) and pineapple and coconut served in interesting ways.
Reef Endeavour has five passenger decks; the top Sun Deck contains a small gym, hot tubs and sun lounges, while decks A to D contain accommodations, a pool, the Yasawa Lounge reading area and bar, and the dining room. All accommodations and public areas have been refurbished with new carpets and furniture since the ship was swamped by Cyclone Evan in December 2012.
About Captain Cook CruisesIn 1996, Australian-based company Captain Cook Cruises bought into an existing Fiji day-cruising operation, and Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Islands was born. Joint owners were Captain Cook Cruises' founder, Australian Captain Trevor Haworth and Fijian national and current chairman of Fiji Ports Limited, Commander Semi Koroilavesau. The company's first accommodated overnight vessel was Reef Escape, which operated Yasawa Island cruises only. After it was damaged in Cyclone Mick in December 2009, it was replaced with the current Reef Endeavour, which, coincidentally, was built in the Government Shipyard at Suva in the early 1990's.
With the introduction of this larger ship, the company had the opportunity to offer longer and more interesting itineraries; hence, it introduced the seven-night Colonial Discovery cruise, followed by the Four Cultures cruise and, most recently, the Lau Islands cruise.
In 2012, the Haworth family sold its Australian cruise operations (which it had started in 1970 with coffee cruises on Sydney Harbour) to SeaLink, a company that runs fast ferries to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. It retains the Fiji operations and has undergone an extension refurbishment program and launched a new itinerary.
Haworth and Koroilavesau continue to be partners, while the chief executive officer is Captain Haworth's daughter, Jackie Charlton-Haworth. Two other Haworth siblings also sit on the board.
Captain Cook Cruises FleetCaptain Cook Cruises Fiji has one vessel, Reef Endeavour. Launched in 1996, the 130-passenger ship joined the fleet in 2010.
Fellow PassengersCaptain Cook Cruises caters to all comers, including children older than 5 years. Typically, shorter cruises attract families and travelers in their 20's and 30's, while weeklong cruises have an older demographic (50+, with some younger folks, too). About 80 percent of passengers are from Australia and New Zealand; others are from Canada, the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and occasionally Holland.
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