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4 Blue Lagoon Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

What can I say? This was my first-ever cruise and I'm hooked on small ship cruising!The crew were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble, other guests were fascinating people from all corners of the globe. We were thoroughly spoiled ... Read More
What can I say? This was my first-ever cruise and I'm hooked on small ship cruising!The crew were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble, other guests were fascinating people from all corners of the globe. We were thoroughly spoiled and had a ball!Cabins were well appointed and very comfortable. Public areas were spotlessly clean.The cruise line's motto is "The more you eat the more you float" and we all floated very well. Meals were delicious, morning and afternoon teas served on the beach where possible. This might be the best holiday I've ever had. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
My family and I have just returned from two Blue Lagoon Cruises. We did the Historical and Dateline Cruise,then the 7 day Gold Club Cruise. We booked directly with the company via their website and saved a bundle. We had 2 travel agents ... Read More
My family and I have just returned from two Blue Lagoon Cruises. We did the Historical and Dateline Cruise,then the 7 day Gold Club Cruise. We booked directly with the company via their website and saved a bundle. We had 2 travel agents quote the same trip and it was astronomical.I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our two weeks on board. The Historical Cruise is well worth doing. You will see the real Fiji. Lots of Village visits, trips to schools and so much more. We also could swim and snorkle but not as much as the Gold Club Cruise. Our second cruise was the 7 day GC Cruise. Again, a wonderful time. Beautiful snorkling, swimming and much more. This cruise is a little more relaxing than the Historical, but having said that I am so glad we did both. The staff were amazing, the food great, the boat itself was excellent. With the weather being so warm the many open decks were perfect. We did have a chance to look at the Mystique Princess, which does the shorter cruise, but everyone on our vessel preferred the openness and the pool on the back. The cabins on the Fiji Princess are smaller than the Mystique, but we were only in the cabins to change and sleep, so it was no problem for us. We were travelling with our 4 children, ages 8 to 13, so were had three to a cabin. Our children loved both cruises and so did we. There is nothing we could fault. Great value for money if you are travelling with a family. They have a family cabin rate and if you book ahead directly with the company, there are discounts to be had. The staff on board were amazing as well. Both our children and my husband and myself were treated like part of the family. The crew laughed and sang constantly and were a pleasure to be around. We will definitely be back!!! LOVED IT! Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
We booked the 4 day/ 3 night Gold Club Cruise on the Mystique Princess for late May 2008. However, that's not what we cruised! We were notified 3 days before our departure to Fiji (which was 10 days before the cruise sailed), that ... Read More
We booked the 4 day/ 3 night Gold Club Cruise on the Mystique Princess for late May 2008. However, that's not what we cruised! We were notified 3 days before our departure to Fiji (which was 10 days before the cruise sailed), that our cruise on the Mystique was cancelled, and that we had been switched to the first 4 days of the regularly scheduled 7 day / 6 night cruise on the Fiji Princess. We were told that the itinerary would be exactly the same, except that we would return to port on day 4 via a "speedboat" instead of via the ship. Further inquiries and information our travel agent received from Blue Lagoon revealed that the itinerary was NOT exactly the same, a big disappointment for us. The major change would be less time at the private island (1/2 day vs. the scheduled nearly full day). Our travel agent was not able to answer additional questions about the switch before we departed, but followed up with us in Fiji at our first destination (verbal & in writing) with a credit that amounted to about 30% of our cruise fare. We inquired upon boarding about the switch, and were told by the registration clerk that the reason for the switch was that only 10 passengers were booked on the 4 day (Mystique). The Mystique was anchored in Port Denarau when we departed. The major differences as the result of this change (to the extent that we know them because we never sailed on the Mystique): As to the itinerary differences, we lost the top half of the Yasawa Islands, lost half a day at the private island/beach (received a half day instead of what was supposed to be close to a full day), and gained some time in a second village with a performance by school children. We were expecting to be able to Scuba dive while at the private island. Scuba was available when we were there, but doing so would have cost us substantially all of our time on the private island beach, something we were not willing to do. The shortened time at the private island was the most disappointing part of the change. We received a 2 ½ hour "speedboat" ride back to Port, and noted that quite a few more than 10 people were on the "speedboat". So rather than a leisurely ? hour cruise back to port on the Mystique, we got a partial thrill ride to port. According to the Blue Lagoon website, almost all of the cabins on the Princess are smaller than those on the Mystique. We received a Bridge Deck cabin on the Princess, the largest available, in exchange for a Saloon Deck cabin on the Mystique, apparently a loss of about 50 square feet. Disappointing, yes. A disaster, no (but it would have been if we had not received the credit). But we would have appreciated more notice of the change (and an opportunity to cancel)—we would have considered changing to a land based resort in the Yasawas, and probably could have seen/done all the same things as the original 4 day/ 3 night cruise. Our recommendation: don't book the 4 day—consider instead a land based stay at a resort. You will do fine with the 7 day if you have the time. As to the cruise we received: First, let me say that the professional review here on Cruise Critic is very detailed, and most importantly, incredibly consistent with what we experienced. It is so accurate, we don't have much to add, but we will give it a try. The Blue Lagoon staff is warm and friendly, right from the moment you arrive at their offices. Our bags were checked for loading outside the front door to the Blue Lagoon Boarding Lounge. The registration clerk inside was quick & efficient, and we were invited to wait in the spacious Boarding Lounge until time to sail. The Lounge has a boutique stocked with logo items, clothing, and misc sundries. It also has a snack bar and cocktail bar, so arriving early and hungry is not a problem. While waiting is also the time to be fitted for snorkel gear if desired (extra charge). About 1 hour before sailing, the Cruise Director began a presentation about the cruise, explaining the boarding procedures and other need to know information, and then proceeded with a fashion show of clothing available in the boutique. A 5 min bus ride took us to the wharf for boarding. The Captain was at the gangway to greet us, and once on board, we quickly, found our cabin (Bridge Deck) with a chilled bottle of champagne waiting. The usual fire drill was performed shortly after departure, but also included full introductions of all of the staff. Our cabin was compact by big cruise ship standards, but had a surprising amount of storage. Everything was clean, in good condition, with no unpleasant smells. The food was good, buffet style (except for the Captain's Dinner on the first night), and had a reasonable variety. There was something for most everyone at each meal, but none of the dishes garnered a "wow" during our cruise. Good, hearty, and satisfying are the best words we can come up with to describe the dining. We thoroughly enjoyed the shoreside dining at the private island, and also note that they bring the bar on shore so you can have your favorite cocktail or wine with dinner. Bar service was good, creative if requested, but sometimes hard to find. It seems the bartender has other duties, and except during peak bar hours, was not always at his station. We made use of the spa, but you must recognize that it does not have the expansive menu of services nor the vast space of the big cruise ships. If you are inclined to exercise on your vacation, the only choice is an exercise cycle at the rear of the Bridge deck, which makes for a nice view while exercising. Activities and entertainment were nothing fancy, but were generally quite good. We had two visits to native villages. The first was a traditional Kava & Meke ceremony by local villagers. The second was singing performances by school children. It was good to see native life and local culture. The beaches were great, especially the one at Blue Lagoon's Private Island. Snorkeling was great at all locations offered. Evening entertainment consisted mostly of impromptu dancing and music by/with the crew and passengers. On one night, the passengers were encouraged to participate in a make your own crazy hat contest—quite funny at times. The highlight was at the private island where passengers/crew were grouped by country of origin and participated in a contest of song/dance/skits. The crew won the contest. We enjoyed the two visits to native villages. At one, we received a performance of a traditional Kava and Meke ceremony, at the other, a performance by school children. Overall, a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
We took the Gold Club 6 night/7 day cruise out of Lautoka up through the Yasawa Islands in May 2008. The cruise is well organized regardless of whether you want to partake in everything or just want to do your own thing. The crowd on board ... Read More
We took the Gold Club 6 night/7 day cruise out of Lautoka up through the Yasawa Islands in May 2008. The cruise is well organized regardless of whether you want to partake in everything or just want to do your own thing. The crowd on board was mostly Aussies and Kiwis with a smattering of English, Canadian, Italian and Swiss. Boarding: You register at the Blue Lagoon offices in Lautoka. You check your large bags and then the bags and you are taken separately in a bus to the wharf for embarkation. Either make sure all your valuables are in your hand luggage or lock up your checked baggage properly as there have been thefts from checked baggage, not by cruise staff but by wharf staff. Cabins: Bridge deck cabins are the premium choice but beware if you are the quiet type who would rather have an early night than stay up drinking and dancing late. In summer weather, the drinking can occur on the top deck directly above Bridge deck and the noise will permeate thru the ceiling of your Bridge deck cabin if it is mid-ships or forward of mid-ships. Similarly, cabins on the lower decks towards the aft of the vessel are exposed to the noise from the entertainment areas at the aft. Common to all cabins is a total inability to get any fresh air. They are sealed and rely on very harsh air conditioning for fresh air. We ended up leaving our cabin door slightly open at night and turning the air conditioning off as that was more comfortable than having it on all night. Bridge deck cabins are small by the standard of other cruise ships. Having said that, the Bridge Deck cabin we had was attractive and comfortable. Safety: While the cruise ship was very well run and there was no incident on our cruise, the well known relaxed Fijian attitude applied to the safety drill, which was haphazard in its conduct and revealed some life jackets not to have the required light and whistle attached. Safety of passengers when going ashore was well cared for however. Meals: While the food was usually very nice, it was not outstanding. Equivalent to your local good restaurant or club bistro/smorgasbord rather than gourmet. Excepting breakfast, there was good variety from day to day. organized activities: This side of the cruise was outstanding. You are in a different location every day and snorkeling and village visits are well done. Night-time activities are at times a little silly but you have the choice to participate or not (eg, silly hat dinner, indian costume night for dinner etc). One thing you should prepare for is the "international Night" where passengers from each country are asked to get together and perform an act which is iconic of their country (eg, sing an iconic song or do a comedy sketch having a dig at their culture). The vessel: Carrying about 70 passengers, it is just the right size if you like "intimate" cruising. That is, the chance to get to know all of your fellow passengers. The boat has no entertainment options of larger cruise vessels but that is no great loss as the cruise is not about what is on the ship but where the ship goes each day. Having said that, if you get sick or the weather is so bad that shore activities do not attract, you can get a DVD of your choice (from a limited range kept on board) played into all the rooms. There is no broadcast TV or radio on offer. The Fiji Princess is not the lead vessel of Blue Lagoon's fleet. That is the Mystique. It is a more modern and more richly finished vessel of about the same size. If you like opulence for its own sake then the Mystique is or you provided you don't mind air conditioning as most of the boat is sealed off from the outside environment with very little "fresh air" outside places compared to the Princess. Another thing to consider is that the Mystique is a monohull (conventional) ship while the Princess is a twin-hull (catamaran) vessel and hence probably a little more stable at sea. At the time of writing, the Mystique was doing the short (4 day) cruises only and the long cruises (7 day)were being done by the Princess. Neither boat has any private balconies but on the Princess, you can sit outside your Bridge deck (and the deck below) cabin to enjoy the passing scenery. The itinerary: Most of the cruise takes place in waters well protected by fringing reefs surrounding the islands. The cruise spends its first day getting away from the over developed island resorts near the mainland and arrives at the southern end of the Yasawas on the morning of the second day. It stays in the relatively pristine Yasawa group for the whole cruise until the last day, all of which is spent steaming back to Lautoka. The itinerary is varied however to take account of sea and wind conditions. The captain appeared to always be striving to seek an anchorage which was in the lee of the prevailing wind. This minimizes seasickness and maximizes the pleasure of shore excursions, particularly snorkeling. Health: The crew do not make any effort to control or minimize the spread of disease on board. Some crew and passengers on our cruise got sick with Fiji flu and no attempt was made by crew to stop it spreading. It is up to the sick passengers to go into voluntary quarantine in their cabin (which really is not quarantined because of the common air conditioning ducts between cabins) and up to healthy passengers to stay away from the coughers on board. Service: The crew go out of their way to see that passengers have everything they need and that they are aware of available activities. Weather: Overall the cruise was very worthwhile but because so much of its value stems from the shore excursions, primary of which are the snorkeling opportunities, the weather is important. On our cruise, we had NO (NOT ONE)sunny days in the whole week we were on board. We nevertheless did things but were always made conscious by the very brief sunny breaks in the cloud cover that everything looks so much more spectacular and feels better when the sun shines. For this reason, the cruise is best done in months more likely to be sunny, and the 7 day cruise allows more opportunity for at least some sunny days than the shorter 4 day cruise. General comments: Tourist numbers in Fiji are on a downward trend thanks to the domestic political situation and declining economic conditions worldwide. This impacts upon the Blue Lagoon cruise company in terms of passenger numbers. Some short cruises have been cancelled outright and paid-up customers asked to reschedule at the last minute. Our cruise was a combination of the short cruise, the long cruise and the dive cruise. So double-check that your booked cruise is still departing as scheduled. Overall, the cruise is well worth doing and represents value for money. There are not many added costs once on board except drinks. You see some spectacular scenery, get exposed to Fijian culture (even if a little stage-managed), get to do some great snorkeling over good coral with plentiful fishlife, and you have the complete flexibility to choose to participate in organized activities (both on shore during the day or on boat of an evening) or just have a quiet time doing your own thing. If you don't like air conditioning, turn it off in your cabin overnight, and there are plenty of open common sitting areas on the boat to get fresh air. You'll see more of the real Fiji spending 1 week on this cruise than you will stuck in a 4 or 5 star resort on the mainland or a Mamanucca island resort. Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
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