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Sail Date: December 2017
This cruise would suit all age groups. Soooooo relaxing, yet lots of great activities. Beautiful snorkeling every day, pristine remote beach visits almost every day (with kayaks and SUP’s). Wonderful, friendly islanders to meet in the ... Read More
This cruise would suit all age groups. Soooooo relaxing, yet lots of great activities. Beautiful snorkeling every day, pristine remote beach visits almost every day (with kayaks and SUP’s). Wonderful, friendly islanders to meet in the remote villages. Cave snorkeling. Mooring up to a coconut tree in the Blue Lagoon, with hammocks and a full bar/meals set up. Even a fishing expedition in a tinny (all inclusive). Delicious, local fresh food. Gorgeous village dancers visited the ship for a heartwarming, fun performance. I cannot recommend this cruise highly enough. Very friendly and efficient Fijian crew members. Magnificent panoramic scenery. Nothing better than sitting up on one of the back decks with wine, cruising off into the sunset. This is the best way to really see Fiji, away from the resorts. Whether you are a young (or not so young) romantic couple, elderly (but reasonably mobile), adventurous single, a family (large or small), a reunion or a wedding party. Absolutely perfect!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my third cruise with Blue Lagoon Cruises with my family. I was born with a physical disability, and the crew took it upon themselves to make sure that I was well taken care of. From helping me in every way possible with getting my ... Read More
This was my third cruise with Blue Lagoon Cruises with my family. I was born with a physical disability, and the crew took it upon themselves to make sure that I was well taken care of. From helping me in every way possible with getting my food. To getting on the motorboat going to the island from the ship. I can remember all of the cruise directors from all three of the cruises, and how well they made sure I was taken care of. Ben Berwick was the cruise director on my first cruise, and he was really funny. He always loved to make the passengers laugh. Including me. Big Joe was on the second cruise as cruise director, and he was funny too. As was Sefo on the cruise last year. The Fijian people are warm, and welcoming. That's one of the things I love about coming to Fiji. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise simply because we were in Fiji for our daughter's wedding, decided to take another week after the event and I couldn't decide on resorts. I thought a boutique cruise would get us the most Fiji possible in 7 ... Read More
We chose this cruise simply because we were in Fiji for our daughter's wedding, decided to take another week after the event and I couldn't decide on resorts. I thought a boutique cruise would get us the most Fiji possible in 7 days. I am so glad I couldn't decide on resorts because this cruise was amazing. Port Denarau was OK. There is a bistro near the check in desk and I felt safe the entire time we waited. Embarkation was organized and easy. The ship is well loved and care worn but clean and maintained. You actually feel that you are on a boat, not a floating city. The small size meant that you got to know the crew and your fellow passengers. It felt good to go on adventures and take meals with new friends, sort of like a summer camp experience. The cabin, we were in 15, was small but adequate. The point isn't to spend time there except to sleep and get ready to do something else anyway. There is only a closet which necessitated living out of our suitcases, something I don't like to do, but they slid easily in and out from under the bed and I got over it. In all reality, if you bring more than swim gear, a couple of casual outfits and underwear you are over packing for this cruise. You could probably skip the underwear. It is very casual. The bathroom is tiny- no shower curtain so the whole thing gets wet but it drains quickly. The food was great. 3 meals plus 2 teas- more than anyone needs. Breakfast offers eggs to order, meats, potatoes, baked beans (a UK thing I guess), multiple bread choices. Mimosas for morning imbibers. Tea and a self-serve espresso/coffee machine that I am still missing, 2 weeks later. Morning tea was some form of cake and fresh fruit (the most delicious fresh fruit possible) and off course tea, coffee choices, fruit juice. Lunch was a steam table set up, sometimes on the beach, and usually was a choice of proteins (fresh fish and chicken or beef), some veggie selections, variety of starches and always the fresh fruit was available. Once day we had box lunches on the beach. Then beach time or a snorkel trip and afternoon tea- same as morning only tea sandwiches added. then beach or a snorkel trip and time to clean up for dinner. We had 2 Captains nights where we were served at the table- given a choice for entree (appetizer in US), main course and dessert and all was delicious. 1 night there was a Lovo (Fijian cook out) on the beach with pork, fish and the great accouterments. One night was Indian night- saris were provided and the food was Indian. One night we was scheduled for a feast with a local village but weather prevailed and the feast was brought to us and we dined on board- again, delicious. If you go hungry on this cruise it's because you are too busy having fun to eat. Activities were mostly water related- beach days, guided snorkeling trips, cave snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking. The snorkeling was really terrific, as good as I have experienced having snorkeled in Hawaii and Caribbean. If you want to scuba or deep sea fish you can arrange it with the crew and that is the only extra expense other than alcohol. And spa treatments. I had 2 massages. One on board- the room isn't terribly spa like but the massage was good and one on the beach where the massage was just ok but the beach was wonderful. There was dancing but it was after 8 p.m. and to be honest we hit the sack too early to participate. The crew entertained with guitars several times. Any down time was self-made and consisted of enjoying the sunset with a cocktail and our new found friends or reading in a deck chair. WiFi is a bit spotty of more than adequate for posting photos to Facebook to make your friends back home jealous. People trying to work had some issues. I think it was karma. One day we visited a village and toured the school. We had 2 Kava ceremonies. The crew was fabulous. The Captain kept us out of the way of a cyclone and our weather was close to perfect. The service is good and everyone in the crew is friendly and just plain nice. They could not have been better trained or more personable. Disembarkation was clouded by the tears in my eyes after the crew sang us off the boat. Everything went smoothly however. Would I go again? HELL YES! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
There are so many choices in the islands of Fiji, so my daughter and I decided a cruise through the Yasawa Islands would give us a sampler in a small amount of time. The Fiji Princess is a small, 65 passenger plus crew ship with dining and ... Read More
There are so many choices in the islands of Fiji, so my daughter and I decided a cruise through the Yasawa Islands would give us a sampler in a small amount of time. The Fiji Princess is a small, 65 passenger plus crew ship with dining and lounge areas, as well as a large sundeck. Because of small size, there was no fitness or true aquatic area. I believe there were only about 45 passengers onboard our cruise, which made for no waits or crowding. The Island Princess did seem very seaworthy, even in some pretty good Pacific swells. The cabins are tiny, with virtually no space for clothes, and minimal plug ins for any devices. Air conditioning was powerful and consistent throughout. The bathroom area is a tight fit for any big person, and the shower head was held up by the clothes line! The cabin was clean, and serviced daily. Except for sleeping and changing clothes, we didn't spend much time in our cabin, because activities were pretty regular. We adapted to it quickly, because the itinerary, as well as the crew and fellow passengers....mostly from New Zealand and Australia...were wonderful. However, Blue Lagoon's advertising as a "boutique" experience is hyperbolic to put it mildly. A better characterization was from a Kiwi on board who called it "a bit rough around the edges". Food was plentiful, and pretty good, but not outstanding with the exception of sashimi served at one meal. Breakfasts were also very good. Complementary beverages were included in cabin refrigerators, but alcoholic drinks were otherwise pretty steep. There were several highlights. The pacing of the activities was about right...not too much, but enough to keep you moving. With the exception of the first snorkel trip, which was disorganized and a bit chaotic, the excursions were handled well. Because of its small size, the Island Princess was able to anchor just a short swim from a gorgeous iconic South Seas Beach in Nanuya Island. Blue Lagoon leases this beach area, and it was already set up with umbrellas, chairs, hammocks and water toys including kayaks and paddleboards before we disembarked. Clean flush toilets also. As Fiji was and is heavily influenced by the British Empire, morning and afternoon tea were served, as well as a decent lunch. Snorkeling...though not outstanding because of reef bleaching and cyclone devastation...was fun, and a wonderful dinner was served by torch and electric lights at night. A Nanuya village provided a colorful music and dance program, and my daughter played beach volleyball with crew and fellow passengers. Equally fascinating were visits to a Fijian village for kava ceremony and dinner, and a magnet school in Naviti, which was devastated by a Category 5 cyclone in February of 2016. Like seemingly EVERYBODY in Fiji, the kids are accomplished and enthusiastic singers. A snorkeling trip to a reef at Barefoot Island was outstanding, though our group did not seeing migrating manta rays. The reef itself was large, and rich in both coral and fish...though not pristine by any means. I can't say enough good things about the wonderful crew, with perhaps the exception of the Cruise Director, who seemed aloof and not terribly friendly or conversational. Perhaps he was just too busy or preoccupied. Within a couple hours of being onboard, it seemed like most of the staff knew my name, and enjoyed conversation. The crew running the landing boats were exceptional, especially getting back to the Island Princess on a rough dark night from the Fijian village. A friendlier, more congenial crew you will not find anywhere. Go on this cruise if you are an adaptable traveler, and don't mind "rough around the edges" You will enjoy the wonderful people of Fiji, the Yasawa Islands and their amazing sights. If that doesn't suit you, there are more than 300 islands...many with fine resorts...as well as many things to do on the bigger main islands of Fiji. Even though this was by no means an inexpensive cruise, both my adult daughter and I enjoyed it immensely Bula! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
We have just completed the 7 day Yasawa Islands cruise on the Fiji Princess. We are completely hooked on small ship cruising. We sailed out of Port Denarau which is 15 minutes from Nadi airport. The cab cost us $25.00. Boarding was very ... Read More
We have just completed the 7 day Yasawa Islands cruise on the Fiji Princess. We are completely hooked on small ship cruising. We sailed out of Port Denarau which is 15 minutes from Nadi airport. The cab cost us $25.00. Boarding was very simple and we were greeted on the gangway by the crew singing, "Bula, Bula", the Fijian welcome song. The ship only holds 65 passengers which makes for a very intimate cruise. After only 20 minutes from shore, the ship slowed down because we had already caught a fish! The crew pulled in a beautiful 2 foot long Spanish Mackerel which was cooked up for dinner. Talk about fresh!!! After sailing about 2 hours, we reached the island where Tom Hanks filmed Castaway. We had a chance to swim and snorkel and enjoy the beautiful island. Back on the board, we got ready for the Captain's dinner with pre-dinner cocktails on the Sky Deck. The crew sang and we all had a dance. Such a great night. Every morning, we had an opportunity for an early morning swim on shore before breakfast. Then, we would set sail for the next gorgeous deserted island. The crew would set up umbrellas and beach blankets on the beach. The crew took us out to the reef to go snorkelling. We even did a shark feeding snorkel which was incredible. Little 2-3 foot Reef Sharks swam around us. Totally safe and very exciting. On returning to the beach, the crew always had a table set up with tea/coffee/ice water or juice, fresh fruit and delicious fresh baking. The food was incredible....as they say, "The more you eat...the more you float"!!! We would then sail to another gorgeous island. We visited a few traditional Fijian Villages, swam in the world famous Sawa-i-lau caves, and visited the actual "Blue Lagoon" where the Brooke Shields movie was filmed. The best day of the cruise was definitely the visit the the Blue Lagoon Private Island. Talk about Paradise. Here, we had wonderful snorkelling (the colourful soft corals are amazing) a BBQ lunch on the beach, a chance for a cross-island trek, and a game of volleyball with the crew. In the evening, there was a traditional Lovo feast (the food is cooked in the ground with hot stones). The local village came to the Island and did a dancing and singing performance. It was fabulous. We also had an opportunity to have dinner in a local village. The food was delicious, and the fish all freshly caught that day. The one thing that sets this cruise line apart from all others is definitely The Crew. They are the friendliest, kindest people we have ever met. They love their guests and will bend over backwards to make you happy. One afternoon, a crew member overheard a guest say, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a coconut drink". The next thing we knew, the crew had gotten a bunch of coconuts off of the trees and were serving them to us as we swam in the ocean!!!!! Unreal. One day at dinner, I asked the Captain if he would point out The Southern Cross to me. He informed me that it was only visible in the middle of the night and asked if I wanted to be woken up to see it. "Of course", I said. The next morning, at 5:00 am, I heard a knock at the cabin door. It was the Captain himself!!! He was so happy to point out the constellation to me and I could imagine the sailors of years ago using those stars to navigate southern waters. The food in the ship was always delicious, fresh, and beautifully presented. We returned to Nadi after 7 days feeling that we had just experienced something really special. The tissue box was passed around as the Crew sang "Isa Lei" the Fijian farewell song. I can't recommend this cruise highly enough.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
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
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