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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Check in at Port Denarau was easy. We had complimentary pickup from our Nadi hotel. On arrival, you drop off the bags and they advise what time to come back for boarding. You can then have a drink, look around the shops etc. You are ... Read More
Check in at Port Denarau was easy. We had complimentary pickup from our Nadi hotel. On arrival, you drop off the bags and they advise what time to come back for boarding. You can then have a drink, look around the shops etc. You are greeted with a nice drink on arrival and welcoming singers and staff and shown to your cabin. Room: Orchid room, which was clean and had fresh towels and toiletries. What is missing is storage space & hooks. There are no draws, and in the cupboard, there was only 4 hangers. After a while, our room attendant managed to get 3 more hangers for us, which I found a bit strange. The storage could be solved easily by putting a set of draws in the wardrobe or having a lot of hangers for people to use. There is a shelving area up against the windows which you can put some things on, but most stuff has to stay in your luggage which is stored under the bed. The bed was large enough but too soft for people with back issues. As we did the 7 nights, once the 3 night guests departed, wonderful Harry (guest relations) had our mattress replaced and it was better option for us. The shower/toilet takes a few days to get used to. There is no shower curtain and space is tight, but after a few days, we worked out how to not get water everywhere. Also being in an Orchid room, you have replenished mini bar each day. 2 soft drinks, 2 waters, 4 beers & 1 x white wine (Chardonnay) & 1 red (Shiraz). There is a form to fill out which you place on the bed with what you have used. I have to say nearly every day we had to chase for something to be replaced which got a bit annoying after a few days. Other things for the room: If you like to watch a movie (as there are no tv channels), you can go to reception and get a Hard drive which has a big selection of movies to choose from free to watch. You need to return this or you will be charged FJ200 which is fair. Drinks on board: If you are lucky enough to have an Orchid room, depends on how big a drinker you are as to what the end bill will be. Drinks are a bit on the expensive side. Soft drinks FJ8 = $5.17 // Beers from FJ11 = $7.10 // Wines per bottle from FJ73 = $47 // Cocktails from around FJ28 = $18.10. Every day there is happy hour in the afternoon where the cocktail of the day is 30% off. Food: There is a Captains dinner on the beginning of the 3night & 4night itinerary. 4 courses and delicious. Other food is buffet style with a great, tasty selection. Breakfast is buffet with an egg station for omelettes, poached, fried etc. A couple or mornings also champagne on offer. Service: Fijians are always amazing people. On this cruise, staff were friendly and a few of them go over and above to make your stay wonderful. A few others are friendly but need to understand that guests are paying a premium for this cruise and expect great service all the time (not some of the time). Laundry: There is a self service laundry on board which the guests can use in the morning and staff in the afternoon. Just check with them what the best time is. Itinerary: We enjoyed visiting Modriki Island where Castaway was filmed. This didn’t happen on the 1st day, but the following morning a few went for an early swim and walk. That afternoon, quite a few did snorkelling with the reef sharks which they enjoyed. Afternoon we visited Soso Bay and the Fijian island village. Always enjoyable to meet the local Fijians. There was an option the next morning for a church service or time to go snorkelling which we did and the captain joined us. 4th day – Sacred Isles. Unfortunately for us, it was low tide. This was one of the places where it was very difficult for some people to enjoy the beach, because of low tide. You had to walk over rocks etc just go for a swim. Thankfully the snorkelling was good. 5th day – Blue Lagoon (Nanuya Lailai Isl) which BLCruises has a large section for their private use. This for us was the highlight of the trip. Amazing beach, great snorkelling and fish feeding and you could easily just swim back to the ship if you wished. We were there for full day and that evening which included a traditional feast, dances/singers and then a shell market. Great day. 6th day – Early morning walk on the island for those up to it (steep hill first up) and good views, we then did the boat transfer back. Off then to Sawa-I-Lau caves. First section is easily accessible and they have floats etc for those who just want to stay in the 1st section and not go underwater to the 2nd cave. Great experience. 7th day – Off the ship for a school visit this morning (which was wonderful interaction with the kids) then to Drawaqa Island where a Marine Biologist was onboard for a presentations. BLCruises state in their itinerary between May to October, you have the opportunity to snorkel with the MANTA RAYS. We all discovered, by the Marine Biologist, that the only real chance you have is at high tide, and again we got there at low tide (and I was pretty angry about it along with a lot of others). A lot of people were very disappointed. This was one of the main reasons we did this itinerary and cruise. Cannot understand why BLCruises would not amend the itinerary to maximum the chance for their clients, if they are going to advertise this on their itinerary, why did they not do Manta Rays 1st and then the school? The school could have been visited in the afternoon instead. Thankfully the whole afternoon wasn’t a loss. The snorkelling was wonderful off the beach from Bare Foot Manta Resort. We decided to do Blue Lagoons 7 night cruise for a special occasion. Having cruised previously on 2 occasions, with their competitor we wanted to try BLCruises. Overall we had a great time, but it could have been a wonderful experience if just a few things were amended by BLCruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We wanted to cruise around the Fiji Islands. The Captain has no control over the weather but he always found safe mooring at night. The weather (wind) affected most of the planned activities but as promised the captain and crew made other ... Read More
We wanted to cruise around the Fiji Islands. The Captain has no control over the weather but he always found safe mooring at night. The weather (wind) affected most of the planned activities but as promised the captain and crew made other plans that compensated for the missed features. Would have been great to get onto the beautiful beaches but water was to rough for safe passage in the tenders. Our safety was the captain's highest priority. My wife has many food in-tolerances but the chef and his team went beyond themselves to accommodate her complex dietary needs. It was the first holiday we have had without any issues caused by food. We thank them all so much. Everybody else's food was excellent and abundant. Waitstaff were very helpful and attentive. Ship was kept spotlessly clean at all time. We made many friends through the planned on-board activities each night. Sunrises and sunsets are beautiful in Fiji. We are going to book a 7 day cruise next year. Thanks once again for a wonderful holiday. Read Less
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The cruise was terrific, the staff was always attentive, very energetic, and happy. They were very hardworking as well, setting up our private beaches and shuttling us between the ship and our activities multiple times a day for a week was ... Read More
The cruise was terrific, the staff was always attentive, very energetic, and happy. They were very hardworking as well, setting up our private beaches and shuttling us between the ship and our activities multiple times a day for a week was amazing. And for being "on" all the time, never once did I see them slacking or getting frustrated. Every staff member enjoyed what they do and it showed. The staff was also very welcoming and warm. We toured the engine room, the bridge was always open to us, the captain would always be involved too, he was never a no-show. It was wonderful. The excursions were also terrific, many snorkels, saw lots of fish up close (sharks, mantas to name a few), sunsets, caves, traditional villages, ceremonies, and private beaches. I could go on and on. We really had access to the best of the best. The other passengers were terrific too. It doesn't feel crowded but the ship was still full. Surprisingly to me, the average passenger was a retiree or an empty-nester. However, they were very active. Partook in mostly all of the activities. snorkeling, hiking, dancing etc... amazing. Bottom line: great time. Do the 7 days. 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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise on the recommendation of family who did the cruise, "Majestic Princess" in 96/97. The compelling factor was the number of passengers (70) capacity we had 58. We went in March 2017 in the wet season so we ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the recommendation of family who did the cruise, "Majestic Princess" in 96/97. The compelling factor was the number of passengers (70) capacity we had 58. We went in March 2017 in the wet season so we had very high humidity, sunshine, rain. We considered that we had a true Fiji experience staying at a resort in a byre (reviewed on TripAdvisor) prior to boarding and after disembarking and doing two half day tours. Our cabin was on the same deck as the Lounge Bar and as we are mobile senior citizens this was ideal for more than one reason. The whole crew and those we did not see were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble, The seas were calm except for one day when we steamed out to the last island but it was nothing and not constant only when we were out in open water and not on the lee side of the hundreds of islands that make up the wonderful country of Fiji and especially the 20 or so that make up the Yasawa Island group. Our cabin was air-conditioned perhaps a little too well as each time we left it glasses, video recorders, cameras and the like immediately fogged up and cameras took almost an hour to be useable, small concern. Having done a couple of earlier cruises on bigger ships we did not expect a cabin any larger than it was but the shower took a little bit of working out, but again you are aboard ship. If you could not get out of bed for breakfast, 10.00am was morning tea. The dining area one deck below us was absolutely magical perhaps it was the very fact that the weather was warm and very humid as it would in the wet season and one had night shows of magnificent lightening flicking across the sky. If you are travelers who want to have their day full of busy activities forget it, you do as much as you want and as little as you want, but who in the South Pacific would want to stay onboard as great as it was instead of getting ashore in landing craft which were expertly driven by both the guys and the gals that made up the Fiji crew. Activities were mainly ashore and/or in the wonderfully warm azure water or under it with expert guidance. The service was at all times impeccable and could not be faulted. Due to weather conditions many onshore activities the Lovo was cooked and brought aboard and we missed a meal on shore and cocktails on the Sun Deck but no worry no hurry it is Fiji time. We watched the crew load the landing craft and bring ashore morning and afternoon teas and this would be a disaster unless one is Fijian as we feel that they can do everything all with a smile on their faces and they can all sing. We were entertained by village dancers and had a shell market on board as weather did not permit otherwise and we knew that all things offshore was "weather permitting" and this did not worry us in the slightest. There are special cruises that take place in holiday times for children, so not all cruises have children. We were able to join in the fun of dressing, ladies in saris and this was an experience and the men had it easier. The other fun event was a fashion parade showing the different ways of wearing a sulu (sarong) seven of us were able to represent a group of islands and I was Miss Yasawa and was loudly cheered by many of the crew who lived on islands in this area. Unfortunately for them I was runner-up. Being onshore was a daily event visiting villages, schools and a church service or just laying back on the provided sun lounges and doing nothing except have a dip in the blue, blue warm water. We did tie up to a coconut palm, we did see the movie "Blue Lagoon" and swim at Blue Lagoon and swam at Castaway Island again another movie location for "Castaway" complete with "HELP ME" written in rocks on the beach. We took things for the villages and schools but did not realise that we went to more than one school, we will know next time when we go in 2020. Some of the students had a one and a half hour walk to school over a hill to the other side of the island to get to school and of course the same back to their village after school. Our school children would be aghast at what the Fijian's do not have, our grand children were in disbelief that the schools did not have all of the social media and media tools. It would be a great cruise for our kids to see the Fijian kids. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2013
This was our first Cruise, and we boarded with some trepidation. We needed not to have worried the Cruise was wonderful. Each day we would visit a deserted beach or village in the morning and then cruise to another beach or village for ... Read More
This was our first Cruise, and we boarded with some trepidation. We needed not to have worried the Cruise was wonderful. Each day we would visit a deserted beach or village in the morning and then cruise to another beach or village for the afternoon. The food was never ending and delicious with Breakfast, Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & then Dinner. We never lacked something to do if we wanted to . One of the highlights was snorkelling with the Sharks on a reef. However the best thing about the Cruise was the Crew, They were all wonderful, nothing was too much trouble for them, We would normally be able to pick out some special crew members, But it would be unfair to do so. Every member of the Crew was exceptional. From boarding with trepidation we are now planning our next cruise with them. Read Less
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