3 Nadi Family Cruise Reviews

As seasoned travellers we constantly looking for new travel experiences. We have cruised on significantly larger vessels and were looking forward to trying out a smaller boat which could show us the 'real Fiji'. The 100% rating ... Read More
As seasoned travellers we constantly looking for new travel experiences. We have cruised on significantly larger vessels and were looking forward to trying out a smaller boat which could show us the 'real Fiji'. The 100% rating by travellers on this website 'Cruise Critic' was also the allure to booking this rather expensive 4 night cruise. Sadly, we were disappointed by our experiences on this boat. The Reef Endeavor is old (20+ years) and very very tired. Designed in the eighties and built in the nineties, this vessel is definitely not DDA compliant and suitable only for the active and able bodied. The cabin is dated and pokey, mould permeates throughout, the towels are bare and stained and things need fixing or replacement around the cabin. With the lift out of action climbing the four flights of stairs throughout the day was standard practice. We found the boat and crew had significant difficulties attending to those with dietary requirements (e.g gluten free), although at time of booking we were assured by the company directly they could comfortably accommodate our request. Miss 8 years was despondent when the crew failed to serve gluten free options for morning and afternoon tea each day and served the default meal of marinated chicken drum sticks and salad for the 6th time in a row! The saving grace of this small vessel is the opportunity to interact with crew and other passengers. With such pokey cabins you are inclined to spend time on deck and engage with fellow passengers. Added to that the day activities (generally a morning and afternoon snorkel or beach visit) meant one was off the boat and active. Captain Cook Cruises, and the parent company Sealink Travel Group, seriously need to rethink their strategy and offering here with the vessel and its pricing in the market. Whilst the staff are trying their best, they are let down by the vessel and equipment they have to work with. It feels like the Sealink Travel Group are gouging the market in the absence on any competition.... and in doing so damaging their brand. The boat definitely doesn't deserve the 100% rating from the earlier eight reviews for this vessel.... more like 50-60%. Comments listed on Tripadvisor give a more realistic impression of the boat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
After doing a few big cruise lines we decided to try this little boat so see something new and do enjoy some diving. WOW we got more than we expected, with only 60 guests the service was very personalised and the atmosphere was very ... Read More
After doing a few big cruise lines we decided to try this little boat so see something new and do enjoy some diving. WOW we got more than we expected, with only 60 guests the service was very personalised and the atmosphere was very relaxed no crowds not hassle and bustle of 1000's of guests. The tendering on and off twice a day was easy quick and without fault. If you want an itinerary locked in concrete this is not for you decisions are made on the day according to weather and guests to ensure the holiday is the best it can be, which I loved. The staffs flexibility to make you holiday amazing was the best part - I missed a tender one day and no big deal it was my fault so I just sat on deck watching the sea and the staff noticed asked me why I didn't do to the beach I joked about missing the tender next thing a boat was sent to pick me up. I think this cruise if perfect for the water lovers as all the islands are remote so water sports is all there is so if you are a shopper give it a miss. The boat is relaxing and quiet the rooms are good sizes I was on 4 and very happy with the room. Don't expect a casino and fancy stage shows but do expect to relax and feel the friendly happy vibe. Captain Simon was the most chilled friendly guy and was brilliant with teenagers. Perfect for teenage families, I wouldn't choose for little kids but take some board/card games there is a lull of 2 hrs most afternoons and without a lot of wifi teens need entertaining - or take a USB with new movies to watch in the TV room. Food was great the servings and range of meals couldn't be faulted - even fussy teenager enjoyed it and tried lots of new things. The stand out staff members were Sefo, Captain Simon and Matt and Artoo If you are thinking about this cruise book it now ..... Now I just need to find others like it Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
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 December 2013

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