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I chose this cruise because of their great advertising, which is totally false!The catamaran is old,decrepit,dank,and in dire need of a total overhaul!Those beautiful photos of a chef flaming food, it never happens, and their idea of ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of their great advertising, which is totally false!The catamaran is old,decrepit,dank,and in dire need of a total overhaul!Those beautiful photos of a chef flaming food, it never happens, and their idea of exotic dishes is chicken done seven ways, lamb sausages, spattering of fish, meals served in an open dining area that is hot and humid and the flies feast on your food before you have a chance to!Majority of the meals are buffet, and there are flies, gnats, and tiny roaches around the food and coffee area.The place you may find relief from the heat could be your cabin,except your cabin is small, dank, and disgusting where the a/c knob turns without any change in the temperature.The ensuite bathroom is so small you have to shower with one foot in and one foot next to the toilet. When you wash your face or brush your teeth all you can smell is the sewer coming up from the drain.Don't lean on the sink because it wobbles.They also have a 24/7 deodorizer in the cabin spritzing every so many minutes.Stay away, book Captain Cook Cruises you will be so sorry if you book the Fiji Princess.Crew are great, and I feel for them having to work under the most horrible conditions!Their brochure is totally false advertising, and when I complained they said the ship went under total renovations after my cruise, that was a lie because we had to be out of our rooms by 9:00a.m for their quick turn.Lies, Lies,False Advertising! Run to Captain Cook Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We wanted to have a more casual and relaxing holiday cruise with snorkelling and beach activities but with a focus on Fijian culture and way of life. This cruise ticked all those boxes for us and then some, so much so that we booked ... Read More
We wanted to have a more casual and relaxing holiday cruise with snorkelling and beach activities but with a focus on Fijian culture and way of life. This cruise ticked all those boxes for us and then some, so much so that we booked the Colonial Flavours cruise for next year. Embarkation from Denarau Marina starts at 12md on a Tuesday and you are sent to the Yacht Club to wait for boarding and are given a free drink voucher. Then we were all called and checked in as we ascended the gangway where we were given a shell lei and a brief safety overview and a lovely outdoor buffet lunch. The Captain was Ken Ballantine and the Hospitality Manager was Carole Crumlin, who did an excellent job. Cabins were available shortly after and we sailed away at 2 pm. Key collection and checkin was done at the reception desk. We visited the Yasawa Islands on the first part of our cruise (4 days) and we had two snorkelling and/or beach activities each day and on another day we visited a school, where the children sang for us then picked their adult and showed us around their school grounds and classrooms. We had taken pads, pencils, stickers and these were given to the teacher for distribution. School books for the teachers themselves are also highly needed. Sweets and biscuits are frowned upon. You also need to dress appropriately with knees and arms covered. This was a great visit. We also visited a village and enjoyed a local lovo (underground cooking) with beautiful salads and fruits and wine from the ship even though alcohol is not allowed in villages where Cava is the main drink. We enjoyed a traditional cava welcome ceremony and wonderful dancing and singing also. We also had some extra activities such as exploring Sawa-I-Lau cave, the famous limestone cave with its beautiful underground lagoon, where we swam in crystal clear water open to the sky above. On this portion of the cruise we visited Tivua, Naviti, Yaqeta and Drawaqa Islands. Meals on board were mainly buffets set up in the Dining room or upstairs in the lounge for casual buffet lunches. We also had some three course dinners served in the Dinng room some nights including the Captains Welcome dinner the first night. We thought the food very very good and never had any complaints with variety, taste or quantity. At set meals you are seated in a group with others and there was a variety of family and work groups on this leg. Service from all staff was superb with typical Fijian friendliness and happiness, so lovely to see and we thought they were all magnificent. Alcohol is very pricey with the cheapest being a sparkling wine at $55 FJD about $38 AU while red and white was $FJD85 and up! They have a special cocktail everyday at 19FJD which are normally 25-28FJD. Drinks and canapés are served from 6.30pm every night which is a lovely way to meet others around the pool deck or in the lounge before dinner was served at 7.30 pm. After dinner entertainment was lovely Fijian singing and/or dancing from the crew members, crab racing, an abba dance party, a Fijian fashion show through the ages, and we had a resident DJ Manasa who sang songs and played keyboard or guitar nightly. Reef and Culture talks were given by the resident Fijian marine biologist and were very interesting and they had a scuba diving team for those that wanted to dive. Snorkelling activities were done from their glass bottom boat or tenders where you jumped over the side or descended by ladder, with ascending the ladder after snorkelling being a very interesting activity in some of the swells. Luckily there was always help on hand to take the fins or cameras to allow you hands free access to the boat. The glass bottom boat was also use for reef coral viewing activities when the snorkelling group returned for those that wanted more gentle activity. Fins, masks and snorkels were available for use on board though we took our own masks and snorkels and just borrowed fins. Life vests and noodles were always available for those swimming or snorkelling and kayaks and sail boards were taken to the beaches for activities there. Cabins are generally small with minimal hanging space and small bathrooms but you spend so little time there it wasn’t a problem as beds were comfy, aircon good and hot water plentiful for showers. Dress is very casual and no ties or jackets were seen, rather Bula shirts, sulus, shorts, casual dresses were the norm. Bathers and coverups were seen at breakfast and lunch but not at dinner. There were Spa treatments offered on board including pedicures, massages, facials, hair braiding and were cheaper than on the big mainline ships. On the Saturday, you return to Denarau Marina and because we were returning passengers we were able to take a free shore excursion while they reorganised the ship for the next load of passengers for the three day cruise to the Manamucas. We chose to visit the Gardens of the Sleeping Giant, Raymond Burrs beautiful orchid gardens, which was a fabulous side trip. Another offered was a trip to Nadi for shopping. We reboarded after our excursion at 12md and headed to a beautiful sand day for a swim or snorkelling, a truly magical experience on this tiny sand island in the middle of the ocean, just amazing. Next day was our visit to Monuriki where Tom Hanks Castaway was filmed. Another beautiful island which you can walk around and where there are still a few remnants from filming. That night being Sunday we visited a village for their church service. Their beautiful singing from children to the elderly was a real highlight for us, and the fire and brimstone minister a real eye opener! On Monday we visited the Sacred Islands, the place where the first Fijians landed. We swam in beautiful blue warm waters and kayaks or paddle boards were available. After our o board bidpffet lunch we visited Waya Island in The Southern Yasawas where you could swim, snorkel, climb to the peak of Waya or visit the village for a tour. Then our final night to dress up in Fijian wear for Pacific Island night. We sailed into Lautoka overnight (most sailing is done from early morning 6 am so you have a nice sleep without any turbulence from waves) so the ship could fill up with water so we were bussed back to Denarau and taken to our resorts by the bus. Overall Impressions Wonderful relaxing happy cruise with wonderful staff, entertainment and food, fabulous snorkelling opportunities and beautiful island and beach visits. You need to be fit to access the boats for snorkelling and the ship is certainly showing it’s age, but nothing about it made us regret this choice for our Fiji holiday. Highly recommended. Y Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first cruise experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The boat holds 130 people and there was ample room on the four decks. We appreciated wi-fi on the high seas. There were 3 of us in a 4 bunk room which was adequate for our ... Read More
This was our first cruise experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The boat holds 130 people and there was ample room on the four decks. We appreciated wi-fi on the high seas. There were 3 of us in a 4 bunk room which was adequate for our needs. The people - both employees and fellow cruisers - were what made the experience so fantastic. We enjoyed a village visit, a school visit, a hike, several beach, glass-bottom boat, snorkelling and scuba diving experiences, excellent food, and very friendly and accommodating staff. Embarkation and desembarkation went very smoothly. We enjoyed reef talks with the resident marine biologist, Janice. The variety of evening entertainment with Manasa was much appreciated, from happy hour music to crab races to music trivia. We utilized the small gym and hot tub on the top deck, the spa facilities and onboard shopping. We would definitely cruise with Captain Cook again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Blue Lagoon Cruises are my "Happy Place" I just finished cruise number 5 and this time brought some first time BLC friends with us. They had an awesome time and we are already talking about cruise number 6. The staff are ... Read More
Blue Lagoon Cruises are my "Happy Place" I just finished cruise number 5 and this time brought some first time BLC friends with us. They had an awesome time and we are already talking about cruise number 6. The staff are second to none and they make you feel like their family. The activities will blow your mind with new adventures every day. I loved watching my friends faces light up when they saw Nanuya Lai Lai for the first time. Swimming in the famous Saws-I-Lau Caves is an experience never forgotten. This cruise is for the young and old alike. The ship is extremely comfortable and unlike big ship cruising your cabin will be your bedroom and the ship your home. The food is scrumptious and you eat on the islands you visit including a special Lovo night on The Blue Lagoon Island with Meke to follow. You also have theme nights, Captain's Dinner aboard all of which is more dressy but only if you want to as dress code is casual but respectful. You can drink a cocktail while floating in the sea, nothing is too much trouble for the wonderful crew. You will meet and mix with wonderful people and share memories you will never forget. Visiting traditional Villages is a highlight and you will eat traditional Fijian Food one night at a village. You will meet beautiful village children and the happiest people I have ever met. This is a boutique cruise full of adventure on a very comfortable small ship with maximum 64 passengers completely different to big ship cruising. If you like big ship cruising you will find this completely different but you will realise what you have been missing. Same if you are used to big resorts, this is so much better. If you are travelling alone you will find this a great option as you can spend a week at a resort without really meeting people but on a Blue Lagoon Cruise the crew and other passengers will make you part of a very happy and fun group. Every time I've cruised we have had singles that have thoroughly enjoyed their experience. If you come to Fiji, please consider at least a four day BLC you most certainly will not regret it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
It was our first (but not last) cruise with Blue Lagoon Cruises. We sailed to the Yasawas from Port Denarau on the 7 nights' cruise. Everyone made our time enjoyable and relaxing. The food was great, the cabin comfortable, the ... Read More
It was our first (but not last) cruise with Blue Lagoon Cruises. We sailed to the Yasawas from Port Denarau on the 7 nights' cruise. Everyone made our time enjoyable and relaxing. The food was great, the cabin comfortable, the destinations glorious and the crew top class. Nothing was too much trouble and the Fijians' natural gregariousness and genuine care shone through. Ni Sa Bula Vinaka Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I hate big ship cruising but I LOVED the Fiji Princess. Embarkation and disembarkation for the 7 day cruise is from the Denaru Marina, in Nadi, Fiji and involves the crew singing both a greeting song and a goodbye song. The ship's ... Read More
I hate big ship cruising but I LOVED the Fiji Princess. Embarkation and disembarkation for the 7 day cruise is from the Denaru Marina, in Nadi, Fiji and involves the crew singing both a greeting song and a goodbye song. The ship's crew is fabulous: friendly, caring, attentive, warm and entertaining (they sang to us often). They really make this cruise, but the ship itself and the itinerary are also great. The ship has 30 cabins so 60 passengers are the max. This makes for a fairly intimate experience and one gets to know many of the other passengers, many of whom are from New Zealand and Australia. The ship has really nice and well designed cabins with lots of storage including under bed storage for your suitcases (the beds are raised platform style). Every cabin has a window and ensuite bath which is small but very functional. The shower converts to a hand held shower which makes it so much easier to shower. There is even a medicine cabinet in the bathroom to store all your essentials. Our cabin was on the Hibiscus Deck and we were so glad as this deck has the dining room and reception area (where one goes to board the tenders for trips) and the self service free laundry room that has 2 washers and 2 dryers. The lowest Orchid Deck has the bar and lounge area and the upper Orchid deck has its own sun deck. The food on the ship is great and plentiful with several choices at every meal. Fresh fish is almost always available as is beautiful salad fixings every lunch time. In addition to the 3 meals they serve morning and afternoon tea which usually includes fresh tropical fruit of all kinds. The 7 day tour winds up and around the Yasawa Islands and includes visits to the islands where the movies Blue Lagoon and Castaway were filmed as well as an excursion to the caves featured in the Blue Lagoon movie. In addition there is snorkeling almost every day and sometimes twice per day, village visits at many of the islands and a visit to the cruise company's private beach which is really beautiful and includes a song and dance performance by the villagers of that island. The reefs of Fiji are in marvelous condition, healthy, lush, colorful and well populated with a large variety of fish and other sea creatures. We took this cruise mainly for the snorkeling and were not disappointed. In all, I whole heartedly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I was very interested in taking a Silversea Expedition cruise because I am an adventure traveler from way back. My travel adventures have included mountain climbing, rafting, backpacking, bicycling, canoeing and more. When I am traveling ... Read More
I was very interested in taking a Silversea Expedition cruise because I am an adventure traveler from way back. My travel adventures have included mountain climbing, rafting, backpacking, bicycling, canoeing and more. When I am traveling the world, I want to see or do something that is unique and different. Silversea Expeditions is a different type of cruising that takes guests on an adventure not to be forgotten. This cruise hit all the right buttons for me. A Silversea expedition cruise offers guests access to the world's most remote destinations while traveling aboard the world's most luxurious expedition ships. Guests enjoy all of Silversea's signature indulgences: all ocean view suites, butler services, superb dining and culinary excellence, open bar and a staff that is passionate about service and caring. There is no difference in the level of service between a Silversea traditional cruise and an expedition cruise. Dining aboard the Discoverer was a food-lovers delight. When chefs are preparing meals for less than 100 guests, they have got the time to amp up the WOW factor. A formal dinner was available every evening in the dining room. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style. When I am in my morning mood, prefer to have my breakfast served to me, and the staff indulged my service preference every morning with out hesitation. I come back with the advice that an expedition cruise is for the curious traveler who delights in visiting the most remote regions of the world in the company of a team of expert naturalists, geologists, biologists and historians. One day you will be boarding a Zodiac for a snorkeling trip to a reef and the next day attending a Kava Ceremony in a remote village. Silversea will immerse you immediately in your destination. Silversea's complimentary activities bring guests to see unique flora and fauna with the insight and passion of your expert guides who are always at hand. Some of this may sound strenuous, but only as much as you want it to be. If you can play a round of golf, climb a flight of stairs, laugh and smile if you get a little wet or dirty, then you have what it takes to enjoy an expedition cruise. You will be traveling with a group of people who enjoy meeting new friends and sharing a walk to a remote village, beach or glacier. A typical day usually begins with a briefing before dinner on the previous day. Your expedition leader will tell you what excursions and activities are planned for the next day. A show of hands is the tool used to know how many guests would like to do what - it is that casual. Your expedition leaders may also talk about the geology, biology or history of your destination. Very often, couples will split up to do different activities and this is one reason expedition cruising is good for single travelers. Friendships form along common interests on expedition cruises, and the activities (like getting on a Zodiac with grace) act as an icebreaker between travelers. Destinations will be very unique at times. We visited Palmerston Atoll in the Cook Islands during our trip. There are only 63 people living on Palmerston and they represent the descendants of one Englishman, William Marsters, and his three wives. Cargo ships visit Palmerston once in a while, but we were the first visitors to have arrived in the past year. School was cancelled for the day so the children would get to meet the unusual guests from the Silver Discoverer. We were treated to music, food and a tour of the island. We all left there in true amazement of meeting these very special islanders. The Silver Discoverer is a small ship about the length of a football field. She holds up to 120 guests and her shallow draft allows the ship to navigate close to shore. Activities usually begin from the fleet of Zodiacs that are boarded at the rear of the ship with relative ease. All suites are ocean-view and some have balconies. As is true with all small ships, the motion of the ocean is evident at most times, and on rare and delightful moments, a light mist from breaking waves can be felt when up on deck. If you are like me, this is an awesome advantage since I love being on the ocean. Life onboard is laid back and casual. Deck shoes and comfortable clothes would be about all one needs to have a good time. Guests onboard are happy that dressing up means elegant casual clothes. Evening entertainment is an after dinner drink while talking with new friends in the piano bar or by the pool enjoying the breeze, the ocean and gazing at the stars. Being young at heart is the only age restriction with adult guests of all ages on our sailing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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
Just recently came of the Fiji Princess, 7 night cruise and was so disappointed. The good points first, the Yasawra Islands are gorgeous the best part of Fiji and Blue Lagoon have their own private beach at Blue Lagoon which is a ... Read More
Just recently came of the Fiji Princess, 7 night cruise and was so disappointed. The good points first, the Yasawra Islands are gorgeous the best part of Fiji and Blue Lagoon have their own private beach at Blue Lagoon which is a fantastic spot! The staff were good, friendly. I'm afraid that is it for the positive. Negative. On the first night there was no hot water for all cabins had to be fixed. The toilets broke down twice during the cruise. We woke up on the first morning to get a coffee and there was lipstick on the cup. Also when they cleaned the room they would put the wine glasses over the open vent of the air conditioning. As you can imagine not the most healthiest thing to be doing. There was a blood stain on our sheets! The whole ship apparently has had a refurbishment but where I do not know. The food was another big contention, it just wasn't good! For how expensive this cruise is, it is not up to standard of the price. Another couple had to be moved twice because of problems in their cabin. They were then moved into the Orchid deck after the 2nd night which is a higher more expensive deck but because they had paid for the Hibiscus deck and not the Orchid deck (even though they had been moved because of technical problems) they actually took out the coffee machine in the room as it's not included in what they had paid?? So they were offered no compensation at all for two rooms that were unusable but then had the insult of not even enjoying the benefits of the upgraded room. Lastly and I kid you not my partner came back with Scabies!! Poor cleanliness of the cruise/cleaners. I am a travel agent and I would not recommend my clients on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We have just completed the 7-day cruise option. This holiday will remain amongst our most loved for years to come. The staff of Blue Lagoon cruises are to be highly commended on their willing and effective service and personable manner. ... Read More
We have just completed the 7-day cruise option. This holiday will remain amongst our most loved for years to come. The staff of Blue Lagoon cruises are to be highly commended on their willing and effective service and personable manner. Each day unfolds at a different location and there are ample opportunities to swim, snorkel, visit villages, kayak etc. The Captain monitors the weather and tides and will move location to obtain the optimum safe and comfortable location to spend each night peacefully. The vessel is well appointed with three main areas for relaxation being the top, open deck, which is the best for cooler breezes, the dining saloon and the lounge area on the two floors below. Guests are welcome at the bridge at any time and this may be of great interest to some as they navigate through the islands. The days at Blue Lagoon and the Caves will live clearly in our memories for ever. It is not difficult to enter the second chamber at the caves, make sure you do this. The local village artistic song and dance at Blue Lagoon after dinner was of an excellent standard and a highlight as well. Food was plentiful and varied and of a good standard. The ferrying of passengers to and from the shore activities was extremely well managed and flexible. The cabin was comfortable and private and well serviced. The bathroom was what you would normally expect on a smaller vessel but adequate. Guests integrated very well with each other and the staff and we had lots of fun together with some late nights. Thankyou to all of the staff of Blue lagoon Cruises! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
There is no doubt that Captain Cook Cruses' "Reef Endeavour" can take you to some amazing destinations, but the ship, itself, is showing her age. Our recent 7-night Yasawa Islands cruise took us to picturesque islands and ... Read More
There is no doubt that Captain Cook Cruses' "Reef Endeavour" can take you to some amazing destinations, but the ship, itself, is showing her age. Our recent 7-night Yasawa Islands cruise took us to picturesque islands and beautiful beaches and snorkelling locations. The crew members were amazing- friendly, hospitable and multi-talented. But the maintenance of the ship has been lacking- Flaking paint, rotting timbers in places, cracked (and leaking) hand-basin in the bathroom, some rusty bathroom fittings, hand-rail supports rusted out... you get the picture. However, ignore all that and you have a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We're experienced cruisers who wanted to try a smaller ship, and Paul Gauguin was touted as the top of the line experience. It very much failed to live up to that billing. The ship had apparently just come out of dry dock in ... Read More
We're experienced cruisers who wanted to try a smaller ship, and Paul Gauguin was touted as the top of the line experience. It very much failed to live up to that billing. The ship had apparently just come out of dry dock in Singapore, and this was the first sailing since. I am a PADI certified diver who had not dived recently, so I felt the South Pacific would be a dream destination to get back in the water. I did my early homework, got myself a replacement certification card, etc. before the trip. They advertise that they have a refresher dive (one in the pool and one in a lagoon) and even advised me to go immediately to the dive desk to sign up, as the refresher "takes place tomorrow". Thirty minutes into the cruise, I had my first major disappointment when Regis told me, in a very short and unapologetic tone that there would be no refresher on this cruise. He actually struck me as rude. My wife and I were also very eager to use the water sports marina on the back of the ship. It was closed the entire cruise. I know at least five people who inquired as to why....and got 5 different answers. One was even told it was illegal to use it in all the ports on this cruise. This was very typical of the poor communication on this ship. Guests were left wondering most of the time, and inquiries were met with disinterest or even deliberate deception. Eventually, I was told had been broken for months, and had not yet been checked even though the ship had just come out of dry dock in Singapore. Odd considering that the water sports marina is a selling point that these folks emphasize when selling this overpriced ship. Many on board were repeat customers, and unanimously told us that previous experiences were amazing, but that things seem to have gone far downhill. For the most part, the service from the cabin stewardess, the wait staff, the bartenders, etc was excellent. I enjoyed most of the lecturers, especially Jean Michel Cousteau and John Hay. The entertainment wasn't my cup of tea, but many on board enjoyed it. But overall, the poor organization, lack of communication, and disinterested attitude of the management were extremely disappointing for a cruise that cost two or three times what we've paid anywhere else. We will not be going back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We are amazed that no review on Captain Cook Cruises has been posted on Cruise Critic. They cruise the Fiji islands exclusively and operate a very nice ship, Reef Endeavour, that can handle 120 passengers. I speaking with the Captain and ... Read More
We are amazed that no review on Captain Cook Cruises has been posted on Cruise Critic. They cruise the Fiji islands exclusively and operate a very nice ship, Reef Endeavour, that can handle 120 passengers. I speaking with the Captain and the Hospitality Manager we were informed that the average sailing has about 60 passengers, so that provides for lots of room for everyone both on the ship and the tender which holds about 50. The Voyage: We booked the seven day cruise which is made up of a four night segment to the Yasawa Islands and a three night segment to the Mamanuca Islands. Between the two segments, the ship returns to Port Denarau Marina and offloads some passengers and adds new ones. They run this schedule for three weeks in each month. There are other voyages to outer islands throughout the year on the fourth week. It visits places like the setting for the movies, Blue Lagoon and Castaway. It also goes to the Sacred Islands – a special snorkel location that has virtually pristine corals. The M/S Reef Endeavour: The ship has free WIFI internet connection which we found to be very fast and available most of each day. The ship provides all guests plenty of fresh drinking water. There is a self-serve laundry facility and the cost is very minimal. The sauna provides a great place to work off any jet lag or sore muscles from the various activities. Towels for the beach and water activities are available all day. This is a very family friendly operation with special events for children planned every night. All snorkeling gear and diving gear are available on the ship. The ship’s tender is a glass bottom boat which will cruise the local coral gardens on each island and provide everyone a chance to see the underwater world without getting wet. There is a spa on-board with various services. There is a swimming pool on board which doubles as the SCUBA-training tank. Three meals per day are available with light snacks served prior to dinner. The crew in the kitchen did a splendid job of keeping healthy choices and fresh fruit at all meals. No one complained about the gourmet food and the variety of the selections made by the head chef. She did a great job. Our Cabin: We had a standard cabin for two people and while smaller than luxury cruise lines, it had all the necessary storage space and electrical outlets for the trip. It was well lit and kept clean twice per day by the room staff. The bathroom had lots of water pressure and lots of hot water – which was a welcome relief when we needed to clean up after a snorkel or beach activity. The A/C was a strong unit which quickly chilled the air and refreshed us on the days when the Fiji sun was very intense and when the humidity was climbing ahead of a rainstorm. The Staff: We were very fortunate to have Clinton Perkins as the Hospitality Manager on our cruise. He is a consummate professional with a big resume in the firld of ocean cruises. He has worked on the finest luxury ships from other luxury cruise lines and has a compassion for and understanding of the guests needs. He had a wonderful can-do attitude and would stop anytime and chat with you to answer any questions. His style was clearly infectious for the rest of the ship’s staff. Every staff member was welcoming and cordial to us every day. They really had a good team spirit and were fun to spend time with. They have a wealth of knowledge and shared it without hesitation. All were English speaking native Fijians. Safety and comfort were of paramount importance in every operation. This ship is blessed with a wonderful crew and it goes all the way to the Captain who is around the deck throughout the day and hosts a table for dinner, most nights. He was a gentleman’s gentleman who would stop and chat with any passenger. The Excurisons: Every day was jammed packed with activities morning, noon and afternoon. We snorkeled once or twice every day at different locations or different islands on the same day. The highlight of underwater activity on the four day segment came on day two at Drawaga Bay where the corals and sea life were some of the best we have ever seen (to include the Great Barrier Reef, Tahiti and Belize). On the second night we were invited to a local village for a Fijian Feast (lovo) and Cultural music and dance performance by the villagers. Day three had a visit to a local school on Sawa-i-lau. The children from 6-13 years old performed songs and then led us around by hand to their classrooms to show us what they were learning. It was a special day. On the third day of the 3 night segment, we snorkeled the Sacred Islands and quickly discovered a coral reef that exceeded the quality of Drawaga Bay, which were thought to be impossible. The Dress Code: Despite what is written, there is none. Captain Cook publishes a dress code and asks people to wear smart casual wear for dinner. We were only one of three couples who would dress in that way each night. The average passenger rarely put on long pants and frequently kept their beachwear on all day, wet or not. Virtually none of the men wore dress shoes at night, preferring to go with sandals and flip-flops. For breakfast and lunch, almost all passengers were in beach wear and barefoot. When visiting the Fiji villages all guests needed to cover their shoulders and knees and uncover their heads. Some people thought themselves above those rules and were not permitted to enter the village. The best clothes to have on board would be a pair of sandal style shoes which can get wet as most landings on the beach are wet. One pair of sort /walking shoes would be needed for the hikes that are available. One pair of reef shoes would be very useful. Dress shoes and dress clothes can stay home. Men should invest in a sulu which the wraparound skirt for men worn by Fijians. Women need to invest in dressy cover-ups which cover the shoulders and go lower than the knees.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We have been on many cruises in the past 20 years, but this one was unlike any other. This is not your typical cruise ship, and we mean that in a very good way. The Fiji Princess is a 34 cabin ship that navigates the Yasawa Islands of ... Read More
We have been on many cruises in the past 20 years, but this one was unlike any other. This is not your typical cruise ship, and we mean that in a very good way. The Fiji Princess is a 34 cabin ship that navigates the Yasawa Islands of Fiji, making one or two stops each day. The atmosphere on board in very casual and highly social. We spent most of the week in shorts and casual shirts. Shoes were optional for both guests and some of the crew. After years of formal nights and sometimes impersonal service on large ships, this was quite a pleasant change. The crew aboard Fiji Princess were warm, friendly and beyond helpful. Every member of the cruise staff was fantastic. They made the entire experience special in every way. How often do you have a captain open the bridge and invite the guests to stop by any time they like? The same goes for the chef and the galley. Other cruise lines would benefit from seeing how this all-Fijian crew treated their guests. Activies consisted of beach trips, amazing snokeling and multiple opportunites for cultural experiences, such as village visits. More active guests, such as ourselves, will appreciate the water activies and unique items like the cave swim. We highly recommend this cruise and will definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful cruise. It was such a different cruise experience. We anchored out every night and never went near any ports. There was well supervised snorkeling once or twice daily on different reefs. The ... Read More
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful cruise. It was such a different cruise experience. We anchored out every night and never went near any ports. There was well supervised snorkeling once or twice daily on different reefs. The entire crew was the most friendly and happy I have ever experienced. It was all about smiles and music and a true Fijian experience. That was why we went and we were not disappointed in any way. We visited several communities including a Sunday church service featuring amazing singing. We had a real Fijian dinner at a village, eating local food with our hands. Everything detailed on the precruise information happened and it was all delivered by happy crew with broad smiles. At night, there was singing featuring a ukelele and a couple of guitars Even the captain sang and played. Fiji is a long way from where we live but if I ever get close enough, I will do the cruise again. G/L Ontario   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
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
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
Sail Date October 2013
We had not been on an Ocean Cruise before and took this trip with some trepidation. The ship was what we expected and we were happy with our cabin. During the Cruise we stopped at either a beach or village every morning and again in the ... Read More
We had not been on an Ocean Cruise before and took this trip with some trepidation. The ship was what we expected and we were happy with our cabin. During the Cruise we stopped at either a beach or village every morning and again in the afternoon. We were never board and the activities were always well managed and arranged. One of the many highlights was snorkelling with the sharks on a reef, never though we would do that. However the best thing about the cruise was the Crew, we normally can pick out some outstanding people on our holidays but it would be unfair to name anyone in the Crew specifically They were all GREAT. From the Tender Driver to The Captain, The Bar Attendant to the Chief Engineer, the Waitress to The Chef. Not one person in the Crew was not exceptional. As a couple who was not sure if we would like being on a Cruise, We are already looking at booking another. Well done Blue Lagoon Cruises For employing exception people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013

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