Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
Destinations such as the Fijian archipelago are tailor-made for cruising, allowing travelers to board a ship, unpack just once, and wake up each day with a new white-sand paradise underfoot. Set out with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, a one-ship line that has been operating in this part of the South Pacific for more than 20 years. The 130-passenger MV Reef Endeavour was recently refurbished, and the line uses three other vessels for day tours and dining.
The company offers 3- to 11-night itineraries that afford plenty of time on the beach and in the water, but with culturally enriching stops built in, too. These include visits to Fijian villages, schools, and churches, as well as opportunities to experience local traditions such as a tropical lovo feast and a kava ceremony.
What We Love
Snorkeling: All guests are given loaner snorkel gear, handy for exploring Fiji's crystal-clear lagoons known for coral reefs teeming with colorful sea life; there's even a marine biologist on staff to add insight to snorkeling adventures.
Sampling Cultural Traditions: Guests get to dig into an island lovo feast (a traditional dinner cooked in an earthen oven) and sample the root-sourced kava drink in a special ceremony.
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All-Inclusive Rates: Captain Cook's rates bundle in lots of extras, including guided excursions; use of snorkel gear, glass-bottom boats, and paddle boards; ground transfers to select hotels; onboard Wi-Fi; and even some babysitting (for kids ages 5 to 9).
Meeting Locals: You'll interact with Fijians during visits to villages and schools, but also get to know the ship's crew, a cheerful bunch of friendly locals.
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Who It's Best For
Laid-Back Sun Worshipers: This is a casual beach vacation, anchored in soaking up sunshine, splashing about, and slurping tropical drinks; don't expect formality or too many diversions apart from sun and surf.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Landlubbers Needn't Apply: A Captain Cook vacation promises plenty of time to enjoy warm lagoons and powdery, palm-studded beaches; if that's not your speed, this isn't your trip.
Snug Standard Cabins: While the larger Tabua Suites are spacious and airy, standard cabins are on the snug size (measuring about 150 square feet) and lack balconies (they have porthole windows overlooking the deck).
Elissa Garay is a Brooklyn-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.