MV Reef Endeavour
MV Reef Endeavour / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Tropical cocktails on MV Reef Endeavour
Tropical cocktails on MV Reef Endeavour / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Pool on MV Reef Endeavour
Pool on MV Reef Endeavour / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Cruise to Lau Islands
Cruise to Lau Islands / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Lau Islands beach
Lau Islands beach / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Red hermit crabs
Red hermit crabs / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Balcony cabin on MV Reef Endeavour
Balcony cabin on MV Reef Endeavour / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Beach dining
Beach dining / Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
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Captain Cook Cruises Fiji

Our Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

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.

Best Known For

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.

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
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger