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

The Fijian archipelago is 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. Guests can explore this way with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, a one-ship line that has been operating in this part of the South Pacific for more than three decades and also offers day cruises on three smaller vessels. In early 2024, the 110-guest Caledonian Sky, an expedition-style ship, replaced the 130-guest MV Reef Endeavour on 3- to 14-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.

Elissa Garay
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger