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.