When most people think of cruising Fiji, it’s the big white ships sailing to ports such as Suva, Lautoka and Port Denarau that come to mind. But in truth, these itineraries only scratch the surface of these fascinating islands. The many islands of Fiji are perfectly suited to exploration by small ship and Captain Cook Cruises have more than 40 years’ experience cruising these waters and it shows.
MV Reef Endeavour was built in Suva in 1996 and carries up to 130 passengers in 63 cabins across four levels. She has had numerous refurbishments during her life, the most recent in 2016 added interconnecting family suites and comprehensively upgraded public spaces and decor.
Most often MV Reef Endeavour can be found sailing the warm waters of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, just a few hours out of her home port of Port Denarau, near Nadi. These three- and four-night cruises are a perfect short break and can be either joined for a seven-night cruise or added to a resort stay ashore. Several times each year, she will sail beyond these waters and eastward to Ovalau, Taveuni and the remote Lau group on colonial history or cultural cruises where her prowess as an expedition ship comes to the fore.
Dining, while not lavish, is flavoursome and hearty with reliance on locally sourced fresh fish, fruits and vegetables along with imported meats such as New Zealand lamb. Cuisine reflects traditional island-style dishes such as curries and roast meats with root vegetables such as taro and yam.
In the evening, along with musical entertainment, a kava bowl (tanoa) is often set up for guests to participate in an informal ceremony.