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Fiji Princess<br>7 Night Escape to Paradise<br>Denarau Island Return

Fiji Princess
7 Night Escape to Paradise
Denarau Island Return

Ship: Fiji Princess
Cruise Line: Blue Lagoon Cruises
Departures:  08 March 2019
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Drawaqa Island, Sawa I Lau, Denarau Marina, Modriki Island, Sacred Islands, The Blue Lagoon, Yalobi Bay, Drawaqa Island
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Nadi
Airport gateway (Departure) : Nadi

 

You'll have the opportunity to see and do so much on this cruise, that you’ll come away with memories from a holiday of a lifetime. You'll see mother nature at her best, be welcomed into the friendliest culture in the world, discover an underwater world of vibrant life, laze on countless golden sand beaches and luxuriate in warm lagoons. To put it simply, you'll be transported to paradise!
 

Itinerary

Night 1

Bula and welcome aboard Blue Lagoon Cruises. Set sail on the Fiji Princess from Port Denarau for the outer Mamanucas. The first overnight anchorage is in a gorgeous secluded location at Modriki Island. Seen the Tom Hanks’ movie ‘Cast Away’? Tonight, that is where you are castaway. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapes are served as you watch the sunset. The Captains’ Welcome dinner is an a la carte menu served in the dining saloon with entertainment provided by our talented singing, dancing, guitar-playing crew.

Anchorage MODRIKI ISLAND

 

Night 2

There is time to step ashore and enjoy a swim or wander along the beach before or after breakfast. Sea conditions permitting, there is an opportunity to swim with the sharks at a secret reef location enroute to our next destination.

After lunch, a visit to the chiefly village of Soso – an exceptional example of a current day Fijian island village. Enjoy a traditional Thali dinner which features exquisite Indian dishes. This evening may turn into an extravaganza of Bollywood dancing complete with Bollywood moves.

Anchorage SOSO BAY

 

Night 3

Sunday is a day of rest in Fiji. After breakfast, attend a village church service. We cruise south to the beautiful Naukacucu and Narara Islands as you enjoy a traditional Sunday roast. Join the Chef for today’s Fijian cooking lesson and make the traditional dish ‘Kokoda’. Tonight’s buffet has a range of dishes from Fiji along with a choice of European dishes. There is Bingo ‘Fiji style’ after dinner with lots of laughs and some good prizes, or you can enjoy a quiet nightcap at the bar.

Anchorage: NAUKACUVU ISLAND

 

Night 4

As Fiji Princess arrives at the stunning Sacred Isles, you’ll be sure you are lost in paradise. The backdrop of the neighbouring Waya Lailai volcanic fomations is breathtaking. Spend the remainder of the day swimming, snorkelling, relaxing. Fiji style high tea is served following a cooking lesion on how to make ‘Roti in Lolo’. Watch the sunset and enjoy the Captains’ Dinner welcoming our new 4 day cruise guest arrivals.

Anchorage: YALOBI BAY

 

Night 5

Our destination: the famed Blue Lagoon. This superb stretch of water is ringed by island and Blue Lagoon Cruises’ very own private island peninsula is located here. Watch as the crew position right up to the beach and tie her off to the coconut trees. Enjoy happy hour on shore with canapes. A very special night enjoying a traditional Lovo meal cooked underground, you’ll dine under the coconut palms and the tropical stars. There will be Fijian meke: singing, dancing and story telling by local villagers.

Anchorage: BLUE LAGOON  

 

Night 6

An easy guided island walk with panoramic views is offered this morning to visit an island style cake shop and browse the shell market. Laze in the sun or try your hand at basket weaving. A guided snorkelling safari is on offer today. Lunch is served on board as Fiji Princess cruises north for a private guided visit to the amazing Sawa-I-Lau caves. The village of Tamasua welcomes us to a yaqona ceremony, a guided walk around the village and a village style ‘feast’ prepared and cooked by the village women. You will be Fijian for the night, sitting on the mats, eating Fijian village food. The villagers will share their culture and home with us for the evening.

Anchorage: SAWA-I-LAU ISLAND

 

Night 7

Cruise to Drawaqa Island where our Marine Biologist joins us for a presentation about the local marine life and the volunteer conservation work carried out in the area. During May to October you will have the opportunity to snorkel with the magnificent manta rays. Also on offer today is an excursion to the local island school to view the work of the Vinaka Fiji Volunteers. Dinner this evening is a barbecue served under the stars. Tonight, we party Fiji style.

Anchorage: DRAWAQA ISLAND

 

Return to Port Denarau following Night 7 for disembarkation from Fiji Princess.

 

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

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Ports

Drawaqa Island

Drawaqa Island lies in the Southern Yasawa Islands of Fiji. The visiting manta rays and stunning coral gardens right off the beach make this one of the few unspoiled dive and snorkel locations in the Fijian isles. Drawaqa Island is the perfect destination for travelers searching for an authentic island getaway.

Sawa I Lau

Denarau Marina

Cruise the Southern Hemisphere and experience a melting pot of cultures from Australasia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Orient. Beginning your journey in Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, Sydney, you’ll have the chance to spend time at the Great Barrier Reef before your passage takes you to exotic Bali; Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta; and Komodo Island – home to the infamous Komodo dragon.
 
Before you cruise on to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, you’ll spend time at the capital of Brunei, Bander, with the spectacular Sultan’s palace and Kampong Ayer (water village). What better finale to your cruise than the vibrantly chaotic, Hong Kong.

 

 

DATE
PORT
ARRIVE
DEPART
23/02/17
Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)
0700
Overnight
24/02/17
Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)
Overnight
1800
25/02/17
At Sea
-
-
26/02/17
At Sea
-
-
27/02/17
Hamilton Island (Australia)
0800
2000
28/02/17
Townsville, Queensland (Australia)
0800
1800
01/03/17
Cairns, Queensland (Australia)
0800
overnight
02/03/17
Cairns, Queensland (Australia)
overnight
1400
03/03/17
At Sea
-
-
04/03/17
At Sea
-
-
05/03/17
At Sea
-
-
06/03/17
Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia)
0900
2200
07/03/17
At Sea
-
-
08/03/17
At Sea
-
-
09/03/17
Komodo Island (Indonesia)
0700
1700
10/03/17
Bali (Indonesia)
1100
overnight
11/03/17
Bali (Indonesia)
overnight
2359
12/03/17
At Sea
-
-
13/03/17
Semarang, Java (Indonesia)
0700
1800
14/03/17
At Sea
-
-
15/03/17
At Sea
-
-
16/03/17
Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)
1200
2000
17/03/17
Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia)
0700
1500
18/03/17
At Sea
-
-
19/03/17
Manilla, The Phillipines
0800
1700
20/03/17
At Sea
-
-
21/03/17
Hong Kong
0900
overnight
22/03/17
Hong Kong
overnight
2200

Modriki Island

Modriki is a tiny island, part of Mamanuca Islands, in Fiji. You can take a day cruise to Modriki, where the water is perfect for snorkeling and the sand is with no footprints, but yours.

Sacred Islands

Fijian legend says that these islands were the first land fall of the early settlers 2,500 years ago—indeed hidden beneath a huge volcanic outcrop on Navadra Island is a shrine to the gods of the Islands, where you can leave an offering.

Today, their geographical remoteness and beauty make the Sacred Islands a favourite location for exploring, while their stunning white sandy beaches are just the ticket for relaxing and sunbathing.

The Blue Lagoon

This superb stretch of water is circled by islands, creating a lagoon that is filled with fascinating coral reefs easily seen from the surface of the crystal clear waters.

Yalobi Bay

 

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The Story of Blue Lagoon Cruises

We offer amazing cruise experiences in Fiji's Islands. With more than 60 years experience cruising the Yasawa Islands, we've figured out the winning formula for taking guests to the most beautiful places in Fiji, showcasing the most rewarding activities and giving our guests the best possible experience in the untouched South Pacific!

History of Blue Lagoon Cruises

The history of Blue Lagoon tells the story of a love affair with the islands of Fiji – and of a man who dared to dream about creating one of the most enchanting cruise experiences in the world.

 

The Beginning

Captain Trevor Withers, a young New Zealand stockbroker with a passion for the sea, founded Blue Lagoon Cruises in 1950. Withers and his friend, Harold Gatty, a renowned Australian aviator, came to Fiji at a time when tourism to the pacific nation was virtually unknown. Visitors to Fiji, for the most part, were in transit at Nadi Airport or were shipboard passengers enroute between North America and New Zealand or Australia.


Withers and Gatty had a vision to establish a fishing industry in Fiji. To start the venture, the duo visited the islands to pay respects to the Chiefs. It was at the magnificent Yasawa Island, Waya Lailai, where they enlisted the help of a young villager, Epeli Voli, as an interpreter. With Epeli’s help, Captain Withers obtained the full support of the Yasawa people for his fishing venture and established firm friendships with the chiefs and the people of the Yasawa Islands.

After four years of effort, Withers and Gatty concluded that their hopes of establishing a tuna fishing industry in Fiji were not viable. But, both men had fallen in love with Fiji and wished to remain in the islands. Gatty went on to establish Fiji Airways, the forerunner to Fiji's national airline, Air Pacific (now once again called Fiji Airways). However, the future for Withers was not so clear. He still had his mind on the sea and began to dream of taking visitors on a cruise through the idyllic Yasawa Islands: a dream that was to become Blue Lagoon Cruises.

 

A Slow Start but an enduring icon

Withers’ enthusiasm for this new cruise project was not shared by many. Critics asked logically, "Where are the tourists?" Still, determined to make his dream a reality, Withers returned to the Yasawa Islands to solicit the support of the Chiefs and people. To his delight, and no-doubt due to his previously formed friendships, the cruise proposal was met with enthusiastic promises of co-operation.

While pondering over a suitable name for the venture, Withers remembered his association with the original movie version of 'Blue Lagoon', filmed on location in the Yasawa Islands in 1948. He had lent a hand on the set, where he had met and liked the attractive English star, Jean Simmons and the name ‘Blue Lagoon’, therefore, seemed totally appropriate for the idyllic cruise he envisaged.

Withers purchased his first boat from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authorities in Fiji. The vessel was christened Turaga Levu ('Great Chief' which was Withers' local nick-name). Amidst much merriment, she was launched down the slipway into Suva’s Walu Bay.

The first cruise date was then scheduled and advertised – with a complete lack of response. As the hour of the inaugural departure drew near, it appeared that if the Turaga Levu was to sail at all, it would sail empty. Withers, though tempted to cancel, was reluctant to disappoint the islanders anxiously awaiting its arrival, so invited six Fijian men on the wharf who had previously assisted him to become the Turaga Levu’s first cruise passengers.

For the first month, Withers set sail every Monday, often carrying Fijians to their Yasawa villages but without a single paying passenger. Finances began to run low and it was 10 days into his second month before Withers secured his first charter, an American Colonel and his wife who had made it quite clear that they expected the perfect holiday. Unfortunately (and quite comically) this didn’t prove to be the case. Withers had earlier conducted a painstaking inspection of the Turaga Levu to see that everything was shipshape: the only place, which required improvement, was the ship’s toilet, where the seat would benefit from a new coat of paint.

At the appointed time, the Turaga Levu set sail and soon the Colonel and his wife were relaxing in fishing chairs trolling for tuna. Later that morning, the calm of the cruise was shattered by a pained bellow from below. It transpired that the Colonel was firmly joined to the toilet seat, still sticky from the fresh coat of paint. Some delicate and painful maneuvering luckily parted man and seat, but the damage to his nether regions was such that the Turaga Levu was obliged to head back to shore in search of a doctor. On his return, drinks and lunch restored the Colonel’s humour and, after overnight treatment, he decided to continue the cruise.

During the following three months, only 27 passengers were carried on the cruise. Bankruptcy was imminent and Withers was forced to make a final desperate gamble. After securing agreement with the airlines flying the Pacific to undertake a joint promotion in North America, he sold all his wordly possessions for £7,000 to finance a whirlwind visit to travel agents in the USA and Canada. The gamble paid off. The trickle of visitors rapidly became a steady stream and Blue Lagoon Cruises was underway.

By 1966, Blue Lagoon Cruises had established an international reputation and Withers, now suffering from poor health, was ready to retire to his beloved Waya Island. After much deliberation, he sold the venture to Captain Claude Millar, a well-known New Zealand ship owner, so completing the first chapter of the Blue Lagoon Cruise history.

This briefly is the story of Blue Lagoon Cruises. A simple story of a dream that became a reality and a reality that fulfilled a dream.

 

 

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Fiji Princess

 

Fiji Princess is meant for boutique cruising and allows the exploration of countless tranquil inlets and bays, not accessible to larger cruise ships.
 

Blue Lagoon Cruises ship, Fiji Princess has been purpose-built for cruising and selected for the ocean going conditions of the Fiji waters, especially around the Yasawa Islands.
 

      Small enough to tie off to a coconut tree…
 

The small size of Blue Lagoon Cruises boutique cruise ship, Fiji Princess is just one of the things that makes a cruise with us so special. Accommodating up to 68 passengers and measuring only 179 feet (55 metres) in length, we can access bays and islands that would be impossible to reach in a large ship. We can get so close to shore, that we can tie off a coconut tree and you can swim to the beach! Here are some reasons we love small ship cruising:
 

  • Small ship cruising allows Fiji Princess to tie up to coconut trees during the day. We can explore the lagoons and coves that would be inaccessible to a large vessel.
  • With a maximum of 68 guests on Fiji Princess, no matter which beach or island we visit, you won’t be overwhelmed by crowds. Most the time, our passengers are the only people on the beach!
  • Because of the smaller passenger numbers, we pride ourselves on our personal and friendly Fijian service. We usually operate at a 2 to 1 passenger to staff ratio and everyone is referred to on a first-name basis.
  • Small ship cruising offers a very relaxed atmosphere and environment. Because of this, you'll adapt with the greatest of ease to 'Fiji Time'.
  • You only need to unpack once but you’ll visit numerous islands.
  • Our cruises are very casual and informal. There is no need to bring several outfits to wear for evening functions.
  • Our passengers often make friends for life, given the social atmosphere of small ship cruising.
  • If conditions are rough due to winds and swells, it's easy for us to alter our itinerary to cruise on the sheltered side of the islands

     

Facilities:

  • The excellent on-board amenities include:

  • An open-air dining room with views out over the sea to the rear of the vessel
  • Shaded sky deck bar and saloon bar
  • Sun loungers on the large upper sky deck
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • A boutique with a range of souvenir items
  • Senikai Spa offering a range of massage and beauty treatments
  • Splash pool
  • A library of reading materials and games
  • In room DVD viewing
  • Unlimited WIFI in public areas onboard (available where reception allows)
  • Self-service guest laundry



     

 

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