|Fiji has proven to be an exotic destination for a cruising vacation. The 333 islands that make up Fiji are located in the South Pacific. This tropical paradise provides many opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking, and has been featured in such films as Blue Lagoon and Castaway. A luxury Fiji cruise offers the opportunity to enjoy the many comforts of a cruise ship while traveling through the Fijian islands.
Fijians are well known for their hospitability and warmth, and many tourists will enjoy the friendly welcome of the locals, as well as the many activities offered to cruise ship passengers, such as tours and day trips.
There are several ways in which a luxury Fiji cruise can be arranged. Perhaps the most popular involves flying to Fiji and then cruising around the islands. Packages can be developed for short three or four day cruises, week long cruises and even longer. These destination style cruises are popular because you spend less time in transit and more time visiting the islands. Fiji is a great choice for this as it is only three hours from New Zealand. This also makes Fiji a popular destination for Australians, but anyone can fly over to enjoy a Fiji based cruise. Several longer cruises, ranging from trans-Pacific to round-the-world, also make stops in Fiji.
The other way to experience Fiji by cruise ship is to take a 12 or 14 day cruise from either Brisbane or Sydney or a slightly shorter cruise from a New Zealand port. These big vessels cannot visit most of the islands, but will usually stop at Suva on the island of Vita Levu as well as the island of Dravuni.
Some of the vessels serving the Fijian Islands are full cruise ships. They may be a bit smaller than the vessels found on the major Caribbean or Mediterranean routes, but they have many of the same amenities. The advantage of these smaller ships is that they can reach and stop at many places that larger ships cannot. Thus you can visit more small islands that are a bit more unique and perhaps less touristy, while still enjoying the luxury and comfort of the larger ships.
Another possibility is to tour around in a topsail schooner. Several vessels greater than 100 feet in length offer a truly unforgettable vacation experience. You can spend the days at sea and the evenings in one of the traditional bures, or small cabins, ashore.
Cruising aboard these large vessels offers greater opportunity for luxury. The Pacific Princess is one ship that makes the Australia to Fiji trip. It features four restaurants, balconies for almost 70% of all rooms, a swimming pool, two Jacuzzis, eight bars and lounges and a casino, all furnished in an elegant and refined style. Any vacationer can enjoy a week or two aboard a cruise ship in luxury, style, and fun without even leaving the ship.