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Blue Lagoon Cruises review

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Embrace “Fiji time” on these laid-back voyages.

Most people who sail with Blue Lagoon describe it as “magical” and sing praises of onboard staff and Fijian warm hospitality.

But those expecting a luxury experience on a boutique cruise may be disappointed. You’ll have a five-star experience if you’re hoping for stunning natural beauty and days spent lazing on the beach — not if you’re expecting white-glove butler service.

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Target demographic Seniors
Number of ships 1 ships
Contact options Phone, Email
Payment options Visa, American Express
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
Deposit required No price matching
Food Food included
Drink No free alcohol
Room service No free room service

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If Fiji has always been on your bucket list — and movies like Castaway and Blue Lagoon captured your imagination — Blue Lagoon’s cruises will delight. You’ll get to visit exotic islands straight out of your dreamiest daydreams.

Along the way, you can kayak, scuba dive, and visit local villages to get an authentic taste of traditional Fijian life. The staff is friendly, the vibe is relaxed — and many people say a cruise with Blue Lagoon is the best vacation they’ve ever had.

That said, it’s not a luxury cruise. So your cabin won’t necessarily be updated or brand-spanking-new, and the crew isn’t there to heed your beck and call.

Also, understand that your daily itinerary may be affected by the weather. If it’s too windy, you might not be able to partake in all the activities you’d hoped to try. Of course, this is the case with any cruise, but a handful of disgruntled online reviews indicate that it’s worth a reminder.

About the Blue Lagoon cruise ship

Blue Lagoon Cruises has only one vessel — the M.V. Fiji Princess. With 34 air-conditioned cabins and a maximum capacity of 68 guests, it feels more like a yacht than a cruise ship. The line claims that the Fiji Princess is “small enough to tie off to a coconut tree.” Whether or not that’s technically true, the ship is small enough to visit bays and coves that larger cruise ships aren’t able to access.

The atmosphere on board is relaxed and casual, without a dress code. Chances are high that you’ll be on first-name basis with the crew by the end of the cruise.

Where do Blue Lagoon’s cruises depart from?

All Blue Lagoon cruises depart from Port Denarau on Denarau Island in Fiji. Denarau Island is seamlessly connected to Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, by bridge.

From Fiji Nadi International Airport (MAC), it’s just a 20- to 30-minute drive to the port.

Blue Lagoon cruise destinations

Blue Lagoon’s cruises sail to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands in the South Pacific, slightly off the western edge of Viti Levu. These include:

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Drawaqa Island
  • Malamala Beach Club
  • Modriki Island
  • Naukacuvu
  • Port Denarau
  • Sawa-I-Lau
  • Soso Bay
  • The Sacred Islands
  • Yalobi Bay

Blue Lagoon Fiji cruise prices

Blue Lagoon has three different options for your Fiji cruise. We’ve laid ’em out below, noting the islands visited and the prices:

Cruise nameCruise lengthIslands visitedCruise price
Escape to ParadiseSeven nights
  • Modriki Island
  • Soso Bay
  • Naukacuvu Island
  • Yalobi Bay
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Sawa-I-Lau Island
  • Drawaqa Island
From $2,719 per person
Wanderer CruiseFour nights
  • Yalobi Bay
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Sawa-I-Lau Island
  • Drawaqa Island
From $1,679 per person
Explorer CruiseThree nights
  • Modriki Island
  • Soso Bay
  • Naukacuvu Island
From $1,259 per person

You can save 25% on your Blue Lagoon cruise by booking at least six months ahead of time.

Prices obtained from bluelagooncruises.com in January 2020.

What’s included on a Blue Lagoon cruise?

You’ll enjoy:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner — plus afternoon tea
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Shore excursions
  • Non-motorized rental equipment like kayaks and scuba gear
  • Wi-Fi in areas of mobile coverage
  • Complimentary transfers from the airport or select hotels

Gratuities are not required. But in lieu of tipping, Blue Lagoon Cruises adds an automatic donation to Vinaka Fiji Trust onto each passenger’s account at the end of your cruise — about $47 for three- and four-day cruisers and $70 for seven-day cruisers.

The money aids the 27 island villages that live below international standards of health and poverty. You can decline or adjust this sum as you please.

Why you should — or shouldn’t — cruise with Blue Lagoon Cruises

Here are some pros and cons to consider while you’re deciding whether or not to book that Blue Lagoon cruise:

Pros

  • Unique itineraries truly showcase Fiji’s beauty.
  • All activities are included in your fare.
  • Spend less time sailing — more time on the islands.
  • Free of single-use plastics, as of April 2020.
  • Beer and wine bottles are recycled with a cool machine that crushes them into sand.

Cons

  • Alcoholic drinks are not included.
  • Ships have fewer amenities than larger cruise lines.
  • Cabins can feel old and outdated.
  • Limited onboard entertainment options

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