Captain Cook Cruises Fiji review

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Small-ship adventures that showcase local island culture and traditions.

Captain Cook’s itineraries around Fijian islands — which range from three to 11 nights in length — are best for travelers in search of sun, sand and snorkeling. But these quirky voyages may not suit everyone.

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Target demographic Families, Seniors, Honeymooners, Kids
Number of ships 4 ships
Contact options Phone, Online support, Email
Payment options Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Cash
Deposit required Deposit at checkout
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Food Food included
Drink Alcohol included
Room service Room service included

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Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).

Expert review

Captain Cook Fiji cruises are best for people with a flexible mindset and overarching desire to spend time outside — swimming, kayaking, hanging out on the beach and learning about traditional Fijian culture. Its M.V. Reef Endeavor isn’t decked out with glitzy amenities or resort-style accoutrements. Instead, you’ll find a neat and tidy ship with a friendly Fijian crew.

Daily schedules can frequently change according to the weather and preference of the guests, and the vibe on board really reflects the local culture — that is, sunny, laid-back and relaxed. For evening entertainment, expect vibrant small group performances with music, dancing and lighthearted fun.

Captain Cook really shines when it comes to its all-included shore excursions. You’ll tour local villages, chat with the people who live there and visit local churches and schools. There’ll also be breathtaking hikes and gorgeous coral reefs where you can snorkel and dive. The ship is equipped with glass-bottom boats, which you can borrow at no extra cost.

Travelers seeking water sports and plenty of time to unwind in a true tropical paradise will fall in love with Captain Cook’s Fiji cruises. But those in search of a five-star experience or lively party cruises should look elsewhere.

What sort of cruises does Captain Cook offer?

Captain Cook offers overnight, full-day and sunset cruises around Fiji. This review primarily relates to its overnight cruises — though you can still get a good sense of what to expect if you’re shopping for a shorter trip.

It also runs shorter day and evening cruises around the Sydney harbor off mainland Australia.

Captain Cook cruise ships

Captain Cook sails a fleet of small cruise ships with an intimate onboard atmosphere. Its M.V. Reef Endeavour caters to 130 overnight cruisers on board. Accommodations are neat and decorated in classic nautical blue and white hues — and all have an outdoor view. You can choose between the following room types, ranging from cheapest to priciest:

  • Porthole cabins
  • Ocean staterooms
  • Connecting family staterooms
  • Tabua suites

The M.V. Reef Endeavor has a pool on deck, along with two lounges, a sun deck, 24-hour tea and coffee facilities, a spa, Jacuzzi and mini gym.

Departure ports

All of Captain Cook‘s overnight cruises depart from Nadi, located on Fiji’s main island.


The Fiji branch of Captain Cook cruises operate solely around the islands in Fiji.

While Fiji is made up of over 300 islands, Captain Cook has itineraries that sail to the following ports:

  • Fulaga
  • Kabara
  • Kadavu
  • Kia
  • Kioa
  • Labasa
  • Lakemba
  • Lavena
  • Levuka
  • Makogai
  • Nadi
  • Nananu-i-Ra
  • Oneta
  • Rabi
  • Savusavu
  • Taveuni
  • Totoya
  • Vanua Balavu
  • Vuaqava
  • Wallagllala

What’s included on my Captain Cook cruise?

Here’s what’s included in your overnight Captain Cook Fiji cruise:

  • All meals
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Water sports such as snorkeling
  • Guided tours through each port
  • Wi-Fi in public areas of the ship

You’ll pay extra for alcoholic beverages and specialty coffee and teas. Gratuities are not included in the fare, but the crew doesn’t expect them. So you can choose whether or not to tip, based on your experience.

Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with Captain Cook Cruises

Weigh the benefits and drawbacks before booking your fare:


  • Excursions and guided tours are included.
  • Authentic insight into Fiji culture and way of life
  • Intimate onboard environment
  • Crew has a reputation for being friendly and warm, according to online reviews.
  • Great overall value compared to similar small-ship cruises


  • Alcoholic beverages can be pricey due to high local tax.
  • The Reef Endeavor can feel tired and outdated, according to online reviews
  • Fewer onboard and late-night entertainment options than larger cruise lines

Still on the fence about Captain Cook Fiji cruises?

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