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Best cruises to Fiji

6 dreamy cruises to a land of sparkling beaches, azure waters and rich indigenous culture.

With 333 islands to explore, Fiji was made for cruising. So instead of being stuck in one resort on one island, why not try island hopping — one palm tree-fringed island at a time.

You’ll need to set aside about two weeks for a cruise to Fiji that starts in Australia. Both Cunard and Princess will take you from Australia to Fiji, while Paul Gaugin and Captain Cook Cruises sail around more remote islands on intimate, yacht-like ships — but you’ll need to fly into Fiji’s capital, Nadi, first.

Ports with cruises to Fiji

Most cruises to Fiji start in Australia, since that’s the largest nearby continent. It’s rare to see cruises from the US to Fiji shorter than a month — you’ll need to clear a significant space in your schedule to sail from San Francisco to Fiji, for example, and that would most likely be a world itinerary.

Captain Cook Cruises and Paul Gaugin both specialize in small ship cruises around the Fijian islands, but these routes start and end in Fiji’s capital, Nadi, so you’ll need to factor airfare into your overall cruise budget.

  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Nadi, Fiji
  • Papeete, Tahiti
  • San Francisco, California
  • Sydney, Australia

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Our favorite cruises to Fiji

Cruise lineCruiseItineraryPriceBook
Princess CruisesSouth Pacific — 13 nights
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Isle of Pines, New Caldonia
  • Mystery Island, Vanuatu
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Dravuni Island, Fiji
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Noumea, New Caldonia
  • Sydney, Australia
From $1,499 per personBook now
CunardSouth Pacific — 13 nights
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • Luganville, Vanuatu
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Noumea, New Caldonia
  • Sydney, Australia
From $2,479 per personBook now
CunardSouth Pacific — 20 nights
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Hobart (Tasmania), Australia
  • Burnie (Tasmania), Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • Luganville, Vanuatu
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Noumea, New Caledonia
  • Syedney, Australia
From $3,669 per personBook now
Regent Seven SeasPapeete to Auckland — 16 nights
  • Papeete, French Polynesia
  • Raiatea, French Polynesia
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • Apia, Samoa
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • Auckland, New Zealand
From $9,000 per person (airfare to and from cruise ports included)Book now
Captain Cook CruisesMamanuca & Southern Yasawa Islands — 3 nights (4-, 7, and 11-night cruises also available)
  • Nadi (Viti Levu), Fiji
  • Mamanuca islands, Fiji
  • Monuriki, Fiji
  • Monu Bay, Fiji
  • Sacred ISlands, Fiji
  • Waya Islands, Fiji
  • Nadi (Viti Levu), Fiji
From $900 per person
Paul GauginSociety Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji — 13 nights
  • Papeete, Tahiti
  • Morrea, Society Islands
  • Taha’a, Society Islands
  • Bora Bora, Society Islands
  • Aitutaki, Cook Islands
  • Vava’tu, Tonga
  • Vanua Levu, Fiji
  • Viti Levu, Fiji
  • Beqa Island, Fiji
  • Viti Levu, Fiji
From $9,730 per person (airfare to and from cruise ports included)Book now

Best cruise lines sailing to Fiji and the South Pacific

  • Some cruise lines advertise cruises to Fiji that sail around the South Pacific but don’t actually go to Fiji. Be sure to review the itinerary carefully to make sure you’re actually headed to Fiji, if that’s your ultimate goal.

Best for sailing from the islands: Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin does one thing and does it well. In fact, with only one specially-designed ship that sails solely around the South Pacific, you can expect a line that lives and breathes all things Fiji.

You'll find local performers, a family program centered around South Pacific discovery, knowledgeable guest lecturers and all oceanview rooms. The best part? Most of its fares include return flights from Los Angeles.


  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa
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Best for more time in Fiji: Princess

Princess' 14-night South Pacific itinerary includes four days in the Fijian islands. By the end of the trip, you'll be living that Fijian lifestyle, sipping on kava and sporting a sarong. Stops include Suva, the largest city in the South Pacific, the sugar city of Lautoka, lush and natural Savusavu and the relatively untouched Dravuni Island, home to only 200 locals.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, JCB
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Best for your buck: Royal Caribbean

Set sail from as little as $80 per night and get all the cruising goodness that comes with Royal Caribbean’s mega-ships. Your accommodation, round-the-clock dining — from buffets up to the fancy feasts — and onboard entertainment including adventure activities, Broadway shows and deck parties are all part of the deal.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • Price matches
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for families: Carnival

On a cruise line centered around fun, it’s tough not to have a great family holiday with Carnival. Kids will love the Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, kids clubs and lounge areas, kids-only dinners and even mocktail parties for the older ones. The whole family can enjoy the water parks and pools, talent show, arts and crafts night and scavenger hunts.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Paypal, Carnival EasyPay, Gift Card, Discover Card, Debit, Western Union, Cheque
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Best for small ship adventures: Windstar

Take to the sea and feel like a VIP with your own private yacht. Sure, you’ve got to share it with 147 other passengers but on Windstar’s Wind Spirit, you’ll never feel too crowded. Besides the two dining venues, pool, spa, library, lounge, gym and large sun deck, there is a watersports platform complete with kayaks, paddleboards and water trampoline.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, American Express, Discover Card
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Best for all-inclusive luxury travelers: Regent

Awarded Best Luxury Cruise Line at the Travvy Awards, Regent sure knows how to take a holiday to the next level. Even better, every luxury is included from pre-cruise accommodation and transfers, unlimited shore excursions, WiFi, open bars and specialty restaurants. At the end of your day, there’s no feeling like coming home to your own oasis with Regent’s sumptuous suites.
  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, American Express, Discover Card
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Best for an overnight in Fiji: Ponant

No need to hurry back to the ship with the Le Soléal sailing around the South Pacific. You’ll get to enjoy a day in Taveuni — Fiji’s garden island — hunting black pearls, hiking through the rainforest and cooling down in a nearby waterfall. Come night time, grab a daiquiri, park yourself in the sand and enjoy the show at sunset.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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Best for solo travelers: Norwegian

Going solo? Don’t worry, Norwegian’s got you covered with its studio cabins specially priced for single travelers and furnished with a full-size bed, private bathroom and flat-screen TV. When you need space to stretch out, head for the exclusive solo lounge, a shared social space with hosted regular pre-dinner gatherings featuring large-screen TVs, coffee-making facilities and a bartender.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for seniors: Celebrity

Cruising with Celebrity is fun at all ages. Whether you’re up for an active vacation, some cultural immersion or a foodie getaway, you can find it all onboard. The best part is Celebrity's ships are accessible for cruisers with limited mobility and even those using a wheelchair. You can expect modern luxury, elegantly designed public spaces, varied dining options and enriching activities.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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Best for a trans-Pacific crossing: Holland America

Got some time on your hands? Holland America’s 34-night South Pacific Crossing cruise from Auckland to San Diego lets you see the best of the south seas on the classic and traditional Maasdam. Many one-way journeys include one to two days maximum in Fiji but Holland America gives you three full days to explore Suva, Dravuni Island and Savusavu.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card
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  • We don’t receive compensation when you book a cruise to Fiji with Captain Cook Cruises, but we’re including because it has some of the best small ship cruises around the Fijian islands — just keep in mind that the pricing on its website is in AUD.

Captain Cook Cruises

Captain Cook’s cruises visit over 20 beaches in Fiji that most cruise lines can’t access. Fill your days with swimming, kayaking and hanging around the beach, island hopping on a ship staffed with native Fijians. Its shore excursions, which are included in your fare, take you to visit Fijian villages so that you can shop and mingle with locals, on breathtaking mountain hikes and into the deep end with guided snorkeling adventures.

How we picked the best cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we look at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around Fiji.

We also consider onboard dining options, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weigh cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

We also seek out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

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When is the best time to cruise to Fiji?

Fiji is blessed with a tropical climate that is ideal for year-round cruising. May and October are our favorite months to travel because the weather is great and you’ll be visiting slightly outside the peak season. If your dates are flexible, here are some other factors to consider to help you plan your cruise.

  • Peak season. December to January and June to September are the most popular times to visit Fiji. These months coincide with Australia and New Zealand’s school holidays so you can also expect an increase in families traveling.
  • Key festivals and events. Fiji has a big multicultural community which means lots of festivals and events for you to enjoy. Some of the top ones to look out for are Holi, the Hibiscus Festival, Diwali, Fiji Day and the South Indian Fire Walking Festival.
  • Looking to save some money? The off-peak season is between November and late March. This coincides with the hurricane season — so rain is a near certainty — and it is also the hottest time of the year.

Still interested? You might be able to save on activities and excursions plus hotels if you’re doing a one-way cruise. Do consider cruise travel insurance if you’re planning to travel during the low season to avoid any disappointments.

What are the must-do cruise excursions in Fiji?

It can be tempting to simply pick the nearest beach and stake your claim for the day but once you’re willing to venture a bit further inland, here are some of our top picks for Fiji excursions.

  • Thermal mud pool, Port Denarau. Take a trip to Sabeto Valley’s thermal springs to treat yourself with a therapeutic and relaxing mud bath.
  • Vuadomo Village and Waterfall, Savusavu. Embrace regional culture and experience village life with a local ceremony followed by a short hike and swim in the nearby waterfall.
  • Tau Cave and zipline tour, Lautoka. Soar above the treetops as you make your way through ziplines and rappelling obstacles before you journey underground to explore fascinating limestone caves.
  • Snorkeling, Dravuni Island. Escape the heat and head to the Astrolabe Reef for a chance to spot seahorses and stingrays among other marine creatures.
  • Jewel of Fiji, Suva. A great all-rounder where you learn about the rich culture and history while you explore the island during a variety of adventure activities. These include a ride in a longboat canoe, a local village tour with lunch and kava ceremony and an invigorating swim in a waterfall.

What should I pack for a Fiji cruise?

Pack anything you couldn’t live without including contact lens solution, feminine products and specific brands of medication or toiletries because whatever you forget could be expensive and hard to find in some of the smaller ports.

When visiting one of the more remote villages, shoulders and knees should be covered to be respectful. A sarong is a good option in a pinch. Bug spray, sunscreen and water shoes are all worthy additions to the suitcase.

Bottom line

A paradise for foodies, nature lovers and culture vultures alike, set your sights on Fiji and you won’t regret it. Hit up our top cruise deals to help keep costs down on your next holiday.

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