Which Cruises Go to Fiji?
The scattering of islands across the South Pacific begs to be explored, especially the islands of Fiji. The ports of call in Fiji showcase an intriguing juxtaposition between the bustling Indo-Fijian towns of Lautoka and Suva, the sleepy town of Savusavu surrounded by lush rainforest, the less-visited Dravuni Island and its tiny island village, and the tourist hub of Port Denarau. Sounds like a dream, but which cruises go to Fiji? We go through some of the favourites in this list of cruises that visit Fiji.
1. Celebrity Cruises
Offering a round-trip from Auckland, New Zealand, Celebrity Cruises takes you on a South Pacific voyage including two stops in Fiji. Their 13-Night South Pacific Cruise takes you to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands before crossing the ocean to Fiji’s ports of call of Lautoka one day and Suva the next. You’ll also get to experience other nearby South Pacific Islands, like Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, in-between days on the luxurious Celebrity Eclipse with its 2,852 occupancy or the smaller Celebrity Solstice.
2. Royal Caribbean
Leave Sydney, Australia, on an internationally-acclaimed cruise liner with Royal Caribbean and its 12-Night South Pacific & Fiji Cruise. As well as New Caledonia and Vanuatu, you’ll cruise to the popular ports of Lautoka and Suva of Fiji’s mainland. Spend the day soaking in the sights and the cuisine of Suva and Lautoka, or head out on a shore excursion to waterfall parks, river excursions or to watch a cultural performance. You’ll also get to enjoy onboard entertainment on your ship, from a waterpark to laser tag. See shore excursions in Lautoka here.
3. Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises gets you seeing more of Fiji, especially on their 12-Day Fiji Cruise starting and ending in Sydney. After stopping by New Caledonia a couple of days prior, you’ll be introduced to the islands of Fiji at Dravuni Island – an island with less than 200 inhabitants in a traditional Fijian village. Then, you’ll venture to the nation’s capital, Suva, then Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu before making your way to Lautoka and back to Sydney. The cruise is likely to be on the Majestic Princess, a 3,560-capacity ship with mini-golf, hot tubs, a theatre, casino and more.
4. Carnival Cruises
Head to Fiji’s centre of tourism, Port Denarau, with Carnival Cruises. Departing from Brisbane, Australia, Carnival Cruises’ 11-Day South Pacific Cruise includes both Suva and Port Denarau in the itinerary. Check out some of the amazing shore excursions in Denarau here, in-between days on a ship likely to be the Carnival Spirit with its casino, spa, delectable restaurants and insane waterslide.
5. Norwegian Cruise Line
A longboat river excursion, cultural performance and farm tour are what awaits on the shore excursions in Suva with Norwegian Cruise Line. Their 16-Day Fiji & Bora Bora Cruise also includes Lautoka on the itinerary, giving you a true taste of Fiji as you sail around the islands. The trip starts in Papeete, Tahiti, and ends in Sydney or vice versa, also stopping by the islands of French Polynesia, American Samoa and Vanuatu. All of this visited from a ship like the Jewel Class, boasting some of the largest suites on the sea.
6. P&O Australia
A family-friendly cruise company, P&O Australia has a couple of cruises incorporating Fiji, including the Fiji Encounter and the Bounty Adventure from Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne – you have plenty of options! Ports of call include Suva, Port Denarau and the beautiful Dravuni Island, making sure you get to see a real contrast in Fiji’s islands.
7. Holland America Line
For an extended break on the South Seas, check out Holland America Line and their 19 to 26-Day South Pacific Crossing cruises. Venture between Sydney and Honolulu, Sydney and Seattle or Sydney and San Diego on a huge journey incorporating some of Fiji’s highlights to less-visited islands. While some of their cruises take you to the bustling towns of Lautoka and Suva, others cruise to the quieter town of Savusavu, as well as Dravuni Island. The ships boast being big enough to make each day at sea different yet small enough to feel uncrowded.
8. Windstar Cruises
For a small-ship cruise experience, take a look at Windstar Cruises and their South Pacific Undiscovered cruise. Their cruise is exclusively in the South Pacific, taking you between the ports of Lautoka on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, and Noumea in New Caledonia. It is the only international cruise visiting the Yasawa Islands, calling at Yasawa-i-Rara Island with its sweeping white-sand beaches. The itinerary also includes Vanuatu in between Fiji and New Caledonia.
9. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
For those that don’t want to settle for seeing just some of the South Pacific, see it all with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Their 120-Night Elements of the South Pacific cruise take you around the Pacific Rim, from San Fransisco to San Fransisco. Somewhere in between the full itinerary is the Fijian ports of call Lautoka and Suva, giving you a real mainland experience in Fiji. Cruises to the South Pacific are often on the Seven Seas Mariner, with just 700 guests on an elegantly designed ship.
10. Paul Gauguin Cruises
Experience all-inclusive luxury on the m/s Paul Gauguin small-ship cruise. Voyaging between Lautoka and Papeete in Tahiti, Paul Gauguin gets you to experience the South Pacific waters that the ship calls home. Their 12 and 13-night cruises all include few days in Fiji, whether it’s discovering the unspoiled paradise of Savusavu or hitting the sophisticated capital of Suva. One of their cruises also stops by Beqa Island where you can snorkel or dive at one of the world’s largest barrier reefs.