|Yep, we saw islands just like this|
My room was on the hibiscus deck, which was the cheaper of the two options. There wasn’t a ton of difference between the two classes and I’m glad that I didn’t the pricier room. Technically, it was a bit bigger but a couch took up the bulk of that extra space. There was also a coffee machine, a fridge with free drinks and a fruit tray upon arrival, nice touches but not essentials.
|The tiny bathroom|
Thankfully, the fresh bath and beach towels we were given daily helped with the situation. Rooms were also cleaned daily and quite thoroughly, as was the rest of the ship.
Food & Drink
I’m a really fussy eater so I have to admit that I didn’t get the most out of Fiji Princess’ cuisine. But I never went hungry and even really enjoyed some of my meals. Breakfast was also a partial buffet with made-to-order hot items like omelettes and French toast. Lunch and dinner were mostly buffets and there was always plenty of food including at least two different protein options. Fresh fruit was always available and dinner dessert usually included a couple other options.
|The hot breakfast menu|
If you’re a big fan of chocolate and/or salty snacks, you might want to pack a few of your favourite items as the cruise is light on North American-style junk food. Food also isn't available around the clock, like on some ships (though coffee and tea is always available and at least one of the ship's two bars are open).
As for drinks, well, we had to pay for them (no, there wasn’t even wine at dinner) but the prices weren’t out of line with what you’d pay in Toronto and they were pretty tasty. My husband was also pleased with the Fiji beer that was available.
The bulk of our off-boat activities revolved around the water. We snorkelled almost daily and had several “beach afternoons” that involved swimming, sun tanning, paddle boarding and more snorkelling. The water temperature was fantastic, as was the coral but underwater animal life was a bit lacking compared to some of the other places I’ve been. We didn’t see a single ray and the only turtle we spotted was by my husband when he and a few other guests went fishing with the crew (a free experience). It turns out that most underwater creatures are actively hunted by the locals and that’s why the wildlife is on the light side.
Diving was available including a dive with bull sharks that received mixed reviews by the fellow passengers that did it (yes, they saw sharks but it was a difficult, problematic trip to and from the dive site).
|The cave that appeared in the film |
The Blue Lagoon
Each night before dinner, there was happy hour that featured 20% off drinks, spring rolls (or something similar) and often music performed by the crew. After dinner, sometimes there was an activity and sometimes there wasn’t. And this wasn’t a bad approach, as it gave us time to hang out with our fellow cruisers or go to bed early.
The staff was fantastic on the boat. They were friendly, helpful and knew our names by the second date. Api, the cruise director, was especially great and had no problem going the extra-mile to make the trip a great experience.
|Drinking kava with the crew on the top deck|
The Fiji Princess has a small pool that’s usually filled up with the boat is stationary. It’s nothing fancy but it’s a fun way to kill some time. Other ways to fill time on the boat include reading, board games and wi-fi, which, much to my surprise, worked more often than not though it was limited to certain areas of the boat (and no, the cabins weren’t one of them).
Neither my husband nor myself experienced actual seasickness though there was one morning when I did feel a bit ill thanks to rough water. While there were certainly times where you could feel waves or the boat moving, you get used to it pretty quickly.
Overall Verdict The Fiji Princess isn’t the fanciest boat and honestly, I’ve been to prettier places than Fiji, but I still had a great time on my trip. I have to admit that I was a bit worried about taking a cruise but for the most part, it was a positive experience and I will definitely take another cruise in the future.
|One of the villages we visited|
If you’re considering booking a trip on the Fiji Princess, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them!