First-ever luxury small ship expedition cruise

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Captain Cook Cruises Executive Chair Allison Haworth (left), Varanisese Tavaiqia, Tourism Fiji Chief Executive Officer Brent Hill and Captain Peter Martin officiates at the welcome ceremony of the new expedition Cruise ship ‘Caledonian Sky’ berthed at the Lautoka Wharf. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has launched Fiji’s first-ever luxury small ship expedition cruise with the MS Caledonian Sky.

Comprising 57 suites, the cruise ship will offer a 14-week cruise package that will visit islands in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji executive chairperson Allison Haworth-West said the MS Caledonia Sky has brought with her a new era of cruise experiences and tourism infrastructure in Fiji.

“When my parents started Captain Cook Cruises in 1970 in Sydney, the business was started with the premise and the intention of providing the opportunity to people to experience a location which was Sydney,” said Ms Haworth West.

“The reason we are all here today we are still trying to do the same 50 or so years later.

“We have brought Caledonia Sky here to allow people to explore the most beautiful places and destinations and cultures of Fiji and meet the people that as we know are extraordinary.

“For many years already along with the Koroilavesau family we have already been pioneering this with the MV Reef Endeavour, however, Caledonia Sky, will allow us to open up not just the Mamanucas, the Yasawas but also the remote North and Lau groups to a much greater extent.

“And bringing the benefit of sustainable sensitive tourism to Fiji in a way we like to do with respect and a meaningful way.”

Ms Haworth-West said their luxury expedition cruising in Fiji would elevate their offering to a level not seen before in Fiji.

The cruise ship will make its maiden voyage today.