Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is introducing Caledonian Sky to its fleet. Acquired from APT Cruises earlier this year, the 114-guest expedition ship will debut for the Fiji-based brand in November 2023.
The 1991-built vessel will replace Reef Endeavour, opening a “new era of high-end cruise experiences never seen before in Fiji.” Currently the company’s sole vessel, the 168-guest Reef Endeavour has been in service for the company since 1996.
The arrival of Caledonian Sky will expands the expeditions on offer which the original ship has been undertaking since entering service.
Described as a “luxury expedition small ship”, Caledonian Sky will sail to destinations that are otherwise unreachable, Captain Cook said, including the most remote parts of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
The programme includes different three- to 14-night expeditions, all accompanied by a team of Marine Biologists and cultural experts.
The schedule also includes new itineraries for the 2024-25 season, such as a seven-night cruise to Southern Lau and Kadavu. Sailing from Port Denarau, the expedition explores the remote southern Lau and Kadavu island groups, and allows guests to witness the great sea reef, while visiting islands including Dravuni, Moala, Fulaga, Mutuku, Beqa and Vatulele.
Also new is the 14-night Southern Lau and Tonga Whale Migration Cruise. According to Captain Cook, the itinerary sails to the southern portion of the Lau group of islands before embarking on an expedition to the outer islands of Tonga during the whale migration period.
Originally built for Renaissance Cruises, Caledonian Sky has sailed for several operators during its three-decade cruising career, including Noble Caledonia and Star Cruises.
The ship has just 57 ocean-view staterooms and also carries a fleet of ten zodiacs, in addition to a team of 70 crew members