Monday, 24 August 2009

Blue Lagoon Cruises diversifies product with launch of new Yasawa ‘island hopping’ program


Blue Lagoon Cruises has diversified its overall product range at the same time opening up new business opportunities for hotel and resort operators in Fiji's Yasawa islands with the launch of a new multi-tiered series of 'island hopping' options in the region.

Seen as offering a new transportation solution for the thousands of FIT travelers, predominantly 'flashpackers', visiting the  islands every year, the boutique island cruise specialist will position the MV Lycianda on the route which officially commences operation on 31 August.

Departing from the cruise company's home port of Lautoka every Monday and Thursday, the new program will connect the popular backpacker-oriented Bounty Island Resort and Beachcomber Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands with more than 20 resorts spread across the Yasawas.

The program structure also includes the opportunity for passengers to spend two nights on board the 21-berth vessel at Blue Lagoon Cruises 'private island, Nanuya Lailai.

Prices for the program start from FJD50* for a day pass which can be used for departures ex-Lautoka as well as for passengers joining the vessel at any point along the entire cruise program. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea plus lunch depending on which point passengers embark and disembark from.

An 'Overnight Pass' is priced from FJD150* based on a one-night onboard stay with afternoon tea, dinner, breakfast and lunch included.

Two night options and 'Combi Passes' offering onboard accommodation and pick-up/drop-off options along the entire route are also available.

For those wishing to stay on board for the entire three-day cruise program which overnights at picturesque Yalobi Bay and Nanuya Lailai, prices start from FJD350* per person in shared accommodation inclusive of all meals while on board.

The 39-metre MV Lycianda's facilities include 21 air conditioned cabins, a 60-seat dining room, sun deck and cocktail bar.

Blue Lagoon Cruises' CEO Tim Stonhill said the commencement of the new Yasawa service would provide a much needed and very affordable transportation service for travellers visiting the islands.

"The new service opens up a whole new source of business opportunity for the hotels and resorts spread right across the Yasawas, all of which stand to benefit in terms of their ability to promote themselves to a much wider audience," he said.

"The new service will also benefit the Yasawa Islanders, many of whom are dependent on and see Blue Lagoon Cruises vessels as a primary source of freight transportation in the region."

As an added bonus, Blue Lagoon Cruises is also offering a free bus transfer between Nadi and Lautoka on arrival/departure days. Booked passengers simply have to flag down a special bus service or wait at clearly marked stops along the Queens Highway which links both towns.

For more information please visit www.bluelagooncruises.com or telephone Blue Lagoon Cruises in Lautoka, Fiji, on +679 666 1622, facsimile +679 666 4098 or via email on reservations@blc.com.fj.

*Conditions apply. Please note prices do not include international airfares or beverages (other than tea or coffee).