Thursday 3 April 2014

New look Fiji Princess launching in May


Fiji’s Blue Lagoon Cruises flagship vessel 'Fiji Princess' will return into Port Denarau tomorrow morning on it’s last cruise for the next month as it undergoes a $1.2 million refurbishment.

Chief Executive Officer Peter Duncan said the small boutique cruise ship would not operate between 5 – 27 April while the refurbishment takes place.

"All interiors will be completely made over, and, paying tribute to the company's long maritime history, the theme is nautically inspired," Mr Duncan said.

"Blue Lagoon Cruises has recently come under our management and we have made several changes based on customer feedback including brand new itineraries with a maximum of four hours cruising each day, more activities and a more personal experience of the Fijian culture," he said.

“Fiji Princess also has a long history cruising Fiji’s islands and it’s high time she had a rest and a makeover,”

“This refurbishment has been a long time in the planning, and is a major investment by Blue Lagoon Cruises not only into our vessel and product offering, but will also raise the bar of cruising experiences available in Fiji,”

“We are using all Fijian businesses to do the work on the vessel in line with our commitment to an all Fijian crew and providing as authentic an experience as we can.”

Fiji Princess will be back and operational on 28 April to be followed by an intensive “re-launch” through the travel trade industry at FTE and through travel media internationally.

"Our cruises are popular with people wanting to experience the ‘real’ Fiji – rather than just sitting in a 5 star resort for their holiday – and being a smaller boutique cruise ship means we can get right up close to the beaches and islands - we even tie up to a coconut tree at our anchorage just off our own private beach,” Mr Duncan said.

“We also work closely with the island communities to give our guests a taste of what life is like for these communities living on remote islands,” he said.

Cruises are based in the Yasawa Islands (now with transfers available from Mamanuca Island Resorts) and range in length from 3 to 7 days.

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