MS Caledonian Sky to exit Captain Cook Cruises Fiji fleet

Small ship operator to pivot to day cruising/dinner voyage program

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has confirmed a realignment of its business that will see voyages aboard the luxury expedition ship MS Caledonian Sky conclude with the brand in early November 2024, LATTE can exclusively reveal. The company took over the operation of Caledonian Sky from APT in early November last year, introducing a new level of expedition cruising in the remote waters of Fiji, including the rarely visited Lau Islands in the Southern Pacific.

Speaking exclusively with LATTE, Allison Haworth West, Executive Chair said the “strategic step” to wind down operation of the small ship comes as Captain Cook Cruises Fiji pivots to focus on its core business of island day cruising and dinner voyages.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji's Ultimate Lau Kadavu - the final itinerary to operate for the brand aboard MS Caldeonis Sky

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Caledonian Sky has been a runaway success,” Haworth West said. “The ship, the destination and the crew have received outstanding feedback from guests for the rich, cultural experience that Captain Cook Cruises Fiji provides onboard the small ship. We look forward continuing our schedule of 7- and 14-night expeditions to remote Fiji and Tonga until November.”

“The vision for Caledonian Sky was to bring luxury cruising to the outer islands. Our passenger loads have been building and capacity has steadily grown.

“The program struck a chord with the expedition market and has been successful, filling a void in that niche market,” Haworth West explained, adding that the project was also supported by the Fijian Government.

“We’ve opened up tourism interaction like never before,” she added.

MS Caldeonian Sky officially joined the Captain Cook Cruises Fiji fleet in November 2023

The departure of Caledonian Sky from the fleet, along with the company’s previous smaller vessel, Reef Endeavour, leaves a hole in the small ship sector for Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for the time being,

Haworth West confirmed the final sailing of the 114-passenger ship with CCC Fiji will depart on 26 October 2024. Guests who have sailings booked beyond November 2024 are being contacted by the boutique cruise line or via their travel advisor to offer alternative arrangements, including a cabin upgrade on an earlier departure.

The company is also offering a ‘Stay 7, Pay’ 4 promotion on Caledonian Sky.

The final voyage operated under Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for the vessel will be the 7-day Ultimate Lau & Kadavu sailing on Saturday 26 October 2024. View the remaining schedule, updated on 20 June 2024, here.

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