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Captain Cook - MV Reef Escape

Each day brings a new island.. Traditional thached villages, endless swathes of coral reef and pristine beach..

Discover the real Fiji - spectacular beaches, crystal clear waters, warm and friendly culture. Small ship cruises to the Yasawa Islands are designed to offer guests an authentic and personal experience. Wake each day to idyllic sites and exclusive destinations. Snorkel over magnificent coral reefs and experience the culture first hand at traditional island villages and handicraft markets. The ships's extra cruising comforts include a swimming pool, extensive outdoor leisure decks and floor to ceiling windows in every stateroom..

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FIJI DESTINATION INFORMATION

Fiji is located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, south of the Equator and north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It lies between 15 degrees and 22 degrees South Latitude and 177 degrees East and 178 degrees West Longitude, spanning the 180th Meridian.

The Fiji archipelago has more than 330 islands scattered across 230,000 square kilometres. Only about 100 of the largest islands are inhabited. The remainder are small "desert" islands without fresh water. The two largest islands, Vitu Levu and northern Vanua Levu (distinct from the smaller Sacred Island Vanua Levu) make up 85% of the total land mass. The largest island, Vitu Levu, is 4,010 sq miles, whilst the smallest island, Vatuira, is only 0.008 sq miles.

Approximately 3,500 years ago, the first people landed in Fiji. Archaeological and ethnographic evidence suggests these groups originated from regions within the Southeast Asian archipelago. A style of pottery known as Lapita has been found along the migration route from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. It is believed Melanesians arrived first and settled along the coastal areas of western Fiji. The Micronesians followed soon after and settled the northern coastal areas. They initially relied on fishing, hunting and gathering for survival, and evidence seems to suggest that they lived in relative peace.

Around 2,500 years ago (1,000 years later) there was a shift towards agriculture, which in turn created a natural expansion in population due to the increasing availability of food. However the population growth also led to an increase in fighting between tribes over arable land areas. The practice of cannibalism also became more common. 1,000 years ago, the Tongans and Samoans began an invasion of Fiji’s eastern provinces, promoting larger and more organised forms of warfare. The Fijians soon became known as formidable warriors.

In the 19th Century Europeans began to arrive in numbers and exploited the islands’ trade in Sandalwood and Sea Cumbers. The introduction of Christianity in the 1840’s had a major effect on the Fijian culture and ended the practice of cannibalism. The Tui-Viti (King of Fiji) Ratu Cakobau was converted to Christianity in 1854 and the Methodist missionaries considered this a major triumph.

In 1874 Fiji became a British colony and over the next 40 years, over 40,000 Indians were brought into the country to work the sugar plantations established on the main island. On the 10th October 1970 Fiji became an independent country and on the 7th October 1987 Fiji declared itself a republic.

Today the population of Fiji is approximately 800,000 - 50% native Fijians, 45% Indo-Fijians and 5% European, Chinese and other islanders. The Fijian lifestyle is a relaxed combination of traditional culture and a strong belief in the family and community. The people are modest with irresistible friendly warmth, and the biggest smiles in all of the Pacific.

REEF ESCAPE - A TO Z HELPFUL INFORMATION
The following information is a guide only and is subject to change. Kindly note that is your responsibility to ensure you have all the correct documents including visa, health and passport requirements. Please check with your local authorities before you depart. For information & details of passenger responsibilities please refer to the passenger cruise contract.

ACCOMMODATION – 60 staterooms and cabins featuring floor to ceiling glass doors. Each has private bathroom ensuite, on/off air-conditioning, hair dryers, 240 volt power, international shaver point, soaps, shampoo and towels; serviced daily. Each stateroom is approximately 12 sq metres

AIR CONDITIONING - Each Cabin/Stateroom contains at least one air-conditioning vent. A simple on/off switch is located on each vent. If you wish to leave your cabin door open, please switch off the air-conditioning.

BAGGAGE - Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins, so you would be advised not to over pack. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. . Bags have to be handled by crew and we would appreciate a weight limit of 20kg

BARS – Normal closing time for bar services is 12 midnight. Our licensing laws do not permit alcohol to be brought onboard by passengers.
BATHROOM STEP – Reef Escape carries a number of portable bathroom steps available for passenger use. Please enquire at the Purser’s Bureau.
BIRTHDAYS & SPECIAL OCCASIONS - You may want to order a cake, champagne or make some other celebratory arrangement for that special occasion. Please give two weeks notice before sailing.

BOARDING – The vessel departs from Denarau Marina unless otherwise stated. Please present your ticket with photo identification at the reception bure at the base of the wharf. The crew will load your baggage. Boarding is available is from 2.00pm. Sailing at 3.00pm (From 1 April 2007 boarding is from 1pm and sailing at 2pm).

BRIDGE - You are welcome to visit the Bridge, however please avoid times when the ship is maneuvering into or leaving ports and anchorage.

CASH FREE - For your convenience we operate a cashless system. You may use your Cruise Account for onboard drinks and some optional shore excursions. Small denomination local currency is required for village markets, games and gratuities. Your Cruise Account must be settled at the Bar prior to disembarkation. Limited foreign currency Travellers cheques, cash or credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard & Diners) will be accepted for payment of your account, however we advise personal cheques cannot be accepted.

COFFEE & TEA - Complimentary coffee & tea are available, 24 hours, in the Pool Bar.

DAY TOURS - Captain Cook Cruises offers a choice of tours for 7-Night passengers wishing to utilise their time between cruises (whilst the ship is docked at Denarau Marina). Please enquire at the Purser’s Bureau.

DINING – Dining is a vital ingredient in your Fijian cruise. Whether it is an alfresco luncheon, gourmet barbecue or table d’hote dinner, our food is prepared on board from fresh local and imported produce and our on-board entertainment adds a special flavour to the mix. Breakfast 7.30am – 9.00am. Lunch 12noon or 12.30pm. Dinner 7.30pm or as otherwise advised. There is one sitting for meals. Table seating is assigned for most evening Dinners whilst Breakfast and Lunch are free seating.

DISEMBARKATION – On the final day of your cruises please leave your luggage outside your cabin prior to breakfast (it will be landed ashore by the ship's crew) and return your key to the Purser’s Bureau. All Cabin Accounts must be settled at the Purser’s Bureau between 7.00am and 8.00am. Reef Escape will be alongside from 8.00am and the Ship’s crew will farewell you around the swimming pool at 8.45am.

DIVING - Diving is available for holders of current Open Water Dive Certificates, which must be produced onboard. There is a fee per dive, fully inclusive of onboard equipment. Please enquire at the Purser’s Bureau for details and bookings.

DRESS CODE – During the day, sportswear and casual clothes are suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits or beach attire in public rooms and lounges, especially in the Dining Saloon. Footwear is requested in both the Dining Saloon and Lounges. During the evening smart casual wear is recommended – an open neck shirt and slacks for gentlemen and a dress, skirt and blouse or pants outfit for the ladies. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses (Polaroid) and good sun blocks on shore excursions. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions. Fijians dress modestly and revealing clothing is not accepted in public places. Please cover your shoulders and knees (bula shirt & sulu are ideal) and remove headwear when visiting Fijian villages.

DRINKING WATER – The water from your cabin tap is suitable for drinking.

DUTY FREE - There are no duty free facilities onboard.

ELECTRICS - The ships electricity is AC 240 volts 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia) and there is an international shaver point in the bathroom.

ENGINE ROOM TOURS - We regret due to insurance constraints, we are unable to conduct engine room tours.

EXCURSIONS - During the cruise a number of shore excursions are available (charges may apply to some optional tours). You may be requested to book your preferred times for shore excursions. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please be prompt to your marshalling station on the Pool Deck (details will be provided in your daily onboard itinerary) with any items you may need including sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, bathers, towel and reef or walking shoes. Remember to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting villages.

FACILITIES - Swimming pool, spa, sun deck, sauna; glass bottomed-boat, snorkelling and dive vessels; pool bar, cocktail bar with baby grand, lounge, single-sitting dining saloon and conference room; gift shop, chart house, library and videos; guest laundry and 24 hour coffee and tea facilities.

GAMES - A games chest is located in the Ra Marama Lounge. Please feel free to make use of the games but please return them to the chest.

GIFT SHOP - Adjacent to the Purser's Bureau, the Gift Shop is open between 8.00am and 12 noon and 2.00pm and 6.00pm each day and stocks a range of souvenirs, a small amount of toiletries, clothing, film, stamps, confectionary and bottle water. All purchases will be charged to your Cabin Account.

LAUNDRY – The passenger laundry contains a washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board, iron and washing tub. Washing powder is provided free of charge in the laundry.

LIBRARY - A selection of books is available for your reading pleasure in the Library. Kindly return or swap the books so that others can also enjoy them.

MAIL – Mail deposited in our post box at the Purser’s Bureau will be cleared at the completion of each cruise. Stamps are available from the Purser’s Bureau.

MEDICAL- The ships crew does not include a doctor, however the Ship’s Officers are trained in First Aid. There is no pharmacy onboard. Please ensure you bring adequate prescription medicines you may require.

MEDICAL - FITNESS TO TRAVEL - The passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise. A certificate of fitness of travel by your doctor is required for passengers over 75 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility. For full details please refer to the Passenger Cruise Contract.

MONEY EXCHANGE – Reef Escape offers limited currency exchange facilities for most major currencies. Please ask at the Pursers Desk.

NAVIGATOR – Each day an Officer will inform you of points of interest, the ship’s current position and other nautical and relevant information. Charts showing the cruise itinerary can be found in the Lobby at the Purser’s Bureau.

ONBOARD CHARGES - These charges are not included in your cruise fare and are payable at the conclusion of your cruise (we regret they cannot be prepaid). All amounts are charged to your onboard cabin account, payable at the end of your cruise by credit card, cash or traveller’s cheque (FJD). Please note surcharges are subject to change. Click here for details.

PASSENGER CRUISE CONTRACT - Tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions of the Passengers Cruise Contract.

PURSER’S BUREAU – The Bureau is open from 8.00am to 12 noon and 2.00pm to 6.00pm. If you have any questions please stop by the Bureau.

SAUNA & SPA – The sauna is open for bookings between 7.30am and 7.00pm. Please reserve a time at the Purser’s Bureau. Passengers under the age of 16 are not permitted to use the Sauna without a supervising adult. Use of equipment is at own risk

SCHOOL DONATIONS – During your cruise you may visit one of the local schools. Children from many villages throughout the islands attend these schools. You are welcome to make a donation to the school or you may wish to bring pre-loved childrens’ books or stationary (exercise books, pencils etc) which is in limited supply. Confectionary is not recommended.

SMOKING POLICY – All internal areas of the ship are designated non-smoking. This includes all public rooms, lobbies, dive tenders and especially cabins. Smoking is permitted on outside decks (including the pool area) with the exception of special safety areas which have been sign-posted `non-smoking’. Please do not throw lighted cigarette ends, cigars or matches over the ship’s side as these may be drawn into the ship’s side opening and cause a fire. Please use trays provided – sand trays are located along the open decks and ashtrays are available from the Pool Bar. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please refrain from smoking pipes and cigars. Cigarettes are not sold onboard.

SNORKELLING – Fins, masks and snorkels will be issued for each cruise. Please return them to the Dive Master before disembarkation. Unreturned equipment will be charged to your Cabin account at F$100.

SPECIAL DIETS - Passengers requiring special meals should advise the Company in writing at least two weeks prior to sailing. Most special diets can be catered for.

TELEPHONES – Whilst at sea you may pass urgent messages only by marine radio phone. Mobile phone coverage is limited to areas close to the main island. Urgent messages from shore to ship are relayed by marine radio phone via our Nadi office ph +679-670 1823 or fax +679-670 2045.

TIPPING - Tipping is always a personal matter and depends on whether you have enjoyed the service you receive. As a general rule, tipping is not necessary.

TOWELS – Towels for use ashore are available from the pool area before the first shore excursion. Subsequent beach towels will be replenished daily in your cabin.

TURNDOWN - Each evening while you are dining, a stewardess will be conducting evening bed turndown and leaving a copy of the following day’s itinerary.

VALUABLES – Safety deposit facilities are available through the Purser’s Bureau. Captain Cook Cruises accepts no liability.

VIDEO – A selection of videos are available in the Reef Room. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

WEATHER - A warm tropical climate, generally cooler and dryer from April - October. Temperature ranges from 20-28 degrees Celsius. Western side predominantly dry 24-32 degrees.

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