MV Reef Endeavour

MV Reef Endeavour current position

MV Reef Endeavour current location is at South Pacific Ocean (coordinates -16.96340 S / 177.30833 E) cruising en route to MATACAWALEUU. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Specifications of MV Reef Endeavour

Year of build1996  /  Age: 27
Flag state Fiji
BuilderFiji Marine Shipyard and Slipways (Suva, Fiji)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
Speed13 kn / 24 km/h / 15 mph
Length (LOA)73 m / 240 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage3125 gt
Passengers-to-space ratio21
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2018
OwnerCaptain Cook Cruises Ltd
OperatorCaptain Cook Cruises Fiji

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The 1996-built MV Reef Endeavour cruise ship was constructed in Fiji and has been popular mostly with Australian tourists. The vessel spent its first 15 years of service deployed to the Great Barrier Reef (Coral Sea, Australia). In 2010, Reef Endeavour was moved to Fiji to replace Captain Cook Cruises ship Reef Escape, damaged during Cyclone Mick.

Reef Endeavour was completely drydock refurbished in 2013 and currently operates on itineraries to Yasawa Islands leaving roundtrip from Port Denarau (Nadi, Fiji).

In May 2023, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji announced that starting in November (2023), Reef Endeavour will be replaced by the 1991-built Caledonian Sky.

MV Reef Endeavour cruise ship

The vessel (IMO number 9012666) is Fiji-flagged (MMSI 520184000).

In 1996, the Australian-based travel company Captain Cook Cruises entered the Fiji day-cruising market. This way, "Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Islands" company was created, with joint owners Captain Cook Cruises' founder (late Captain Trevor Haworth from Australia) and Semi Koroilavesau (Fiji Ports Ltd company's chairman). The first vessel to provide overnight accommodations on Fiji roundtrip cruises was Reef Escape. With the introduction of the larger Reef Endeavour, the company had the chance to offer longer and more intriguing itineraries.

In 2012, the Haworth family sold the Australian cruise operations but retained the Fiji operations. Then was introduced a new itinerary for MS Reef Endeavour. The company also offers an exclusive island destination - the Fijian private island Tivua island.

Shipboard facilities

The ship's 2013 drydock upgrades followed the devastating Cyclone Evan which in December 2012 struck Fiji's west coast. While at anchor in Nadi Bay and with no passengers onboard, enormous waves pounded the ship heavily, smashing windows, flooding cabins and damaging the Sun Deck. The 5-deck vessel was repaired and refurbished with new carpets (in all public areas and cabins), new mattresses in all staterooms, new dining room, new outdoor and indoor lounge furniture. All cabins were also repainted. The ship was also upgraded with a new glass-bottom boat and tender boat. The cocktail lounge received soft furnishings, while all passenger staterooms were refreshed with brand new bed linens. A small fleet of yellow kayaks was also added.

Any of Reef Endeavour's voyages offers snorkeling, swimming and meeting Fijians in their natural village settings, small towns, and also at local markets. Much of the time cruise passengers spent on land and in the water.

Most staterooms are accessed through the open decks running along both sides of the 3 upper decks. There are no cabin balconies, so passengers step straight onto these 3-foot wide promenade decks to enjoy the mesmerizing ocean and island views.

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