FIJI has proven to be more than just a tourist destination for two Australian couples who found out this week that travel also provided an opportunity to meet up with people from your own home town.
As guests on Blue Lagoon Cruise's MV Fiji Princess, Robert and Chris Radcliffe of Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia, were pleasantly surprised when they were introduced to Jayne and Rod Roberts.
"We live practically five minutes away from each other and apart from having such a great holiday in Fiji and on the Fiji Princess, we are now buddies for life," said Mr Roberts.
The two couples were among about 60 guests that launched Blue Lagoon's brand new cruise itinerary — a seven-day sojourn through the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups of islands.
General manager operations Craig Mercer said the launch was historic because it offered guests on resorts in the Mamanuca Group a chance to join their vessel for a four-day cruise via transfer on high speed South Sea Cruises catamarans.
Mr Mercer said, to his knowledge, this was the first time island resort guests had the opportunity to enjoy such a holiday experience. "This has never been offered before, instead of travelling back to Port Denarau to begin their cruise, guests get transferred off the island straight onto the MV Fiji Princess," he said.
Mr Mercer added cruise numbers had risen and pegged the success of Blue Lagoon Cruises to the quality of their product and the outstanding efforts of the crew.