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India and Indian Ocean Cruises

Discover the idyllic islands of the Indian Ocean, explore India's coastline on a small ship cruise, or - new for 2015 - take a cruise and tour holiday of India's sights including the holy River Ganges

The islands of the Indian Ocean are the perfect getaway destination - no news, no shoes, just palm trees, white sand beaches and a chance to relax and unwind. Superb snorkelling and diving opportunities are endless.

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  • Maldives
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Indian Ocean Info

This collection of exotic Indian Ocean cruises includes the beautiful islands of the Seychelles - a stunning mix of perfect beaches, picture postcard villages and exciting flora and fauna. Our twin-hulled mega-yacht Pegasus is a superb way of exploring the Seychelles.

A ribbon of coral atolls in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives islands are the perfect destination to relax, snorkel, swim, dive and fish under the tropical sun. An en-suite cabin on our 8 or 10-person crewed catamaran sailing yachts is ideal for visiting the Maldives.

Mauritius, a volcanic island situated in the Indian Ocean, is lush and beautiful, with lovely mountain ranges, fine beaches, stunning coral reefs and picturesque villages. Madagascar, the ‘perfumed island’ includes the picturesque Nosy Be and Diego Suarez.

The island of Sri Lanka is situated off the southern coast of India. Explore the capital city of Colombo which traces its roots back through Dutch and Portuguese occupations, discover the town of Hambantota, formerly known as the Magama Kingdom and visit Galle, home to an impressive 17th-century Dutch fort.

Explore India's coastline on a cultural voyage with expert guest lecturers and a choice of shore excursions. Visit Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, see the Bollywood mansions of Mumbai and uncover the treasures of Goa.

Some of our cruises visit the unspoilt Malabar Coast which stretches from Maharashtra to Kanyakumari. Explore the peaceful backwaters of Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin and soak up the exotic spices which waft out of the Pepper Exchange in Cochin.

Seychelles beach Mauritius

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    • Dream Yacht Charters Ship - Marquise 56
      Choice of Ships
      • Your own en-suite cabin on a catamaran sailing yacht exploring the islands and beaches of the Maldives. With captain, chef, just 6-10 fellow guests, and opportunities to swim, snorkel and sea kayak in the blue waters

      • Sailingyacht
      • 2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
        Included with this holiday ...

    • Save 10% if you book 6 months before departure!

    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      • Explore the traditional souks and ancient forts of Arabia before setting sail for India and the bustling cities of Mumbai and Cochin on this superb voyage from Muscat, with return flights from the UK, gratuities, expert guest lecturers and fascinating optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
      • 2016 - Nov
        Included with this holiday ...

    • FREE 2-nt city break in Muscat PLUS save on standard fares!

    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      • Explore the exotic island of Bali and take the opportunity to visit the UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple on this superb voyage to Indonesia, with enthralling guest speaker programme and return flights from the UK

      • Discovery
      • 2016 - Dec
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    • FREE 2-night city break when booking an outside or balcony cabin!

    • Variety Ship - Pegasus
      • Explore the beautiful Seychelles on this unique cruise holiday from Mahe on board 49-passenger Pegasus, with opportunities to swim, snorkel and dive in the crystal clear waters, and relax on golden beaches

      • Megayacht
      • 2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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    • Save 25% on cruise cost - now from just £1850pp!

    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      • Experience the treasures of South Africa on a memorable voyage from the tropical luxury of Mauritius to multicultural Cape Town, with the chance to see the Big Five on safari. Includes lectures from expert guest speakers and fascinating optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
      • 2017 - Mar
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    • Free 2-night stay in Cape Town with outside or balcony cabins!

    • Pandaw River Adventures Ship - MV Mahabaahu
      MV Mahabaahu
      • This unique river cruise adventure on the Brahmaputra offers safaris by boat, jeep and elephant in search of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, bison and the varied wildlife that inhabits the World Heritage Kaziranga National Park, and with visits to remote communities. Includes excursions, UK flights, transfers, hotels and full-board cruise

      • River Adventures
      • 2016 - Nov
        2017 - Feb
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    • Travelmarvel by APT Ship - Rajmahal
      • Discover India's hidden gems on this excellent-value APT Travelmarvel holiday combining a 12-night cruise along the Lower Ganges on board Rajmahal and an overnight stay in the bustling city of Kolkata. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

      • World River Cruise
      • 2016 - Oct, Nov, Dec
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    • Second passenger flies free! Save £900 per couple!

    • Ponant Luxury and Expedition Ship - Le Lyrial
      Le Lyrial
      • Discover the pearls of the Indian Ocean, from the idyllic Scattered Islands to the diverse scenery of Madagascar and tranquil islets of the Seychelles, on this unique 15-night voyage on board Le Lyrial

      • Luxury
      • 2017 - Apr
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    • APT Ship - Ganges Voyager
      Ganges Voyager
      • This luxury holiday includes guided tours of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Kolkata with stays at iconic 5-star hotels and all meals included. See the highlights of India's Golden Triangle including the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort before flying to Kolkata for a 7-night Lower Ganges river cruise adventure into rural India.

      • Cruise and Land Tour
      • 2016 - Sep, Nov
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    • Second passenger flies free! Save £700 per couple!

    • Pandaw River Adventures Ship - MV Mahabaahu
      MV Mahabaahu
      • This unique holiday combines a tour of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan with a river cruise adventure on the Brahmaputra. Includes safaris in the World Heritage Kaziranga National Park by elephant, boat, and jeep in search of one-horned Indian rhinoceros and Bengal tiger. Includes excursions, UK flights, transfers, hotels and full-board cruise

      • River Adventures
    • Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey
      Aegean Odyssey
      • Explore the heart of Burma, historic Malaysia and the cosmopolitan city of Singapore on this fascinating 20-night discovery cruise and land tour from Colombo. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays in Colombo and Singapore and guest lecturers

      • Discovery
    • Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager
      Seven Seas Voyager
      • Join Seven Seas Voyager in cosmopolitan Singapore and discover the treasures of the Far East on this superb all-inclusive voyage visiting Thailand, Burma and India, with return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions

      • Luxury
    • Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey
      Aegean Odyssey
      • Enjoy two nights in Singapore before exploring the gems of Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India on a 13-night cruise, ending with a land tour of India’s Golden Triangle. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays guided excursions and guest lecturers

      • Discovery

Indian Ocean Highlights


Chennai, formerly Madras, is India's fourth-largest city and the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Worth visiting is the tree-line residential area of Mylapore, where you will find the 7th-century Kapaleeshwarar Hindu temple and its heavily decorated tower. Visitors to Chennai usually travel to the neighbouring town of Mahabalipuram to see its magnificent temples, statues and carvings.


The Keralan city of Cochin is well known for the 20-metre long Chinese fishing nets used at Fort Koch and for St Francis church which is the burial place of Vasco da Gama. Just outside Cochin and accessible by taxi or rickshaw is Mattancherry Palace, where the upper floor was once used for the coronation of Cochin's Rajas. The building's walls are decorated with murals illustrating scenes from Hindu mythology. Performances of the local Kathakali dance are regularly held in the town's cultural centre.

Cochin (India)


Colombo is the economic and cultural heart of Sri Lanka, and has been an important trading post for centuries. The port area was settled by Arabs in the 8th century since when many other civilizations have come and gone. The Pettah Market area has some interesting buildings, including the candy-striped Jami-ul Alfar Mosque and the Khan Clock Tower. Many Muslim traders specializing in gold and jewellery sell their wares here.

Colombo (Sri Lanka)


Goa is India's best-known beach resort with 100km of scenic, palm-fringed coastline. Anjuna Beach in Panjim, the capital of Goa, was a hippy destination in the 1960s, and has elegant colonial buildings and mansions. Old Goa was a Portuguese colonial territory for five centuries, and there are many 16th-century churches and older Hindu temples in the region. South Goa has waterfalls, paddy fields and fruit plantations.

Goa (India)


Male is the principal port of the Maldives, a jumble of skyscrapers, old buildings and markets. Majeedhee Magu is the main road on the island, bordered with shops selling everything from perfume to electronics. The town is surrounded by sea walls and has an artificial beach and a wide variety of restaurants.17th-century Hukuru Mosque is worth a visit for its black coral walls, engraved beams and panels decorated with carved Arabic writings.

Mauritius (Mauritius)

The port for Mauritius is Port Louis, a multi-cultural city with Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Chinese and Creole districts. The city has many shopping opportunities which range from lively street markets to a large shopping area on the seafront with fashionable boutiques. The Natural History Museum exhibits the only-known skeleton of the extinct dodo, and Fort Adelaide offers splendid views of the city. The island has some of the best beaches in the Indian Ocean and a mountainous landscape.



The French overseas territory of Mayotte is an archipelago situated between Mozambique on the African continent and Madagascar, and is one of the Comoros island group. Its white sand beaches attract many French holidaymakers, making this an expensive destination. Sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches in the south, and in the summer, humpback whales are often seen in the lagoon. The majority of Mayotte's shops and restaurants are in Mamoudzou, which is chiefly a business and commercial centre.


Mormugao is Goa's key port, with an old-world atmosphere and a blend of Portuguese and Indian architecture, used as the backdrop for several Bollywood films. It has golden beaches and the 6th-century Arch of the Viceroys which commemorates Vasco de Gama's arrival in Goa, and the huge St Catherine's Cathedral. Other sights include Mormugao Fort and nearby Varca beach, a stretch of palm-fringed shore with rows of wooden fishing boats and palm-thatched longhouses.

Mumbai (India)

This is the largest port in Western India, noted for its financial centre and Bollywood, the world's largest film production centre. Mumbai's most famous symbols are the Gateway to India, a grand arch, and the nearby Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. British influences can be seen in the stained glass and sculptures of Victoria Rail Terminus, a World Heritage Site. Mumbai is a pleasantly chaotic city packed full of bazaars, roadside stalls, traffic and some of India's best restaurants.


New Mangalore

New Mangalore port is situated in Panambur north of the Gurupura river. Besides the beautiful beach of Tanniru Bhavi, places to visit in Panambur include Nandaneshwara temple. There are many more temples in Mangalore itself, the most famous being Shir Sharavu Mahaganapathy, where devotees gather during religious festivals. Mangalore is considered a scenic city, shaded with coconut palms and crossed by hills and streams.

New Mangalore (India)

Nosi Be

Nosy Be island is Madagascar's chief tourist destination, but remains unspoilt, the air rich with the scent of ylang ylang which grows wild here. There are good outdoor restaurants on the sands and the water is crystal clear. Inland are fields of sugarcane and rum distilleries, and visits may be available to the coastal Lokobe Nature Reserve, home to gigantic trees, many bird species, chameleons and lemurs.

Reunion (France Overseas Territories)

Reunion is a French island territory east of Madagascar and south of Mauritius. Its landscape is diverse, with primary forest, serrated peaks, volcanoes and lava fields. The capital of St Denis has a botanical garden, a museum of modern contemporary art with paintings by Picasso and Gauguin and the impressive Notre Dame church. There are two dramatic Pitons ' Le Fournaise and Neiges, which have forested slopes, and two of the island's calderas can be explored on foot.

Seychelles (Seychelles)

The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands lying north-east of Madagascar. The Inner Islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are the most visited, with the Seychelles capital and port, Victoria situated on Mahe. Mahe is covered with mountains and dense tropical vegetation, including coconut palms, banana plants, mango and breadfruit trees, and has many white sand beaches suitable for swimming and snorkelling. Port Victoria has a National History Museum and Botanical Gardens with an giant tortoise enclosure.


St Denis

St Denis is the capital of Reunion Island, a French territory south of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The island's dramatic and lush scenery is topped with the peaks of two pitons, Le Fournaise and Neiges. Plants unique to the Seychelles thrive in the tropical forest, where the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher Plant and the jelly fish tree can be found. In St Denis the museum of modern contemporary art holds paintings by Picasso and Gauguin, and the hillside church of Notre Dame has an unusual statue of St Expedit dressed as a Roman soldier.


Also known as Toliara, Madagascan Tulear is next to a spectacular string of huge sand dunes backed by savannah, and Tulear Reef which stretches north to Morombe. Close by are the idyllic Ifaty Beach and Isalo National Park. The park has deep canyons and sandstone rock pinnacles, with large populations of birds, reptiles and lemur. In Tulea there are brightly-painted pousse-pousse, or rickshaws, a shell market, restaurants, an excellent arboretum and broad avenues. The sacred banyan tree of Miary on the outskirts of Tulear is worth a visit ' a huge specimen with branches spread across many metres.


Although mainly an industrial city, Visakhapatnam is a popular resort with good sandy beaches, and is situated on India's east coast among the hills of the Eastern Ghats. There is a Ropeway cable car giving long-distance views of the city, shore and hills, and a museum housed in a de-commissioned submarine. Other attractions include the richly-decorated 11th-century temple of Simhachalam on the Hill of the Lion Lord.