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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 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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About Indian Ocean Cruises

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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  • Seychelles Garden of Eden

    8 Nights - Mahe and back

    Variety Cruises Ship - Pegasus Pegasus

    Discover the paradise of the Seychelles on this superb 8-night yacht cruise holiday exploring the unique natural habitats of birds, turtles and tortoises, with plenty of time for relaxation and diving, snorkelling and swimming 2018 - Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Save up to 40% on cruise cost or no single supplement PLUS free shore excursions!

    Seychelles Garden of Eden Fly Cruise Package
    From £2425pp
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  • Kolkata and Brahmaputra River

    11 Nights - Kolkata to Guwahati

    Far Horizon Ship - Mahabaahu Mahabaahu

    Combine a 2-night hotel stay in the lively city of Kolkata with a Brahmaputra river cruise and discover ancient temples, traditional tea plantations and the amazing wildlife of Kaziranga National Park 2018 - Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to £800pp – flight inclusive package from just £2499pp!

    Kolkata and Brahmaputra River Fly Cruise Package
    From £2649pp
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  • Golden Triangle and Mighty Brahmaputra

    15 Nights - Delhi to Jorhat

    Far Horizon Ship - Mahabaahu Mahabaahu

    A superb value, once-in-a-lifetime holiday to the dazzling highlights of India, combining a 6-night Golden Triangle tour to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with a 7-night Brahmaputra river cruise through the national parks of the Assam Valley 2018 - Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to £800pp – flight inclusive package from just £3449pp!

    Golden Triangle and Mighty Brahmaputra Fly Cruise Package
    From £3599pp
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  • Across the Bay of Bengal

    16 Nights - Mumbai to Bangkok

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Orion Viking Orion

    Visit five exotic countries on this voyage across the Bay of Bengal with overnight stops in Mumbai, Colombo and Bangkok to fully immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Far East. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Sep
    Save £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Across the Bay of Bengal Fly Cruise Package
    From £4365pp
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  • Colours of India

    16 Nights - Delhi to Kolkata

    APT Premium Cruises Ship - Rajmahal Rajmahal

    Excellent value premium holiday combining hotel stays in the diverse cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Kolkata with a 7-night cruise exploring the Lower Ganges on board Rajmahal. Includes excursions and flights from the UK 2018 - Feb, Mar, Dec
    Second passenger flies free - save up to £850 per couple!

    Colours of India Fly Cruise Package
    From £4570pp
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  • Bhutan and Brahmaputra

    16 Nights - Kolkata to Guwahati

    Far Horizon Ship - Mahabaahu Mahabaahu

    Uncover the secrets of magical Bhutan, a Himalayan holy land with sacred temples and ancient monasteries, then enjoy a 7-night Brahmaputra river cruise through the Kaziranga National Park on this unique 16-night cruise holiday with return overnight flights and included excursions 2018 - Mar
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to £800pp – flight inclusive package from just £4299pp!

    Bhutan and Brahmaputra Fly Cruise Package
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  • Scattered Islands and Seychelles

    15 Nights - Durban to Mahe

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions 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 2019 - Apr
    Save up to 10%!

    Scattered Islands and Seychelles Cruise Only
    From £6299pp
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  • Treasures of the Seychelles

    12 Nights - Mahe and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Head to the colourful coral reefs, white sandy beaches and exceptional wildlife of the stunning Seychelles on this luxury expedition cruise on board new ship Le Laperouse, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, diving and snorkelling 2018 - Nov

    Treasures of the Seychelles Cruise Only
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  • Sri Lanka to the Andaman Islands and Malaysia

    15 Nights - Colombo to Singapore

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Join luxurious new ship Le Laperouse on this unique festive voyage showcasing the rarely-visited cities of India, the sublime Andaman Islands and UNESCO-listed treasures of Malaysia 2018 - Dec

    Sri Lanka to the Andaman Islands and Malaysia Cruise Only
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  • Shimmering Cities and Serene Seas

    21 Nights - Singapore to Dubai

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    Join Seven Seas Navigator in cosmopolitan Singapore and discover the treasures of the Far East on this superb all-inclusive voyage visiting Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and India, with return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions 2019 - Mar
    FREE 3-Night pre-cruise extension in Singapore or FREE 3-Night Dubai and Sharjah post-cruise extension

    Shimmering Cities and Serene Seas Fly Cruise Package
    From £14639pp
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  • Around the Cape of Good Hope

    13 Nights - Port Louis to Cape Town

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Symphony Crystal Symphony

    A unique 13-night all-inclusive cruise on board luxurious Crystal Symphony exploring the natural wonders of Mauritius, Madagascar and South Africa
    Save £640pp!

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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.