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Indian Ocean Cruises

Discover the idyllic islands of the Indian Ocean including the Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius, and explore the fascinating coastlines of India and Sri Lanka on small ship cruises.

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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Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

Indian Ocean

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  • Magic of the Maldives

    7 Nights - Male to Maamagili

    Yasawa Princess Yasawa Princess

    A unique all-inclusive cruise around the paradise islands of the Maldives, with opportunities for diving, snorkelling and swimming on idyllic white-sand beaches and colourful coral reefs 2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr 7-night cruise from just £1075pp or 14-night cruise from just £1895pp!

    Maldives island Cruise Only
    From £1075pp
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  • Seychelles Garden of Eden

    8 Nights - Mahe and Back

    Pegasus Pegasus

    Discover the paradise islands of the Seychelles on this relaxing 7-night yacht cruise with plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 40% on cruise cost OR low single supplement!

    Sunset over a Seychelles resort Fly Cruise Package
    From £1884pp
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  • Essential Seychelles

    8 Nights - Mahe and Back

    Le Bougainville Le Bougainville

    Enjoy a glimpse of paradise on this brand new luxury expedition cruise to the heart of the spectacular Seychelles, with opportunities for diving and snorkelling among the colourful coral reefs and stunning marine life 2019 - Dec 2020 - Jan Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Praslin Cruise Only
    From £2903pp
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  • Seychelles to Madagascar and Mauritius

    13 Nights - Mahé to Port Louis

    Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    This new 14-day expedition cruise sails from Mauritius to the Seychelles via Madagascar and Reunion Island to explore beautiful beaches and unspoilt islands bursting with culture. Includes selected shore excursions, evening entertainment and an open bar throughout. 2020 - Apr Save up to 15% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    La Digue Cruise Only
    From £5650pp
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  • Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean

    12 Nights - Mahe to Zanzibar

    Le Bougainville Le Bougainville

    Sail from the colourful islands of the Seychelles to the superb wildlife of Tanzania and exotic Zanzibar on this brand new luxury expedition cruise, with fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities 2020 - Feb Exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    La Digue Cruise Only
    From £6217pp
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  • Scattered Islands and Seychelles

    15 Nights - Durban to Mahe

    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

    Seychelles Cruise Only
    From £6552pp
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  • Treasures of South Africa

    14 Nights - Cape Town and Back

    Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    Discover beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife, fascinating history and natural wonders on this 14 -night cruise through South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. Includes return flights from the UK, overseas transfers, up to 25 shore excursions and beverages throughout. 2020 - Dec FREE Pre-Cruise or Post-Cruise Land Programme

    Cape fur seal colony, Namibia Fly Cruise Package
    From £8979pp
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  • Shimmering Cities and Serene Seas

    21 Nights - Singapore to Dubai

    Seven Seas Mariner Seven Seas Mariner

    Join Seven Seas Mariner in cosmopolitan Singapore and discover the treasures of the Far East on this superb all-inclusive voyage visiting Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, with return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions 2020 - Mar Special offer prices!

    Singapore at night Fly Cruise Package
    From £10799pp
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About Indian Ocean Cruises

This collection of exotic cruises includes the islands of the Maldives, a ribbon of coral atolls in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The Maldives are the perfect destination to relax, snorkel, swim, dive and fish under the tropical sun. Enjoy informal BBQs on idyllic sand banks under the stars, watch stunning sunsets with a cocktail in hand and snorkel among colourful marine life.

The beautiful islands of the Seychelles are a stunning mix of perfect beaches, picture postcard villages and exciting flora and fauna.

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 and visit Galle, home to an impressive 17th-century Dutch fort.

Seychelles beach Mauritius

Indian Ocean Highlights

Chennai

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.

Cochin

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

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

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

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.

Mauritius

Mayotte

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

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.

Mumbai

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.

Seychelles

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.

Tulear

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.

Visakhapatnam

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.

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A huge thanks to blue water holidays for organising a great holiday. All round great experience, great itinerary but still flexible in as much as you can still do as you wish throughout the week; I was allowed to go off and explore the islands if I chose not to partake in the organised day trips ?? all the staff were great and couldn't do enough for you; and were pleasant throughout and always smiling - wouldn't hesitate to book with these guys again Really helpful staff this end too; great communications and no delays in answering my many emails!

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We have just returned from an amazing 2 weeks cruising on yasawa princess around the south ari atoll and the south male atoll, stopping off at sandbars and small islands for swimming and snorkelling (or diving if you wanted this). Although, for the price, we expected few frills actually we were pleasantly surprised: Captain Ahmed and his crew could not have done more to make our stay special and enjoyable; from the chef who cooked our eggs each morning, to the bar staff, the room boy, the dhoni crew who helped us on and off the boats (and sorted out the messy bits whilst night fishing) and especially Sophie the tour rep who paced up and down the beaches watching out for the snorkellers' safety, making sure we drank enough water, and arranging quizzes, crab racing ( yes, we did return them to the beach we collected them from!) and other entertainment. Although not guaranteed of course, we saw amazing (I'm running out of superlatives!) coral gardens and all the fish on our list we'd seen before and were favourites and some that were new to us (I found Nemo!). One evening 'night fishing' we saw flying fish, a turtle, two manta rays, dolphins and a beautiful sunset; my husband caught 3 fish -some caught were eaten at the beach barbecue! We also met some lovely, fun people, which meant we had a great time; about 30% were repeat bookings, some meeting up with friends made in previous years, which speaks volumes. Guests were mainly British, aged between 50 and 65 but for one of our weeks there were 2 swedish girls (what a great laugh they were) and an Australian couple.

"Maldives Paradise Cruise" by Christine.Gourley 5 star
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Brillint holiday on Yasawa Princess...amazing varieties of fish and coral on the reefs around little islands and sandbanks,best we have seen and we have been to Barrier reef and Red Sea. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew and captain..beach picnics and BBQ`s great fun..very good food...good selection and freshly cooked "Action" Fish and Chicken. Not luxury but exactly right for a relaxing holiday swimming snorkelling or diving. Great company of like minded people there to enjoy everything.

"Maldives Paradise" by Harrington 5 star
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We had a wonderful holiday aboard the Yasawa Princess. Although we were only seven we considered ourselves the Lucky 7. The service was faultless, food excellent and cabin bed really comfortable. The islands we visited were breathtaking and the snorkeling excellent. To dine on desert islands with waiter service was simply amazing. All the staff were friendly and only too willing to cater for our every need, we could not have been better served if we were royalty. We would thoroughly recommend this holiday to anyone who wishes to visit the Maldives and enjoy a relaxing cruise in Paradise. Thanks also to yourselves for a very helpful and hassle free booking.

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Had a marvellously relaxing holiday. Ship was as expected a bit old and tired, shabby in places but what it lacked in decor it made up for in character and atmosphere. The cabins were basic but clean and functional, if I go again I would choose a cabin on the sun deck as where I was on A deck itwas a bit busy, but nothing to complain about. If you are expecting luxurious you will be disappointed. Food was superb and the chef was accommodating to people's tastes you only had to mention that you liked something and it would appear on the menu. All the staff on board were fantastic, friendlyand fun. They really put themselves out to ensure you enjoyed your holiday. The itinerary focuses on swimming and snorkelling and if this isn't your thing then you may get bored. Although you can just lie on a different beach every day and sunbath. Most beaches you have to yourself. Snorkelling is fantastic - different reefs everyday with a miriad of fish, we saw turtles, sharks, rays and barracuda and hundreds of the usual colourful reef fish. There are good diving facilities and I thoroughly enjoyed my try dives very reasonably priced too. I would definitely recommend this for the more laid back holiday goers

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We thoroughly enjoyed our Maldives cruise holiday The crew were great and really made the holiday with their helpfulness and friendliness. Entertainment at BBQs & the 'Crab Racing' were good fun and BBQs on islands were great experience! The crew did brilliantly on boat-to-boat and boat-to-island transfers! The diving was a wonderful experience and the dive leader Issay was outstanding (organised, attention to safety issues, extremely helpful) The dhoni crew were a lovely bunch with a good sense of humour and were brilliant at attending to divers getting kitted up and entering and leaving the water! Food was OK but could be rather repetitive. The best evening meals were the Maldivian nights. Drinks were inclusive which was great because you did not have to worry about bar bills when drinking is so important in a hot climate.

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