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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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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

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

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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 - Feb, Mar, 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 - Mar, 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 30% 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 £5918pp
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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 Save up to 5% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Seychelles Cruise Only
    From £6700pp
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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 £7482pp
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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 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 Special offer prices!

    Singapore at night Fly Cruise Package
    From £9599pp
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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.