India & Indian Ocean Cruises
The diverse, colourful and fascinating cultures and the exotic and flawless nature of the many countries and islands that compose the Indian Ocean.
India is a spectacular, spiritual sublime. Some of the world's most astounding architecture can be found in this area, ranging from the Taj Mahal to the Royal Palace. Beautifully scenic landscapes contribute to India's lasting impression on tourists. The Himalaya Mountains are amongst the most talked about mountain ranges in the world, they can be easily accessed during your exploration of this mind-stirring country.
The limitless diversity of this region allows for constant discovery of cultures, landscapes and traditions that will remain in your memory long after you leave the Indian shores. Along the coast of India lies the Indian Ocean which is emerging as a thriving cruise destination. This ocean borders a vast array of countries ranging from Southern and South East Asian countries to Australia which allows for a huge variety of destinations to please all individual preferences.
This is the perfect cruise for those who seek adventure. Find yourself experiencing new cultures as you sail across the Indian Ocean before ending in upbeat Dubai.
- Singapore - Dubai
- Asia,Middle East,India and Indian Ocean
- May 2020 - June 2021
When you arrive in Sri Lanka, be sure to visit one of the beautiful Buddhist Temples. Gangaramaya and Asokaramaya are home to awe-inspiring collections of art and statues.
- Dubai - Singapore
- Asia,Middle East,India and Indian Ocean
Make sure you visit the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the city view is fantastic.
- Dubai - Singapore
- Asia,Middle East,India and Indian Ocean
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and should definitely be on your must-see list when visiting the island. The city used to be known as 'the garden city of the East' and though unlikely to reclaim this moniker, it is still a compelling place. The colonial architecture of the Fort, the lively markets of Pettah and growing number of stylish galleries and shops make Colombo an excellent start or finish to your Sri Lankan expedition. The ever-growing number of eateries serving anything from Sri Lankan to street food, is another reason travellers are starting to flood to the city.Highlights of Colombo
- Explore the local flora and fauna at the recently spruced up Viharamahadevi Park
- Shop in the beautiful colonial-era surroundings of the Dutch Hospital
- Enjoy an evening walk along the Galle Face Green
Phuket is located in southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea. The country's largest island is well renowned for its marvelous white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, colorful fish and coral reefs, but Phuket is also full of vibrant nightlife and great tourist attractions. Visit Laem Phromthep at the island's southern tip to watch the stunning sunset, see the great work being done at Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, or laze around and do nothing but relax on the 8km long Hat Bang Thao beach.Highlights of Phuket
- See the wonders of Phuket from the Big Buddha viewpoint
- Visit Phuket's only working distillery in Chalong Bay Rum
- Discover the nation's history at the Thailand National Museum
The Indian port city of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is located on the island of Salsette, off the west coast of Maharashtra. Mumbai is not only India's economic center and fashion powerhouse it is also one of the most populous cities in the world with an estimated 14 million residents. It is home to theaters, unique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster hang-outs and some of the country's prime restaurants and nightlife. 'Bollywood' is also located in Mumbai - you can take a tour around Film City or be an extra in one of the upcoming movies.Highlights of Mumbai
- Try Mumbai's best chaats at the Churchgate Station food street market
- Explore the ancient rock-cut temples of the Elephanta Island
- Take a tour of Mahatma Gandhi's Mumbai home at Mani Bhavan
Kochi is located in southwestern India on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The city's shores have attracted traders and travellers for over 600 years, making it to a melting pot of cultures it is today. You will find an ancient mosque standing alongside a 400 year old synagogue, Portuguese houses and giant fishing nets from China, British colonial and modern Keralan artifacts - these all make up one delightful city. Kochi is divided into small islands that are all linked by a network of ferries and bridges.Highlights of Kochi
- Enjoy one of Kochi's famous homestays
- Cruise the backwaters on board a private houseboat
- Explore beautiful Hindu murals at the Mattancherry Palace
Durban is situated on the Indian Ocean on the east coast of South Africa. Durban is South Africa's second biggest city, with slightly more than 3 million inhabitants, and is one of the most important industrial cities in the country. The beaches and the subtropical climate make Durban a popular spot for vacationers from around the world. Watersport enthusiasts will be extremely impressed by the activities on offer and the cultural side of the city boasts many museums, theatres and botanical gardens.Highlights of Durban
- Durban Botanic Gardens
- West Street Mosque
- See the Phansi Museum
Goa is the smallest state in India and is located centrally along the west coast of the country. Its palm-lined beaches and emerald jungle are not the only things Goa relies on to attract and impress. It is a melting pot of the Portuguese and Indian cultures, a spiritual sanctuary and a culinary world of its own. Here you will witness colourful Catholic ceremonies, hear mournful fado music, try the many Indo-Portuguese delicacies and enjoy the string of golden sand beaches.Highlights of Goa
- Visit a hippy flea market at Anjuna
- Explore the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus
- Take a ride to the impressive Dudhsagar Falls
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. With a population of around 170 000, the city is the largest on the island. It is also the economic center of the country. Port Louis feels like a mixture of different countries and continents - Africa, China, Europe, the Middle East and others. Its lively streets provide a good alternative to the other part of the island filled with peaceful resorts and private beaches. Be aware that once the commuters leave the city after dark, it dies out and practically nothing is open.Highlights of Port Louis
- Pray for a miracle at the Pere Laval Shrine
- Place a bet at the Champ de Mars rececourse
- Get a feel for local life and enjoy exotic fruit at the Central Market
Albany is a port city in Western Australia and the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia. As such the city boasts a number of colonial style buildings such as St John’s Church and Albany Courthouse- great for all the history enthusiasts. Also make sure to pay a visit to Albany Heritage park which will be a major hit for nature lover as well as historians. The region also offers a number of vineyards and has a reputation for producing some of the best wines in Australia.Highlights of Albany
- Colonial architecture
- Albany Heritage Park
- Excellent wineries
Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles, the country's economic, political and commercial centre and home to one third of the total population. Despite all of the aforementioned, it is still one of the smallest capital cities in the world and has a strong provincial town feel. Just like other provincial towns, Victoria has its charm: the beautiful botanical gardens, the busy market, the colourful colonial buildings and the city's backdrop of hills make it well worth a visit.Highlights of Victoria
- Stock up on local herbs and spices at the Victoria Market
- Wander around the stunning botanical gardens to see the coco de mer palms & the giant tortoises
- Take a selfie next to the Clock Tower - a replica of London's Vauxhall Bridge clock tower
Malé is the capital of the Maldives. The city shares its name with the island it is located on. Due to its rapid growth in population, the island has had to be extended artificially. The throbbing city of Male is a fascinating place, offering you the chance to learn about the real life in the Maldives, away from the laid-back pace in the rest of the country. Even though, the sights are here few and far between, the city's lively markets, bright buildings and alcohol-free cafes are definitely worth a visit.Highlights of Male
- Visit Old Friday Mosque - the country's oldest mosque made completely out of coral stone
- Don't miss the soul of the city - the Fish market
- Try some of the best Maldivian food in Male at the Dawn Cafe
The Indian port city of Mangalore is located in a picturesque lagoon on the Arabian Sea. Mangalore is heavily dotted with coconut plantations and can easily be mistaken for a relaxed rural town. Do not be fooled, it is one of the country's busiest and most important ports, handling 75% of India's coffee and cashew exports. The city is also the state's 'cradle of education' with over 50 different colleges. However, tourists use it mostly as a gateway to the Konkan coast and the inland Kodagu region.Highlights of Mangalore
- Enjoy the beautiful St. Aloysius College Chapel frescoes left by the Portuguese in the 1500s
- Take a ride to the golden sand Ullal Beach
- Try authentic Mangalorean spicy seafood delights at the Lalith Bar and Restaurant
The town of Pointe des Galets is located on the west side of the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and is the commercial and industrial center of the island. It was created around the harbour in the 1980s. Le Port's straight avenues and modern architecture are more interesting from an urban point of view rather than a tourist one. The harbour is the third largest naval base belonging to France. The town's marina provides a great opportunity to explore the underwater world.Highlights of Pointe des Galets
- From June to October embark on a grand whale-watching and reef exploration voyage at the Marina
- Enjoy a diving expedition to investigate shipwrecks and volcanic caves
- Try local street food and exotic fruit at Saint-Paul's market on Fridays and Saturdays
Praslin is the second largest island of the inner Seychelles. It lays 45km northeast of Mahe but is nowhere near its neighbour's level of hustle and bustle. The designer resorts, velvet jungle, clear turquoise waters, silky sand and curving hills make Praslin the picture perfect island you'd imagine when you talk about the Seychelles. The island has an impressive mountain range stretching east-west along the centre. Its Vallee de Mai is home to fascinating species of local flora and fauna. Praslin is a grand choice for your Seychelles holiday.Highlights of Praslin
- Explore Praslin National Park and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vallee de Mai
- Relax under takamaka trees on Anse Lazio - one of the world's most beautiful beaches
- Visit Curieuse - the breeding centre for giant Aldabra tortoises
The splendour of the Indian Ocean not only lies within India itself but spans over various continents.
Some highly frequented ports include; Perth (Fremantle), Durban (South Africa), Mumbai (India) and also Singapore. This vast Ocean also contains some of the most paradisiacal islands on the planet. Locations such as the Seychelles, the Maldives and Mauritius are counted among the most popular tourist destinations worldwide and all call the Indian Ocean home.
Moreover, the beautiful Lakshadweep coral atolls, reefs and Sri Lanka’s unique flora and fauna all combine to make this one of the most untainted locations in the world.
Cruises to India Itself
India’s majesty is a result of its auspicious past steeped in spirituality and rich culture. India has thrived by repeatedly adapting and reshaping itself. It is constantly producing new forms of culture and absorbing new influences. Within India, there are numerous ports which are frequented by the most renowned cruise companies such as Mumbai (or Bombay) where Bollywood comes alive and energy pervades the streets. This bustling metropolis is both multicultural and traditionally Indian. Other ports include Cochin, a natural harbour, which was once the focal point for the Indian spice trade. Here you can explore the many palaces, museums, and forts of the city as part of an exciting onshore excursion.
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