Discover the diverse and colourful cultures and the exotic 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.
The Indian Ocean offers its visitors an exotic and truly unique experience. With a variety of landscapes and cultures the region is simply spectacular. Princess Cruises offers a great number of fantastic itineraries to this part of the world that are very popular with travellers. Sri Lanka, Reunion, Madagascar and Mauritius are just some of the destinations that add to the magical atmosphere of the Indian Ocean.
The splendour of the Indian Ocean does not only lie within India itself but spans over various continents and cities:
The Indian Ocean is vast and versatile. It contains some of the most paradise-like islands on the planet:
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.
India is home to numerous beautiful port cities that are frequented by the most renowned cruise lines:
South Africa is one of the most diverse countries on the continent. There is so much to see and do here, its no wonder South Africa welcomes over 16 million tourists every year.
The country is full of history, not always light-hearted but absolutely fascinating and inspiring. Once on shore, you can:
The paradise-like country that is the Maldives, consists of around 1200 islands and is an absolute magnet for people seeking a beautiful tropical getaway. Some of its main attractions are more obvious, others less so:
Since the Indian Ocean is one of the most popular cruising destinations out there, most of the cruise lines offer itineraries around it. The only difficulty you may have is selecting which one to go with:
If you prefer cruising away from the comfort of a home port near you, consider the following options:
The countries and continents of the Indian Ocean can really be visited any time of the year - the climate is mild here and the temperatures average around 23-30°C.
We recommend, however that you consider the following months for booking a cruise to the region:
There are a couple of reasons behind that recommendation: