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
- Middle East,India and Indian Ocean,Asia
- 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
- Middle East,India and Indian Ocean,Asia
Make sure you visit the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the city view is fantastic.
- Dubai - Singapore
- Middle East,India and Indian Ocean,Asia
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 tropical island of Penang lies on the west coast of Malaysia. The capital, Georgetown is a registered UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008. There are numerous temples, mosques and churches on the island. Of particular interest is the Ke Lok Si, the largest Chinese temple in Malaysia. Penang is known as a region of diversity and is often seen as a connection between Europe and Asia. Some argue that Penang offers the best food Malaysia has to offer and the island is fondly referred to as the 'Pearl of the Orient'.Highlights of Penang
- Explore the trail of the Tropical Spice Garden
- Sample local dishes such as Char Koay Teow and Nasi Kandar
- Stroll through Penang National Park
Benoa is a popular holiday destination located in the southern region of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Benoa beach, lined with coconut trees and huts, is the perfect place to enjoy exciting water-sports, or to relax and sunbathe with a cold drink in your hand. Benoa itself is a small fishing village, which offers tranquility and a unique island charm.Highlights of Bali
- Try out the large range of watersports
- Visit the sea temple on 'Turtle Island'
- Relax on one of Bali's most beautiful beaches
Salalah is the capital of the Dhofar region in Oman. This subtropical city lays on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is famous for its coconut-fringed beaches. Khareef - the rainy season, starts mid-June and brings monsoon clouds that constantly drizzle until mid-August, transforming the city into an oasis of misty pastures. Visitors find it hard to believe that they are in the heart of the Arabian desert. Salalah is a good starting point for numerous excursions.Highlights of Salalah
- Take a half day tour around Salalah to see the best the city has to offer
- Wander around Haffah Souk and pick up a frankincense box
- Visit the Prehistoric ruins east of Salalah
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
Perth is the fourth most populous Australian city with a population of about 2.02 million people. The city is full of restaurants, cafes and offers a lively nightlife. The city is blessed with numerous sandy beaches, not far away is the Cottersloe beach, where you can not only swim, but also go snorkelling and diving. There is a distinctly laid-back vibe about the city, with the big-city attractions blending with informal surroundings. Perth Zoo, is just 5 minutes from the city centre and offers the opportunity to see Australian wildlife up-close at the Australian Walkabout exhibit.Highlights of Perth
- Explore the Australian outdoors at the city-centred Kings Park
- Visit Australia "whitest beach", Lucky Bay where it is not unusual to see napping Kangaroos!
- Try some of Australias fine wine in the Swan Valley
Sir Bani Yas is a natural island located 100 km southwest of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Thanks to decades of intensive conservation work and ecological investment, it is now home to thousands of large free-roaming animals, several million trees and plants, a bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve. Sir Bani Yas showcases nature through activities such as adventure safaris, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking and snorkeling.Highlights of Sir Bani Yas Island
- Enjoy a culture and history tour to the archaeological excavations in the east of the island
- Ride a real Arab horse at the Sir Bani Yas stables
- Relax at the island Anantara Spa after a full day of activities
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
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
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 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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