An Indian Ocean cruise can be one of the best ways to visit this still relatively less travelled part of the world.

This ocean is literally riddled with beautiful islands that serve as ports of call for cruises, from the coral reefs of the Seychelles and the diverse scenery of the Mascarene Islands of Mauritius to the fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar. Indian Ocean holidays can expose you to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, unusual wildlife, and a wide array of cultures.

The advantage of an Indian Ocean cruise is that it is devoted to one destination, thus giving you a chance to get to know the area and giving you the time to visit several islands that are each unique in their own way. These islands are some of the most exotic in the world.

Fly into Mombasa

For your cruise you will likely have to fly into Mombasa in Kenya and then on to one of the islands like Mauritius to board the ship. Mauritius offers not only great beaches but also a rugged mountainous landscape. After spending time in its capital, Port Louis, you may cruise to Port Victoria, Mahe, one of the Seychelles.

The Seychelles is an archipelago of over 100 islands. Mahe is famous for its exotic plant and wildlife and stunning white beaches. You will likely have at least two days to spend in Madagascar, one in the charming tropical village of Nosy Be and another in Diego Suarez.

In Diego Suarez there is a peak similar to the famous one in Rio de Janeiro that has a fantastic view of the ocean and the baobab trees in the opposite direction.

Other destinations on an Indian Ocean cruise include places like the Maldives, comprising 1,190 islands in 26 atolls. There is also Reunion with its active volcano that has three craters. The Indian Ocean may be a long way away from where ever you live, but you’ll find your amazing cruise will be well worth the travel time.

Cruise Lines that offer Indian Ocean Cruises include

· Costa Cruises – They offer top-of-the-line elegant, European-style cruises.

· Crystal Cruises – Crystal offers old-fashioned luxury cruises in the Indian Ocean on modern ships.

· Silversea Cruises – Renowned for extraordinary worldwide voyages aboard intimate, all-inclusive ships.

· Royal Caribbean – Their cruises in the Indian Ocean are sophisticated yet affordable.

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