Indian Ocean Discovery

8 Nights

Crystal Symphony

5 Stars

Indian Ocean

Embark on a quest through the Indian Ocean, encountering Madagascar’s lemurs, swimming the coral reefs of Mauritius and exploring Réunion, the southernmost region of France.

Dec 01, Friday

Mahé/Victoria, Seychelles (overnight)

Dec 02, Saturday

Mahé/Victoria, Seychelles

Dec 03, Sunday

Cruising the Indian Ocean

Dec 04, Monday

Nosy Bé, Madagascar

Dec 05 – Dec 06

Cruising the Indian Ocean (Overnight)

Dec 07, Thursday

Réunion Island/Port Réunion, France

Dec 08, Friday

Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius (overnight)

Dec 09, Saturday

Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius

The capital city of Victoria lies on Mahé, the largest of the 115 Seychelles islands. These are the luxuriant garden jewels of the Indian Ocean where exotic trees edge beaches of fine white sand. Mahé is a mere 17 miles long and less than five miles wide. Coconut plantations surround its majestic granite peaks which rise to a height of 3,000 feet.

Mahé was uninhabited until the French arrived in 1768, and today this culture remains predominant despite over 180 years of British rule. Although Victoria itself contains somewhat limited attractions, there is a certain quaint charm in the tin roofs and board verandas of its architecture. The true magnificence of the Seychelles lies beyond city limits, as you explore these islands’ stunning natural beauty.

A small island off the coast of Madagascar, Nosy Bé is known as “the island of perfumes.— Rich in scents of Ylang Ylang, frangipane, coffee, cocoa and vanilla, the breezes that waft over the island’s tropical parks and volcanic lakes will lull you into sleepy contentment. The beaches of this temperate island are unparalleled with their long stretches of undisturbed pearl-white sand. Take time to meet the island’s most sociable resident: the lemurs, in their natural lemur reserve.

In a continuing rivalry with the British, France ceded Réunion to their nemesis during the Napoleonic Wars. But all was not lost: a few years later, a treaty awarded the island to the French, with the British retaining nearby Mauritius. Today, Réunion still functions under the umbrella of the French government. Its history of being ping-ponged between the British and the French along with the continuing French presence explains the island’s pleasing mix of African culture and French flair. During an exploration of St-Denis, you will discover splendid Creole architecture. The island’s opportunities for outdoor excursions have universal appeal. Spend some time diving or snorkeling off the island’s coast or go trekking in its rugged interior.

In the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, 560 miles from Madagascar ‘“ the island nation of Mauritius is easy to pinpoint, but difficult to describe. A wild outpost until the 17th century, the island has been ruled by the Dutch, French and British, gaining its independence from the latter in 1968. Languages spoken: French, English and a local form of Creole. Religions practiced: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Climate: tropical. Landscape: “heaven,’ at least as described by Mark Twain and the island’s many visitors. Being one of them, you may enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming in coral-reef-laced waters and deep-sea fishing, and partake in culinary delights that mix the distinct flavors of Mauritius’s varied cultures.

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From R28 450 / Person sharing

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • MEALS & DRINKS YES
  • PORT CHARGES & GRATUITIES YES

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

The luxurious 50,000-ton, 922-guest Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, joining Crystal Serenity in the top two spots among Condé Nast Traveler’s best ships in the world.

Enjoy complimentary enrichment that inspires and choices that impress with instruction in topics from Pilates to Photoshop. Also featured on every Crystal cruise is a delightful combination of entertainers and guest speakers that include world affairs experts, renowned writers and fascinating celebrities to talk about their professional experiences and share their insights.

Our enriching collection of Crystal Adventures provides just the inspiration you need to write your next story, from active adventures to leisurely sightseeing. Note that many excursions feature a Private Option allowing for a more boutique experience, and every itinerary offers a complimentary voluntourism event.

Entertainment and Enrichment

  • Computer University@Sea® classes with software instruction
  • Technology Concierge “how to” tips on latest high-tech gadgets and apps
  • Digital USC School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking classes
  • Experiences of Discovery® theme cruises with focused programming on music, film & theatre, wellness, golf and more
  • Crystal Visions® Enrichment Series lecture series featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities and destination experts
  • Interactive Ocean Views™ , and Local Insights on select voyages where native experts come on board to share their unique, niche knowledge about the destination’s art, politics, archaeology or history

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