Seychelles Cruise for Christmas & New Year

Come aboard the 4* Fred Olsen Boudicca this Christmas & New Year for a 16-night cruise around the Indian Ocean. Spend this Festive Season visiting the idyllic Islands of the Indian Ocean.

This stunning 16-night cruise visits the tropical islands of Seychelles, Zanzibar (Tanzania), Mayotte, Reunion Island, and Mauritius.

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DESTINATION Seychelles & Indian Ocean
FROM Dublin
DATE 17 December 2018
DURATION 16 Nights
PRICE From €3,829pp

With an assortment of highlights to experience as you sail between jaw-dropping destinations, you’ll enjoy a festive adventure to remember on this captivating cruise. Incredible beaches, interesting historical and cultural sites, amazing wildlife and natural wonders await ashore, while you’re in for very special Christmas and New Year celebrations at sea too.

Your 16-night exotic holiday will include time at some of the Indian Ocean’s most beautiful and sought-after archipelagos and islands. In spectacular Seychelles, there are chances to discover some of the region’s greatest sights and experiences on Praslin Island and Mahé. You could venture into the tropical forest of Vallee de Mai, home to huge Coco de Mer nuts and rare Black Parrots; encounter Moyenne Island’s famous giant land tortoises on a tour; or simply take your pick of idyllic beaches, such as legendary Anse Lazio or Cote d’Or. A scenic sail past tropical Silhouette Island at sunset will be magical too. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore the fascinating history of Zanzibar. Many of the main sights are found in the Stone Town area; the old fort, harrowing slave chambers and the 19th century Anglican Church are well worth taking the time to visit. Alternatively, opt for hours of relaxation on white-sand beaches; snorkel the protected barrier reef; or perhaps tour to the intriguing Prison Island. Show less.

A call at Mamoudzou is your chance to uncover the many marvels of Mayotte, including the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon. On a tour you can snorkel this underwater paradise and see a variety of coral and tropical fish species up-close. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you might wish to explore this gorgeous French island’s lush interior; or stroll Mamoudzou’s charming dusted streets. Stopping overnight In Port Louis affords time to sample the cultural diversity of the Mauritian way of life, from tea tasting in the beautiful Chinese Pagoda to exploring the local Stamp Museum and colourful central market. With reach on tour from Port Louis are astonishing natural wonders, including the Trou-aux-Cerfs Volcano and the ‘Seven Coloured Earth’ sand dunes. There’s ample time to admire Reunion Island’s volcanic landscapes with two calls at Port Reunion too, including one on Boxing Day. A helicopter tour is an unforgettable way to view the island’s active volcano, deep ravines, dense forest and tumbling waterfalls. As if all that wasn’t enough, your inspirational journey is topped off by the fun and festivity of Christmas and New Year, celebrated on board Boudicca in the company of loved ones and friends.

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Dublin to Seychelles:

Depart from Dublin on your overnight flight to the tropical Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean.

Day 2: Victoria, Seychelles: Depart Late PM

Boudicca awaits your arrival in Seychelles. After your overnight flight, you will be transferred from the airport to the dock where you will be welcomed on board by the excellent crew.

Surrounded by turquoise swells of the quietly rippling Indian Ocean, and sprinkled with dense forests and tall hills offering breath-taking views, Victoria, on the Seychelles island of Mahé, is the epitome of paradise.

The port is one of the smallest capitals in the world and offers visitors a number of highlights to discover. The colourful Sir Selwyn Clarke Market sells spices, fruit, art and souvenirs. Near the Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is the imposing La Domus, built in 1934 to house Catholic missionaries, while the quaint old courthouse has a clock tower that is a replica of Big Ben.

The island’s pristine, golden sands are best seen from the top of Morne Blanc, which delivers breath-taking panoramic views across the lush landscape. Seychelles National Botanical Gardens showcases endemic palms and orchids, as well as giant tortoises and fruit bats, and is worth a visit.

Day 2 (Continued): Cruise by Silhouette Island at Sunset, Seychelles: Late PM

Experience a simply unforgettable sunset as you cruise by stunning Silhouette Island, the third largest island in the beautiful Seychelles archipelago.

Any time spent in the dream-like setting of the Seychelles is an unforgettable experience, with world-renowned beaches, stunning corals, spectacular nature reserves and incredible wildlife awaiting discovery. It takes something very special to rival what can be seen ashore in this paradise archipelago, but sailing by Silhouette Island – the third largest island in the Seychelles – at sunset is sure to create memories which will last a lifetime.

At sunset, the island appears – as the name would suggest – as a silhouette; shrouded in the fading evening sunshine. Gliding slowly by, you’ll be perfectly placed to watch as the sun disappears slowly behind the island’s soaring mountainous landscapes – a spectacular sight that’s not-to-be-missed.

Day 3-4: At Sea:

Day 5: Zanzibar, Tanzania: Arrive Early AM Depart Late PM

Beautiful Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. It has a relaxed pace and diverse flora and fauna, but its highlight has to be the powder-soft white sand beaches and alluring crystal clear waters offering visitors a true slice of paradise.

The island’s main town is Stone Town, a historic trade centre with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes are lined with balconies, minarets, huge carved doorways and 19th century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. A sense of Zanzibar’s harrowing past can discovered by visiting the old Slave Market or alternatively, its more cultural side can be tasted in its colourful cuisine at the Forodhani Gardens.

The island is one of the world’s great cultural crossroads, where Africa meets Arabia. On the coast, fishing boats set sail, and in the countryside farmers tend fields of rice or plantations of clove.

Zanzibar’s idyllic beaches are dotted with quaint hotels, and its shallow turquoise waters are perfect to paddle before the ocean becomes a playground for kayaking, diving and snorkelling for tropical marine life. Kitesurfing on the gorgeous sands is another popular pastime.

Day 6: At Sea:

Day 7: Mamoudzou, Mayotte: Arrive Early AM Depart Late PM

Mamoudzou is the capital of Mayotte, a beautiful French overseas department in the Comoros Islands archipelago. Located on Grand-Terre, the main island of Mayotte, the city is a gateway to the region’s spectacular sights and cultural delights.

Boats dot Mamoudzou’s charming harbour, and the nearby Marché Couvert market sells fresh, local produce and handicrafts. Landmarks include the white minaret of Mtsapéré Mosque, and Notre-Dame de Fatima church, while the nearby beaches of Trévani and Plage du Phare are perfect spots to relax.

Situated in the Mozambique Channel of the western Indian Ocean, some 190 miles northwest of Madagascar, Mayotte is comprised of two beautiful islands: Grand-Terre and Petit-Terre. A natural paradise, the island is home to the largest lagoon in the Indian Ocean, boasting over 250 different species of hard coral, schools of tropical fish, while turtles, dolphins and whales – all ripe for an unforgettable snorkelling or scuba diving adventure.

The wondrous landscape of Mayotte includes an amazing network of lush mangroves and humid rainforests. Grand-Terre features stunning volcanic landscapes, marked by deep ravines and soaring ancient peaks, and many hikers scale the spectacular heights of Mount Benara, Mount Mtsapere and Mount Combani.

Day 8-9: At Sea:

Spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day enjoying the festivities onboard as your cruise the delightful Indian Ocean.

Day 10: Port Reunion, Reunion Island: Arrive Early AM  Depart Late PM

A republic of France, Port Réunion is like is like a tropical version of the French Riviera, with gourmet restaurants – many run by descendants of the original pioneers, sandy beaches and chic boutiques.

The Caribbean island’s lush, sweeping landscapes and mountainous interior are just waiting to be explored, as are the southern villages which appear to be frozen in time. Their charming creole houses remain as they were fifty years ago. More than 8,000 imported labourers built the docks here and many of these Portois stayed on in these shacks.

Following investment by the French Government, the island now has a modernised port, new housing, green spaces, and the creation of a superb boulevard, Ocean Avenue, linking the Old Port, soon to be a marina, with the city.

Day 11-12: Port Louis, Mauritius: Arrive Early AM Overnight Depart Late PM

Port Louis, capital of Mauritius capital and its busiest city, delivers a huge slice of everyday Mauritian life. Sat in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the port is known for its French colonial architecture and the 19th century Champ de Mars horse-racing track.

To see a colourful snapshot of this paradise, a visit to the lively Central Market, which contrasts with the sparkling new Caudan Waterfront and shopping precinct, is recommended for local produce and handicrafts.

The Blue Penny Museum offers a taste of the island’s colonial and maritime history and culture. Port Louis’ famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, with its giant Victoria Water Lilies, demands discovery, as does the nearby 3,000-acre Domaine des Pailles Nature Park.

Tea is a big deal in Mauritius, with 58 varieties produced on the island. Many take the opportunity to visit the manufacturers’ factories and view the picturesque colonial houses en route. Alternatively, many simply choose to relax beside a fabulous Indian Ocean Beach.

Day 13: Port Reunion, Reunion: Arrive Early AM Depart Late PM

Some 23 whale and dolphin species visit the waters off the west coast of Réunion. From June to October the exhilarating spectacle of humpbacks breaching can be witnessed, after they’ve made the epic swim from Antarctica.

Day 14-15: At Sea:

New Year’s Eve is spent at sea cruising towards idyllic Praslin Island in Seychelles.

Day 16-17: Praslin Island, Seychelles: Arrive Early AM Overnight Depart Late PM

Total relaxation is on offer on the white sandy beaches of Praslin Island in the Seychelles. Originally the perfect hideaway for pirates, it is now the epitome of a tropical paradise, with crystal blue seas and tropical forests.

Home to beautiful beaches (which frequently make the top ten lists of best beaches) and rare bird species, Praslin Island is everything you would expect of a tropical experience. The UNESCO-protected palm forest of Vallée de Mai located in Praslin National Park to the south of the island, and the ancient coral reefs just off-shore that are popular with divers, combine to make this a truly special place.

Day 18: Victoria, Seychelles: Arrive Early AM

Your cruise ends today with your arrival back in Victoria. After Disembarkment you will be transferred to the airport for your departure home to Dublin.

You may wish to extend your stay at a Seychelles hotel following your cruise to explore this glorious island and relax on the beautiful beaches. Please call for details – 01 294 1000.

16 Nights accommodation aboard the 4* Boudicca, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Boudicca)

4* Fred Olsen – Boudicca

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following of guests who appreciate a sense of class and timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern ‘megaships’. On board, in keeping with the Fred. Olsen fleet, the emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience, ensuring guests disembark after their relaxing and rewarding holiday as friends, not just customers.

Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, which, thanks to an extensive refurbishment of the ship’s suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities, will continue to show you the world in comfort and style for many years to come. As you explore the globe you can indulge yourself with delicious dinners in the Four Seasons, Tintagel or the Heligan Room restaurants; take a dip in one of the three heated pools; watch a show in the Neptune Lounge; simply relax on the Sun Deck; enjoy al fresco dining at The Grill; and much more, without ever feeling overcrowded. Cruising alongside hundreds, not thousands of like-minded travellers also ensures that staff on board Boudicca can provide Fred. Olsen’s renowned personal, attentive service, catering to your every want and need.

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
17 December 2018 €3,829 Inside Book Now
17 December 2018 €4,029 Oceanview Book Now
17 December 2018 €4,099 Superior Oceanview Book Now
17 December 2018 €4,989 Single Inside Book Now

You may wish to extend your stay at a Seychelles hotel following your cruise to explore this glorious island and relax on the beautiful beaches. Please call for details.

Price Inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Seychelles (indirect)
  • Return transfer from airport to port
  • 16 nights accommodation aboard Fred Olsen 4* Boudicca based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • All on board entertainment
  • Taxes & 20kg check-in bag pp plus hand luggage

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 15% per person
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Drinks packages available to prebook – only €18 per person per night
  • Gratuities not included
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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