Christmas in the Indian Ocean – FREE FLIGHTS

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

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

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DESTINATION Mauritius & Indian Ocean
FROM Dublin
DATE 12 December 2018
DURATION 16 Nights
PRICE Was €3,829 now €2,399
With spectacular paradise islands and a few lesser-known destinations found off the beaten track to discover, you’re in for a simply unforgettable festive season on this extraordinary exotic voyage aboard Boudicca.
This very special journey of discovery begins in Port Louis, for the chance to capture a snapshot of everyday Mauritian life. In this diverse, cultural city you could explore the lively central market, visit the interesting Stamp Museum, and marvel at religious structures such as the impressive Kaylasson Temple and beautiful Chinese Pagoda. Opt to venture further afield and you could encounter some of Mauritius’ most breathtaking natural wonders, such as the Trou-aux-Cerfs Volcano and striking ‘Seven-Coloured Earth’ sand dunes. You’ll then sail to the stunning Seychelles. Spending a full day on both Praslin Island and Mahé, there’s time to discover a number of the archipelago’s most incredible sights and experiences. Perhaps join an incredible Robinson Crusoe Adventure tour from Praslin Island in search of huge Coco de Mer nuts and Aldabra Giant Land Tortoises, one of the largest tortoise species in the world; and discover the beautiful, uninhabited island of Moyenne on a memorable catamaran cruise from Mahé. Of course you have your pick of the Seychelles’ quintessential beaches too, such as Anse Lazio and Cote d’Or. That’s all yours to enjoy before sailing by Silhouette Island at sunset – an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Zanzibar’s fascinating history will be waiting for you to explore during a day-long call into this gorgeous Tanzanian island. Many of the main historic sights await you in the Stone Town area; the old fort, harrowing slave chambers, sultana market and 19th century Anglican Church are among the highlights. Alternatively, you could use your time to make the most of the glorious sunshine on the island’s sugar-like beaches and snorkel the barrier reefs; or tour to the intriguing and tranquil Prison Island. This is followed by a relaxing day on the island of Mayotte. Stroll around the charming dusty streets of Mamoudzou; or take the chance to explore the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon, home to over 250 species of hard coral and a variety of other marine life. You could take in the lagoon’s fabulous fauna and flora on board a glass bottom boat, or even go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. Afterwards you’ll enjoy two memorable days at sea, soaking up the party atmosphere of Christmas on board with your friends, family and fellow guests as your ship’s friendly crew take care of all the food and festivities. On Boxing Day you’ll dock in Port Reunion, gateway to Reunion Island’s volcanic landscapes, dense forests and tumbling waterfalls – best seen on a hike or helicopter tour – before finally arriving back in Port Louis.

 

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Dublin to Mauritius:

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

Day 2-3: Port Louis, Mauritius: Arrive Early AM Overnight Depart Late PM

Boudicca awaits your arrival in Mauritius. 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.

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 4-5: At Sea:

Day 6: Praslin Island, Seychelles: Arrive Early AM 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 6 (Continued) & Day 7:  Victoria, Seychelles: Arrive Late Night OVERNIGHT Depart Late PM

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 7 (Continued): Cruise by Silhouette Island at Sunset, Seychelles: Arrive Late PM Depart 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 8-9: At Sea:

Day 10: 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 11: At Sea:

Day 12: 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 13-14: At Sea:

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

Day 15: 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 16: Port Louis, Mauritius: Arrive Early AM

Your cruise ends today with your arrival back in Port Louis. 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
12 December 2018 Was €3,829
now €2,399
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12 December 2018 Was €4,029
now €2,949
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12 December 2018 Was €4,099
now €3,569
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12 December 2018 Was €5,439
now €4,359
Balcony Book Now

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

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Price Inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Mauritius (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
  • Full Payment required at time of booking
  • 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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