Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean Cruises
(Indian Ocean Cruise)
From Asia to Arabia, sail in top luxury as you transit the waters of the Indian Ocean on a majestic 20 night voyage. Experience hyper-industrialized cities, emerging cultures and sun-kissed beaches, cruising between unique port stops in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, and the U.A.E. Begin your journey in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, which Travel + Leisure named "World's Best City" for four consecutive years. You'll find a myriad of intriguing port stops with unlimited free shared shore excursions throughout your voyage - up to 64 in total to choose from. Discover Singapore, and venture to Kuala Lumpur, before the beaches of Phuket and the temples of Colombo delight your senses. The old spice city of Cochin, and the bustling capital of Mumbai bring flavors of India. Conclude your voyage in the global city of Dubai, featuring the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
Package Start Dates (2014):
Special Offer: Fares include FREE Roundtrip Air from select primary gateways, FREE Unlimited Shared Shore Excursions, FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package*, FREE Beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities, FREE Ground Transfers, FREE In-suite mini-bar replenished daily, FREE 24-hour room service. Subject to availability. Conditions apply.
Join a group transfer from the airport to your hotel for check-in.
Your included FREE pre-cruise luxury hotel accommodations in Bankock will be finalized by the cruise line in advance of your travels.
Join a group transfer to port, where your ship awaits.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail in the late afternoon.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary.
The RSS Voyager, a trailblazer in the exclusive world of all-suite, all-balcony ships, exceeds even the loftiest expectations for luxury. Considering her size, the amenities are surprisingly plentiful and include four main dining venues where you can dine wherever, whenever and with whomever you choose. With 447 international crew members attending to a maximum of but 700 guests, personal service is exceedingly indulgent throughout. The RSS Voyager offers cruises to Africa and India, Asia Pacific, Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Its overall lenght is 204 meters and has a total of 9 passanger decks.
Over the last decade or so Ko Samui, once a backpacker's haven, has developed into a more sophisticated beach resort, complete with an airport that offers regular flights to and from Bangkok and Krabi. Ko Samui is Thailand's third-largest island, and although tourism is now the main industry, its lingering rustic charm is summed up by the fact that coconut farming is still a major industry.
A full day spent relaxingly at sea.
Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and sports the world's busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.
Kuala Lumpur - KL, as it is locally known, is Malaysia’s hub; a huge, bustling, cosmopolitan city that is the business heart of the nation. Its very ethnic diversity is part of the attraction with Malays, Chinese, Indian and European cultures melting together on the tropical streets. Often overlooked by many tourists, KL has a wealth of attractions, with the voluminous Petronas Twin Towers, at a height of 436m (1453ft), amongst the tallest buildings in the world. From the viewing level of the Towers the city unfolds with its old mosques and ramshackle buildings, contrasting with the gleaming skyscrapers that have sprouted as Malaysia has become one of the regional economic powerhouses.
The island of Penang lies just off the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Charming Georgetown is Penang’s main settlement, a thriving hub where Malay, Chinese, Thai, Indian and European cultures merge, as does the architecture which, in the space of a few miles, takes in a British colonial-style cricket pitch and a rumble of Chinese stilt houses. Worth visiting are Khoo Kongsi, an old Chinese clan house, Fort Cornwallis, a British 18th-century fortress, Penang Museum and Art Gallery. The first-class laksas and unique Penang cuisine are reason for visiting alone. Outside Georgetown, one of the most unusual attractions is the Snake Temple, which swarms with poisonous snakes, but their venomous threat is countered by heavily drugging them with incense. Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple contains an enormous gold-plated reclining Buddha which, at 33 meters long, is believed to be the third largest in the world.
Phuket is a city and port located in the southeast of Phuket Island, Thailand. The city is famous for its night life, fine dining and is a favorite destination with international travelers.
Galle is a town situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, 119 km from Colombo. Galle lies in Galle District. On 26 December 2004 the city was devastated by the massive Boxing Day Tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that occurred a thousand miles away, off the coast of Indonesia. Thousands were killed in the city alone. Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and The Amangalla, a historic luxury hotel. Galle is the main town in the most southerly part of the island, with a population of around 100,000, and is connected by rail to Colombo and Matara. It is home to a cricket ground, the Galle International Stadium, rebuilt after the 2004 tsunami. Test matches resumed there on December 18, 2007. Rumassala Kanda is a large mound-like hill, which forms the eastern protective barrier to the Galle harbour. Local tradition associates this hill with some events of the Ramayana.
Colombo is the largest city, seaport and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast of the island, it is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. Famous landmarks in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park as well as the National Museum. The Galle Face Green is the city's largest and most elegant promenade. Lined with palm trees and adjacent to the coast, this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity.
Kochi (Cochin) has a powerful lure for tourists. Its location between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and Kerala’s emerald backwaters, rich medley of Indian and foreign architecture, unusual sights like the Chinese fishing nets, and quaint localities like the Jewish Quarter, all draw the attention of visitors. Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the southern region with its prime location on the west coast, fine bay, and protected harbor. Merchant ships made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood, en-route to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia. The city was alternately controlled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, whose influences are evident in the architecture of city buildings.
Mangalore derives its name from the local Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi. It developed as a port on the Arabian Sea—remaining, to this day, a major port of India. Lying on the backwaters of the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, Mangalore is often used as a staging point for sea traffic along the Malabar Coast. The city's landscape is characterised by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams, and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings.
Scenic, tropical, and often called the Pearl of the Orient, Mormugao, India’s largest, natural harbor offers unexpected cultural contrasts in this former Portuguese ruled seaport area. Hire a taxi to transport you to Vasco City, named after founder, Vasco da Gama who fortified the area in 1543. You’ll discover the largest Roman Catholic Cathedral in all of Asia, along with an area more reminiscent of Portugal than India. Delightful colonial architecture, complete with overhanging balconies, narrow winding cobblestone streets, small shops and eateries beckon. Shop for colorful azulejos, painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles typically used in Portuguese architecture. Take a stroll on one of the area’s magnificent beaches, and dine on some of the finest seafood in all of India.
Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous in the world. The city lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor with a commercial seaport. Mumbai's history as a major trading centre has led to a diverse range of cultures, religions and cuisines coexisting in the city. The culture of Mumbai is a blend of traditional festivals, food, music and theatres.
A late afternoon departure from port allows you to spend another day exploring all that Mumbai has to offer.
The ancient port city of Muscat is the capital of Oman. As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, the ancient city of Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers such as the Persians, the Balochs and Gujaratis. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, the capital Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat's urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbour, form the north-eastern periphery of the city.
Dubai is a city, emirate and port in the United Arab Emirates. It's located south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Today, Dubai City has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai's economy was built on the oil industry, the emirate's model of business drives its economy, with the effect that its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services, similar to that of Western countries. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Board a group transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.
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