A delightful Indian Ocean island cruise

Water villas at the Maldives at sunrise. The islands of the Maldives are explored by boat, revealing pristine beaches and abundant wildlife.
Water villas at the Maldives at sunrise. The islands of the Maldives are explored by boat, revealing pristine beaches and abundant wildlife.

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AZURE ocean, exotic islands fringed with white-sand beaches, welcoming fishing villages, colonial-era towns and bustling high-rise cities are just a few of the experiences awaiting you on the cruise of a lifetime in the Indian Ocean.

The Senior and Travelrite International have teamed up to offer this fully-escorted 24-night tour - Islands of the Indian Ocean - from Singapore to Dubai, with 20 nights aboard the luxury cruise ship Norwegian Jade.

On the first day of your holiday you arrive in the amazing city of Singapore, check into your luxury four-star hotel and find yourself immersed in the exotic cultures of South East Asia and the Middle East.

In Singapore, we visit China Town, the magnificent Orchid Gardens and the Marina Bay Precinct before boarding Norwegian Jade.

James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay is just one of the fabulous sites you'll visit on the Islands of the Indian Ocean fully escorted tour and cruise.

James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay is just one of the fabulous sites you'll visit on the Islands of the Indian Ocean fully escorted tour and cruise.

The first stop is Port Kelang, Malaysia, with a tour of Kuala Lumpur. The group will see the Petronas Towers, once the highest buildings in the world, the historic colonial areas and the Lake Gardens with its botanical and bird parks.

Cruising into the Andaman Sea, the tour visits Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands where you can see typical Malay houses built on stilts for protection from flooding.

Next port of call is Phuket, which has some of Thailand's most popular beaches. A relaxing boat journey will take travellers to Phang Nga Bay to explore pristine beaches, mangroves, lagoons and caves and see the James Bond island featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun.

Then it's on to Sabang, a part-traditional fishing village, part colonial era town, on Weh Island off the northern tip of Sumatra.

A fountain in the Orchid Gardens in Singapore where the tour starts and you find yourself immersed in the exotic cultures of South East Asia and the Middle East.

A fountain in the Orchid Gardens in Singapore where the tour starts and you find yourself immersed in the exotic cultures of South East Asia and the Middle East.

The cruise also visits Male, the capital of the beautiful Maldives and one of the world's smallest national capitals with a population of only 150,000. Norwegian Jade arrive at Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles on the island of Mahe, with its jungle-clad mountains rising up from the Indian Ocean.

Mahe's palm-fringed beaches are among the world's most beautiful and this island is a highlight of the cruise.

Next up is the port of Muscat in Oman with sightseeing including the Al Alam Palace and the Muttrah Souk.

This is followed by Khasab in Oman and then on to Abu Dhabi to visit the recently opened Louvre Museum and the Falcon Hospital where you will have the opportunity to hold a falcon and see them swoop though the sky.

The final destination is Dubai, a city which has undergone an amazing transformation from desert town to sophisticated and wealthy centre of influence. To find out more call 1800-630-343 or travelrite.com.au and click on Senior Escorted Cruises.

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