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Setting sail from Malé
The low-lying reef-protected atolls of the Maldives, set in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, are the perfect place to relax and unwind. A great choice for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, the Maldives also appeal to active travellers who love watersports, snorkelling and diving. Maldivians themselves reflect a melting pot of cultures, owing to the location of the islands on the major trading routes between Europe, Africa, Arabia, India and the Orient, all reflected in the rich diversity of language, music and skills. Tourism is of course the major industry.
99% of the Maldives is made up of sea, so if you don’t like the water, it’s probably not for you! If you do, an underwater paradise is at your fingertips.
Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles, home to the diminutive capital, Victoria, and 90% of the country’s population. It’s the quintessential tropical paradise, a sun-drenched landscape of granite mountains, lush jungle and heavenly white sand beaches.
Seychelles: Praslin Island
The island of Praslin is home to some of the Seychelles’ top attractions, including the Vallée de Mai, a protected forest where you’ll see the rare coco de mer, a tree that produces the world’s largest seed and palm flower. The grove is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been compared to the Garden of Eden.
Arriving in Mombasa
On Kenya's coast is Mombasa, the city of salt and spice. Lots of history here, not least as this was a strategic trading post for Europeans making for Arabia, India and the Orient, and their counterparts in the other direction. Add to that the influence of the British, the influx of tourists in recent years, and of course the great African tribes, and you have a vibrant and colourful city of contrasts. Mombasa is gateway to some of the extraordinary national parks of East Africa, as well as being an appealing beach destination with some beautiful hotels.
Fort Jesus is a must see, dominating the city for four centuries and a key player in its history - the view from the towers is amazing.
Your home from home
Crystal have repeatedly been voted the World’s Best cruise line, and Crystal Symphony is certainly a top level classic, not to be missed.
What we love
Crystal Symphony is not a new ship, but you wouldn't know it, since she is subject to an ongoing refurbishment programme, which ensures that the environment is always perfect and the style contemporary. This is, in short, a ship constantly honed to perfection. But ultimately it's all about the unmatchable food and service.
|Crew||566 International Staff|
Luxury with a difference: the resort style - with excellent entertainment and facilities, wide range of dining and highly developed onboard programme - distinguishes glamorous Crystal from its competitors in the sector.
|Cruising speed||21 knots|
Tailor-make your trip
Extend your stay in the Maldives
You are really spoilt for choice – our current favourite at Mundy is the One&Only Reethi Rah, but many others would ‘do’!
Tours and excursions
There’s nowhere to go! So it’s all about the water toys.
Where to stay in Mombasa
Beach-lovers will like the Sands at Nomad, though at Mundy we would rather be travelling inland in Kenya than staying on the beach.
Mombasa private tours
If you really can’t take the time to go on safari, at least go for the day to Tsavo East.