Choosing where to stay when planning a trip to the holiday islands of the Maldives can be such a hard decision to make - there’s so many picture-perfect archipelagos and luxurious resorts to choose from. So, instead of having to select just one location, why not see and experience as much as possible by joining a seven or fourteen-night small ship cruise.
Departing weekly from the sea-walled capital of Male, your cruise aboard the intimate Yasawa Princess promises plenty of time to experience the best of the Maldives. Choose from a range of activities including swimming and snorkelling in turquoise blue lagoons, SCUBA dives over some of the area’s best coral reefs, strolls on magnificent sandy beaches (on both resort and uninhabited islands) and even the opportunity to try your hand at landing a big game fish. And when the adrenaline isn’t racing, you’ll also love sitting back with a cool drink in hand while you take in the views from the expansive decks or your comfortable air-conditioned cabin.
There’s a choice of three itineraries on offer, with seven-night cruises from Male to Maamagili (and vice versa - one way domestic flight Maamagili included) departing every Monday (year round), both easily combined to form the ultimate 14 night Maldives experience. The itineraries explore the Central Atolls, made up of South Male, Vaavu and Ari. The program is designed for both snorkellers and divers alike and highlights include an Alimathaa night snorkelling experience with nurse shark, sting ray and giant travally and a whaleshark excursion on the southern edge of Ari atoll. During the cruise there will also be multiple excursions to sand banks and deserted islands for picnics and to meet the locals.
Prices for the 7-night cruise from Male to Maamagili start from US$ 1,825 per person, twin share (including the one way domestic flight) while the 14-night Best of the Maldives cruise is priced from US$ 3,108 per person, twin share. There’s also an option to upgrade to an ‘all-inclusive’ fare which includes alcoholic beverages while onboard.
Fully refurbished in October 2019, Yasawa Princess’s 28 cabins are set across three decks and accommodate just 56 travellers. The air-conditioned cabins feature a charming, tropical décor and are replete with a range of luxuries and amenities to ensure your stay exceeds your expectations. There’s also a spacious and breezy sun deck with ample sun loungers, and an open-plan restaurant and lounge area.
We think they have done a fabulous job on the refurbishment, check out the first photos of her new look below.
For more information about Yasawa Princess Maldives cruises call the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80.