Seychelles Sailing Cruises
Sailing Yachts Sea Star, Sea Bird, Sea Shell & Sea Pearl
A Seychelles cruise is a magical experience, especially under sail, with the wind behind you and the azure blue Indian Ocean in front of you while cruising the Seychelles.
For many years, Silhouette Cruises has offered sailing cruises around the Seychelles archipelago. Their ships successfully pioneered the concept of combining the romanticism of a bygone cruising era with modern-day comforts and they make sailing the Seychelles a unique and relaxing experience. See below for one of their cruise itineraries.
The Sailing Yacht Sea Star is a lovely custom built, 3-masted schooner with 5 modern Bermuda sails. Her sister, Sea Bird, is a sleek 2-masted sailing yacht with 4 modern Bermuda sails. Fitted with modern comforts and the most up-to-date navigational equipment, Sea Star and Sea Bird can easily negotiate the inner islands of the Seychelles.
Both Sea Star and Sea Biird comprise 9 cabins with en-suite showers and w/c, salon and dining area. On deck, there are spacious areas for sunbathing, relaxing and dining. For the more energetic and a unique Seychelles cruise experience, the yachts have canoes, snorkelling equipment, water skis and fishing equipment. The ships provide easy access to the water from their back swimming platforms. Both ships are PADI rated dive centres and carry dive tanks and equipment as well as a dive compressor.
Sailing yachts Sea Shell and Sea Pearl are two historic, traditionally-rigged yachts. With simpler facilities than Sea Star and Sea Bird, these boats have just 8 air-conditioned cabins with a wash basin. They operate the itinerary below on selected dates between November and April and also shorter 6 day cruises from Praslin between May and September.
Sample Cruise Itinerary (November to April)
7 night cruise on Full Board from £2158pp . Based on Sea Star & Sea Bird
Evening departure on Emirates from London Gatwick (or Heathrow - supplement applies).
Arrive Mahé, the main island in Seychelles, and transfer to inter-island quay at Port Victoria. After a welcome and briefing by the Captain, depart for Round Island off Praslin, Seychelles seond largest island. Evening welcome barbecue.
Morning free for snorkelling & diving. Afternoon sail to Bay Ste Anne Jetty, Praslin. Guests may disembark to visit Vallée De Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Early morning departure toward La Digue island. After lunch, visit the island, home to the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher bird and beaches reputed to be some of the most beautiful in the world. Explore La Digue at leisure by bicycle (or possibly oxcart!)
A short sail during breakfast along the coast of La Digue to Grand Soeur and Petite Soeur for a visit to these unique uninhabited tropical islands - excellent for snorkelling and diving. Afternoon sail to Coco Island, one of Seychelles' little jewels.
Sail to Booby Island for diving and water sports in the morning. After lunch, sail to Aride Island for an afternoon of exploration of the nature reserve.
Sail to Curieuse Island for a visit through the mangrove forests and the giant tortoise conservation project. The afternoon is for your leisure activities... or simply relaxing on deck!
After breakfast sail towards Mahé, stopping en-route at Ile Seche for the last opportunity to snorkel or dive and a farewell barbecue. Arrive Mahé jetty. Overnight on board.
Morning disembarkation and transfer to the Kempinski Seychelles (or similar) where a day room has been reserved until your late evening transfer to the airport. Depart Emirates (via Dubai), arriving London Gatwick Sunday morning.
Please note, all itineraries are subject to weather conditions and may be changed at the Captain's discretion.
2014 Price Guide
The 7-night cruise above is from £2158 per person, based on Full Board on board ship and the dayroom at Kempinski. Price includes Emirates flights from Gatwick & all transfers.
We'd be happy to substitute another hotel should you prefer! International flights also available with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.
Alternatively, a 6-night cruise (Full Board) on Sea Shell/Sea Pearl, plus 1 night at Kempinski, is from £1989pp.
A 12-night Cruise & Stay package costs from £2498pp, based on 6 nights Full board on Sea Shell/Sea Pearl and 6 nights Bed & Breakfast at Kempinski Seychelles.
Prices for other pre or post stays available on request.
ALDABRA: Fancy a cruise to the far-flung southern island of the Seychelles archipelago? Contact us for expeditions to Aldabra, the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.
Special Offers with Seychelles Cruises
A variety of Special Offers are available, depending on the yacht you wish to travel on as well as the season when you plan to travel - please call us for full details. As a guide, however, here are some of the offers that may apply.
Early Booking Discounts
Save up to 20% on selected cruises.
Up to 50% discount for the bride on cruises on Sea Shell & Sea pearl; 20% discount on Sea Star & Sea Bird.
One child sharing a 'Category A' cabin with two full paying parents cuises for free and only pays the port fees.
Groups of 6 passengers or more will receive a 10% discount on the cruise rate when choosing Sea Shell or Sea Pearl, whatever time of year they plan to travel.
Any price examples shown include return flights from London (as shown) and all transfers. All offers subject to availability & other terms & conditions. Please call.
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Our Insider View
"Silhouette Cruises operate four sailing yachts, each with different standards of comfort and facilities. All cruises, however, offer great camaraderie letting you mix with up to just 18 other guests - all with a love of sailing and wanting to see a 'different' view of these idyllic islands. All yachts are crewed by experienced personnel and all meals are provided on board (drinks extra!).”