Mauritius cruises

When you need a bit of rest and relaxation and to escape from the rest of the world, you cannot do much better than Mauritius, a melting pot of peace and tranquillity. 

Highlights

The obvious appeal of Mauritius is not hard to miss; the tropical maritime climate and white sandy beaches fringing a diverse, verdant landscape are infinitely popular with visitors.

But what many do not realise is that Mauritius is not just for sunbathing - the cultural diversity and historical significance of this island is all too often overlooked, and there is plenty else to do on your Mauritius cruise. Check out the Black River Gorges National Park, the largest park in Mauritius, which preserves and protects the local nature and wildlife of Mauritius.

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan (SSR) Botanical Gardens of Mauritius in the capital of St. Louis provide another opportunity to watch nature at work, and after London’s Kew Gardens, are some of the best botanical gardens in the world.

The gardens are easily reached from almost anywhere on the island, and began life in 1735 as a vegetable garden for Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan. It is a great idea to hire a guide here – a lot of the plants are not labelled, so do not risk missing some of the best parts.

Location

For a slice of Mauritian history, visit Eureka. A lovingly maintained creole mansion built in the 1830’s, it is now a museum revealing the nation’s past and giving you a fascinating insight into the beautiful island of Mauritius.

The unique Mauritian cuisine typical of this island is unmissable on your Mauritius cruise. You will enjoy a blend of Indian, Chinese and European influences in Mauritius. The island exploits its abundant coastline to dish up delicious fresh seafood.

Dholl puris are a popular snack, often served by street food vendors. They derive from Indian flatbreads and the thin bread is stuffed with bean curry, yellow split peas and chutney. Delicious and flavoursome curries are often served with a variety of side dishes like chutneys and pickled vegetables. Rum is also popular and widely drunk.

Climate

Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate and almost constant sunshine. The year is broken up into two seasons: summer (November to April) when the weather is humid and temperatures hover around 30°C, and winter (June to September) when temperatures cool down to around 24°C yet it remains relatively dry. The peak cyclone months are January and February, with cyclones remaining possible until April.

Mauritius is typically busiest between November and April. On your Mauritius cruise, make sure to pack light cotton layers to keep you comfortable and cool as you explore, as well as sun protection and a sun hat.

Useful Information

A mixture of languages are spoken in Mauritius, including French, English, Mauritian Creole and French-based Creole. The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee (the exchange rate is approximately 55.45 Mauritian Rupees to one British Pound). Tipping is not generally practised in Mauritius, so is not an obligation.

A 10-15% service charge can be added to the bill in the more top-end restaurants and bars. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. 

Ports we visit in Mauritius