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Splendours of India & Sri Lanka

An escorted tour of India’s Golden Triangle with a cruise aboard the MS Island Sky from Cochin to Chennai including Sri Lanka

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India - the land of diversity, is a true feast for the eyes and all the senses with its historical monuments, beautiful temples, vibrant cities, bustling markets and relaxing backwaters. With so much on offer, it is impossible not to be enthralled by this ancient land and this fascinating tour combines the wonders of the Golden Triangle with a relaxing voyage from Cochin to Chennai by way of Sri Lanka visiting a number of ports which are off the usual cruise route.

After exploring each day on our guided excursions you will return to the cool, peace and calm of our carefully selected hotels or the all-suite MS Island Sky. Recharge the batteries with good food, caring service and a restful night’s sleep to be ready to witness another day in this great land of ancient faiths, customs and traditions which will be brought to life by our knowledgeable local guides.

Our escorted exploration of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra is followed by an eight night voyage aboard the MS Island Sky. The first day of our cruise will be a relaxing one as we meander through the extraordinary network of canals and lagoons observing the waterside life of the small communities and the colourful birdlife of the Keralan backwaters. Hugging the Kerala coast, we move on to Trivandrum, then across to Sri Lanka where we explore the interior and the old capital of Kandy, before cruising around the southern coast of the island to take in the Dutch colonial town of Galle and Bundala National Park.

Please note there are some long drives (3-5 hours) between cities on days 4, 5 and 7. Internal flights have yet to be scheduled and the final itinerary listed may be subject to change. Days 8 to 17 of this tour are part of our Passage to India cruise aboard the MS Island Sky. 

Tour Highlights

Taj Mahal• Two night stay at the magnificent Samode Palace Hotel
• Varied itinerary showcasing highlights of India and Sri Lanka
• Visit the Pink City of Jaipur
• See the Taj Mahal
• Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey’s rural landscapes
• Visit Temple of the Tooth – revered Buddhist sanctuary in Kandy up in the central hills of Sri Lanka
• See the elephants at Udawala National Park in Sri Lanka

Island Sky

Island Sky

The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.

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Day 1 - London to Delhi, India.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight.

Day 2 - Delhi.

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the ITC Sheraton hotel or similar. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before we meet this evening for dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 - Delhi.

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour to discover Old Delhi, the former Mughal capital, and New Delhi, the colonial city designed in the 1920s by Lutyens. See the magnificent Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi as well as the Qutub Minar, a majestic sandstone tower built in 1172. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day will be at leisure with dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 4 - Delhi to Agra.

This morning we will drive to Agra and in the afternoon see the legendary beauty of the white marble domes of the elegant Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an exquisite mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Rudyard Kipling described the building as “the embodiment of all things pure”. A visit will also be made to the great Mughal Agra Fort. We will stay overnight at the ITC Mughal or similar and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 5 - Agra to Samode.

We will spend the day travelling to Samode, in Rajasthan province, visiting Fatehpur Sikra en-route. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this former palace city on top of a ridge was only destined to be the capital of the Mughal Empire for ten years before the water supply dried up. Admire the architectural splendour of the Royal Hall, Mosque and palace buildings. Lunch will be taken en-route before continuing our journey and arriving in the early evening. Check into the splendid Samode Palace for a two night stay with dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 6 - Jaipur.

Today we explore the sights of Jaipur and visit the imposing Amber Fort blending Hindu and Rajput influences. After lunch, our guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur reveals the Palace of the Winds with its delicate honeycomb screens from behind which the ladies once viewed the world outside. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 7 - Jaipur to Delhi.

After breakfast, we will visit a local village before driving to Delhi in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the ITC Sheraton Hotel or similar.

Day 8 - Delhi to Cochin.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Cochin where we will embark the MS Island Sky.

Day 9 - Cochin.

Enjoy a day in this intriguing Malabar port and travel inland for a cruise along the Keralan backwaters at Alleppey sailing past colonial warehouses, small farmers plots and coconut thatched houses on top of traditional rice barges.

Day 10 - Trivandrum.

Be on deck as we sail into the Kerala port of Trivandrum, a magical sight. Built over seven hills, the ‘city of the sacred serpents’ retains some of old Kerala’s ambience, with its pagoda shaped buildings, red-tiled roofs and narrow winding lanes. There is much to see here and on our morning excursion we will include the old fort area around the 260 year old Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Return to the MS Island Sky for lunch and a relaxing afternoon cruising.

Day 11 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Over breakfast we arrive in Sri Lanka’s capital city where there will be a choice of activities today. On our full day tour to Kandy we will drive through Sri Lanka’s hill country to arrive at the picturesque, naturally fortified hill town of Kandy (please note the journey time is 3-4 hours each way). Here, we visit the Temple of the Tooth, which holds the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and is surrounded by the Bogambara Lake, as well as the lush Botanic Gardens and the National Museum. We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the ship this evening. Alternatively remain in Colombo and enjoy a morning tour including the Gangarama Buddhist Temple, Colombo National and Dutch period museums and the Pettah area where the local market is a great place to find a bargain. Return to the MS Island Sky for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon to explore independently.

Day 12 - Galle.

Awake this morning in Galle where, on a morning tour we visit the Old Dutch Fort, the museum housed in an Old Dutch house depicting life in the Dutch colony, the lighthouse, mosque and church. This afternoon there will be some free time to wander the narrow streets of traditional houses and shop for lace and local handicrafts. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon. Shuttle buses will take you back to Galle where you may visit the Maritime Museum or browse for lace and handicrafts.

Day 13 - Hambantota.

From our berth in Hambantota we drive inland to Kataragama, one of the three most important religious sites in Sri Lanka and a popular place of pilgrimage for Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and the indigenous Vedda communities of Sri Lanka and South India. According to the Buddhists this was one of the 16 places visited by Buddha during his visits to Sri Lanka. We will explore the religious complex built across the Menik Ganga which contains buildings from all three religions including the mosque, temple, the small archaeological museum and the principal shrine of the god Kataragama. Return to the MS Island Sky for lunch and in the late afternoon we will drive the short distance to Bundala National Park designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2005. Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground in Sri Lanka for migratory water birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Other water birds which are present in large numbers include the Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Grey Heron and Black-headed Ibis. Elephants, deer, wild boar and crocodiles also are present in the park. Alternatively you can choose a full day option and visit Udawalawe National Park, home to around 400 elephants as well as water buffalo, sambar deer and the occasional leopard.

Day 14 - Trincomalee.

Today, after a morning cruising we are on the north east coast of Sri Lanka in one of the finest deep water harbours of the world. This afternoon you can choose to join a tour of Trincomalee where we visit Fort Frederick, built in 1676 by the Dutch, walk to Swami Rock and see the Koneswarum Kovil, one of the five most holy Shaivate temples in the country. Alternatively join our shuttle service to one of the local beaches renowned as some of the best in Sri Lanka.

Day 15 - Chennai, India.

After a day at sea we return to India arriving at the city of Chennai late this evening when we will clear immigration formalities.

Day 16 - Chennai.

Disembark this morning and drive to Mahabalipuram, a remarkable temple complex on the shores of the Coromandel Coast. After a local lunch we will transfer to the Taj Coromandel Hotel or similar for an overnight stay. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure before dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 17 - Chennai to London.

After breakfast in the hotel we will transfer to the airport for our scheduled indirect flight to London. Arrive this evening.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
11 to 27 March 2017
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Magellan Deck Standard Forward Suites £6295 £5995
Magellan Deck Standard Suites £6545 £6245
Columbus Deck Superior Suites £6745 £6445
Marco Polo Deck Premium Suites £6995 £6695
Marco Polo Deck Corner Suites £7145 £6845
Erikson Deck Deluxe Balcony Suites Not Available Not Available
Explorer Deck Owner's Balcony Suite Not Available Not Available
Magellan Deck Standard for sole occupancy £8295 £7995
Columbus Deck Superior for sole occupancy £8745 £8445

Tour Reference Code: SCISK110317

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel for international and internal flights, 7 nights hotel accommodation as described on a bed and breakfast basis, lunch and dinner included as listed, 8 nights aboard the MS Island Sky on a ful board basis with house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, Tour Manager, onboard team, shore excursions, gratuities, transfers, port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas for India and Sri Lanka.

Please note there are some long drives (3-5 hours) between cities on days 4, 5 and 7. Internal flights have yet to be scheduled and the final itinerary listed may be subject to change. Days 8 to 17 of this tour are part of our Passage to India cruise aboard the MS Island Sky. 

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  • Explorer Deck

  • Erikson Deck

  • Marco Polo Deck

  • Columbus Deck

  • Magellan Deck


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Island Sky

The MS Island Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Caledonian Sky and MS Hebridean Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world.

  • MS Island Sky
  • Standard Suite (Magellan Deck)
    Standard Suite (Magellan Deck)
  • Superior Suite (Columbus Deck)
  • Premium Suite (Marco Polo Deck)
  • Corner Suite (Marco Polo Deck)
  • Premium Balcony Suite (Erikson Deck)
  • Owner's Balcony Suites (Explorer Deck)
  • Lido Deck
  • Lido Deck
  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • The Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Your Suite

    On board there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass, which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht.

    The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, a large wardrobe, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. The suites on each deck have their own colour theme. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

  • Your Space

    The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge on the Columbus Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens. For your convenience, it is also possible to follow the onboard lectures from the comfort of your suite.

    In addition to the main Lounge on the Columbus Deck, there is also The Club, located on the Marco Polo Deck which features the main bar where the onboard pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Marco Polo Deck is The Library. Well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads, you will not find yourself short of excellent literature on board. A selection of games and two computers complete with internet access can also be found in The Library. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability.

    The main dining room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Magellan Deck and outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Erikson Deck, complete with deck tables and chairs where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Further to this on the top Explorer Deck the observation area complete with sun loungers is ideal for sun bathing, relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. There is also a small hairdressers on board with appointments made on request. For your comfort, there is also a clinic with Doctor and a lift which serves all decks.

    As is the joy of small ship cruising, we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the progress of the vessel (subject to weather or security conditions).

  • Dining

    It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions.

    With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board all three vessels is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapes take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice.

    In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose.

    The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.

  • Life Onboard

    If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels.

    When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship.

    The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.

  • For your comfort

    The MS Island Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.

  • Inclusions

    Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Island Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included this in your holiday price. In addition we tip all our guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you. We also include excursions and drinks with meals onboard.

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    Island Sky Balcony 


    Island Sky Bathroom



    Island Sky Bridge


    Island Sky Cafe



    Island Sky Club


    Island Sky Magellan Deck Cabin 



    Island Sky Restaurant


    Island Sky Lounge



    Island Sky Library


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    • All Decks

    • Explorer Deck

    • Erikson Deck

    • Marco Polo Deck

    • Columbus Deck

    • Magellan Deck

Onboard Experts

  • David Riordan

    David Riordan

    Dave grew up in the forests of central New York State in the USA, and developed an interest in the great outdoors at an early age.  After earning a degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State, he dipped his toe in a variety of pools, working at Walt Disney World, at a ski resort in Vail, Colorado, as a stock broker on Wall Street and as an Expedition Leader driving passengers in overland trucks all over South America, Asia and Africa.  For the next six years he would lead trips from Colombia to Ushuaia, Helsinki to Beijing (through Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia), and from Cairo to Nairobi until getting malaria in West Africa and hanging up the truck keys for a lifejacket.

    For the last six years he has been aboard expedition ships as a naturalist guide and lecturer.  With many visits to Svalbard, Norway, Iceland, UK, Greenland and Antarctica, he has developed a good knowledge and appreciation of marine life, especially seabirds.  Having just returned from the austral summer in Antarctica, he looks forward to returning to the UK, Ireland and Norway to share his passion for this fantastic environment with you.     

    David Riordan will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017
  • James Cresswell

    James Cresswell

    James is a geotourism professional; with a degree in geology, and a masters in oceanography, and runs his own geotourism company. His passion is to explain scenery, geology, and climate change to a wider audience and is a member of the UK ‘Climate Speakers Network’.

    James has guided in the polar regions for the last 6 years, as well as guiding on many trips to Antarctica, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic, west and east Greenland, the Geographical North Pole and Russian Arctic. His travels have included guiding in Northern Australia, and Papua New Guinea, and he has been a safari guide in both Kenya and Botswana. In addition he has his UK summer mountain leader qualification and have worked as a hiking guide to the Burgess Shale fossil quarry in the Canadian Rockies. James’s passion for communicating geosciences began when he started his career working in the television documentary industry. This included being a researcher on a Discovery Channel geological series, and part of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ series. Also a trained photographer, he has managed a photo library, as well as working as a geologist on oil rigs in Algeria and the North Sea. Originally from the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, James first went to the Arctic when he was 19 years old and spent a month doing voluntary work with the Inuit community. This was the beginning of his love affair with the polar regions which persists to this day. 

    James Cresswell will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017
  • Jean-Pierre Els

    Jean-Pierre Els

    Jean-Pierre Els is a qualified Padi Divemaster and Category C vessel skipper who is passionately in love with the ocean and the outdoors. He is now working as a Divemaster, Watersports Coordinator, RIB Driver, Zodiac Driver, Guide and Expedition Team Leader/Member.

    His lifelong dream to scuba dive became a reality when he relocated to the east coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. What started out as a hobby quickly progressed into a career and Jean-Pierre soon had the opportunity to work on the Sardine Run, known as The Greatest Shoal on Earth. After that he was employed as a resident Divemaster and Skipper in Shelly Beach. He specialized in shark diving on the reef Protea Banks. One of his greatest experiences in life is as a Sardine Run Expedition Leader for African Dive Adventures. Setting up an entire operation to a remote area and being on the water with no guarantee what to expect is truly an exhilarating challenge he looks forward year after year.

    Thereafter his work expanded to various parts around the globe while working with Eyos-Expeditions as a Divemaster and expedition team member. He is responsible for the planning of dive programs, managing operations, group diving, driving RIB’s, zodiacs, guiding etc. He is currently also working with Expedition Voyage Consultants as a Watersports and Surface Activity Coordinator.  At EVC he assists and advises with the start-up and set up of watersports, surface activities and operations onboard. Advising on the onboard organizational structure, schedules and developing SOP’s.

    Jean-Pierre Els will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017
  • Peter Ward

    With his father in military service, Peter Ward grew up in different places throughout England, Germany and the Far East. Graduating in English Literature and Religious Studies marked the start of a lifelong interest in Eastern mythology and religions, especially Buddhism. The ‘Malabar Coast’ itinerary includes important Buddhist sites of pilgrimage in Sri Lanka, which hold a particular significance for Peter having visited the two most important places in the Buddha’s life (Bodhgaya and Sarnath) as guest lecturer on Noble Caledonia’s ‘Holy Ganges’ river cruise (2014). 

    With his grandfather also in the military serving in many different places of the British Raj through the 1920s and 1930s – including Sialkot (now in Punjab state, Pakistan) where his mother was born – India is central to Peter’s family history, providing a strong, personal connection to his travels and study of the country. The buccaneering history of the East India Company – the foundation from which the Raj evolved – will be a focal point of Peter’s lectures, as we visit one of the Company’s most important early trading posts, the Fort of St George, established in Chennai (Madras as was) in 1639.  

    In addition to accompanying tours and lecturing on the Silk Road across China and central and western Asia covering Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Peter’s travels to northern India have taken in Kashmir before it became extensively off-limits to tourists, Uttar Pradesh, and throughout India’s largest state – Rajasthan. He is a published author with Random House and actively promotes literacy for children as a ‘21st Century Author’ for the National Literacy Trust.

    Peter Ward will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017
  • Sasha Guggenheimer

    Sasha Guggenheimer

    Sacha was born in Australia and grew up exploring it's vast wilderness. Her love for the ocean and animals was apparent from an early age, she dreamed of filming and photographing marine megafauna around the world. With this vision she went on to become a Marine Biologist graduating with honours in seabird foraging ecology. 

    Her work in research took her to the Centre of Marine Science and Technology where she spent several years investigating acoustic communication of Australia’s migrating humpback, southern right and pygmy blue whale populations in the Indian and Southern oceans. This included a  spectacular two month voyage on Whale Song with the Centre for Whale Research recording acoustic profiles of the Southern Ocean, as well as 3 months living in remote south Australia studying population dynamics of calving southern right whales. Through her research Sacha has become very familiar with marine megafauna.

    What she enjoys most in her career is being the bridge between people and the ocean and is always enthusiastic about exploring new habitats, creatures and cultures. When she’s not sailing you will find her working whale shark seasons as a guide and photographer in Exmouth, WA. Sacha has dedicated her life to following the seasons and migrates like the great whales around the world. It’s this passion to explore, experience and teach that lead her to work in the expedition cruise industry.

    Sasha Guggenheimer will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017
  • Sheila Salmon

    Sheila Salmon

    Hailing originally from Yorkshire, Sheila developed a passion for travel early in her career and, after spending seven years living in Belgium, working as a local guide, she has now been travelling for over thirty years.  A keen Francophile, who also speaks Flemish, French and German, Sheila now divides her time between France and the UK when not away travelling.

    Joining Noble Caledonia in 2006 Sheila was delighted to be able to put her long experience of cruising on the European rivers - Rhine, Main, Elbe, Mosel, Danube and Rhone to good use on board the MV Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Royal Crown and several other vessels working both as tour manager and cruise director.  Opportunities on board Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky enabled her to build up an extensive knowledge of areas such as the Egypt, Libya, Eritrea, the UAE and especially Jordan where Sheila led several land tours prior to joining the ship in Aqaba.  She has enjoyed wonderful opportunities not only getting to know the Noble Caledonia passengers but being able to share with them such diverse regions as the Baltic, the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.  Familiar with the Far East and China, having led numerous land tours and cruises in the region, Sheila is now looking forward to continuing to build on her experience of the newly awakening country of Myanmar during some of the Irrawaddy cruises.  

    Sheila Salmon will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017
  • Stuart Burmeister

    Stuart Burmeister

    Stuart’s home is in Durban, South Africa. He grew up literally in the wilds of Africa and has a good knowledge of the indigenous people and regions of many African countries. His maritime background has covered sea rescue search and recovery operations, sailing and power boating. His qualifications cover all power vessels from a Zodiac to a class six craft over 200 tonnes.

    Stuart is a trained fire fighter with over six years active service. He is also Dive Master scuba diver, first aider and ‘Mr Fix it’ when it comes to boating. He has been in the cruising industry since 1980 and has mainly worked on board large passenger liners. He has extensive knowledge of many Indian Ocean islands and has worked on expedition cruises to Mozambique, Madagascar, the Seychelles and British Isles. Stuart has also acted as Tour Manager for cruises to Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Malta, Sicily and many more countries. When asked how many cruises he has been on he said that he gave up counting after 600.

    Stuart Burmeister will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017
  • Wendy Malan

    Wendy Malan

    Wendy trained as a classical ballet dancer and teacher at the University of Cape Town. After dancing professionally for ten years, she taught at the same university before setting out on her own. She has run her own successful exercise studio and produced several ballets for the Cape Youth Ballet. Together with her oceanographer husband she has taken part in research cruises off the West Coast of Southern Africa and travelled to some of the Earth’s more interesting places, including the Namibian Skeleton Coast, Mozambique and the Antarctic.

    Her first visit to the Antarctic was in 2003, aboard the SA Agulhas, supervising a group of scholars who accompanied the vessel on a relief cruise to Queen Maud Land. She has worked on small expedition cruise ships in many places in the world for the past eight years.  

    Wendy Malan will be on the following tour dates: 11 to 27 March 2017

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Indian Ocean Stepping Stones
16 nights from £7095
Next Departure 23 February 2018 View all dates
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