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8 Variety Cruises Victoria Cruise Reviews

I've always wanted to visit the Seychelles, but as I don't fall into the typical group visiting it (couples/honeymoon ) I thought that the best way is to visit on board a small cruise. I was originally planning on booking cabin ... Read More
I've always wanted to visit the Seychelles, but as I don't fall into the typical group visiting it (couples/honeymoon ) I thought that the best way is to visit on board a small cruise. I was originally planning on booking cabin on a luxury catamaran sailing cruise, but found an offer about Variety Cruises. I am so glad I booked that instead! I had amazing time from start to finish. The yacht is fairly small, and we were not more that 25-30 people. That was great as everyone gets to know the other people and the whole experience is much more personalised. I was worried that it will be mainly senior crowd and we will feel out of place (we are in our mid-late thirties), but the group was a really nice mix of people and no one was a nuisance to the other passengers (I guess we were lucky). I also liked the fact that there is no dress code and the whole atmosphere is super relaxed. The boat is old-ish, so don't expect anything glamorous. The food was amazing! I seriously didn't expect so delicious food, and such rich variety in the Seychelles (read a lot of travel forums prior to my trip, and the Seychelles is not famous with culinary experiences). There is a bar on board and there was a decent choice of drinks. I found the prices to be absolutely normal considering the destination and the quality of the drinks. I really liked the itinerary, as you get to see so much in a really short period of time. You'll never manage to do that if you are not cruising. There were two optional excursion, which we found a bit dull and didn't book. Most of our fellow travellers who went confirmed that we've made the right choice. The crew is a mix of nationalities, and everyone was super friendly and accommodating, Everyone is really professional and is genuinely interested in providing you with the best possible service. The captain was constantly interacting with the passengers and was more than happy to answer any questions. I really can't think of better way to see this amazing destination! Already looking to book a Variety Cruise in another part of the World. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have travelled with Variety before, on the Panorama in Croatia. We chose this trip as a way to see the Seychelles islands as well as the wildlife on land and sea. Our best friends came along on our recommendation despite never having ... Read More
We have travelled with Variety before, on the Panorama in Croatia. We chose this trip as a way to see the Seychelles islands as well as the wildlife on land and sea. Our best friends came along on our recommendation despite never having been on a sea cruise and being a little worried about seasickness. They really enjoyed it, no seasickness or safety issues. We all enjoyed the cameraderie of the other passengers and the crew, we had a blast! What a fantastic way to see this beautiful group of granite islands. Being at sea means it is a bit cooler as it was very hot and humid. We got to see lots of islands, beaches, giant tortoises, dolphins, fairy terns, manta rays, lemon sharks etc. Snorkelling was great as the sea was teeming with marine life. James Bond style beach landings were amazing. Will never forget getting up close with giant tortoises. The cruise followed the same ethos as the other Variety cruise we were on which really appealed to us. A great balance of good food, safe adventure and relaxed luxury. Everyone on board made a great effort to make it a fun and enjoyable adventure- both passengers and crew. The boat was clean and tidy though it would benefit from an update. Our cabin was comfortable with a good sized bathroom and full sized shower cubicle. Service was very personal and better than I have had on larger cruises. I have to say again how exceptional the crew are and we will travel with Variety again in future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We wanted to see many islans at Seychelles. The ship was nice and the crew were very friendly and kind. From the first minute we felt like at home. After one day, the staff knew our names and always they were very helpfully. Our cabin was ... Read More
We wanted to see many islans at Seychelles. The ship was nice and the crew were very friendly and kind. From the first minute we felt like at home. After one day, the staff knew our names and always they were very helpfully. Our cabin was big enough and we slept very well in the bed. The bathroom was small, but we had all things we have needed. The diningroom was very comfortable and the meals were delicious! The visits at all the islands were really great! We could see the different natures of the islands and saw many beautiful birds. Also a lot of big giant turtles. We had enough time for snorkeling and the transfers with the tenderboat were very funny. We loved the evenings with dance and life music and all this good cocktails from the bar! We say thank you for a great week on Pegasus❣️ Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
From the moment we boarded, we felt that we were part of a tight knit, friendly community.The crew made every effort to make us feel relaxed and comfortable. Meals were a major social occasion and a wonderful dining experience. ... Read More
From the moment we boarded, we felt that we were part of a tight knit, friendly community.The crew made every effort to make us feel relaxed and comfortable. Meals were a major social occasion and a wonderful dining experience. Wonderful food and wine and personal and friendly table staff. Shore excursions were well organised and executed on the zodiac. Our visits to the naturally beautiful islands of the Seychelles were unique and memorable. returning to ship, there was always a cold juice and chilled towel. Talk about first class service. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the cruise was the wonderful efforts of all of the crew from the captain down. All members worked hard to ensure that this cruise would be the trip of a lifetime and they succeeded. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff and Variety Cruises who again made a holiday that we could not possibly forget. Best wishes to all. Larry and Kerry Terrance Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We just got back from the Garden of Eden 7 night cruise on MY Pegasus which is a beautiful motor yacht. The outstanding service and friendly atmosphere on board with everything we needed taken care of, and an emphasis on relaxation and ... Read More
We just got back from the Garden of Eden 7 night cruise on MY Pegasus which is a beautiful motor yacht. The outstanding service and friendly atmosphere on board with everything we needed taken care of, and an emphasis on relaxation and getting to know our fellow passengers was evident from the start. Everyone was so impressed with the food and the skill of the Seychellois chef. We never felt bored yet neither did we feel that we were being "organised" too much. The daily excursions (most included) meant that we could combine swimming and snorkelling at La Digue or Praslin (or lazing on pristine, secluded beaches) with fascinating trips to nature reserves on the islands of Cousin and Aride. We fell in love with the giant Aldabra tortoises on Curieuse island and took so many photos of the rare birds. The rides on the Zodiac inflatable dinghies to get to the islands were exciting and these boats were also used to take us to some great snorkelling spots. All in all this was the stuff of dreams and had the feel of a true adventure! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
An adventurous small cruise on a very comfortable and attractive catamaran. Lovely outdoor seating, or sunning, areas to view the stunning scenery of lush tropical islands . In the mornings we took the zodiac to bird sanctuaries and ... Read More
An adventurous small cruise on a very comfortable and attractive catamaran. Lovely outdoor seating, or sunning, areas to view the stunning scenery of lush tropical islands . In the mornings we took the zodiac to bird sanctuaries and incredible wildlife reserves to enjoy challenging and interesting hikes across these protected islands with highly informative and educated guides. We experienced amazing snorkelling in the afternoons with all sorts of shoals of colourful fish, coral and general sea life. None of this stuff was mandatory and there were certainly people of mixed physical ability. We had a very comfortable and clean cabin with big windows. We ate excellent really delicious fresh food, particularly the fish. We are mostly vegetarian and they went out of their way to make sure we were fully catered to. There were around 28 people on board and it never felt crowded. We were broken into smaller groups for hiking, snorkelling etc. The staff ratio was good and they were very attentive but not in your face. I may sound as if I'm going over the top but it really was an incredible experience that I cannot recommend more highly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The best way to know Seychelles Islands. First class service, first class cabin, first class food, first class tours. Variety Cruises has excellent yatch options to cruise, this one was great. The personnel on board Pegasus is ... Read More
The best way to know Seychelles Islands. First class service, first class cabin, first class food, first class tours. Variety Cruises has excellent yatch options to cruise, this one was great. The personnel on board Pegasus is excellent, always trying to serve you at their best. The out shore excursions are very well planned and coordinated. The tour guides excellent. Hotel manager and activities coordinator very well prepared, they communicated in several languages. The food on board excellent and the barbecues at the beach were great. Snorkling perfect. The cleaness at the entire yatch was everyday attention. Small group of people that allows to know them. Time of cruise (7 nights / 8days) is the perfect time to know the islands. Time on each island was very well calculated, so you can know the islands and go around afterwards. On board activities and entertainment are great: bingo, dancing, karaoke, etc. Recommended 100%. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and me spent our honeymoon on board the MY Pegasos cruisung the Seychelles. It was our second cruise with Variety Cruises so we already had an idea of the concept of small ship cruises. Vessel The MY Pegasus is a catamaran ... Read More
My wife and me spent our honeymoon on board the MY Pegasos cruisung the Seychelles. It was our second cruise with Variety Cruises so we already had an idea of the concept of small ship cruises. Vessel The MY Pegasus is a catamaran vessel with 4 decks and 21 cabins for a maximum of about 40 people. The several public areas (restaurant, lounge & bar, after deck and sun deck) offer individiual space for all guests. The cozy cabins are furnished with a bed, wardrobe, seating, television and a commode. Bathroom is equiped with a hair dryer. A nice feature are the 2 SIGG bottles that get refilled with water fort the excursions by the crew daily. Service The atmosphere on board of the Variety cruises is very familar due to the heartly crew. You fell at home on the vessel since embarkation. The crew members behave more like friends that want you to have a good time then servants waiting for your order. If food, questions or any excursions – any individual concern is very welcome and beeing solved. The crew members seem to like their work as they laugh a lot and have fun with guests withour losing a profesional distance and not forgeting safety. Food The food was excellent. Breakfast offers egg, bread, sausage & cheese, cereals and fruits. Lunch is in Buffet form with a selection of 4 different main dishes, several side dishes, salad and dessert. The dinner is alternately 5 course menu or buffet. The menu offers the choice between meat and fish for main dish. The selection of food always included regional creol kitchen and a lot of fish and seafood as well as international kitchen (Lasagne ie). The kitchen even created a vegetarian main dish in short term when announced at the starter. Shore excursion All excursions except 2 (Praslin and La Digue) are included in the cruise rate. The excursions vary between small hikes over the islands with visits of e.g. protected areas, tender shuttles to beaches and swim & snorkel stops. Every evening there is a briefing for the visited spots and activities of the following day. Almost all excursions are made by tender zodiacs and are well organized. Several times there are bbq´s at the shore that are very nice. If you dont join the excursion you can go on your own by tender shuttles leaving several times. Overall A highly recommendable cruise if you prefer casual and familiar atmosphere on a yacht instead of amenities as casino, gym, theatre etc. that are offered by big ship cruises with some 3.000 to 5.000 guests. I like the combination of a small ship that is able to bring you to smaller places & villages with a hearty service in a casual environment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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