For a truly authentic cultural experience, consider taking a cruise that includes Male. Capital of the exotic Maldives Islands, Male has a little bit of something to offer every traveler. Whether your interests are beaches and resorts, or a culturally-immersive experience, you are certain to find all that you’re looking for in this incredible port city. Male is filled with beautiful beaches, mosques, unique markets, a few museums, and iconic landmarks. Plus, when spending time in Male, you can treat your taste buds to some local Maldivian food (a nice break from the restaurants onboard your ship). Many Maldivian dishes are made from ingredients such as fish, coconut, starches, and spices, with influences from India and Sri Lanka.
A great time to visit Male is between November and April, as that is generally when the weather is at its driest and most pleasant.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Male. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Male, along with a brief description:
♦ National Museum
If you are looking for a great way to immerse yourself in local history and culture, the National Museum is a great place to begin. This museum pays homage to Maldivian culture, featuring a number of exhibits of artifacts dating back to the Buddhist Era and Islamic Monarch rule. Among some of the artifacts you can view are royal thrones and furniture, clothing, currency, décor, arms, and other historic relics. Best of all, this museum is located in Sultan Park, a relaxing atmosphere featuring many trees, fountains, a playground, and more.
♦ Islamic Centre
Another highly-rated destination in Male is the Islamic Centre. The façade of this building is an architectural wonder on its own. Inside, you can discover the Grand Friday Mosque (the largest on the island), a few conference halls, an Islamic library, and more. This is a great place to come and interact with locals, who can offer you more insight into local customs and traditions. You can also admire the architectural greatness of the building’s interior, which features a number of beautiful chandeliers, woodworks, and other pieces of Islamic art.
♦ Fish Market
For a truly authentic experience in Male, pay a visit to their famous Fish Market! Even if you don’t plan on purchasing any fresh fish, watching the skilled workers cut, clean, and sell a wide variety of fish is a fun and entertaining experience. Aside from fish, you might even come across some more exotic marine life being sold here, such as tuna or octopus!
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