The first Cruisôtel in the Maldives, the MV Orion, is a 40-meter traditional Maldivian Motor Vessel beautifully decorated in gold and white hues that accentuate the Maldivian turquoise waters. Experience Orion’s bespoke wooden interiors where each of the 12 cabins are furnished with ensuite showers. Indulge in personalized entertainment and a well-stocked bar with skilled bartenders, or simply enjoy a dip in the onboard Jacuzzis or nature’s infinity pool, the wonderful Maldivian waters. Enjoy the scrumptious food, the skillfully designed cocktails and glorious views throughout your trip.
Arrive in Paradise
Arrive at Malé International Airport where you will be welcomed by our Guest Relations team. A short 15-minute ride on our Dhoni gets you to the Orion. Refresh with some light snacks, tea/coffee while the Cruise Director familiarizes you with the vessel and its safety procedures. After lunch we cast off and head towards South Malé Atoll where we anchor for the night at the Velassaru Lagoon.
Be mesmerized with a stunning new view and experience every day of your trip. MV Orion cruises for a few hours every morning and late afternoon then anchors at night in the calm lagoons. Depending on sea conditions and weather, she will generally sail around lagoons such as Vaavu and Vellassaru Atolls and the many uninhabited islands in the area.
Sunrise Yoga & SPA
The Maldives loves early birds and late risers alike. Ease into your day with the relaxing ﬂow of Sunrise Yoga on our expansive Sun Deck followed by a massage in our Spa or simply wake, relax and enjoy a healthy breakfast on the Main Deck while planning your day.
As the sun warms those strained city muscles, relax… rejuvenate… doze… soul-search… escape the pressures of the world and get ready for lots of fun in our ocean paradise as you indulge in the many adventures that are available.
Underwater Diver's Paradise
Famous the world over, the blue waters of the Maldives, are an underwater paradise waiting to be explored so prepare for a burst of colors from the many corals and encounters with huge schools of beautiful ﬁsh. Encounters with Manta Rays and Whale sharks are also possible.
We offer 3 Scuba Diving experiences on the Cruisôtels - join us on this fascinating adventure!
Mini Dive Experience
This complimentary 20 minute Scuba Dive experience with a professional instructor gives you the chance to have a go at scuba while seeing some of the wonders of the underwater world. It’s just a taster, but if you enjoy it you can buy additional sessions
Learn To Dive
Obtain your PADI Open Water Diver or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certiﬁcation during your stay on the Cruisôtel. We have designed a modern way to get certiﬁed — we can arrange a PADI eLearning Course wherein you study the diving theory before leaving home and then complete the exam & the dives whilst on the Cruisôtels Maldives.
We can arrange for a day or two of diving for certiﬁed divers.
Lagoon Treats & Water Sports
As we anchor in a lagoon, these paradise islands are all yours to explore – be adventurous or go romantic! Swim, snorkel, kayak, catch some sun on the sandy beach. For the more adventurous, you can learn to Fly Board, Jet Ski or Wakeboard when Orion is nearby Malé, and can be scheduled upon request — whatever you fancy! Happily exhausted after the water sports, loll by the beachside or on the Sun Deck and catch the dramatic evening rays with your favorite sunset aperitif.
A candle-lit BBQ on an uninhabited island under endless stretches of starlit skies…. or silvery moonlight shimmering on the still waters… and if you are lucky, spot some shooting stars or explore our vast universe… foot-tapping music…. succulent food…what more does one want? With The Grand Vacationist, there’s always that extra bit more to make your trip truly fabulous as you soak in these authentic Maldivian treats.
Our Indian chef onboard has some sumptuous cuisines lined up for you to cater to your taste buds. Your Cruisôtel experience is laden with delicious meals designed to wow your palate and keep your stomach full with the wide variety on offer. Let us know in advance and we can prepare Indian Vegetarian and Jain meals as well.
As you cruise around the blue seas of the Maldives, indulge in some fresh fruit Juices or Mocktails to detox but if that’s too healthy, our Bartender can concoct intriguing Cocktails to enhance your cruising experience. And if you simply want to stick to good ol’ Beer, Wine, Whisky or Single Malts, we have a wide selection available for you in our fully stocked bars on the Aft Deck & Dining Area. We are also offering a complimentary bottle of Wine or 3 cans of Beer per guest — our way of saying “cheers, let’t have fun in paradise!”
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