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by Brook Wilkinson

Indian Ocean Islands

Conde Nast Traveler

Silversea Cruises
Ship: Silver Wind
Best for: Couples, young and old, willing to splurge on a romantic getaway
Why it's a good value: It's a hassle-free way to visit eight exotic islands
Length: 14 nights
Departures: December 2009
Number of Passengers: 296
Cost: From $7,416

A nineteenth-century explorer theorized that the biblical Garden of Eden was somewhere in the Seychelles, and these exotic isles have been a destination for diehard romantics ever since. But apparently love doesn't come cheap: The luxury resorts here are notoriously expensive, some as high as $3,500 per night. Why not book a suite on the Silver Wind instead and pay just over $1,000 per couple per night, including all meals, beverages, and gratuities? This itinerary also includes stops on Arab-inflected Zanzibar, Creole-flavored Réunion Island, and coral-ringed Mauritius, plus five days at sea—during which you can make the most of the impeccable service from the 212 crew members. Expect caroling and eggnog on board for Christmas, and an outdoor party with dancing under the stars for New Year's Eve—for $200 extra per person (800-722-9955; silversea.com).

Value Cruises: Indian Ocean islands

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