Get On A Cruise From Mumbai To Maldives This November
It’s kind of amazing that you can get on a luxurious, floating vessel from Mumbai to Maldives, and yet, it’s not a piece of news that has broken the city’s internet.
Maldives is a delightfully pretty nation of small islands (yep, an archipelago), with a greater degree of sophistication than one would expect. The country housed the world’s first underwater restaurant, underwater nightclub and underwater spa!
About the ship
The cruise takes place on a vessel called the Costa NeoClassica. It offers travelers 3 types of accommodation: namely interior, ocean view, and suite. Cabin prices to Maldives start at Rs 37,499 per head for an interior and Rs 47,499 for an ocean view.
This includes boarding on the ship as it sails to the Maldives, and all meals – a full breakfast as well as buffet lunch and dinner. Also included are entertainment acts, including musical stage shows and special guest entertainers. If you feel like staying in, there’s a selection of films available on the TV in your cabin, as well as on bigger screens around the ship.
The ship also offers shopping from on-board boutiques and a chance to win that money back from the house casino. The play area for children is a bonus, making the Costa NeoClassica a family-friendly space.
Additional entertainment includes a nightclub to dance the night away and a spa to relax and recover.
Day 1 – 25th November
The Costa NeoClassica ports at Mumbai.
Guests can board the ship to experience a mini staycation. You can begin pampering yourself by indulging in spa treatments and shopping from the boutiques, or watch a performance or film to ease into your vacation. If it’s your first time on a ship, it would be refreshing to explore the vessel and get a sense of its layout.
Day 2 – 26th November
After spending the day docked in India’s city of dreams, the ship begins sailing at 9 PM.
Day 3 – 27th November
As the ship spends time out at sea, passengers can explore on-board activities like performances and shows. You can sip on a cocktail while reading a new book while lying down on a deck chair by the sea breeze, and call it a night after partying at the nightclub.
Day 4 – 28th November
The ship reaches Mangalore at around 7 AM.
If you’re seeking architecture and spirituality, do visit the Mangaladevi Temple and St. Aloysius Chapel, both centrally located. The coastal city offers delightful food, with dishes like Fish Pulimunchi and Chicken or Crab Ghee Roast. Kudlas is a reliable restaurant to try these traditional specialties. Panambur Beach is our pick for an early evening walk or water sports.
The ship departs Mangalore at 6 PM.
Day 5 – 29th November 2017
The ship reaches Kochi at 8:30 AM.
Kochi (colonially named Cochin) is the vibrant commercial capital of Kerala, a state hailed as ‘God’s Own Country‘ for its scenic beauty. The coast is filled with Chinese Fishing Nets, which have become an icon many associate the city with. Take a quaint stroll along the Fort Kochi Beach to see them. St. Francis Church is a must-visit, for being the oldest European church in India after completion in 1503.
The ship departs Kochi at 6 PM.
Day 6 – 30th November
Spend the day on-board, taking in the entertainment and food on offer. The Costa NeoClassica also has fine-dine restaurants on board in case you want to try something new.
Day 7 – 1st December
Kick-off December by reaching Male at 7 AM.
The capital city of the Maldives is the base for both, financial and political drivers of the nation. Surprisingly, Malé is also one of the most densely-populated cities on our planet. With a width of 1 km and the length of 1.7 km, you could walk around the island in about an hour. Often disregarded as a transit port, the city offers a very unique local character with graffiti-lined streets, colourful buildings, and an intangible community-friendly vibe from the locals.
Neighbouring islands Hulhumalé and Vilingili are worth a visit for postcard shots of the city, as well as for some respite from how dense the island can begin to feel. The former is a recently reclaimed artificial island.
Most of the sights of Malé are concentrated on the northern part of the island, like the Republic Square (Jumhoorree Maidhaan) or the Islamic Centre to its south. The gold-domed mosque is the largest in the Maldives and can accommodate up to 5000 people.
The Friday Mosque was built in the early 17th century, and does not allow non-Muslims without prior permission. Most pictures of it show an elegant, almost sparking white façade, although it’s the mosque’s insides that inspire most curiosity.
The Costa NeoClassica docks in Mumbai on 25th November and reaches Maldives on the 1st of December. Flights back to Mumbai are not a part of the package.
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