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Cruise from Mumbai to Goa

Discussion in 'Cruise' started by VinodL, Oct 29, 2016.

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  1. VinodL

    VinodL New Member

    I am interested in going on a short cruise, and I think I remember some years ago that someone mentioned a Mumbai to Goa Cruise.

    I would like some more details about this particular cruise, so if it is suitable and according to my needs and requirements and can go ahead and plan the trip.

    The details which I would like to know about the cruise from Mumbai to Goa are:

    1. How long does the cruise journey take?

    2. Are there packages available for the Mumbai to Goa Cruise?

    3. What is the cost for a return cruise journey?

    4. What kind of things are included in the itinerary?

    5. Where can we make the cruise bookings from?
     


  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hi, welcome to the forum!

    Cruise-Mumbai-to-Goa.
    Cruises from Mumbai to Goa

    Overview

    Back in 2010 up to 2011, Star Cruises operated a cruise ship sailing between Mumbai and Goa. It was, however, discontinued thereafter and since then, there are no direct cruise ships between Mumbai and Goa. Just last year, it was announced that ferry services are going to be resumed again, for Mumbai to Goa. According to the report, the supposed ferry services would begin by the end of March or April this year, 2017. As of now, there are still no information about these ferry services so your next best option would be cruise ships that pass by both Mumbai and Goa. In this guide, these are the cruise services that we would highlight and we would try to answer all the questions you have posted above as well.

    Cruise from Mumbai to Goa

    As mentioned above, there are no direct cruise ships nor ferries from Mumbai to Goa. For those longing to explore the vast Arabian sea to reach the Goan coastline, an alternative is to board the indirect cruise ships, that don't go directly from Mumbai to Goa, but do pass through these destinations. Since it would be too long of a journey to include the cruise ships that have European or American destinations, this guide would only highlight the cruise ships that have Middle East and Asian destinations, along with Mumbai and Goa.

    1. Costa Cruises - Costa Cruises was established in the 18th century, mainly as a cargo shipping company. It was only in the middle of the 19th century that the company converted its services, thereby making it a cruise ship one. Now, it is one of the largest Europe-based cruise companies, operating under the management of the Carnival Corporation. Aside from European countries, Costa Cruises also has many cruise destinations around Asia, including the city of Mumbai and the state of Goa.

    ★ Costa Neo Classica Cruise (Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, Male, Colombo, Mormugao and Mumbai) - This is the cruise package offered by Costa Cruises that covers both Mumbai and Goa. The cruise ship has several schedules for different months in the year 2017. On to the cruise ship itself, the Costa Neo Classica was built in the beginning of the 19th century. It can handle over 1,500 passengers, has over 600 cabins and 13 decks. There are four restaurants within the cruise ship, most offers Italian cuisine to guests. On-board facilities such as an amphitheatre, several bars, a star-gazing lounge, ballroom, spa, swimming pools and fitness centre are also available. Cabins have their own private bathroom, television, telephone and are fully air-conditioned.

    Cruise Package Details

    CategoryDetailOther Information
    Duration14 Nights & 15 DaysTwo-Way Cruise
    Places CoveredMumbai, Mangalore, Cochin, Male, Colombo, Mormugao and Mumbai Port Areas
    InclusionsAll Meals + Access to All FacilitiesDrinks Not Included
    RateInside Room at €1,397/Person (Rs. 99,000/Person)Additional Charge of €10 Per Day Per Adult (About Rs. 704/Day)
    Itinerary

    Your itinerary begins in the Mumbai Port, where you would be boarding the Costa Neo Classica. Departure time is usually about 21:00 in the evening from the Mumbai Port. You'd arrive in Mangalore in about 7:00 in the morning, wherein you can do some sightseeing prior to embarking on your sea journey for Cochin. Around 18:00 in the evening, the ship would depart from the Mangalore Port. You'd arrive in Cochin the next day, around 9:30 in the morning. The rest of the day is at your leisure though you can hire a guide as well to take you around the busy city of Kerala, Cochin. Reach the port around 18:00 in the evening and prepare for a long journey to Male. On your seventh day, you would have arrived in the capital of Maldives. You can spend your next two nights here, sightseeing and exploring the islands. On your ninth day, embark on your journey to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka and spend your eleventh day here. The twelfth day would be spent transferring back to Mumbai via Goa. Spend a whole day in Goa before transferring back to Mumbai proper.

    2. Azamara Club Cruises - Azamara Club Cruises is a Miami-based cruise ship company. Though fairly newer, their services and ships are of top-notch quality. Azamara Club Cruises has destinations around Europe, Australia and Asia. They mainly have two ships, namely: the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey. For their Asian destinations, it is mostly the Azamara Journey that is being utilised.

    ★ 15 Night Spices, Teas and Rubber Trees (Dubai, Mumbai, Mormugao, Cochin, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore) - This is the cruise package offered by the Azamara Club Cruises that covers both Mumbai and Goa. For this year, the sailing months of this ship for this route is from November to December. On to the ship itself, it was built just in the year 2000, but was acquired by the Azamara Club Cruises just in 2006. It has a capacity to handle over 650 passengers and over 300 crews. It has six restaurants, which feature both Italian and International cuisines. On-board lounges, bars, a casino, spa and shopping areas can also be found. Cabins are very elegant though not that spacious, the ones with sea views are priced higher as well.

    Cruise Package Details

    CategoryDetailOther Information
    Duration15 Nights & 16 DaysOne-Way Cruise
    Places CoveredDubai, Mumbai, Mormugao, Cochin, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Port Areas
    InclusionsAccess to All FacilitiesLounges, Restaurants and Spa
    RateClub Interior at $3,999/Person (Rs. 262,554/Person)Sea View Rooms and Suites with Higher Rate
    Itinerary

    The cruise begins in Dubai where the ship departs at around 22:00 in the evening. For those coming in from Mumbai, this part can be skipped. But the journey from Dubai to Mumbai by sea takes around three days. You would reach Mumbai on your fourth day at around 5:00 in the morning. Of course, for those coming in from Mumbai, they won't need to do some sightseeing around here. But make sure you board the ship by 21:00 in the evening as it departs for Mormugao in Goa. You'd reach Mormugao the next day at about 13:00 in the afternoon. Explore the attractions and beaches around Goa but be back at the port around 22:00 as it departs for Cochin.

    It takes around a day to reach Cochin from Goa. You'd arrive early in the morning thereafter in Cochin where you can do some sightseeing. By late evening, you would again board the ship to embark on a journey for Colombo. You would arrive the day after and you would have two days at your leisure to spend here. The journey to reach Kuala Lumpur from Colombo takes around three days. On arrival, you'd have a whole day to explore Kuala Lumpur before finally, departing for Singapore.

    Since this is a one-way journey, you can just double the fare rate mentioned above to know the return journey price. You can also opt to just book a flight for your way back home to Mumbai.

    Conclusion

    As of now, there are still no direct cruise services from Mumbai to Goa. Perhaps, in the near future, such services would resume, along with the much awaited ferry services from Mumbai to Goa. It's not really ideal nor affordable to try out these indirect cruise services which incorporate Mumbai and Goa into their destinations. But if ever you do want to visit the Maldives, or maybe Colombo, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, you can opt for such packages. Until then, we'll keep you posted for further announcements about cruise services from Mumbai to Goa.

    I hope this helps you!:)
     

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