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Mumbai - Hotel Stay
Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is home to grand colonial architecture, such as the iconic Gateway of India arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
Mumbai - Embark Costa Victoria
Following its recent makeover, the Costa Victoria is full of charm and stunning design elements including the glass Emilio Tadini mosaics. There are elegant areas for fun and relaxation, from the Grand Bar and Casino to the Spa, and new drinks and gourmet areas, including the Aperol Spritz Bar, the Gourmet Burger, the Pizzeria Pummid'oro and the Tapas and Paella Restaurant.
The huge metropolis of Mumbai has an infectious energy about it. As a major financial centre and hub for India’s successful film industry, it’s been called the city of dreams for aspiring actors. With an overnight in port, you can enjoy some of India’s premier restaurants and nightlife and you may even spot a Bollywood star!
By day many guests prefer to relax by one of the three lovely pools, or enjoy an invigorating soak in one of the four whirlpools. Or you could spend time in the tranquil spa with its pool area, treatment rooms, sauna and Turkish bath after a work out on the jogging track or the well-equipped modern gym.
Mangalore is a bustling city in India surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountains. Highlights include a fascinating artisan village and the Kadri Manjunath Temple, known for its bronze statues. If the opportunity allows, head to Tannirbhavi Beach, famed for its beautiful sunsets.
Cochin’s rich trading past is reflected in its striking architecture where you’ll see British, Portuguese, Dutch and Chinese influences. At sunset you may catch a glimpse of local fisherman casting their vast Chinese fishing nets in the backwaters of Kerala.
With a massive selection of bars and lounges on Costa Victoria, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Whether you want to enjoy a quiet drink with some gentle music in the background or you really want to let your hair down, there are quiet and lively bars to suit all tastes.
Your next stop is the Maldives, a tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean with idyllic beaches and warm cerulean waters, perfect for water sports or lazy beach days. Each of the 26 ring-shaped natural atolls are unique, offering their own combination of palm trees, beaches, lagoon and reef.
During your three days in port, you could explore Male, the capital of the Maldives. Overlooked by brightly coloured buildings and home to narrow streets lined with lively markets, shops, historic mosques and restaurants; the city is a bustling, sharp difference to the nearby laidback islands of gleaming white sand, swaying palms and crystal waters.
Take a boat trip to explore these pearl-string like islands that each have their own Maldivian character. As well as sand, sea and sun, you’ll find a rich culture and heritage, with influences from Africa, Arabia and Asia that are evident in local handicrafts, cuisines and dance. So whether you’re after cosmopolitan charms or paradise-like scenery, this destination offers you the best of both worlds.
The best of Italian and international fine dining can be enjoyed with fellow cruise guests in traditional style at two sittings in the gorgeous main restaurants, the Sinfonia and Fantasia, where delicious pasta dishes are a speciality. More casual dining is on offer in the Bolero buffet restaurant and the ship’s popular pizzeria.
Sri Lanka’s hectic capital is the gateway to the island’s beaches, tea trails and elephant safaris. However there’s more to this historic city than the industrial port that shipped tea around the globe and honking tuktuks weaving through the traffic. Take in Colombo’s stunning colonial architecture; markets with fragrant spices and colourful silks and lush parks where snake charmers still entertain passers-by.
As evening falls, you’ll find lavish and hugely enjoyable stage shows in the sumptuous and comfortable two-tiered Festival Theatre as well as live music, comedy and game shows in the various bars and lounges, which are artistically designed and luxuriously decorated.
Laidback, sunny and spicy; Goa is just as well suited to those who want to relax on the beach or practice yoga. A dizzying and intoxicating blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures and cuisine; the island’s biggest lure is its wonderful golden beaches.
You’ll return to this friendly energetic city with a fast pace of life. Take the ferry across to Elephanta Island with its rock-cut temples, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This labyrinth of cave temples has an other-worldly quality with Shiva statues and a mystical atmosphere.
Mumbai - Disembark Costa Victoria and Hotel Stay
Today you’ll say goodbye to Costa Victoria and disembark for a one night hotel stay. Explore some of Mumbai’s colonial architecture around the streets of Colaba or near Churchgate, or visit its temples and bazaars to get a true sense of its spirit. Later head to Marine Drive to watch the sunset, one of the best places to chill and relax.
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