India & Indian Ocean Cruises
The diverse, colourful and fascinating cultures and the exotic and flawless nature of the many countries and islands that compose the Indian Ocean.
India is a spectacular, spiritual sublime. Some of the world's most astounding architecture can be found in this area, ranging from the Taj Mahal to the Royal Palace. Beautifully scenic landscapes contribute to India's lasting impression on tourists. The Himalaya Mountains are amongst the most talked about mountain ranges in the world, they can be easily accessed during your exploration of this mind-stirring country.
The limitless diversity of this region allows for constant discovery of cultures, landscapes and traditions that will remain in your memory long after you leave the Indian shores. Along the coast of India lies the Indian Ocean which is emerging as a thriving cruise destination. This ocean borders a vast array of countries ranging from Southern and South East Asian countries to Australia which allows for a huge variety of destinations to please all individual preferences.
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and should definitely be on your must-see list when visiting the island. The city used to be known as 'the garden city of the East' and though unlikely to reclaim this moniker, it is still a compelling place. The colonial architecture of the Fort, the lively markets of Pettah and growing number of stylish galleries and shops make Colombo an excellent start or finish to your Sri Lankan expedition. The ever-growing number of eateries serving anything from Sri Lankan to street food, is another reason travellers are starting to flood to the city.
Benoa is a popular holiday destination located in the southern region of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Benoa beach, lined with coconut trees and huts, is the perfect place to enjoy exciting water-sports, or to relax and sunbathe with a cold drink in your hand. Benoa itself is a small fishing village, which offers tranquility and a unique island charm.
Salalah is the capital of the Dhofar region in Oman. This subtropical city lays on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is famous for its coconut-fringed beaches. Khareef - the rainy season, starts mid-June and brings monsoon clouds that constantly drizzle until mid-August, transforming the city into an oasis of misty pastures. Visitors find it hard to believe that they are in the heart of the Arabian desert. Salalah is a good starting point for numerous excursions.
Phuket is located in southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea. The country's largest island is well renowned for its marvelous white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, colorful fish and coral reefs, but Phuket is also full of vibrant nightlife and great tourist attractions. Visit Laem Phromthep at the island's southern tip to watch the stunning sunset, see the great work being done at Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, or laze around and do nothing but relax on the 8km long Hat Bang Thao beach.
Perth is the fourth most populous Australian city with a population of about 2.02 million people. The city is full of restaurants, cafes and offers a lively nightlife. The city is blessed with numerous sandy beaches, not far away is the Cottersloe beach, where you can not only swim, but also go snorkelling and diving. There is a distinctly laid-back vibe about the city, with the big-city attractions blending with informal surroundings. Perth Zoo, is just 5 minutes from the city centre and offers the opportunity to see Australian wildlife up-close at the Australian Walkabout exhibit.
The tropical island of Penang lies on the west coast of Malaysia. The capital, Georgetown is a registered UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008. There are numerous temples, mosques and churches on the island. Of particular interest is the Ke Lok Si, the largest Chinese temple in Malaysia. Penang is known as a region of diversity and is often seen as a connection between Europe and Asia. Some argue that Penang offers the best food Malaysia has to offer and the island is fondly referred to as the 'Pearl of the Orient'.
The paradise island of Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 35 km from the mainland and is the third largest island of the country. The interior of the island is covered by an impressive mountain landscape, while the coast is charactarized by fine-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and a fascinating underwater world. A snorkeling trip is definitely to be considered!
Bali lies between the Indian and the Pacific oceans and is known as the "Island of the Gods". In addition to the beautiful beaches, the Indonesian island is home to volcanoes. A must-visit of Bali are its temples. The most famous is the "Tanah Lot" temple which is located on the southern part of the island, right on the water.
The Indian port city of Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is located on the island of Salsette, off the west coast of Maharashtra. Mumbai is not only India's economic center and fashion powerhouse it is also one of the most populous cities in the world with an estimated 14 million residents. It is home to theaters, unique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster hang-outs and some of the country's prime restaurants and nightlife. 'Bollywood' is also located in Mumbai - you can take a tour around Film City or be an extra in one of the upcoming movies.
Kochi is located in southwestern India on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The city's shores have attracted traders and travellers for over 600 years, making it to a melting pot of cultures it is today. You will find an ancient mosque standing alongside a 400 year old synagogue, Portuguese houses and giant fishing nets from China, British colonial and modern Keralan artifacts - these all make up one delightful city. Kochi is divided into small islands that are all linked by a network of ferries and bridges.
The city of Semarang is the ideal place to take a trip to the Borobudur Buddhist temple, which is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia. The temple is thousands of years old and fell into obscurity before it was rediscovered and cleaned out in the 19th Century.
The second largest city of Indonesia has a population of 2.7 million and is situated in East Java. See the Masjid Al Akbar Surabaya, one of the largest mosques in southeast Asia and the beautiful Gereja Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria, the oldest church in the city.
Broome is located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. In recent years Broome has become a popular Australian destination with Cable Beach offering numerous luxury holiday resorts. Visitors can enjoy camel rides along the beach, catch an outdoor movie and many more fun activities. Broome is often referred to as "the pearl" of the Kimberley region and there are many pearl farms located in the area which are available to the public to visit.
Durban is situated on the Indian Ocean on the east coast of South Africa. Durban is South Africa's second biggest city, with slightly more than 3 million inhabitants, and is one of the most important industrial cities in the country. The beaches and the subtropical climate make Durban a popular spot for vacationers from around the world. Watersport enthusiasts will be extremely impressed by the activities on offer and the cultural side of the city boasts many museums, theatres and botanical gardens.
The splendour of the Indian Ocean not only lies within India itself but spans over various continents.
Some highly frequented ports include; Perth (Fremantle), Durban (South Africa), Mumbai (India) and also Singapore. This vast Ocean also contains some of the most paradisiacal islands on the planet. Locations such as the Seychelles, the Maldives and Mauritius are counted among the most popular tourist destinations worldwide and all call the Indian Ocean home.
Moreover, the beautiful Lakshadweep coral atolls, reefs and Sri Lanka’s unique flora and fauna all combine to make this one of the most untainted locations in the world.
Cruises to India Itself
India’s majesty is a result of its auspicious past steeped in spirituality and rich culture. India has thrived by repeatedly adapting and reshaping itself. It is constantly producing new forms of culture and absorbing new influences. Within India, there are numerous ports which are frequented by the most renowned cruise companies such as Mumbai (or Bombay) where Bollywood comes alive and energy pervades the streets. This bustling metropolis is both multicultural and traditionally Indian. Other ports include Cochin, a natural harbour, which was once the focal point for the Indian spice trade. Here you can explore the many palaces, museums, and forts of the city as part of an exciting onshore excursion.
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