October 2011; all tickets, port directions emailed (can see nothing left to chance) December 11th 2011, embarcation day, arrived at port in Mumbai as printed on our Aamara cruise sheet, no messing with customs, bank cards copied,passports,plain sailing!!!
On-board, greeted with a glass of bubbly, very helpfull staff, proceeded to our stateroom; WOW, huge king sized bed, good sized room,plenty of storage, shower a "wee" bit small, but can;t have everything! Veranda was great had table 2 chairs, some cruise lines 2 plastic chairs!!! Fresh fruit in the room, so off we sail leaving Mumbai (which we loved!)
First things first !! bar package, despite reading bad things like $40 per day pp, this was not so $19.00 pp wine, beer package.
Discovery restaurant was our first night, service and food was fab. either a set menu /al-a-carte.
12th docked in Goa, we booked a trip old town, met in the cabaret lounge,everything nice smooth laid back. Goa, very interesting well worth a trip.
On-board we found Windows Cafe, Oooooooh! sat outside at the stern of the ship for our lunch/ evening meal's (infact every night after we just loved it + great guitar music by Simon. Wine flowed freely during lunch/dinner didn't have to request that your glass be re-filled it was "magic", my husband had beer so the beer package saved us a lot!
Food in the buffet varied every night a differant theme. Ever palate catered for.
13th. At sea, your choice do I lounge about,play triva,wine course,scrap booking, shopping (YES) or even the Gym if you are so dedicated on holiday!!!
14th. docked in Cochin where we had pre-booked or tour (advisable as some were booked out!) spice farm with lunch, How interesting was that, taken into this rainforrest area where a local guide explained /medicinal/flavours of various plants, a demonstration by a local man climbing a coconut palm,though disappointed no one in our group volunteered to give it a go! Lunch at the spice farm, the flavours lamb curry, spicy beanie thing,chicken with tumeric,cummin,oh yum, dancing by the local girls.
15th,16th 2 days at sea some of the passengers booked to go overland to Agra then meet up with the ship in Madras.
So busy on board never complain that you would be bored:-)
Fresh fruit still daily in our cabin and all soft drinks (free) replenished daily!
Cabaret lounge very good well presented shows (not like 1 ship shan't mention the name where fashion shows are the norm!!)
How one accumalates laundry on holiday ( my husband said throw it away buy new!!) Laundry deck 7 best news ever 4 washers 4 dryers free + 2 irons. Walzed in one day 4 ladies in all Ozzies wow did we have a laugh it was mentioned was mentioned we should meet up on certain days (laundry bonding)
We had occasion to go to the medical centre as we forgott our mozzie repellant, so were given some anti-histamine cream, & spray all for the measly sum of $5, now as we know in ozz meds are expensive, infact should have left all mine at home and purchased on board!
17th Madras Had a little hiccup disembarking for a tour due to Indian customs changing schedule at the last minute, each port regulations seemed to change!
That evening We had a white nght on the pool deck must wear something white so easy!, well the staff must have worked damned hard that pm, cos it was a mass of asian decorations and a carved dragon out of ice, carved fruit was spectacular
. We had the local Indian dancers one I believe was only 15yrs old, it was brilliant.
18th,19th,20th at sea, lots of activities still,great library on board honour system,internet access which I thought a little expensive especially as rather slow! ( my only little gripe for the whole cruise)
BBQ Officers; No not THE officers, they did a great job,( though "babe" the pig worried me a little:-)
21st Phuket,remember the Tsunami? You wouldn't know! Well 12 mile coach trip temple, well worth it spectacular Asian temple not just another (ABC) as the Ozzie's put it work that out!! Small shops near the temple (of course) where I had great joy in bartering of some Thai pants and a sarong, bought the 2 for $6!
Cabaret, great show by the crew,well done. Cruise director Tony well suited for that job personality wise.
22nd at sea boo,hoo nearly over, well last night up to the glasshouse for a show, then back for dinner at the windows cafe,last time for Simon and his great music.
After 5 other cruises disembarkation was a breeze, so well planned, even Azamara staff to assist us at customs right out to the taxi bay, well done and we will be back next year for our "magical experience!!