Short and Sweet
Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Road trips & flights are cool too. But EVERYONE does it. So I decided to ditch those boring flights and took a luxury cruise to Goa instead.
If you're heading to Goa for a solo trip or even better, with your gang of friends, I'd say take the cruise because what an amazing experience it was. I chose to travel to Goa by Jalesh Cruises, India's biggest premium luxury cruise. It docks at Mumbai's International Cruise Terminal and I had to head here to embark on the ship. This was my first ever cruise & what an awesome experience it was!
The cruise was just like they show in Hollywood movies. With a length of 145 meters, it can house 1,670 people at a go. Since I am someone who harbors a strong sense of curiosity, I decided to walk my way and explore the entire ship (it's a good 6.5 km long)!
I've done my fair share of travelling to Goa by train and even by road, but the cruise served me perfectly because this time, I wanted to travel in style. This particular line of cruises travels to various domestic ports in India and sails across international waters too.
The cruise line offers 4 types of accommodation - the Interior Rooms, the Ocean View Rooms, the Balcony Rooms and the Mini Suite. The Balcony room is more spacious than the first two and I chose this one because it allowed me my own balcony view of the ocean (sweet!).
However, if you're in the mood to go all out, I'd suggest you pick the Mini Suite, which not only boasts of a king-size bed but also of a cozy sitting area coupled with a balcony. Pick this if you're a group of three.
The cruise ship boasts of 9 bars, a food court and signature Asian and Indian restaurants (one each). You can find some of the best breakfast options at the food court and the Waterfront is known for dishing out some of the best Indian cuisine (uh huh). Last but not least is the super popular Chopstix where I had some delicious Asian/Chinese entrees and mains for dinner.
I've seen movies. I know that the best part about cruise ships is the entertainment on board. What Jalesh Cruises absolutely nails is the array of entertainment they pose at your disposal. From budding DJs, to international performers, they even have your classic casino. This one's called Deltin Casino and in here, I had all of my Bond fantasies come true. They even host musicals and Broadway shows.
The cruise line also boasts of a gym and a spa which is precisely what I needed because I am very particular about my fitness regime. I even got my hair done at their onboard salon!
So the next time Goa's calling, take the sea-nic route, just like I did.
This article is written in sponsorship with Jalesh Cruises.