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In Mumbai, Every Experience is Larger-Than-Life

Previously known as Bombay, and more recently as Bollywood-Mumbai pulsates with non-stop energy and excitement. And to think it all began with cotton. The British founded Mumbai as a colonial outpost for processing the much sought-after fabric . Nowadays, the vibrant metropolis doubles as India's financial powerhouse and Hindu filmmaking mecca. It happens to be the second most populous city on the planet, boasting a blend of many cultures.

In India, the ship is required to present all guest in person to Immigration Officials for inspection. We had assigned times to meet with Immigration in the Edelweiss Dining Room on deck 5. In order to be processed we needed to have our SeaPass card, copy of our passport and excursion ticket in hands. To leave the ship we also needed a Shore Leave Pass (yellow square stamped document). The Landing Card was collected upon our return to the ship.

Tonight's Entertainment: Darren Williams, International Award Winning Vocalist, pOperatic! - From Pop to Opera and everything in between. 6:30 pm

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Goa Unique in India

Day 13

Goa (Mormugao), India How can you resist a place whose local motto is "Sossegade," which translates to "Take it Easy"? Long a favorite destination for New Age travelers seeking the transcendent good life, these days Goa is more hip than hippie. High-end restaurants and shopping complement the dreamy beach life. Goa's historical atmosphere, shaped by a fascinating mix of Portuguese and Indian influences, is unique. The Portuguese were here for 500 years, and their presence can still be felt in customs like the siesta the Goans take every afternoon. Sossegade!

Strong Portuguese influences make Goa unique in India, and many major monuments are within walking distance of each other, making this part of Goa's history easy to explore. The Arch of the Viceroys, built in 1597, commemorates the arrival in Goa of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. St. Catherine's Cathedral, which took 80 years to build, is said to be larger than any church in Portugal itself. And if you're drawn to miracles, the Church and Convent of St. Monica Christon is home to an image of the crucified Christ which is said to have spoken and opened its eyes.

Goa is renowned for it's churches which have now become UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here you can explore the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St Francis Xavier lie, the largest Cathedral in South East Asia, Se Cathedral and St Cajetan, modeled on St Peters in Rome. Also drive through the Panjim city area en-route back to the ship.

Inspite of the shades of Portuguese culture, you can find beautiful temples in Goa. Theses temples are known for their simple architecture and innate beauty. These temples look more beautiful due to the presence of Betel nut trees and coconut trees, hills and lakes. The main famous temples are Shri Chandreshwar Temple, Sri Mangeshi Temple, Sri Ganpati Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Shanta Durga Temple, Devaki Krishna Temple, Sri Nagesh Maharudra Temple and Shri Ananta Temple etc. Apart from these Hindu temples, you will find some gorgeous churches as well. Some of these churches are Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis, Church of St. Cajatan, Se Cathedral Church, Church of Mae de Dens etc.

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Village Tour

Day 12

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Discover a Little of Everything in Cochin

Day 11 - Today we are in Cochin, India - Ship's

Known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea" Fort Cochin was the first European colonial settlement in India. Located on India's south-west coast - right smack on the spice route - it was just a matter of time before Cochin became an important trading hub. Nearly five centuries later, Cochin led the pack once more, only this time to shred its colonial ties and join the Indian Unionin 1947. By then the Portuguese, Dutch and British had long made their mark, giving the city its distinct European feel. But even so, Chinese fishing nets still line the shores, tropical fruit grow rampart in the fields and the scent of exotic spices fills the air.

Today is Mothers Day - Today's weather forecast - High temperature: 87 degrees F. - Sunrise: 6:05am Sunse:6:38pm

India - Visa Required before leaving for India

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