How about travelling to different countries every day? Taste new kinds of food with unique spices from the local market of every city you visit? Does the thought leave you amicable and, at the same time, wonder as to how would that be possible? Well, here is the little secret. The award-winning cruise line Royal Caribbean International is bringing in the newest and biggest cruise ship in Asia, Spectrum of the Seas, and the innovative Explorer of the Seas, to Indian shores. These ships will operate out of the country between April and May this year, offering guests an opportunity to sail to and from India to some exotic destinations across Asia.
1,141 feet long and accommodating 4,819 guests, the Spectrum of the Seas is the largest ship ever to sail the Indian shores. The first of the Quantum Ultra class of ships comes with a lot of firsts. It lets its guests explore their adventurous side with a bungee trampoline. The two-level 2,809 sq ft Ultimate Family Suite accommodates 11 guests and has innovative dining and drinking concepts on offer. The ship also has iFly by RipCord, a skydiving simulator, and FlowRider, which is a surfing simulator to keep that adrenaline rushing.
The front end of the ship has a private enclave exclusive to suite guests, accessible using a private elevator, and a dedicated restaurant and lounge.
The 16-deck ship has multiple restaurants to ensure guests can enjoy global cuisines. The main dining room is across a staggering three levels. The cruise also offers incredible Japanese and Szechuan food as well as imaginative cuisines at places such as Wonderland and Jamie’s Italian (by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver). For coffee and tea lovers who enjoy reading, there is Leaf and Bean.
Don’t be surprised if you find robots instead of the usual bartenders mixing and serving your favourite cocktails at the Bionic Bar. If you wish to sing on top of your voice, you can walk up to the Star Moment, a fun karaoke venue.
Stargazers can do so much more apart from enjoying the usual view from the deck and the rooms. The North Star is a glass capsule that rises 300 feet above the ship, allowing guests to get a 360-degree view of the ocean and the cruise. The Guinness Book of World Records has declared the North Star as the highest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
The cruise sets sail for a 5N journey from Dubai to Mumbai via Muscat ($800 per person, including taxes, meals, entertainment and activities) from May 4-9; and a 9N Mumbai to Singapore via Kochi and Penang, Malaysia, route ($840 per person, including taxes, meals, entertainment and activities) from May 9–18.
Meanwhile, the Explorer of the Seas will sail out of India to destinations across continents: Singapore, Malaysia, Muscat and Dubai. For this year, pick between a 5N Singapore to Kochi via Penang cruise (April 13–18; from $608 per person, all inclusive) and a 6N Kochi to Dubai via Mumbai cruise (April 18–24; from $823 per person, all inclusive).
What are you waiting for? Hop on and head for a holiday to remember.
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