The “Colors of India, between Yin and Yang” itinerary provides a unique cultural trip with the possibility of dividing the cruise into two distinct seven day segments, with flights to Male and Mumbai.
From 15 December 2016 to 10 March 2017, the exclusive journey around the Indian Ocean will start in the Maldives, where the ship will remain for two days. Costa Cruises have partnered with Paradise Island Resort, where guests can enjoy the white sandy atoll, blue waters and coral reef.
Leaving Male, the ship continues to Sri Lanka where guests will embark at Colombo. Guests will visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, one of the best-known attractions of the island, home to more than 60 elephants.
From Colombo, the cruise journeys to India where the first stop will be Goa, famous for its spectacular beaches and for its Portuguese colonial architecture, as well as being one of the 21 hotspots of biodiversity in the world. Guests will be able to choose from a number of excursions, including a tour of the old city and of the capital, Panjim, and a visit to the Basilica de Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From Goa, guests will continue on to Mumbai, where the ship will stop for two days to allow guests to fully savour the distinctive contrasts of the city. Guests can visit the main attractions, including the Banganga Tank.
Heading back down the Indian coast, the journey will continue to New Mangalore before arriving at Cochin in the federal state of Kerala. The ship will stop for another two days, giving guests time to explore the village of Kumbalangi and enjoy a houseboat ride in the Kerala Backwaters. Costa neoClassica will then return to Male or guests can embark at Mumbai.