Nov 8, 2022

"A place where you enjoy your sea-cation in a city on the sea with lots of panoramic views of the ocean, and will certainly have lifetime and memorable experience." - Quote about 'Cordelia Cruises in India' - Sachin Kumar Gupta 

 If you are searching for some information about Cordelia cruise experience, like what's inside, what you shouldn't miss and what you must remember before on-boarding the cruise. You are at the right place. For the experience, you have to be on top of the cruise in person, no photos/videos could ever give you the feelings to sail on the cruise. 

 Don't forget to read Part 1 of this, where I have written more about 'What's inside the Cordelia Cruise'.

What you shouldn't miss at Cordelia Cruise: 

The cruise has few of its own production shows, which is not to be missed like - 'Balle Balle'.

Magician Show by Tejas.

Enjoy unforgettable, Indian Cine-magic performances to songs hand-picked from India's most iconic films.

The exotic 'Burlesque Show' set to the Bollywood music for 18+ adults only. You can also plan to purchase tickets for Twilight movie being held at 'Cordelia Academy' during the same time, if you are with kids.

Star Gazing from top or 10th Deck.

Try your luck in games in Casinos.

You can also get a lot of exclusive paid activities booked for yourself or the kids – which include fun games like Tambola.

Take some photos at entry by photographers as memories of a lifetime, which you can get at cruise later during your sail times.

What to do/remember:

EU/Universal power adapter to recharge your mobile, cam battery, etc. As Indian charging points aren't available in cabin.

Make sure to do online check-in 24-48 hours earlier for seamless experience.

Reach early at Green Gate (Colaba, Mumbai) for Check in (at least 4 hours before Cruise depart time), as It is long process due to many reasons. Enjoy the lunch too at cruise, if you are reaching early.

Even if you have taken full package, Top up your card during check-in for exclusive shows, games, food, drinks, etc, as nothing would be done in Cash/Card but via pre top-up 'Cabin Card' which is also your room key-card. Else you might need to top up your card again at Cruise (where you might feel standing in queue at time to time).

Have ample of sleep before, so you can plan your time accordingly, and enjoy the most.

Get your schedule of everyday from reception, in case you don't find it in your cabin, to enjoy the fullest.

Keep attention to periodic announcements for the activities that are ongoing and where upcoming ones will be held.

Wi-Fi facility is available on the cruise. But you can choose to disconnected with the world to have internet-free experience. Just capture the videos and photos for your memories.

Remember based on your package, where you have free entry.

Keep drinking lots of water regularly.

You will get hand soap, and shampoo only. You need to bring your own other toiletries - shower gel, shaving kit, toothpaste, and brush, etc.

Chose floor 6th or 7th for walk and photos during daytime, as you can be saved from direct sun heat at 10th or top deck, which has similar views.

There are a variety of food options available on the cruise. You can also choose, where you want to have your food. Do you want a royal restaurant or a sea view dinner, or Starlight Restaurant, all up to you and your mood. 

The hospitality and the staff of the cruise is so humble and always ready to help. Everything on the cruise was well-defined and clearly pointed out at every place with directions. Trust me, if you love to travel and want to have an unique experience, I would HIGHLY recommend Cordelia cruise if you are considering this at all for any excursions available. The Empress is now cruising the West and East coast of India, both national & international trips. It is right fit for all ages and groups - whether you are a solo traveler, a romantic couple, a parent wishing for a holiday with little ones, or group travels with friends or company colleagues. 

If you would like to book Cordelia Cruise, you can check out their latest plan & packages on their official website, which also have various offers at time to time. 

"A place where you enjoy your sea-cation in a city on the sea with lots of panoramic views of the ocean, and will certainly have lifetime and memorable experience." - Quote about 'Cordelia Cruises in India' - Sachin Kumar Gupta

If you are searching for some information about Cordelia cruise experience, like what's inside, what you shouldn't miss and what you must remember before on-boarding the cruise. You are at the right place. For the experience, you have to be on top of the cruise in person, no photos/videos could ever give you the feelings to sail on the cruise. 

I have been looking for this since quite sometime. So, after a lot of research and consideration – we finally went on this trip which comes out to be an extra-ordinary trip. What an amazing cruise trip!!! We had very smooth experience in booking Cordelia cruise, which took us from Mumbai – Goa – Mumbai. Thanks to Pragnesh and Dhananjay for quick & smooth online bookings and support. 

Onboard the EMPRESS, Enjoy & elevate your staycation with lifetime experience with different choice of source and destination. You can choose 2 nights to 5 nights plans, where there are literally unlimited options to enjoy, relax and recharge.

Cruise Departure Ports:

  • Mumbai
  • Goa
  • Kochi
  • Chennai

Trending Cruise Destinations:

  • Goa
  • Lakshadweep
  • Mumbai
  • Vishakhapatnam
  • Chennai
  • Kochi

What's inside the Cordelia Cruise:

796 cabins

11 Decks

Food restaurants serving buffet and specialty restaurants. 

Bars, Nightclub & Lounges. 

Spa, Salon

Marquee Theater

Live bands & Musical Performances

Magic show by world class magician - Tejas 

Stateroom : There are different rooms available according to your preference. We chose Premier Ocean View room. 

Non-stop entertainment schedule

Many activities planned for kids at time to time. 

Reception area at 5th Deck 

5th Deck : Chairman's Club where you can enjoy live music, dance and instruments being played most of the time. 

Deck 6 : Casino ($) : Try your luck in Roulette, Black Jack, 3 Card Poker, Mini Flush, etc. 18+ Only. 

6th Deck - Connexions : Lot of workshops are being held here from time to time. Workshops include Magic Workshop, painting workshops, and others.

9th Deck : a library and a kid’s playing area.

10th Deck : It has a rock climbing area for the kids. There is a 'Dome' restaurant, which also has a gym above. The Dome Restaurant is a lounge bar, where you can drink and have food. 

Cordelia Academy : Let your children enjoy the time 

There is a swimming pool & bar too – where you can enjoy your drink with your partner, friend or family. Then you have a pool, which is available for both the kids as well as the adults. The DJ is always playing in this area.

Top 11th Deck : Sun deck is the topmost part of the ship, where you can enjoy a scenic views of the sea with sunset, sunrise – which are unforgettable and unbelievable at the same time. You can also do star gazing here at night. You can also come and do yoga, or practice exercises. 

There is a BIG screen available, which can be watched from 10th or top deck locations. We also enjoyed T20 World cup cricket match here. 

Click here for Part 2 of the post for 'what to remember', 'what you shouldn't miss in Cordelia Cruise' and many more photos. 

Jan 16, 2022

New Palace, Kolhapur is a palace situated in Kolhapur. One of the best preserved heritage places in Maharashtra as well as India. Being an excellent specimen of Indian architecture built in black polished stone, it has been an attraction for tourists. While visit to Goa, we took a halt at Kolhapur and visited this place. It is an historic building on the Bahvani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road and constructed during 1877–1884. 

Address : New Palace, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416003 

The whole palace is eight-angled and has a tower in the middle. On every glass are painted the events in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's life. The ground floor of the New Palace is converted into Museum. The magnificent Darbar Hall is in the center of this Palace and the ambiance has been recreated to give a glimpse of Maratha history and its regal splendor. This museum is dedicated to a fine collection of possessions of Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur like costumes, weapons, games, jewelry, embroidery and paraphernalia such as silver elephant saddles. There is also one of Aurangzeb's swords at the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum. One section has stuffed Tigers, Tiger heads, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, staring Wild Buffalo, Lion, Black Panther, Wild Boar, Black Buck, a number of other Deer varieties, and a Himalayan Black Bear.

Photography is strictly not allowed inside the museum. We took quite a few pics from outside. 

Even today, it is the residence of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaja, the direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja. Several tourists from across the country visit the New Palace every year. There is a small lake in the palace with an open zoo that has several migratory birds like flamingos. There are also peacocks, emus, spotted deer, geese. The zoo forms a good side attraction to the Museum which is a must for history buffs. Though one can visit the palace anytime, but best time to visit this palace is June to February.  

Oct 31, 2021

Lavasa is situated between the two metropolises of Mumbai and Pune. Check my old post about visit to Lavasa. This time around we stayed here for two nights, and had wonderful time with friends and family. 

Few of the famous activities to do in Lavasa: 
Morning trek in Lavasa Nature Trail : Entry point is near Ekaant restaurant. 
Lavasa Dam walk & drive : Sunset time
Lakeside Promenade walk : Feel like in Europe
Boating and other Water Sports activities (Timings when open : 10 AM to 6 PM.)
Sightseeing: Visit Temghar Dam And drive to other nearby places
Cycling is the another enjoyable way to explore the beauty of Lavasa.
Lots of people come here for their Pre-wedding shoot and photography. 

We did most of these activities this time. Enjoy some of the photographs during our visit. 

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