Oct 27 , 2013 Mumbai (Bombay), India (Embark)
Oct 28 Goa, India
Oct 29 At Sea
Oct 30 Kochi (Kochin), India
Oct 31 At Sea
Nov 01 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nov 02 At Sea
Nov 03 At Sea
Nov 04 Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Nov 05 At Sea
Nov 06 Patong Bay (Phuket), Thailand
Nov 07 Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi), Malaysia
Nov 08 At Sea
Nov 09, 2013 Singapore (Debark)
Goa, India: First Arabs and then Europeans traced the spice routes to Asia. Portuguese merchants seized land from the last Bijapur kings in the early 16th century – Lisbon was mad for silk, ginger, nutmeg and saffron. Goods traveled both directions and Goa received fine European merchandise as ships headed further east to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and China. Goa thrived. Portuguese merchants made the small commune capital of their South Asian holdings after Cochin lost that status. Together with several other enclaves (Diaman and Diu to the north), they carved out an Indian empire. SeaDream Land Adventures take you to visit a spice plantation and villa or join us on an exploration of Colonial Panjim and Old Goa.
Kochi (Kochin), India: Rivers from the Western Ghats empty into broad alluvial plains at the coast and local fields yield abundant crops – coconuts, rice, cashews and mango thrive in the tropical climate. No one is certain about the origins of the name Kochi, but in Malayam, the Dravidian Keralan language, Cochazhi means ‘small sea,’ and Kaci is ‘seaport.’ SeaDream guests have the option to explore the historic port city.
Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka (sree LAHN ka) wears an exotic veil decorated with elephants, spice, and precious gemstones. Some believe Adam’s Peak to be the very spot upon which Adam first trod after being cast down from heaven. After all, his footprint – or is it Buddha’s footprint? – is embedded in the summit. A modern enigma, Sri Lankan history is so long, it begins in legend. An important center of Theravada Buddhism, the island is home to the remarkable Temple of the Tooth at Kandy. SeaDream offers a full day excursion to the Pinnawela Elephant Reserve, an exploration of Colombo and Galle, as well as a visit to Kandy.
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The eastern half of South Andaman Island is a reservation for the Jarawa Tribe, a group that fiercely resists contact with outsiders to the present day. But foreigners did arrive. The first Western visitor was Marco Polo, who called the islands ‘land of the head-hunters,’ but what he found was a thick carpet of tropical rainforest that is habitat to a remarkable variety of rare birds and land animals. Port Blair is named for Lt. Reginald Blair, a British dispatch charged with surveying the land in 1789.
Patong Bay (Phuket), Thailand: Phuket is widely known for its fine resorts, but it also showcases traditional Thai culture. Sheer limestone crags thrust from scenic Phang Nga Bay off the island’s northern tip, creating a peaceful refuge from ‘it all.’ For another kind of Thai serenity, visit South Phuket’s Wat Chalong. Its Grand Pagoda, one of the island’s most revered sites, preserves a fragment of Lord Buddha’s bone. Join your fellow SeaDreamer’s for a Phang Nga cruise or find your inner James Bond aboard … an elephant! We have arranged several Land Adventure possibilities including an excursion to one of the island’s world-class golf resorts.
Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi), Malaysia: Long a secret backpacker’s destination, Pulau Langkawi, largest member of the 99-island Langkawi Archipelago is the doorway to Malaysia’s most spectacular jungle wilderness. Fairies once gathered in the ponds below Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) Waterfall, just 45-minutes from the port. According to local lore, the ponds’ curative powers spring from this magic.
Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew, first and longest reigning Prime Minister of Singapore, stepped down in 1990. Known as ‘father of Singapore,’ Mr. Lee’s guidance unquestionably created an economic marvel and model safe society out of a chaotic post-war, post-colonial state. The rules are tough, but clear. Jaywalkers are fined on the spot. Drop litter – and you pay (smokers beware!). Explore the city-state’s impressive modernity and tradition in its architecture. I.M. Pei’s striking Gateway and Moshe Safdie’s Marin Bay Sands point the way to the future, but don’t miss the handsome Old Parliament House.