Eastern Sunsets 1
Eagle Square & harbour view. Langkawi, Malaysia.
Port Blair, Andaman Islands
Seema Malaka temple on Beira Lake. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
St Lawrence Minor Basilica, Karkala, Mangalore, India
Gateway of India, Mumbai Harbour, Mumbai, India.
Eastern Sunsets 1 is one of the most varied Asia Cruises, treating you to a trip of contrasts. One day you’ll be sunbathing on a remote island, and the next you’ll be exploring vast metropolises. This trip, which takes you from Malaysia to Dubai, is one you’ll remember forever.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1-2 – Langkawi, Malaysia
Departs: 16:00 (Day 2)
Langkawi is a forested island off the coast of Malaysia, with a coastline of gorgeous beaches.
Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll take a free 30-minute transfer to your ship. Get some rest and spend the next day exploring.
Why not keep things simple and book a shore excursion with Marella Cruises to fill up your time. There are lots on offer, including a catamaran cruise around the nearby islands. This includes a beach stop and barbecue lunch.
Day 3 – At Sea
Spend the day relaxing onboard Marella Discovery, getting over the last of your jetlag. Soak up the sun on a lounger by the vast outdoor pool, or get a treatment at Oceans Gym and Spa.
In the evening, visit the al fresco outdoor cinema by the pool, ‘Movies by Moonlight.’
Day 4 – Port Blair, Andaman Islands
Time in Port: 08:00 – 18:00
Port Blair is the capital of the beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands. While the town itself isn’t particularly scenic, it’s a good place to experience authentic island life. Take a tuk tuk to the Cellular Jail or the Murugan Temple.
However, to experience the beauty of the Andamans, it’s best to take a shore excursion. Take a 35-minute transfer to Corbyn’s Cove, where you can swim in the glassy ocean.
Day 5-6 – At Sea
With two days at sea, it’s time to experience some of Marella Discovery’s state of the art facilities. Get active on the outdoor climbing wall or the jogging track. Practice your swing on the mini-golf course or try your hand in the casino.
There are lots of dining options on offer. Islands is your main buffet area for quick and easy dining. If you fancy something a little more special, Glass House’s evening tapas menu is also highly recommended.
Day 7 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Time in port: 08:00 – 17:00
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka, an island of ancient ruins, beaches, and mountains. The city’s historical district, Fort, is only a 15-minute walk away. Near the Lighthouse Clock Tower you’ll find The Ministry of Crab, the city’s best seafood restaurant.
Shore excursions will help you see the best sights the city has to offer. You can also leave Colombo behind for Sri Lanka’s villages, rivers and beaches.
Day 8-9 – Cochin, Kerala
Time in port: 06:00 (Day 8) – 18:00 (Day 9)
The next stop on your Eastern Sunsets 1 itinerary is Cochin, the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. If you’re exploring independently, you’ll need to grab a taxi from port. In 20 minutes, you’ll arrive at the picturesque historic centre (comprised of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry).
Saunter along the lanes of Mattancherry, renowned for its antique stalls. On Fort Kochi’s shoreline you’ll see the famous cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.
Kerala’s top attraction is a vast network of canals and lakes, known as the backwaters. Take the Alleppey Houseboat tour to explore them on a converted rice barge. A delicious Keralan lunch is included.
Day 10 – Mangalore, India
Time in Port: 08:00 – 17:00
This coastal city is renowned for its amazing seafood, so make sure you tuck into a fish curry or two when you visit. It’s surrounded on both sides by pristine beaches – one being a 25-minute walk from the port.
Take a shore excursion to discover off-the-beaten track gems of this sprawling city, such as millennia-old temples and the region’s trademark cashew factories.
Day 11 – Mormugao, Goa
Time in Port: 08:00 – 18:00
The bijou coastal state of Goa packs in serene beaches, upbeat nightlife, and Portuguese-inspired architecture in the UNESCO-designated capital of Panaji.
Disembarking at Mormugao, you’re within easy reach of Goa’s attractions, which can be reached by rickshaw or taxi. The port is 20 miles from Panaji, and the closest beach is Bogmalo, a mere eight miles away.
There are lots of shore excursions that will help you uncover the best of Goa. Or, if you’re feeling lazy, you can spend the day at a luxury beachfront hotel (hot tubs and buffet included).
Day 12: Mumbai, India
Time in Port: 09:00 – 19:00
The next stop on your Eastern Sunsets 1 itinerary is the energetic city of Mumbai. Iconic landmarks such as the Gateway to India are just a short taxi ride away. However, Mumbai is so large that a shore excursion is the best way to explore it.
Foodies will love Taste of Mumbai, where you’ll try some of the treats the city is renowned for. These include sweet masala chai and pav bhaji – butter-drenched rolls with a rich tomato masala. Guided city tours are also on offer.
Day 13-14: At Sea
On these final days at sea, make the most of the weather at the glass-canopied solarium. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink with newfound friends at Bar Eleven, where you can watch the sun set over the ocean.
Make the most of these evenings and spoil yourself by booking into one of Marella Discovery's speciality restaurants. Enjoy a hot stone experience at Suft & Turf Steakhouse or try some delicious signature pan-Asian dishes at Kora La.
Day 15: Port Rashid (for Dubai), Dubai and Emirates
Your Eastern Sunsets 1 cruise comes to an end at Port Rashid. If you have time before your flight home, consider exploring this surreal, glamorous city.
Take a taxi trip to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The view of the city and Palm Jumeirah – a palm-tree shaped island – is the perfect end to the trip.