Mumbai Cruises

The Gateway of India
The Prince of Wales Museum
The Elephanta caves

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Mumbai is a big experience. The sounds, the smells, the sights – everything is larger than life. It’s a massive city too, spread out on reclaimed land, with over 19 million inhabitants, it’s India’s biggest port. Hard to believe it was once an archipelago of seven sleepy islands and trading posts.


MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:

• The Gateway of India
• The Prince of Wales Museum
• The Elephanta caves

Mumbai is known for its impressive neo-Gothic and Indo-Saracenic colonial-era buildings, and on an MSC excursion you’ll see many fine examples. Flora Fountain, an ornamentally sculpted architectural heritage monument built in 1864, to provide hygienic drinking water. The Gateway of India built to commemorate the first British monarch to visit India, King-Emperor George V, and the Prince of Wales Museum, a Grade 1 Heritage building in Indian, Mughal and British engineering styles holding over 50,000 artefacts relating to the history of India.

Lalbagh Spice Market isn’t far away. Your senses will be overwhelmed by the variety of spices here. Most vendors let customers use their equipment to grind their own spices or mix masalas.
For a different experience take an MSC excursion from Mumbai’s Gateway of India to board a ferry to Gharapuri, “the City of Caves”. A group of five devoted to the Hindu religion were carved out of basalt solid rock sometime between AD 450 and 750 and stone rock-cut sculptures created. Another two caves with Buddhist Stupas date much earlier to the 2nd century BC. The caves and carvings were damaged by the Portuguese who named the site Elefante – which morphed to Elephanta – when they found elephant statues. Restored in the 1970s and now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site it’s one of India’s most impressive temple carvings. 


One of Mumbai’s less ancient buildings is the ISKCON Temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness that opened in 1979. The city’s bustling markets are another experience that you’ll treasure forever. 

Famous for its Norman and Flemish style architecture, Crawford Market sells fruit, veg, poultry cheese and chocolate.

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    India

    Colours, flavours and scents
    Colours, flavours and scents

    A holiday to India doesn’t mean visiting a country, but a continent. Stretching from the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala, its expansive borders encompass an incomparable range of landscapes, cultures and people.

    Walk the streets of any Indian city and you’ll rub shoulders with representatives of several of the world’s great faiths, a multitude of castes and outcastes, fair-skinned, turbanned Punjabis and dark-skinned Tamils.
    With an MSC Grand Voyages cruise to India, you’ll also encounter temple rituals that have been performed since the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, onion-domed mosques erected centuries before the Taj Mahal was ever dreamt of, and quirky echoes of the British Raj on virtually every corner.

    The most-travelled circuit in the country, combining spectacular monuments with the flat, fertile landscape that for many people is archetypally Indian, is the so-called Golden Triangle in the north: Delhi itself, the colonial capital; Agra, home of the Taj Mahal; and the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan.
    Rajasthan is probably the single most popular state with travellers, who are drawn by its desert scenery, the imposing medieval forts and palaces of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bundi, and by the colourful traditional dress.