Most Popular Churches in Goa and Cruise Party

A visit to Goa is incomplete without a trip to the churches of Goa. Apart from the amazing coastline and pristine beaches, Goa is blessed with these exceptionally beautiful places of worship in the form of churches. Tourists, not only from India but all over the globe visit Goa which is famous as the party…

A visit to Goa is incomplete without a trip to the churches of Goa. Apart from the amazing coastline and pristine beaches, Goa is blessed with these exceptionally beautiful places of worship in the form of churches. Tourists, not only from India but all over the globe visit Goa which is famous as the party capital of India. Goa's popular and sublime churches are to a great extent a heritage of Portuguese colonization. These churches define the Portuguese domination in Goa when the rest of India was ruled by the British. Their reign in Goa was peaceful and progressive so locals accepted them as time passed. Now the only reminiscences of the Portuguese era are the beautiful churches built here. The church building was one of the principal occupations of the early Portuguese With a critical populace of Goans being Christians for some eras today, the Church is an essential factor in Goa's social, social and religious life. The engineering of Goa's holy places has experienced outstanding changes in the progress of time and the design of the period that they were inherent. Step into these churches and feel yourself reliving the history of the golden days of Goa.

Bom Jesus Basilica is the world-famous church, also a UNESCO heritage and know for keeping the mortal remains of St. Francis. Francis Xavier. The miracle is that the mortal remains are still intact and this visits curious visitors from far and wide. The Cathedral is one of the largest Churches in Asia and is devoted to St. Louis. Catherine. Legend has it that the golden bell of this Cathedral could be heard by one and all in Goa. This Church contains 14 altars within. Church of St Francis of Assisi is famous for its Barque and Corinthian architecture. Remaining on the Monte Santo (Holy Hill) and keeping an altruistic watch over Old Goa, is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Wonderful in its starkness and effortlessness this congregation is one of the main structures in Goa that authenticates the presentation of Renaissance design, conveyed to Goa by the Portuguese. Apart from these, the oldest church, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of St. Louis. Cajetan, bearing resemblance to St. Louis Peter's Church in Rome, Chapel of St. Louis Catherine – one of its kind, Church of Lady of Rosary, Our Lady of the Mount are a few of the world-famous churches of Goa.

What is Goa without a nightlife? And what better way to experience it than on a cruise. So party hard on a Goa cruise party full of food, champagne, and drinks. One of the best party places in Goa is on a luxury cruise at the waterfront full of raw beauty. Feel the nightlife blend with adventure on a Dinner cruise party, be it a family trip, a corporate outing or chilling out with friends. Full of life, floating dance, and music accompanied by dinner and unstoppable party music blaring for a dance party as you sail along.

Cruising the Hawai’ian Islands – An Aussie’s First Time

Boarding a cruise ship is always a crowded affair. It was so in Honolulu. What surprised us was that we had to take the locks off our suitcases before boarding. The ship, Norwegian “Pride of America”, was a similar size to the Princess ships that we had cruised in around Australia. So we expected to…

Boarding a cruise ship is always a crowded affair. It was so in Honolulu. What surprised us was that we had to take the locks off our suitcases before boarding. The ship, Norwegian “Pride of America”, was a similar size to the Princess ships that we had cruised in around Australia. So we expected to get to our stateroom after boarding the ship. We boarded around 12.30pm only to enter our stateroom at 5.30pm. We found out later that the crew was all American citizens, meaning they had to be paid at higher rates than the crews on other cruise lines. Norwegian were the only cruise line allowed by American law just to cruise around the islands. Other cruise lines had to visit at least one foreign port. This meant there were fewer crew members to do the work.

We found that the selection of free restaurants was not as intense as with Princess. We dined mostly in their buffet restaurant and a couple of times in their East-West restaurant. These were fine. By Australian standards, the coffee on board ship leaves much to be desired.

We found our stateroom was the best designed one we had seen with a better arrangement of the bed; more cupboards space and better designed bathroom and shower.

The theater was more spacious and it was easier to move to and from your seat. People could move past you without the need for you to stand. However the Mardi Gras cabaret showroom was smaller than in Princess and the view from the rear not as good. Still, as the cruise went on, the performances in these two areas were of a high quality.

For those that liked to walk or run to wear off the effects of too much food, the promenade deck had a walkway of length 546 meters. Three times around was a mile (over 1.6 kilometers). The walkway was much wider than those we had seen previously on other ships.

The purpose of the cruise was to see the islands of Hawaii. Consequently, during the day, there was a lack of things to do on the ship if you arrived back early from a tour. There was only one port where tenders were required to take us ashore. We were impressed at how easy it was to get on and off the tender and how spacious they were compared to others we had been on.

We arranged to do a tour at each port we visited, six in all. We discovered Roberts Tours on an internet search. It turned out that they were the largest tour operators in America in their green busses. We found them better priced than the tours organized through Norwegian Cruises Lines. In fact, by booking several tours through them as what they called “Combo Tours” we saved at least $ 100 each. Their service was excellent, always on time with great driver / guides who were able to go extra places when the time allowed. We found the guides very knowledgeable and did not talk too much. They cave clear instructions with regard to departure times and made good suggestions about food and so on.

Security was a very big issue. On returning to ship and pier, we had to show photo ID as well as our cruise card to even get on the pier or the tender or off the bus on returning from the tour.

The thing that surprised me the most about the islands on the cruise was the altitude that buses climbed without our realizing that we were at a high altitude. I found I would look out the window of the bus and see an altitude sign like 2400 feet. We never seemed to be so high. It is not something you see in Australia. We, of course, took the tour to the highest volcano on the islands. It was reputed to be the highest on the earth because it is a mountain that rises from depths of the sea. It was over 10000 feet above sea level. Our bus was only able to take us to 9500 feet where we were able to see its huge crater and walk up to a minor peak some 400 meters. It was quite a demanding walk because of the lack of oxygen at that height.

We did see an active volcano. From the viewing platform, it was possible to see lava bubbling to the surface of the crater. Later that evening, the ship cruised past another lava flow. This was bigger and the lava was flowing into the sea. This was much more spectacular.

On the island tours, you see lots of coffee and macadamia plantations. On one plantation which had quite a variety of activities, we found pineapple ice cream. It is a pleasure not to be missed. The coffee plantations we visited allowed coffee tasting. We saw the famous surfing beaches where the Pro tournaments are held. Another spot we saw was the start and finish of the famous Hawaiian Iron Man triathlon.

All the islands were very green with very steep rugged mountains. There was wet and a dry side of each island with a great variation in rainfall. One side of each island tended to be the windy side with the other side protected from the wind by the high mountains. For us the weather was great. The only time we needed a jumper was on board the ship where the air conditioning was sometimes too cold.

Each island had a highway which circumnavigated the island, usually close to the beach. We found on our bus tours to get the best view you needed seats on the right hand side of the bus.

If you only going to visit Hawaii once in your lifetime, you must include the cruise as part of your holiday as well as Honolulu, Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and tour around the island from Honolulu.

A Starting Cruise for an Australian

Many Australians have a cruise initially on their “Bucket List” but are not sure it is for them. Many have heard stories of wild weather, sea sickness as well as diarrhoea. These are really events that occur less frequently than the media would have us believe. The best way to start is to select a…

Many Australians have a cruise initially on their “Bucket List” but are not sure it is for them. Many have heard stories of wild weather, sea sickness as well as diarrhoea. These are really events that occur less frequently than the media would have us believe.

The best way to start is to select a short cruise at a time when the weather is sure to be kind. Here in Australia the best time is in the latter half of the year. The best cruise to begin with, in my opinion, is not the three or four day sample cruises but a cruise of seven days up the Queensland coast from Brisbane or Sydney to Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas. (The cruise from Sydney will be a couple of days longer but you will call into Brisbane on the way).

If you are worried about the expense, select an interior stateroom. If you book late, you may even be able to reduce the costs further to as little as $ 100 a day. You do not need to spend any money on or off the boat as all your meals and entertainment on board are part of your fare. Tipping is included in your price for cruises from Australia.

At each of the ports you visit, there are cheap shuttle buses to take you into the Airlie Beach and Cairns. At port Douglas, once you embark from the tender at the marina, it is only a short walk into town.

There are some great tours off the boat but most include many sights and animals that the average Aussie has most likely seen. The Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays are mostly new experiences to many Aussie's. You can see these areas with onshore tours organized through the cruise line.

If you are trying out cruising for the first time, leaving and arriving in Brisbane is a delight with the sun setting over the hills beyond the city, passing under the huge Gateway Bridge and arriving. At dawn as the city wakes up.

In Airlie Beach, you can browse the beachfront market, gaze at the sand beach sculptures or have a cup of coffee and watch the world go by.

In Cairns, you can jump on the shuttle at Yorky's Knob to go into Cairns city area, have lunch on the waterfront and wander among the hundreds of backpackers basking in the sun around the waterfront parks and pools.

In Port Douglas, you can visit a lovely little historical church with windows behind the altar overlooking the mouth of the creek and the open sea and then walk up town for a bit of window shopping, sometimes a purchase or two plus a coffee.

On board, there are many activities from Bingo to art lectures to quiz shows to entertainment in the atrium, bar and musical productions in the theater. There are pools, spas, outdoor overs, and a gymnasium to mention just a few activities. You could, of course, just sit and read in many places on board.

Once last point I would make. Not all the cruise lines cater for the full range of passengers. Princess Cruises cater extremely well for the more mature passenger while P and O Cruises cater very well for the youngger passengers, children included. There are many other cruise lines coming to Australia. I note these two cruise lines because they service this particular cruise regularly each year.

8 Important Things To Do Before Going on a Bahamas Cruise

Bahamas, a country with 700 islands and thousands of islets and wonderful caves, is among the most popular destinations for Atlantic cruises. This is because The Bahamas is truly a beautiful country that amazes both travelers and scientists alike, especially when it comes to exploring the famous “Blue Holes”. More than 4 million tourists enter…

Bahamas, a country with 700 islands and thousands of islets and wonderful caves, is among the most popular destinations for Atlantic cruises. This is because The Bahamas is truly a beautiful country that amazes both travelers and scientists alike, especially when it comes to exploring the famous “Blue Holes”.

More than 4 million tourists enter the Bahamas each year, mostly via cruise ships. It is really fun and enjoyable to visit the Commonwealth of the Bahamas aboard a luxury cruise ship as travels like this is typically accompanied by parties, celebrations and other tourist activities on board.

Like any type of international travel, going on a cruise to Bahamas will require travelers to prepare impeccably. Below are the eight important things one should do before booking a cruise to the Bahamas.

1. Obtain a passport. Upon entry onto the cruise vessel, passengers will be required to present their valid passport. Usually, cruise trips consist of visits to more than one country. Here, Bahamas also require a passport for entry. Passports can be obtained from your country of origin's governmental passport office. US citizens aged 16 and above will be required to present a valid passport or a passport card while those aged 15 years old and under will be required to present an original state issued birth certificate from the Us Department of Health and Vital Statistics if a passport is not available. Copies of the birth certificate (photocopy) are not accepted. It is advisable to prepare a passport and an original birth certificate for each traveler.

2. Obtain a visa. Visa is not required for US and Canadian citizens. However, if you're from outside the United States or Canada, you may need a multiple-entry US visa and if necessary, a Bahamian visa (better check with the Bahamian consist to make sure). Foreign students studying in the United States traveling with a US visa must also present a valid SEVIS to travel.

3. Prepare a valid ID. Aside from a passport and a visa, travelers may be required to present a valid government-issued identification card.

4. Prepare other documents as proof of citizenship. Naturalization papers may not be accepted by the cruise line. Lawful US resident aliens may be required to present their valid resident card. Students will also need to secure a completed I94 form as well as a valid signed paperwork from the school. All documents must be original copies.

5. Book your cruise trip. It is best to book your trip at least 3 months prior to your travel date to make sure you are still getting the best price for the tickets. Remember that the fares tend to increase in price as the travel date approaches and the number of available tickets decreases. You can opt to call your trusted travel agent to help you find the best deals for cruises or just go to a reputable online DIY (do-it-yourself) travel booking site. Majority of travelers use online travel booking sites because customers are given full control when it comes to building their own trip. There are hundreds of online travel sites in the worldwide web and most of them are owned by independent travel agents or individual affiliates of travel agencies. It is advisable to use the websites of travel agencies that already have a solid experience in the industry because these companies have contact centers with experienced and highly trained specialists ready to assist you should need help on things related to your travel. Reputable sites and travel agencies also choose their partner travel supplier carefully. You can be sure that you will not be referred to “shadowy” deal providers and suppliers.

6. Inform the cruise line if you need special assistance. Upon booking your cruise reservations, it is advised to specify any special assistance needed. DIY travel sites often have a designated field (often the “observations” field) in their booking forms for special assistance requests such as adapted armchairs, elevator and access ramps, adapted toilets in the communal areas, and wheelchair. Upon check-in, reconfirm with the cruise line if your request has been noted.

7. Get a travel insurance coverage. Travel insurance is a vital addition to any type of travel. About 70% of cruisers buy travel insurance for three main reasons: peace of mind, concern over losing the money invested in a trip, and protection against unexpected situations.

8. Pack your luggage. Check the Baggage requirements of the cruise line. Some cruise line may charge fees if you exceed the dimension or weight limit of the baggage. Make sure that you comply with any applicable regulations, laws and conditions of the cruise lines and the ports. Generally, weapons, firearms, hazardous items, flammable items, controlled substances and contraband prohibited by the local and national laws are not allowed.

The most affordable cruise packages to The Bahamas are the ones from Fort Lauderdale, because this port is very close to the country. You may opt to book a cruise only fare or a package deal that consist of a cruise and a hotel reservation in the Grand Bahama island.