Ocean Cruises:
Voyage to the Coromandel Coast

Cruise 608b
Malaysia, India
7-16 Feb 2002, 9 days
Fares from 1750

Cruise 608b(SI)
Malaysia, India
7-23 Feb 2002, 16 days
Fares from 2845
Cabin Grade: Price per
adult ():
  608b 608bSI
owner's suite Owner's Suite 3380 4475
suite Suite 3200 4295
deluxe Deluxe 2760 3855
superior Superior 2500 3595
Standard two bed:
twin occupancy
deck outside A Deck outside 2280 3375
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 2190 3285
deck outside B Deck outside 2100 3195
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 1970 3065
deck inside A Deck inside 1795 2890
deck inside B Deck inside 1750 2845
Standard two bed:
single occupancy
deck outside A Deck outside 3192 4457
deck outside aft A Deck outside aft 3066 4331
deck outside B Deck outside 2940 4205
deck outside aft B Deck outside aft 2758 4023
deck inside A Deck inside 2334 3599
deck inside B Deck inside 2275 3540
Minerva deck plans
for location of cabins

Themed Cruise:

Discover the underwater world on snorkelling sessions with marine biologist Dr Peter Mumby and explore the astonishing diversity and beauty of Indian Ocean coral reefs.

Capture the scenery of the area with artist Peter Welton who will run art workshops in sketching and watercolour painting. Enjoy classical concerts given by our on board musicians.


The Revd Rupert Bursell
Canon of St Albans Cathedral and Chancellor of the Dioceses of Durham and St Albans. He will explore the religions of the area as well as the history of India through the ages.

Sir David Goodall GCMG
Served as British High Commissioner to India 1987-91 and Chairman of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation. His talks will reflect current affairs as well as his deep understanding of the Indian sub-continent.

Rose Kerr
Chief Curator of the Far Eastern Department, Victoria & Albert Museum. She will be discussing art, architectural and cultural influences in the area as well as her particular interest in ceramics and patterns of trade.

Dr Peter Mumby
A marine biologist working on tropical and subtropical ecosystems. He will talk about the diversity of coral reefs as well as coastal threats and conservation of the area. He is a Royal Society research fellow at the University of Newcastle.
From colourful Georgetown on Penang you'll cruise across the Indian Ocean to the remote Andaman Islands to swim or wander around the interesting capital Port Blair. Over the horizon lies delightful Pondicherry on India's surf-washed Coromandel Coast.
608b Cruise Itinerary
Thu 7 Feb-Fri 8 Feb    London - Penang
Fly from London to Penang via Kuala Lumpur and transfer to the Rasa Sayang Hotel.
Sat 9 Feb    Penang (for Georgetown)
Join the excursion to the capital, Georgetown, to see Fort Cornwallis and the old Chinese waterside settlement. Embark Minerva early evening.
Sun 10 Feb    At Sea
Settle in on board as we cruise towards India.
Mon 11 Feb    Port Blair
Take a tour of the remote Andaman Islands, or just wander the streets of Aberdeen Bazaar. You may prefer to swim off this tropical paradise.
Tue 12 Feb-Wed 13 Feb    At Sea
Relax on deck with a book from Minerva's well-stocked Library as we cruise across the Bay of Bengal.
Thu 14 Feb    Pondicherry *
Explore this charming former capital of French India. Our city tour will take in the handsome churches and public buildings.
Fri 15 Feb    Chennai (Madras)
Visit the intricately sculpted shore temple at Mahabalipuram and see Fort St George. You may prefer to swim or take our full-day supplementary excursion to the holy city of Kanchipuram.
Sat 16 Feb    Chennai (Madras) - London
'Cruise Only' passengers arrive in London after an overnight flight.
608b(SI) Cruise & Tour
Sat 16 Feb    Chennai (Madras) - Tiruchiraply
'Cruise & Tour' passengers fly to 'Trichy'. This afternoon explore the Rock Fort Temple and the Srirangam Temple complex.
Sun 17 Feb    Thanjavur (Tanjore)
Discover the ancient capital of the Chola kings including a visit to the Brihadishwara Temple and fort.
Mon 18 Feb    Tiruchiraply - Madurai
Visit the pilgrimage centre of Madurai, one of the south's oldest cities.
Tue 19 Feb    Madurai
A full day of sightseeing in this lively city including the Meenakshi Temple.
Wed 20 Feb    Madurai - Kodaikkanal
Drive into the Western Ghats on a dramatic journey to the hill station of Kodaikkanal.
Thu 21 Feb    Kodaikkanal
A full day to enjoy this beautiful setting with wooded hills and waterfalls.
Fri 22 Feb    Kodaikkanal - Mumbai (Bombay)
Return to Madurai and fly to Mumbai.
Sat 23 Feb
Arrive in London after an overnight flight.
* Land by ship's boat or local tender

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