When Sky touched the Sea.. Story of my First Cruise

 

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Let’s get ship faced!!

All of us have moments in our lives where we feel blessed to be ALIVE, & not just blessed, grateful, ecstatic & euphoric. I am in pure bliss to have experienced all of these feelings and much more on my very  First Cruise Voyage. This is the story of how I soaked in the mighty blues of the Baltic Sea.

On my Swedish Summer’18  holiday, we planned for our maiden voyage to Finland. Two days of Baltic adventure along sides a new city to explore. though we have been to Finland earlier as well, the idea of reaching it via a ship filled me with childlike enthusiasm. and to my surprise, it was not ridiculously expensive as I thought it would be, easy & simple to book & no signs of seasickness.

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Silja Line Seaport

Sweden is called as the capital of Scandinavia, its very convenient to explore northern European countries from Stockholm via cruises like Finland, Estonia Latvia or Gulf of Finland etc. If you never been to a Cruise before like me, Stockholm is the place to lose your sea virginity. We booked our Voyage via Tallink Silja on the northern side of the Baltic sea.

Most of the cruises are for the 24hr journey, they will drop you to the capital (whichever country you have booked) in the morning and pick you back in the evening, giving you a 12hr window in the city to enjoy a new country, culture, food, shopping etc. its the most convenient type. However, you can choose from 12hr types where you can enjoy the sea in broad daylight and wonder what good have you done in life to experience this serenity. Nature uninterrupted & untouched by human evolution.

Boarding Now!!!
Soaking the Sun
Breakfast on the Cruise
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Our Bedroom on the Go
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Another Room on Return
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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Inside Corridors on the Residential Floors
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Splendid Dance Performances
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Piano Bar
You will always find something beautiful on the sea
Water Water Everywhere
How Fascinating it was to watch this Giant Machinery in getting parked in Reverse.
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Parked Finally…
This View does something to the people like me
Waiting to be boarded!!
Go Vikings
Viking Line Cruises
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A Different kind of Traffic

Few Tips, which helped me…

  1. Download the App for which ever cruise line you are booking from.They provide good discounts in there and its easier for Check IN.
  2. Carry some food with you, especially if traveling with kids and if have any food preferences.
  3. Make sure you know your Voyage timings for both boarding & return.
  4.  In case of Ship change, you can leave your stuff in Locker rooms instead of carrying it around town.
  5. You can buy booze inside the ship from duty free but only if you have a valid boarding pass, check before you board.

Hope everyone got to experience this insane beauty and vastness of the sea to cherish it forever. I am looking forward to more such trips in future because good vibes happen on the tides.

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Leaving you with this gorgeous sun rise as an inspiration.

Hope you liked my cruise Yatra.. pls share if you have been to cruise before & how was your experience.

Live life one cruise at a time….

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Spicy Trek @ Udumbanchola, Kerala

When you think of India and Indian Cuisine, what prompts your mind??

Umm…  rich food with exotic Spices ..yaa but where do all these spices come from.

Well, I don’t know about All but I certainly know where most of it comes from. It would be unfair to not to dedicate a whole post to the magical spice gardens of Kerala.

During my recent visit to Kerala, I visited Udumbanchola in Idukki district of Kerala. which is as twisted as its name and as mysterious as its soil. Put your hand anywhere in soil & there will be some exotic plant or medicinal herb or a rare fruit at the stretch.

We stayed in the dreamiest place, Hotel Ragamaya Resort & Spa, Munnar with the most insane view. If you ever visit Munnar, stay here to do the epic #viewfrommyroom hashtag.

The View
Through the Balcony

This Hotel is located on top of a hill overlooking the reservoir of Kallar dam and forest surrounding it. We very bravely and enthusiastically trekked all the way to the down to the spice garden.

We got up early morning at 4:30am and through a scary jeep ride, we reached the starting point to trek. Through the labyrinth of exotic & aromatic greens, we reached the river.  The Serenity, calmness, and stillness of the place topped with pink sunrise was a sight to behold.

It gives me chills to think about the beauty this place holds. The trees, the birds, the insects, the water, the sun & the freshest of dew. and to think about that, I am made by the same God who made these creatures and this nourished soil. I felt a sense of pride and responsibility to take care of Mother nature so that my generations could felt the same magic as I do.

Enjoy my mere attempt at capturing the beauty of the nature & Like if you love them.

Cloves
A Bunch of Cloves
Coco in action
COCO
Coco
That’s Coco.What Chocolate is made up of.
Ginger
Spot the Ginger
Jackfruit
The Jackfruit
Nutmeg
Nutmeg Fruit
Nutmeg
Baby Peppers
Black Peppers
These Peppers are green on the plants and then cleaned & dried by the time we get them in the kitchen as The Black Pepper
Banana The Super Food
Coconut
Palm Coconut
Dry Coconut
Finally the Insides of Coconut
From where I stand.. Things look beautiful
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Soak in
Breakfast after the trek
Need to reach right there.
Ohh that Kayak
Nature at its best
Reached
First closer look
Spot me !!!
and that’s how Pineapples grow. now you know
Such a dreamy place
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That’s what our Morning face looks like.
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Ohh, Darling…..It’s just you, me & Baby Jack

Hope you Enjoyed. Leave me a Comment if you already been to Kerala or wish to visit.

I’ll be happy to answer any queries.

XOXO