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  • One of the best ways to enchant yourself with the beauty of this tropical paradise is to go on a cruise in Goa. The fun filled, hour long activity sailing down the river provides a magical experience for an adventure trip. There are a variety of river cruises in Goa-daytime, sunset and moonlight each allowing the thrill of sightseeing and cultural entertainment. Enjoy the mesmerizing events of sunrises and sunsets sparkling the sky or go for an adventure in backwaters of Goa on a cruise. Maybe if you are lucky, you would be coming back with some unforgettable sights of dolphins too dancing in the waters.

    The experience of cruising is unparalleled to any other adventure activity in Goa. Goa offers both river and sea cruises and you may also like the idea of staying in a Houseboat for a unique adventure. The cruises are filled with fun and amusement as there are professional troupes indulging you in traditional dances of Goa. Engage yourself in a delectable dinner and pleasing views of the surroundings as you embark upon a cruise relishing a delightful excursion with friends or family.

    Being one of the best activities, you should not forget putting a cruise tour in your itineraries when travelling to Goa. To allow yourself the treat of navigating through the tranquil backwaters and thrill of marine exploration, a cruise in Goa does the trick. To find out the best cruises in Goa, scroll up for our handpicked selection.

    Here are some of the best Cruises in Goa:

  • 01River Cruise in Goa

    Sail around the wonderful river Mandovi from the Santa Monica jetty in Panaji whilst enjoying the incredible views of the Goa city.  You will be greeted with music and folk dance performances as you sail down the river. The performances are followed by a live band and DJ which light up the room with their vibrant music. A river cruise in Goa is also a great way to enjoy the sunset as the sky brilliantly lights up with hues of orange. Another spectacular sight you will be privileged to witness when you are on this cruise is the Adil Shah Palace, one of the first buildings in Goa but a piece of beauty till now.

    Then the cruise takes you past the old colonial buildings in Promenade, Mormugao Port and Fort Aguada revisiting the history and heritage of the city. The cruise is a great experience for people of all ages, men, women and children. The cruise will be an hour long activity where you can enjoy a vacation in Goa like a true Goan.

    Timings: From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Price: Starting INR 300

  • 02Dinner Cruise

    If a grand dinner enjoying the breathtaking vistas of Goan landscape is on your itinerary, then a Dinner Cruise is a best way to experience the same. Indulge in various entertainment activities in Goa including the amazing dance forms like Dekhni and Fugdi as you move forward from from the Jetty in the Santa Monica to river Mandovi. The dinner journey sneaks past the excellent Adil Shah Palace (the late spring royal residence of Sultan). The voyage at that point pushes forward past the frontier structures, past the promenade towards the Miramar shoreline and after that moving back to the shoreline of Vetem and Betem and afterward to Santa Monica Jetty.

    It could be a highlight of your entire vacation as you traverse the waters of River Mandovi away from the din of the city in the most tranquil setting. It also provides a great opportunity to relax with friends and family by engaging in dance and other entertainment activities on this cruise in Goa. The delicious buffet and complimentary beverages will make your day count as you go cruising on the Mandovi River.

    Timings: From 8:30 pm (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

    Price:  Rs 650(with dinner) and Rs 350(for children between 5-12 years).

  • 03Backwater Cruise

    Sail along the Mandovi lined banks, Old Goa and the islands, Chorao and Divar on a backwater cruise when travelling in Goa. The cruise is also popularly called Shantadurga in Goa carrying about 150 passengers on one trip. The five-hour long tour is an opportunity to indulge in various entertainment activities and relish a fantastic time.

    Seeing bottomless greenery, colossal angling nets, dolphins, sparkling water, thick mangroves and even crocodiles sunning at the narrows anticipates you on this amazing cruise in Goa. The voyage stops at a Spice Garden at Savoi/Keri where you could learn spice production and the distillation process. Another specialty here is the juice of cashew apples which are utilized to make Goan urak/feni. Also be prepared for a short elephant ride at this Spice garden. Further on, tourists can appreciate the Goan food served traditionally on banana leaf. Returning back on the voyage, you can invigorate your spirit with the panoramic sight of the city. The journey likewise goes through Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Chorao Island which is a paradise for avid bird watchers.

    Timings: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (Tuesdays and Fridays)

    Price: Rs. 900 per person and Rs 450 for children between 5-12 years.

  • 04Catamaran Cruise

    Experience the native Catamaran cruise on a country raft and beat the surf in a casual style while sailing on a cruise in Goa. Also called Hobby Cats, Catamaran boats are acclaimed for their vivid banana-shaped structures. They are designed in order to work without the use of dagger boards. And owing to their uniquely shaped hulls, Catamaran boats can operate in the sea without any kind of difficulty. Thus Catamaran cruising is becoming a popular activity among most well known water exercises in Goa.

    It is an extremely relaxed activity, much like customary cruising, which is all the more a laid back leisurely activity than water sports. You can appreciate the normal excellence of the Goan beaches and the Arabian Sea and the relaxed pace of the catamaran is a great experience to enjoy the joyful climate of Goa. Benaulim, Dona Paula, Calangute, Colva, and Utorda are the major Goan beaches for Catamaran cruising in Goa. The best time to partake in Catamaran cruising in Goa is between the months of October to May.

    Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Price: Rs 1200 for adults and Rs 700 for children

  • 05Houseboat Cruise

    Indulge yourself in a unique experience for a memorable day with a houseboat cruise in Goa. The cruise starts from Chapora Fort that dates back to the sixteenth century. The cruise offers glimpses of the nearby villages, churches and farms adding a rustic feel to this experience. The centuries old temples and churches are a sight to remember charming all the tourists on the cruise.  Relax with a drink and enjoying the natural wonders on Goan backwaters for an unforgettable experience.

    As you sail away from the Goan backwaters heading towards the ocean, you can spot astounding dolphins swimming in synchronicity with the floods of the unblemished Goan waters. The cruise also allows having a try at fishing and an excellent trip for bird watchers. While you enjoy the spectacular views of the surroundings on the houseboat treat yourself with a unique fusion of Goan cuisine. To experience this activity better, we recommend you to take up the upper deck of the house boat for an astonishing vista of Chapora River on your cruise. You can choose from sunrise trip, sunset trip, backwater tours, fishing trip using a houseboat and or an overnight tour on a houseboat in Goa. You can also check out some of the best resorts in Goa here.

    Timings: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Price: Rs 3200 for adults and Rs 1800 for children

  • 06Casino Cruise in Goa

    To enjoy a gaming experience amidst the pleasant landscape of Mandovi river in Goa, board on a cruise ship at Panaji for a refreshing day at the casino in Goa. The cruise offers the mesmerizing vistas of Arabian Sea and you can revisit the historical remnants of Goa, most prominent being the Adil Shah's palace and Fort Aguada as you relax under the sun. Goa has some of best casino cruise in the country.

    The casino engages the tourists in a lively experience with games like American Roulette, Blackjack, Rummy, Stud Poker, Baccarat, Pontoon and Flash. The cruise also offers refreshments on the group tour when you board the cruise. Other features of this activity include an entertainment night, delicious dinner and amazing performances by professional groups. The singing, dancing and other activities is great way to enjoy with friends and family. The high energy casino cruise is surely one of the most fantastic ways to catch a glimpse of vibrant Goa on your vacation.

    Price: Rs 3000 per person

  • 07Deltin Royale

    Deltin Royale is a definitive Indian Casino to pay a visit for experiencing a universe of opulence in Goa. Enjoy the dazzling premises, each of which is inventively intended to offer an air of a rich way of life. The cruise is a buzzing affair with entertainment activities all the way from international dancers to comedy club shows, instrumental live performances to rock music bands.

    Keeping you enthralled throughout, the Deltin Royale is definitely one of the most fantastic casino cruises in Goa. The lavish Vegas Restaurant offers a savoring buffet in multiple cuisines and the Whisky Lounge is a premier lounge hosting some of the most exquisite collection of Single Malts along with a rare collection of cigars. The Skybar offers some of the most tantalizing cocktails while you enjoy the majestic view of Mandovi river under the brilliantly lit night sky.

    And when you are here, you can indulge yourself in the thrill and action a variety of games at the casino. The popular games organized here are Texas Hold’em Poker, American Roulette, Indian Flush(Teen Patti), Blackjack, Baccarat, Money Wheel, Casino War etc.

    Price: Monday to Thursdays: Rs 2000

    Friday to Sundays: Rs 3000

    Timings: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • 08Casino Pride

    One of the best premium floating casinos, Casino Pride is a luxurious cruise for an Indian traveler looking for great gaming experience. With a great range of Indian and international games, the award winning casino is a wonderful place to try your luck. With a plethora of events and tournaments, the casino cruise is always a vibrant setting for tourists travelling in Goa. There are about 40 gaming tables plus slot machines attracting the Indian high rollers. The gaming setting is spread over 30,000 square feet, with a 10,000 square foot Weather Deck.

    Located on the Mandovi, the experience on Casino Pride is exhilarating with the beautiful vistas of the river and the city of Panaji. The banquet and buffet offers delectable food and the bar is known for its lively ambience. The setting boasts of luxury and comfort with live entertainments and special kids zone to keep the children entertained. It is worth a visit place in Goa for a simple gambling experience as the casino offers big poker tournaments and has Bollywood-style live acts.

    Price: Monday to Thursdays: Rs 1500

    Friday to Sundays: Rs 2000

    Timings: 24*7 All days of the week


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