Voyages to Antiquity is renowned for its cultural cruises, but sometimes we plan something which is a little out of the ordinary for our guests and earlier this week Alison, our cruise co-ordinator, sent us a postcard from Kuda Bandos – a private island in the Maldives, which made the team in the office quite ‘green with envy’!
Aegean Odyssey was halfway between Sri Lanka and Burma on the second cruise of her Far East winter programme, but Ali couldn’t help sharing her day which was a little different from the usual tours of ancient places en route to the island of Sri Lanka.
The sun was shining, the sand was white, the fish were jumping and the atmosphere was one of sheer content. Kuda Bandos was our very own paradise for a few hours on a glorious Sunday afternoon.
After a very short tender ride over to the island, we greeted our passengers with a cocktail, handed them a towel and a deck chair and provided them a little piece of heaven. The air was filled with a delicious smell of BBQ Chicken accompanied by a fresh salad, mini roast potatoes and the most delicious BBQ sauce. Desserts were scrumptious cakes and sweet bananas.
A few guests went snorkelling and soon got everyone interested in tales of tropical fish swimming alongside. They truly were vibrant colours of green, gold, blue and red. A complete contrast to the usual antiquities excursions, this enjoyable afternoon was nevertheless one of the highlights of the two-week cruise from Mumbai to Sri Lanka. It was a wonderful experience and one, I for sure, will never forget…
Alas Aegean Odyssey will not be going back to Kuda Bandos until November next year, but we have lots of other magical places planned, including Burma on the next cruise. So please do come back and see more about Far Eastern adventures and if you have joined us on any of these cruises, please do share your voyage with us in Facebook.”