Breaking News! Indian Railways launch a luxury cruise package. It is a brilliant strategy of the Indian Railways to strike an agreement with Cordelia Cruises, a private cruise liner.
Probably, India is one of the very few developing nations in the world that glaringly lack cruise holiday facilities. This lacuna is more astonishing in spite of being a peninsula.
Surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea on its east, south, and west respectively, India has an unlimited advantage in the sea passage tourism sector.
There are the Andaman, Indonesia, Australia, and all the exotic South Pacific Islands on its east.
To the deep south of India, located in the Indian Oceans are Prince Edward Island, Heard Island, Mc Donald Islands, and more.
On the west side of India, in the Arabian Sea are the popular Lakshadweep, Madagascar, Maldives, and the sunny Mauritius islands.
India’s cruise tourism is failing to tap the incredible opportunities on all its three sides. Even without depending on foreign tourists, it can thrive on its native travelers alone.
I am very happy that the Indian Railways is diversifying into luxury cruising.
When the first cruise ship is going to sail?
It is going to happen very soon, folks. The first voyage is scheduled to begin as early as September 18th 2021.
Yes, you have only nine more days to decide and buy your choice of cabin on the luxury ship. The booking is already started.
Tailored to suit the Indian travelers’ preferences in comfort, food and drinks, entertainment, and off-board sightseeing, the cruise will satisfy every voyager in all aspects.
This is a luxury cruise liner. So, expect all the modern facilities and amenities that every international cruise ship offers that include:
- Fitness Hall
- Swimming pool
- Kids play area
- Medical Center
From where the first cruise will be operated?
On the 18th of this month, the first-ever cruise ship of IRCTC will leave Mumbai harbor. It is expected to doc in Goa harbor.
All the departures from Mumbai in the future will cover Indian holiday destinations like Goa, Diu, and Cochin.
Future destinations for the Cruise Ship.
From 2022 May, its Chennai operations will begin. You can think of sailing to Sri Lanka, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands.
Even Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands will be added from Mumbai-based sailings.
Regarding Covid fear:
It is nice to note that all the ship’s crew will be fully vaccinated. The ship will not carry passengers to its full capacity. Only a limited number of tourists will be taken in.
If and when the pandemic bids adieu to the world, Indians can dream of sailing to distant islands such as Croatia, Sweden (it has 2,67,570 islands and islets), Iceland, and all the South Pacific Islands that include, Fiji, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia.
When such a long dream becomes real, Indian holidaymakers can go around the world in luxury and style.
For now, they have to be satisfied with traveling on a ship to destinations that dot the Indian coastline.
Bookings are open for the first voyage. Visit the IRCTC website located at http://www.irctctourism.com