After a whole lot of reports and delays, the Mumbai-Goa cruise liner is about to set sail on October 03, 2018. The cruise, called Angriya, will depart at 5 PM on October 03 for the first time. The cruise, for now, will be a non-stop journey and will take about 16 hours one-way. As Angriya, the Mumbai-Goa cruise commences at 5PM, it is expected to reach Goa port by around 9AM. While the journey is currently without halts, the tourism ministry soon plans to introduce halts at ports of Malvan, Dabhol, and others once the jetties are ready at the locations.
There will be multiple category of rooms and suites available for passengers. The lowest fares will begin at Rs 7,500 all-inclusive of rooms, 3-meals, and all other amenities. The meals will include snacks, dinner, and brunch. The upper category of fares will go up to Rs 12,000 for the journey and will come with added perks – though what exactly are those perks isn’t clear yet. The booking for the ferry isn’t open and is expected to soon commence in September. The trial run for the cruise was successfully completed in May.
The ship can host up to 350 passengers and comes with 104 staterooms/cabins. Additionally, the deck has an Infinity Pool, 8 Restaurants offering varied cuisines, 24-hour Coffee Shops, Lounge, Recreation Room, Discotheque, Bars, Spa, Conference Facilities. The cruise is also open to host social events like weddings and engagement parties with a ballroom created especially to accommodate guests. Bearing in mind the recent initiative adopted by the state to reduce plastic waste, the disposable cutlery and other amenities will be environment-friendly. The partnership between Mumbai Port Trust and Sea Eagle Cruises will be the first such luxury cruise in India.
What’s your take on it? Pay a lesser fare and take a flight or enjoy the Konkan scenery and pay slightly more for the luxury? A one-time try for sure!