From September 18, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has tied up with Cordelia Cruises, a private company, to provide India’s first indigenous cruise liner according to the IRCTC, visitors onboard the ship will have to enjoy sailing to some of the first-class Indian and international destinations like Goa, Diu, Lakshadweep, Kochi, and Sri Lanka.
The bookings can be made through the IRCTC website. Currently, the website is offering a 5-day cruise from Goa to Lakshadweep from September 2021 to May 2022. The cost of the cruise ranges from over Rs 40,000 to Rs 56,000.
From Kochi, visitors can choose a 3-day cruise to Mumbai, with a day in Lakshwadweep, or a 4-day cruise to Goa, covering Mumbai and Lakshwadeep. The price of the cruise levels is from Rs 29,000 to Rs 44,000. IRCTC is also offering a variety of cruises from Mumbai until October 2022.
You can take a 2-day cruise to Goa or Kochi, or a 5-day cruise to Goa with a day in Lakshadweep and Kochi, each. You can also spend money on a 2-day cruise out in the open sea. The cost of these cruises ranges from Rs 19,000 to over Rs 50,000.
From June 2022, you could additionally make bookings for a 2-day or 5-day cruise from Chennai to Sri Lanka, exploring Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee, and Jaffna. The price of these cruises ranges from Rs 19,000 to Rs 50,000.
More to know– Children up to 12 years of age can sail free on any of the cruises until February 2022, if the bookings are made until October 31, 2021. However, port charges, gratuity, and GST is applicable for kids between 2-12 years.
Till October 31, 2021, the IRCTC website is allowing visitors to pay 25 percent of the fee while booking, and the relaxation of the amount later, i.e., 30 days before the date of cruising.
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