Mumbai to Goa by Cruise - India’s First Cruise Ship 'Angriya' Launched on 23 May 2018

Cover Photo: Mumbai to Goa Cruise - Angriya, India's First Cruise
Mumbai to Goa Cruise - Angriya, India's First Cruise Ship

Good news! A new way to admire the Mumbai to Goa journey... Now Sail from Mumbai to Goa on a Cruise. Yes, you heard it right - a luxury cruise which is among one of the best in the world! India has launched the first ever passenger cruise ship service named Angriya, on Wednesday evening, 23 May 2018.

The most awaited cruise ship service between Mumbai and Goa finally begins after sailing the successful first sea trial. Angriya, the cruise ship that had set sail left Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), Mumbai on Wednesday at 5.30 pm, as part of the sea trial for the Mumbai to Goa cruise service, and reached Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), Goa on Thursday at 10:00 am. There were 40 passengers aboard the ship. “The ship has passed all tests, including rough weather”, said Leena Kamat Prabhu, Managing Director of Sea Eagle Cruises Pvt Ltd.

Mumbai to Goa by Cruise - The Journey:

Your wait to sail from Mumbai to Goa in a cruise is no longer a dream. The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) along with Angriya Sea Eagle Private Limited has started India’s most awaited passenger cruise ship Angriya. The Mumbai to Goa cruise service was supposed to flag off in December last year but was held up due to matters related to securing the requisite permissions.

Photo: Angriya Cruise first sea trial from Mumbai to Goa
Image Credits: Mumbai Live

The cruise service is expected to begin from the first week of October this year. Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, Sanjay Bhatia, said, “Cruise services can be operated only when the weather is fair. So, it will be between October and May.” During the four months of the monsoon, the ship will not operate along this route. Instead, it will serve as a floating hotel in Mumbai, while in the off-season; it will be rented out for weddings and other celebrations.

The cruise Angriya will start its journey from the domestic terminal at Victoria Dock, Mazgaon (a part of Mumbai’s Port). En route, the vessel will have few stops and those intermediate halts of the journey are likely to be at Dighi (Raigad), Dhabol and Jaigad (Ratnagiri), Vijaydurg and Malvan (Sindhudurg) and finally, Panjim. One can now explore the serene and scenic beauty throughout their journey. On the whole, the Mumbai to Goa trip has become more exciting as you sail across the Arabian Sea and experience the nature at its best.

Why the name Angriya?

The cruise ship Angriya is named after Admiral (Sarkhel) Kanhoji Angre, the first notable admiral of the Maratha Navy and the great coral reef, the Angria bank, near Vijaydurg, Maharashtra. Angriya was built in 1997 in Japan. A special purpose vehicle, Angriya Sea Eagle Private Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sea Eagle Cruises, owns Angriya.

Photo: Angriya Cruise - The Beauty
Angriya Cruise - The Beauty
Image Source: Google

The last passenger sailing service between Mumbai and Goa last operated in 1991 when two ships - Konkan Shakti and Konkan Sevak were in operation. The journey then took almost 24 hours. Moreover, it’s the re-origination of the veteran era wherein the two ports were actively in operation to take the tourists to and forth.

Facilities:

The cruise ship has many luxuries like an infinity swimming pool, open deck for passengers to enjoy the Konkan coastline view, restaurants, bars and 24 hours coffee shops located on all the decks with varied offerings to cater to the culinary cravings of the guests. The other amenities include a recreation room, state-of-the-art lounge, etc. A lounge attached to one of the restaurants is best suited for wedding receptions and also for official conferences and off-shore meetings especially for corporate customers. If cruise wedding is on your wish list, then one of the restaurants at the ship can be expanded to organise wedding parties.

The cruise has the capacity to ferry 400 passengers at a time and will take 16 hours to travel from Mumbai to Goa. The cruise is dotted with interesting nautical trivia, beautiful images that showcase the ecology and other charts. Accurate safety measures have also been taken in this regard. The cruise is embedded with safety alarm system and the cruise is well maintained promising a luxurious stay.

Pricing:

For those looking forward to going on a cruise journey from Mumbai to Goa on Angriya, the cruise tickets start at Rs. 7,000/- per person for one way. The fare will include charges for two meals and a brunch, transportation, refreshments, stay and the use of swimming pool. However, as far as the booking is concerned, the Government has released no official information.

Cruise Timings:

The vessel, Angriya, will start its sail at 5:00 pm from the Mumbai port and reach Goa port at 9:00 am the next day. The cruise will return to the Mumbai port on alternate days. Similar will be the schedule to sail from Goa to Mumbai. So the ship will be operated on alternate days from either port.

Accommodation:

According to a source, there are seven categories of rooms available with 5-star facilities onboard, starting from Rs. 7,000. The fare will vary depending on the room category and size. The Director of Sea Eagle Cruises, Siddharth Newalkar, said in one of the interviews “The pricing is yet to be fixed for all of these and we will evaluate the demand once we start marketing the cruise, based on which we will firm up our price points. However, the base price will be over Rs. 7,000.”

Travelxo’s thoughts on the Cruise:

The cruise ship is the most premium travel experience by far between Mumbai and Goa. In comparison to the other modes of transport like buses, trains, and flights, the cruise sail is a bit expensive. The starting price of Rs. 5,000 would be justified well for this long hour’s journey. But considering the fact that the cruise ship will offer a wide range of luxury services to its customers at just Rs. 7,000 for a person, it is affordable yet luxurious! Clearly, the cruise is targeted at the leisure travel market, keeping both the domestic and foreign tourists in mind.

According to Travelxo, the cruise ship makes a good albeit for a one-time experience. “I would definitely want to travel to Goa by cruise, but it would be only to get a one-time travel experience. I may not choose to travel the second time, as other transport modes are well priced and worth the journey. Also, the duration of the journey by cruise is too long (16 hours), because even if I travel by car, it would take around 10 hours to reach Goa from Mumbai, which in general will save almost half of my time” said the Founder of Travelxo, Ronak Sawant.

However, for many people, the best way to travel to Goa is by a road-trip with numerous stopovers. But I think that with this new cruise ferry, things might change and many people will enjoy this new way of travelling by sea to the best beach destination in the country, Goa. Clearly, it’s a major boost to the Goa tourism and it came just at the right time.

Mumbai to Goa by Cruise... Sounds like a plan, right.

What are your thoughts on the cruise, Angriya? Is it worth the money? Will you travel from Mumbai to Goa by cruise? Do let us know about your views in the comment section below. Let’s make this place the best travel destination online for travel lovers (travellers).

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