Chennai to Andaman Cruise

Is it good to go by Ship to Andaman from Chennai? What are the charges? how long does it take?
asked Jun, 2012 by anonymous

Chennai To Andaman By Ship

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There are no luxury liners or tourist cruises that ply between Chennai and Port Blair. You only have passenger ship that has basic facilities. Ship is primarily meant to ferry Islanders and not tourists.

Chennai to Port Blair Fare:

Details on Cabins and Additional Charges

Shipping Corporation has published a brochure containing details of fare, service class and additional charges for food etc. Download official ANDAMAN BROCHURE from Shipping Corporation Website.

Booking at Chennai

Update on Sailing Dates :Chennai to Port Blair
Once the sailing dates are confirmed, you can book passenger tickets at
Andaman & Nicobar Admin Directorate Shipping
No 17 Jawahar Building 2nd Floor,
Opposite To Custom House, Rajaji Salai, Parrys, Chennai - 600001
Personal visit to the office is required to book tickets. Before you go confirm sailing date by calling them on +(91)-44-25226873.

Final Recommendation : Avoid ship journey from Chennai to Port Blair as it is not very enjoyable. Do not get misled by any advertisement, there are no cruises operating between Chennai and Port Blair. Reaching Andamans by air is the practical option, book flight tickets well in advance.

answered Feb, 2013 by tripati
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There are no tourist cruises to Andaman from Chennai or from any other port from mainland India. Ship to Andaman from Chennai is meant for ferrying Islanders (Islanders get a discount on the ship fare). Avoid the ship journey to Andaman, go by flight from Chennai to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Ship travel to Andamans takes nearly two and half days.

Journey is a big pain right from getting to know the schedules, booking the tickets (you can only book from Shipping Corporation of India office).

It takes nearly two and half days to reach Port Blair from Chennai and it gets boring from end of day one itself. Take the two hour flight to Port Blair from Chennai. If you book your flight tickets, 10 days in advance, flight tickets will be approximately Rs.6,000.

That is around the same cost if you by First class cabin by ship. Bunkers in ship are cheaper at Rs.1,600 but that is a torture.

If primary objective is to go on a ship cruise in India, try Lakshadweep. Diamond class of M.V KAVARATTI is comfortable. Government run SPORTS ( Lakshadweep Tourism ) offers packages (November – April)

answered Jun, 2012 by mahi
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Experience

Inside CabinIf you are planning to embark on Chennai - Port Blair by ship to experience travel by a luxurious cruise, you will be disappointed. Ships that ply to Andaman Islands are ordinary passenger ships that take 60 hours to reach Andaman Islands. Be warned : Amenities are ordinary, food is bad and fare is expensive.

Chennai Andaman Ship fare

Deluxe cabin fare for tourists is Rs.8,020.00.
First class cabin fare for tourists is Rs.6,640.00.
Deluxe Cabin:- Two persons in a one Cabin with T.V., Refrigerator etc on the top floor. First Class:Similar to Deluxe cabin but four persons in a one cabin

Latest Fares: Have a look at the latest Ship Fare between Chennai and Port Blair as published by authorities.

M.V. Nancowry and M.V. Swaraj Dweep ply between Chennai and Port Blair.

Chennai to Andaman voyage is cheap for Islanders and Government servants, definitely not for tourists. For tourists, flight tickets from Chennai to Andaman turns out be cheaper than ship fare. You can get a great deal on flight tickets, if you book well in advance. Definitely, air travel is comfortable than ship cruise for travel from Chennai to Andaman.

Chennai Andaman Ship Schedule

Latest Chennai - Andaman ship schedule is posted here

Chennai Andaman Ship Booking

You can book from SCI, contact them on 044-25231410 Ext - 252 for booking details.

Amet Cruise
Chennai based operator, Amet cruises started operating a luxurious cruise on Chennai - port blair sector with some fanfare last year. I have read mixed reviews about the company as well the cruise they operate. I did try to contact them while writing this post but was unable to reach anyone at their office.

answered Oct, 2012 by snail_pace
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