Mumbai - ­Goa cruise sets sail

After several delays, the Mumbai-Goa cruise service Angriya was inaugurated in Mumbai. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister for shipping, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated the revamped domestic cruise terminal building at Princess Dock on Saturday. Angriya will make its first commercial voyage on October 24.

Speaking at the inauguration, Gadkari said cruise tourism has tremendous potential in India and Mumbai. His ministry, through the Mumbai Port Trust, has invested in development of international and domestic cruise terminals in the city, said Gadkari. “There is a projection that there will be 40 lakh tourists both international and Indians by 2040. Out of that, 32 lakh tourists will come to Mumbai. It will give a boost to Mumbai’s economy and also provide employment to 2.5 lakh people in 10 years,” he said.

The cruise vessel Angriya is named after the first Maratha Navy Admiral Kanhoji Angre and the sunken coral atoll Angria Bank, near Vijaydurg. Angriya can carry 399 passengers and has a 67-member crew, including hospitality staff and marine crew. There are 104 cabins across eight categories, ranging from dormitory to suites. Angriya also has an “underwater level” spa and an infinity pool.

The cruise will operate every alternate day from both Mumbai and Goa, starting October 24. It will start at 4.30 pm from Mumbai and reach Goa at around 8 am. It will not have any halts in between as planned earlier because the infrastructure to halt the cruise along the Konkan stretch is not ready.

Leena Kamat Prabhu, executive vice chairman of Angriya Sea Eagles Cruise, said ticket prices range from ₹6,000 to ₹10,000. “The dormitory ticket is ₹6,000 per person, while suites will cost ₹10,000 per person. The ticket will include snacks, dinner and breakfast,” Prabhu said.

She added the vessel has a speed of 27 knots and could complete the journey in eight hours, but the cruise has been “deliberately kept longer” so that passengers can enjoy the on-board luxury.

The new domestic cruise terminal will also be used for the water transport project on the city’s eastern waterfront, which has been stalled because the authorities have been unable to find private operators.

Fadnavis asked MbPT officials to start the service “quickly” to provide an “alternate mode of transport” for Mumbai.

Gadkari and Fadnavis also inaugurated the Bunkering Terminal where ships will refuel; carried out bhoomipujan of reclamation of Jawahar Dweep for Tank Farm; and also handed over a dry dock to the Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

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