India's First International Cruise Departs From Chennai | Travel Update 2023

 June 9th, 2023

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India's First International Cruise Departs from Chennai | Travel Update 2023

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1. The Inaugural Voyage of India's First international Cruise Sets Sail from Chennai.

Indeed, it's true! The maiden journey of India's inaugural global cruise embarks from Chennai towards Sri Lanka. For all those passionate about voyages, now is the opportune moment to swiftly reserve your extraordinary 5-day cruise vacation aboard the MV Express, accommodating 750 passengers. "Given our abundant coastal heritage and cultural richness, the prospects for cruise tourism in India are enormous," commented Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush. The Minister further emphasised that the cruise's inauguration is reasonably priced and provides top-notch services.

During this cruise expedition, travellers will have access to:

  • Three ports namely Hambantota, Trincomalee, and Kankesanturai.
  • They can choose from various package options, including 2 nights, 3 nights, 4 nights, and 5 nights. 
  • The starting price of the cruise packages will be INR 86, 383 for a three night voyage for two individuals. 
  • Guests will have an amazing chance to experience the onboard casino only when the cruise is sailing in the international waters.

The government strongly aims to establish Chennai as a central hub of cruise tourism. By the year 2024, the government aims to construct 3 new international cruise ports and introduce additional ferry routes encompassing India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar.  

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