THE Mumbai-Goa cruise on Angriya, launched on
October 20 from the newly inaugurated Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT) of Mumbai
Port, has clocked 80 per cent passenger occupancy with bookings done till
December 15, officials said.
The ship, operated by the Angriya Sea Eagle Pvt
Ltd, takes 16 hours to sail to Mormugao in south Goa from the DCT in Mumbai.
The ship, with six decks and 104 cabins, ferries 399 passengers at a time. The
price of a one-way ticket is in the Rs 7,000-12,000 range. For accommodation,
passengers can choose from bunk rooms, luxury pods, dorms and suites.
“Passengers are turning up in great numbers to
enjoy the cruise service. Most are excited to enjoy the experience and are
hardly returning to their rooms at night. Most spend their time on the open
deck. We are seeing an average occupancy of 80 per cent,” said Captain of the
vessel was quoted by a Mumbai based newspaper.
While the trips from Mumbai to Goa are clocking
90-95 per cent occupancy, the return journey was drawing up to 70 per cent
passengers. “Many passengers are willing to travel till Goa and return as well.
Not just from Mumbai, passengers from other parts of the country, including
Nagpur, Karnataka and New Delhi, are also planning trips onboard the cruise. It
is just the experience of travelling which is appealing to them,” he said.
The ship has increased the rates for cottage
suites after the popularity of the cruise. A slight increase in rates does not
affect the target group because they are keen to get the cruise experience. We
have also reduced the total sailing time from Goa to Mumbai by two hours, which
now totals about 14 said the captain of the vessel.
shipping ministry has set up the country’s largest cruise terminal at Mumbai
Port costing Rs four hundred cores which was
declared open by the Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.
terminals have also been opened at Goa, Cochin and Chennai ports to serve the
mother terminal at Mumbai.