India’s first premier cruise Angriya to set sail in a week

India’s first premier cruise Angriya to set sail in a week

Courtesy : Goa Bureau15/10/2018 08:52

Goa: Angriya, which is claimed to be India's first premier cruise, is all set for its maiden voyage between Goa and Mumbai within a week.

A brainchild of Captain Nitin Dhond, a naval officer from Belagavi, the seven-deck cruise will reignite the 1970s’ memories when Goa and Mumbai were connected by small vessels.

The 133-metre-long luxury vessle has been name after legendry 18th century Maratha Naval commander Admiral Kanhoji Angre (also known as Conajee Angria).

Apart from 70 crew, it can accommodate 350 passengers in eight types of facilities.

The cruise, whose trial run was conducted off the coast of Goa on Wednesday, is expected to have a major impact on coastal tourism.

It will also boost tourism in north Karnataka as a large number of tourist footfalls in Goa are from Hubballi-Dharwad and Belagavi.

Captain Nitin Dhond told The Nationalist that it was his dream to connect the financial capital of country with Goa, what he called India’s “tourism capital”.

“When we were kids we travelled between Mumbai and Goa on small vessels. That inspired me to join the Indian Navy. After my stint with the Navy, I have been captaining merchant Navy vessels.

“There were many like me with the nostalgia about cruise vessels ferrying between Mumbai and Goa during the 1970s and 1980s. Four vessels used to carry tourists from one city to other and it was like an all-night party,” Captain Dhond said.

The cruise will leave Mumbai/Goa at 4 pm and reach the destination at 9 am the next day. Ticket prices range between  Rs 7,500 to Rs 11,000, which includes dinner and breakfast.

“The bookings have begun and we welcome everyone who is fun loving on board,” Captain Dhond said. 

Angriya At A Glance

·  Named after Maratha Navy Admiran Kanhoji Angre who protected Indian coast from enemy invasion

·   The coastal cruise is 133 m long and can accommodate 350 passengers

·  It has seven decks and 70 supporting crew

·   The cruise leaves at 4 pm and reaches the destination the next day at 9 am

· Ticket prices range between  Rs 7,500 to Rs 11,000, which includes dinner and breakfast.

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