7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now!

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Opinions on cruises are divided.

Some consider them a massive waste of money and time, abhor their readymade tours and contrived performances and miss the action of the real world while on board.

And I have to agree.

Those expecting travel experiences out of a cruise are set to be disappointed. You won't be meeting any locals, hunting for new places to see on a map, making impromptu plans or indulging in authentic local flavours while on a cruise.

But for when you need to shut your mind off and hand over the controls to someone else, a cruise makes for an excellent vacation. The only thing you are expected to remember is buffet time. You can spend the rest of the day lying on a deck chair staring at the sea making waves. Perfect for a rejuvenating break.

If you live in this country, you can go on a short cruise in India, or choose an international cruise liner (a cruise from India) to take you outside country waters.

National cruises

Around the Kerala backwaters

Experience life on a cruise across Alleppey's calm waters. Sit back, sip your drink and look out at the soft ripples, the tall coconut trees and the changing colours of the sky as the sun rises and sets. This cruise in India starts from the pretty Vembanad Lake and takes your through gorgeous stretches of Kerala's backwaters. You'll get a chance to de-board and enjoy a Kathakali and Mohiniyattam dance performance, take a short ride on a traditional rice boat, explore a 100-year old Hindu temple and much more!

Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja

Cruise liner: Oberoi M.V. Vrinda. The luxury cruise ship has eight spacious and tastefully-designed deluxe rooms, which look out to Kerala's beautiful backwaters through big windows. Each of the cabins is furnished with a king-sized bed, comfortable furniture, a TV and DVD player and has an attached bathroom with indulgent toiletries.

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Route: Vembanad Lake – Alleppey canal – Kanjippadam –Chambakulam – Pallathurathy

Price: Get in touch here for a quote.

Find more details here.

Sundarbans luxury cruise

Cruise through the wonderland that is the Sunderbans – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with thick mangrove forests and Bengal tigers. Dock at Namkhana, which serves as the entrance to the vast delta. Board a small creek boat and tour the exotic islands of Dobanki, Nethidopani, and Sajnekhali. You will also be taken on an excursion to the Sunderban Village, where you can interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.

Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja

Cruise liner: M.V. Paramhamsa. With 32 river-facing AC rooms, this four-decked luxury vessel has all kinds of facilities such as a gym, steam-cum-sauna rooms, a library, juice counters and even wi-fi! The terrace restaurant offers all kinds of cuisines and even local delicacies.

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Route: Kolkata – Namkhana – Sunderbans – Kolkata

Price: Rs 16,200 per person (Luxury); Rs 14,700 (Delux)

Find more details here.

Across the North-east

Get a sense of the cultural ethos of India's fabulous north-east as a take a voyage across the many wonders of this upcoming region. The journey includes a visit to Kamakhya Devi Temple, bird watching, dolphin spotting, an experience in tea picking at an estate, a jeep safari at Kaziranga National Park, a boat safari at Majuli Island, a visit to Satara monasteries and many other activities aboard this cruise trip in India.

Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja

Cruise liner: MV Mahabaahu. This luxury cruise liner has 23 rooms, each with a balcony! You can pick from rooms, cabins and suites for your accommodation. Locally-sourced ingredients are used to prepare Indian and continental fares onboard.

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights

Route: Guwahati – Kiriakara – Tezpur – Silghat – Kaziranga – Bishwanath – Bishwanath Ghat – Majuli Island – Nimati – Sibsagar – Jorhat

Price: Get in touch here for a quote.

Find more details here.

The Bihar saga

Experience the magic of the river Ganga as you traverse through its serene waters from Kolkata to Bihar. Start with a tour of the city of joy and then make your way to the French Colony of Chandannagar. Onwards to the magnificent temples of Kalna, a city tour of Mayapur and then spend some time engaging with history at Murshidabad. Sail through Farakka Barrage, the longest barrage in the world and slowly cruise towards the beautiful countryside of Jharkand. End this cruise trip in India at Vikramshila, an important centre of Buddhist learning.

Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja

Cruise liner: MV Paramhamsa

Duration: 11 days, 10 nights

Route: Kolkata – Chandannagar – Kalna – Mayapur – Murshidabad – Jiaganj – Azimganj – Farakka Barrage – Jharkhand – Bateswarsthan

Price: Rs 16,200 per person (Luxury); Rs 14,700 (Delux)

Find more details here.

International cruises

While a few companies such as Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Viking Cruises, Crystal, and Silversea, offer cruises from India, the cost for most runs into thousands of US dollars. A careful scan of cruise prices reveals that an Italian cruise company called Costa Cruise has the cheapest packages for cruises from India aboard its vessel neoClassica.

The neoClassica is a magnificent cruise ship with 654 cabins, two swimming pools, four big hot-tubs, two restaurants and nine bars. For the convenience and pleasure of its guests, the vessel offers a spa, jogging track, arcade, theatre, nightclub, ballroom, patisserie, an outdoor cafe with real trees and much more. In the year 2000, the ship got a makeover with new leather chairs and wood panelling.

Here are some pictures to help you visualise your cruise trip from India aboard the neoClassica:

Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja
Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja

Here are the two cruises they offer from India.

Mumbai (India) to Venice (Italy)

Duration: 27 days, 26 nights

Route: Mumbai (India) – New Mangalore (India) – Kochi (India) – Malé (Maldives) – Salalah (Oman) – Eilat (Israel) – Aqaba (Jordan) – Heraklion (Greece) – Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Venice (Italy)

Price: Rs 1,04,420 ($ 1595) per person

Book here or here.

Mumbai (India) to Male (Maldives)

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

Route: Mumbai (India) – New Mangalore (India) – Kochi (India) – Malé (Maldives)

Price: Starts at Rs 47,000 per person

For more details and to make an enquiry about the cruise dates, click here.

Kolkata-based Vivada Cruises also offers a cruise from India to the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. Here are the details:

Kolkata to Bangladesh

Photo of 7 Affordable, Yet Luxurious Cruises That You Can Actually Take From India Right Now! by Himani Khatreja

Cruise liner: M.V. Paramhamsa

Duration: 14 days, 13 nights

Route: Kolkata – Kalna – Borisal – Chandpur – Sonargaon – Dhaka

Price: Rs 16,200 per person (Luxury); Rs 14,700 (Delux)

Find more details here.

Have you ever been on cruise trips from India or around India? How was your experience? Did you miss the activity of the real world, or did the lazing around charm you? Write your own travelogue about it and enlighten the 25 million travellers on Tripoto. 

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One more can be added to the list : Lakshwadeep Samudram Cruise Rs. 26,250/person for 4 Nights/5 Days. Cruise starts from Cochin, Kerala Visit Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy Islands. First class AC cabin accommodation. All 3 time meals [breakfast lunch and dinner] morning and evening tea or coffee. Water sports: Kayaking Snorkeling and Glass bottom boat ride. Entry permit and heritage fee. All Government taxes included
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