Passengers will have a more scenic route to reach their favourite party destination, thanks to the launch of Angriya, a scenic cruise between Mumbai and Goa. By Pallavi Mehra

 

We’ve all bore the brunt of frightfully expensive flight tickets to Goa during peak season. Not anymore. A much-awaited cruise line from Mumbai to Goa has finally launched to ease the burden of travel to the party capital of India. Starting October 24, the cruise will depart from the Purple Gate at Princess Docks in Mumbai at 4pm to arrive at 9am the following day at Mormugao in South Goa. Similarly, it will depart Goa at 4pm to arrive in Mumbai at 9am the next day.

On board, accommodation options include rooms priced at INR8,250 per person, bunk rooms for four at INR 7,700 per person, luxury pods at INR 6,650, and dorm rooms at INR 6,300. Prices include dinner, breakfast, and snacks.

Goan hotels have been requested to construct floating jetties to ferry passengers to their resorts. This Mumbai – Goa ferry service should help reduce pollution, add another mode of transport to the busy Mumbai – Goa route and help showcase the gorgeous Konkan coast.

In the past, Mumbai and Goa have had an active sea route. In the ‘60s, there were steamers taking passengers from and to Mumbai and Goa, and then in the ‘90s, there was a more luxurious hovercraft that was discontinued in 2004. It will be interesting to see how the new ferries would cut travel time, considering it took seven hours on the same route via ferry earlier.