Holiday is the time when one wants to relax and make the most of the time with family and friend. Opting for a vacation in Andaman is a perfect way to explore something new, rejuvenate and detoxify the mind and body. Most of the people opt for a sea route to Andaman due to various reasons mainly:Holiday is the time when one wants to relax and make the most of the time with family and friend. Opting for a vacation in Andaman is a perfect way to explore something new, rejuvenate and detoxify the mind and body. Most of the people opt for a sea route to Andaman due to various reasons mainly:
- It is less costly than two-way flight.
- Adventurous for those who love voyage or have never tried ever.
- Connecting to nature.
- If you have aerophobia.
But is a cruise to Andaman from Chennai really viable and luxurious like a cruise?
What most of the people don’t know that ship to Andaman is commercial cargo that carries food and other items from India to the islands. It is not a ship for entertainment or luxury travel but a government operated ship purely for commercial travel and also carries travelers if there is any seat available. Unlike flight one cannot do advance booking as the ticket counter open hardly fifteen days before the departure and there are limited seats. Ticket fee does not include food charges and passengers have to buy food on a ship or carry with them.
Time is also a problem when it comes to sea route. It takes around 60 hours to reach Port Blair via Chennai and passenger can add time taken to reach Chennai from their native city if not Chennai. So, if you are not going for a long vacation then travel via ship is not a viable option. Also, the ship sails only once a month, so one has to plan according to the date of sail.
To conclude, travelling via ship to Andaman is possible only if you have time and there are no health concerns like nausea or digestive issues only then one should opt for sea route.
When to opt for Ship to Andaman from Chennai?
Often people ask whether taking a ship to Andaman from Chennai or other ports is a viable option. Well, the voyage is always an adventurous and relaxing way to travel as the ship takes god 3-4 days to reach the Andaman Islands but it is an ideal way of travelling if time is not the constraint. In this Andaman travel blog, we will discuss the preferred time of travelling and pros and cons of taking a ship.
There are total five ships that travel from India to Andaman that are M.V. Nicobar, M.V. Nanocowry, M.V. Akbar, V. Harshvardhana and M.V. Swarajdweep. The distance from Chennai to Andaman is 1190 km and it takes around 600 hours to reach Port Blair under normal weather conditions. One of the myths doing the rounds is ship to Andaman from Chennai is a cruise but that is not true. These are commercial cargo ships that operate from major seaports of India and carry items of daily consumption to the islands. Along with products they also carry natives of Andaman to the mainland for shopping and passengers from India can also board the ship to Andaman if the seats are available.
The ideal time to visit Andaman and travel via ship is after the monsoons have retreated i.e. between October to May. As the rainfall is over and the sea is calm, it will be easy to travel via ship as there will not be any unforeseen delays. Also, if the passengers have done advanced bookings of the hotels then it won’t be cancelled. But unlike flights, one cannot do advance bookings of the ship so keep in touch with the port authorities to know when the bookings are open. To conclude, travelling via ship is economical undoubtedly but this Andaman Travel blog suggests opting for one way travel by ship when returning from Andaman to avoid any delays and reach the islands in best of the health.