Cruises to Andaman - A Perfect Guide

The Andaman Islands are a string of exotic islands enclosed by the turquoise blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. Known for their scenic beauty, rich biodiversity and colonial history, they are some of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The islands are dotted with marvellous beaches and a serene ambience perfect for a thalassic getaway to relax and rejuvenate. While flights are the easiest and fastest way to visit this island, ferries and cruises have a separate fanbase amongst tourists. The salty smell of the sea and the gentle breeze combined with the panoramic views concoct a mystical cruising experience. In this blog, we'll explore some of the popular cruises to Andaman Islands and what makes them unique. So, take a break from your usual 9 to 5 and set out on an enthralling trip to this tropical paradise.

a white cruise floating in the middle of an ocean

These pristine islands receive both government-operated ferry service and private cruises. The ferries depart from major ports on the mainland, including Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam, and offer both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned cabins. The journey takes approximately two to three days, depending on the weather conditions, and the ferry makes stops at various islands, including Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Island. Dive into a memorable trip to the enchanting shorelines of Andaman while relishing the gentle tide of the sea.

Chennai to Port Blair

Chennai is home to spectacular beaches and renowned ports, often toured by ships from various parts of the country. The coastal city offers one of the most striking sea routes to Andaman. Experience the magnificent beauty of the Bay of Bengal and its breathtaking scenery as you undergo the Chennai to Port Blair cruise. This exhilarating journey takes approximately two to three days and offers a range of amenities, including air-conditioned cabins, restaurants and entertainment options. As you cruise across the Bay of Bengal, you can witness stunning sea creatures like dolphins, sea turtles and whales.

a wine glass placed near the deck of a ship
the cruise sailing through the ocean during the sunset

If you are planning to visit Andaman Islands from Chennai, a government-run ferry is the way to go. MV Swaraj Dweep and MV Nancowry are some of the ferries operated by the Shipping Corporation of India. These ferries depart from Chennai Port Trust and take around 50-70 hours to reach Andaman Islands. The ideal time to cruise is between the months of January to March. The cool temperature and the pleasant surroundings help to reduce seasickness. Although these ferries sail 3-4 times a month, you need to be prompt with your booking. The ticket prices vary from Rs. 900 to Rs. 10000, depending on the type of accommodation you opt for. While booking, make sure to carry your address proof, government entity proof and 2 passport-sized photographs. Book your tickets and delve into an invigorating trip to the picturesque islands.

Kolkata to Port Blair

If you love travelling by sea, Kolkata to Port Blair is the perfect option for you. It is one of the longest routes to the islands and takes approximately 66 hours to reach the island. The cruise makes stops at various ports including Haldia, Paradip and Vizag before reaching Port Blair. One of the most famous cruises on this route is the MV Harshavardhana, a luxury liner. With 153 cabins and 595 decks, it can carry over 700 passengers. Witness the rich marine life while sunbathing along the deck of the cruise. This is a unique and memorable experience you absolutely cannot miss!

a blue white ship sailing through the ocean during daytime
brown and white railing of a cruise ship overlooking the ocean

Vishakhapatnam to Port Blair

Embark on a fascinating journey from the bustling city of Visakhapatnam to the serene paradise of Port Blair while experiencing the tranquil waters of the Bay of Bengal in all its glory. The voyage takes approximately 56 hours, offering a plethora of breathtaking vistas of the expansive sea and its diverse marine life. MV Harshavardhana, a luxurious cruise ship to Andaman, operates on this route. It provides guests with top-notch amenities including plush cabins, delectable dining options and serene lounges, making the journey as comfortable as it is enchanting. Stall no more and book yourself a ticket for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

To enhance your cruising experience, we have the perfect places for you to stay in Andaman. If your cruise ends at Port Blair, check out Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort And Spa. Arrayed with excellent services and opulent accommodations, it is the perfect place for you to recharge your body and soul after a long trip. You can also visit our resort in Havelock, Symphony Palms Beach Resort And Spa, for a delightful stay. Treat yourself to luxury as you unwind in the rustic cottages and suites and indulge in the mouthwatering delicacies served at our restaurants which will leave your taste buds tingling. Symphony Summer Sand Beach Resort And Spa, a luxurious resort on Neil Island, offers a perfect sojourn in this quaint heaven. Premium accommodations, world-class dining and incredible facilities will ensure you have the best time. Visit Andaman Islands and have a jovial time with your loved one. Want to know more about the best places to visit while you're here? Read Plan an Andaman Itinerary for 7 Days and curate your perfect travel itinerary!