Now Cruise connecting Kerela to Dubai, Services starting soon..

Apeksha Agarwal

In a significant move aimed at enhancing travel options for non-resident Indian citizens and connecting Kerala to Dubai, the Indian government, in collaboration with development authorities, has initiated a cruise service known as the International Cruise Services of India. This novel venture seeks to bridge geographical gaps and offer a budget-friendly alternative for individuals traveling between Bey Pore-Kochi-Dubai.

The cruise service, as reported by Manorama newspaper, is expected to provide a cost-effective option, with the cruise prize set at one-third of the airfare. Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal unveiled this initiative, emphasizing its purpose of facilitating affordable transportation for non-resident Indians or Kerala residents traveling to the UAE or their hometowns.

What sets this cruise service apart is its affordability, offering travel at a fraction of the cost of air travel. Additionally, the cruise is slated to accommodate three times more luggage than conventional aircraft, making it a convenient choice for travelers.

The ship is anticipated to carry up to 1250 passengers at a time, promising an expansive and accessible mode of transportation. The authorities are working diligently to launch the service before the December school break, ensuring that more people can benefit from this budget-friendly travel option.

YA Rahim, President of the Indian Association Sharjah, confirmed that the cruise will take approximately three days to reach Kerala, although the travel duration to Dubai is yet to be finalized. The route is expected to cover the Norka roots of Kerala, with Kochi potentially serving as a key station.

While the exact boarding date is yet to be announced, the tickets will be made available both online and offline. The ticket prices are expected to start at a reasonable 10,000 INR, with varying levels based on class bookings. Considering the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, the cruise management is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of passengers, including hospitality and food services.

As this exciting cruise venture unfolds, it represents not just a journey from one destination to another but a connection of waves that link cultures, communities, and individuals. It opens up a new chapter in travel, providing an affordable and scenic route from the enchanting landscapes of Kerala to the vibrant cityscape of Dubai.

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