New Delhi: India’s first indigenous cruise liner will be launched by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on September 18.
“IRCTC has joined hands and signed agreement with Cordelia Cruises being operated by M/s Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt Ltd for promotion and marketing of the first indigenous luxury cruise in India. This is another incredible luxury travel offering under IRCTC’s umbrella of tourism services to the public,” IRCTC said in a statement.
“Cordelia Cruises is India’s premium cruise liner. It aspires to promote and drive the cruise culture in India through experiences that are stylish, luxurious, and most importantly, inherently Indian. It is a cruise liner for Indians catering to the way Indians love to holiday,” the railway PSU has said.
The cruise liner will sail to exotic Indian and international destinations like Goa, Diu, Lakshadweep, Kochi and Sri Lanka.
Bookings can be made on IRCTC’s website.
In the first phase, Cordelia Cruises will sail to Goa, Diu, Kochi, Lakshadweep from Mumbai. From May 2022, the cruise will be shifted to Chennai and sail to Colombo, Galle, Trincomalee and Jaffna in Sri Lanka.
“While travelling on Cordelia Cruises, one can enjoy a lot of recreational and leisure activities such as restaurants, swimming pool, bars, open cinemas, theatre, kids area, gymnasium,” IRCTC stated.
The railway PSU further said that all crew members are fully vaccinated. Daily health checks, hourly sanitisation of the facilities, air filtration and social distancing will also be followed.
The number of guests aboard the cruise liner will be limited initially, according to government protocol. There will be a fully-functional and well-equipped medical centre on the ship.