India gets its own cruise line

INDIA’S first-ever home-grown cruise line, AMET Cruises, was launched on May 19.

The company’s luxury cruise ship, AMET Majesty, will operate out of Chennai and will sail to destinations such as Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the Andaman and Nicobar islands, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly 80,000 Indians go on cruises annually.

The AMET Majesty has 254 cabins that can accommodate 680 passengers. The ship has facilities such as a spa, sauna, swimming pool, discotheque, casino and three restaurants (with a la carte, buffet and vegetarian offerings), spread across its nine decks.

Prices start from 3,900 rupees (US$86) plus taxes per person, per night, and includes all meals. Distribution is currently done through live booking engines at Preferred Sales Agents across India. Online bookings can also be done on the company’s website.

AMET Majesty’s maiden Chennai High Sea voyage will depart from Chennai on June 9.

Currently, published June and July schedules also include short trips to Vizag (Vishakapatnam) and Port Blair, and long trips covering international destinations such as Trincomalee and Karaikal in Sri Lanka, Phuket and Langkawi.

By Anand & Madhura Katti

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