The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a group of islands at the Bay of Bengal, is among the major tourist attractions. The picturesque islands with a tropical climate and sparkling blue sea are a perfect setting for an amazing vacation. (ALSO SEE 5 resorts and hotels in Andaman that will make your stay memorable) These beautiful islands can be accessed by sea and air. Although, there are many flights connecting Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands, to Indian metros, there is nothing more thrilling than a ship voyage. Regular passenger ship services are available from Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair. Also Read - World Environment Day 2020: List of Most Critically Endangered Species in India
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How long does it take to travel from Chennai to Port Blair by ship Also Read - Lockdown Impact: Atlas Cycles Announces Temporary Shutdown After Facing Losses, Over 700 Employees Jobless
The journey time between Chennai and Port Blair is about 60 hours. It takes 56 hours from Vishakhapatnam and 66 hours from Kolkata.
What is the frequency of ships from Chennai to Port Blair?
The frequency of ships connecting Chennai and Port Blair is low. The sailing schedules of the ships are prepared just one month in advance and they are approved by A&N Administration. There are about four services in a month from Chennai and the ships leave from Chennai port. The ships usually stay in Port Blair for around three days. There are five passenger-cum-cargo ships operating between the island and the mainland. These ships have cinema, swimming pool, food and other basic facilities. The A&N Administration that runs these ships has some very specific recommendations in case you get sea sick. A form lists out the following items that you should carry to cure any sea sickness: three lemons, three Avomine tablets, 200 gm of pickle, three packets of bread, 250 grams of jam, three packets of salt biscuits and five apples/oranges.
If voyages don’t interest you, Port Blair is well-connected to all major metros. The flight from Chennai to Port Blair takes around two and half hours.
Name of the ships: MV Nicobar, MV Nancowry, MV Swaraj Dweep, MV Campbell Way, MV Harshwardhan
Cost: One-way fare for a single person. The cost of food is not included in the ticket price.The food on the ship will cost around Rs 100 for Bunk passengers and Rs 150 for Cabin passengers per day per person.
For Deluxe Cabin (AC): Rs 9,280
For 1st Class Cabin (AC): Rs 7,690
For 2nd Class Cabin (AC): Rs 6,110
For Bunk (AC): Rs 2,380
How to Book ship ticket: You cannot book ship tickets online. The Andaman and Nicobar Administration has started Personal Area Networking (PAN), connecting one ticketing counter each at Kolkata and Chennai as well as nine counters in the islands. PAN is called Star Ticket Advance Reservation System or STARS. You have to visit the counters to book a ticket.
Address for STARS counter in Chennai: Shipping Corporation of India, Gate No. 1, Chennai Port, Opposite Customs Office, Rajaji Salai, Chennai 600 001
Contact: 044 522 0841
Other STARS counters are at Kolkata, Port Blair, Diglipur, Mayabunder, Rangat, Havelock, Hutbay, Car Nicobar, Nancowry and Campbell Bay.
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