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All aboard the Angriya

Until recently, one could fly to Goa or take the long but scenic train or road journey but, of course, now taking the water route is a glamorous option too. Angriya, the first domestic luxury cruise liner in India, will begin its maiden journey from the Purple Gate of Indira Docks, Mumbai, on October 20, at 4.30 pm, and reach Goa at 9 am the next morning.

As the wind noisily chops waves all around and one views the blue waters from close quarters, the high-octane excitement is palpable, even if it is only a short journey to Goa. The wooden flooring, pastel décor and ornate touches, depictions of marine life, and LED lighting exude luxury from the moment you enter.

What’s on offer

An incredible cruising experience is complete with an infinity pool, rejuvenating spa and breathtaking six decks. Holiday-makers can choose from eight categories of rooms — suites, pods, superior rooms, dorms... 104 in all.

All aboard the Angriya
 

While the luxury pods are named after marine mammals — finless, bottlenose dolphins — the suites are called Sindhudurg, Padmadurg, after the forts in this region; and the dorms are named after the communities — agris, kharvis, kolis etc in a bid to showcase the pride of Konkan.

The cruise liner derives its name from Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre, the admiral of the Maratha navy in the 18th Century, and was built in Japan 20 years ago. Captain Nitin Dhond elaborates, “Angriya is a seven-storied vessel, which previously ferried passengers from Tokyo to the Ogasawara islands and is now mapped to suit Indian needs. The cruise has remarkable features and safety measures. Our vision is to fill an existing gap in utilising the coastal sea route and exploring the treasures of the high seas. This ship draws inspiration from the Government of India’s ‘Sagarmala’ initiative.”

To sum up a gourmand’s voyage, there’s an array of eating places and Angriya ensures you can enjoy the 15-hour journey with lavish high tea, dinner buffet and a breakfast at Coral Reef and Ancora — the two restaurants. The food will have a special focus on Konkan cuisine and will also offer global dishes. Additionally, one can relax in the six themed bars that offer finger food and creative cocktails, adroitly mixed by trained bartenders, or unwind at the expansive two-deck Fathom lounge. With so many food and beverage options, your only challenge is to decide what to sample next in such a short span.

All aboard the Angriya
 

On board, guests have plenty of space to relax. From the Fathom lounge with a DJ, and live music, an underwater spa with three therapy rooms, fun and interactive activity for kids, to a reading room, there is plenty to choose from.

Eco conservation

“Angriya is committed to high environment standards and endeavours to showcase and conserve the marine diversity of the Konkan coast, its rich history and culture. Travellers can observe and marvel at sea turtles, pelagic birds and marine mammals like dolphins and porpoises in their natural environs alongside trained researchers,” reveals Nirmal Kulkarni, director, ecology.

All aboard the Angriya
 

The vast decks with seating arrangements ensure that guests can be out of their room to enjoy the spectacular sunset or sunrise. Pamper yourself with a quick foot massage or back massage at the express spa kiosks here.

Leena Kamat Prabhu, director, Angriya Sea Eagle, reiterates, “We intend to give our passengers a unique experience — of staying on a cruise, experiencing good food and getting into the party mood even before you reach Goa. Get a feel of the deep seas with the pleasures that nature offers.”

Available every alternate day, a one-way ticket for the cruise costs approximately between ₹6,500 for a bed in the dorm and ₹10,000 for a suite per person, and includes cabin lodging and three meals — evening snacks, dinner and breakfast. Drinks and other snacks would have to be paid for separately.

All aboard the Angriya
 

So hop aboard from the bustling cruise terminal along with 399 passengers and watch the sun set on the Konkan coast, as you sip your Long Island iced tea or a cappuccino.

Angriya is your susegad getaway to Goa.

For bookings, www. angriyacruises.com.

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