Few cruise ships from cities of Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam are available for going to Andaman Islands via sea.
Chennai to Andaman Cruise
There are two ways of going to Andamans - one is by air and the other is through ships. Cruise ship service to Andaman & Nicobar Islands is available from the cities of Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. From Chennai cruise ships to Andamans run for four times a month. The journey time is about 60 hours and the ships berths at Port Blair for two to four days. The ships that ply between Chennai and Port Blair are: M.V. 'Nancowry' and M.V. 'Swaraj Dweep'. The different categories of accommodation that are available on the cruise ships are: Bunk, 2nd Class Cabin, 1st Class Cabin and Deluxe Cabin.
There is a single window system for the purchase of tickets for cruise ships. Tickets can be booked in advance through STARS (Ship Ticketing Advance Reservation System) network. Passengers have to furnish identity proof at the time of boarding and landing. Tickets can also be purchased from the counters of the Directorate of Shipping Services, A&N Administration at Chennai, Port Blair, Mayabunder, Havelock, Rangat, Diglipur, Hutbay, Car Nicobar, Nancowry and Campbell Bay.