Information on Kolkata - Portblair Shipping Service Required

#1 Sep 10th, 2011, 07:15
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Jul 2011
  • Neilangel is offline
Hello everyone,

I am planning to go to Port Blair from Kolkata by the shipping service in December 2011, and need to know a few things regarding the same from fellow members who might have done the journey sometime back, or is aware of rules through various sources.

Please reply if you know any or all of the following :
1] When is the ticket booking for the last week of December 2011 expected to start? Are tickets available normally or there is a huge rush and all?

2] What is the difference between Deluxe Cabin & First Class Cabin, as well as between Second Class "A" Cabin & Second Class "B" Cabin, except for the fare price? Is lunch/dinner/break fast included in the ticket price or to be purchased separately once on board?

3] Are identification proof & other details of every person in the touring group required to be shown at the time of booking or just one person is enough?

4] Does passport & Visa/permits for foreign citizen required to be furnished at the time of ticket booking?

5] How tough is the journey in general for a person of average health condition? Any restrictions or health hazard for which caution to be maintained?

6]What facilities/amenities can be expected inside of the ship for this journey? Any link of a picture [Inside & from outside] of MV Harshavardhana/MV Nicobar available online for viewing?

Above are some of the queries I have for now. Sorry if they are too technical or something, but any guidance regarding the Kolkata- Port Blair shipping service is highly appreciated.

Thanking you
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#2 Sep 10th, 2011, 10:26
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If you go to and do a search using the ships name three or four pictures come up. There is a picture of a cabin on the Nicobar but it doesn't say which class.
#3 Sep 10th, 2011, 10:36
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Thumbs up Thank You

Thank you very much for the idea. Yes, I could see the Cabin inside of MV Nicobar and also a picture of the ship sailing on the open sea. Got an idea at least of what to expect!
#4 Nov 25th, 2011, 20:55
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Thumbs up Kolkata Andaban Ship Schedule for December 2011

Hello Folks,

Can someone please help me, when will the ship schedule will release for the December 2011, or its already out?
Apart from Shipping Corporation of India - any private cruse available?

Thank you,
#5 Nov 25th, 2011, 21:28
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  • Neilangel is offline
Hi Gautamdmitra,

Welcome on board and have a pleasant stay.

As for the ship schedule of December 2011, you can directly call the "Shipping Corporation of India" office in Kolkata/Chennai respectively or keep an eye on some of the local dailies of Kolkata/Chennai region for the same, where they regularly publish it as and whenever necessary.

For Port Blair, no private Cruise is available from Chennai and Calcutta as of now, and flight prices from Kolkata is getting excessively higher these days since many Airlines have cancelled Port Blair as one of their destination and as many as 3 flights ply between Kolkata-Port Blair on a daily basis as compared to 9 even a few years ago. So, if you wish to visit the Andamans for the New Years celebration, be prepared for spending a fortune, unlikely for most Indian venues!


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