India has some of the most beautiful coastlines
The growth of the cruise tourism industry in India is rapidly exploding to meet the demands of Indian travellers, both locally and globally.
According to The Indian Express, strategies for developing India as a cruise hub, policy initiatives and port infrastructure were some of the key components discussed during the First Incredible India International Cruise Conference.
Plans are being made to develop programs to form a comprehensive Indian national tourism policy.
The government has a goal to make India a competitor in the global cruise market, for both river and ocean cruises.
So, where is all this demand coming from?
What is the driving force behind a sudden desire to take cruises?
For many years now, India has had a booming economy and as a result, people have more disposable income that drives the demand for leisure activities, such as enjoying cruises.
With that said, here are some options for Indian cruises.
Inside India Cruise Options
India has some of the most beautiful coastlines and undisturbed islands in the world, which makes it a magnificent cruise destination.
One of the popular cruise lines that operate within the country is the Brahmaputra River Cruise which is a 10-night cruise between Guwahati and Jorhat-Dibrugarh.
Ten nights may sound like a long stay, but the adventure is filled with thrilling docking locations, such as Majuli island, Kaziranga National Park, and a heritage tour around Tezpur, among others.
It is a perfect way to spend a vacation for those that want a domestic adventure within India, without the traffic, rushing and the hassle of planning.
Global Cruise Market Options for Indians
For those that want an adventure beyond India, there are many companies to choose from.
The global outlook for cruises, and even international cruise lines, have a wider scope of offerings now.
For example, Explora Luxury Cruises has destinations that range from the UK to favourites like the Mediterranean, and as far as South America.
The luxury lines are all-inclusive journeys that come with amazing culinary experiences, in-suite dining, fine wines, free-flowing beverages, thermal spa, and unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
There are even fitness programs available for those that would like to exercise while on vacation.
The great thing about taking a vacation on an international luxury cruise line is being able to enjoy vacationing in style, eating amazing food, going to sleep, and waking up the next day at a new destination.
There is no stress associated with making plans, getting lost, or having to make decisions because everything is available at any time. With all the amenities included in the luxury option, it is the best value for money spent.
The growth of yacht tourism has also seen development in the cruise industry.
Companies such as Seabourn, Regent, and Silversea are cruise lines that offer premium cruise experiences that are less family-oriented.
These cruises focus on delivering superior quality to their guests, with a high level of sophistication and elegance as a priority.
These cruise lines focus on what is called ‘premiumisation’ and typically cater to older generations aged 50 and above, specifically individuals with higher income.
It won’t be a surprise if such cruise lines start operating in India due to the increased demand for such premium services.
Many companies anticipate a boom in 2022 and 2023 in the cruise industry.
The growing number of cruises, both locally and globally, is evidence of a strong market and expanding interest.
With the plans of the government to develop India into a cruise hub, cruises in India will soon become a part of the lavish culture that is already blooming among the prosperous working generation.