Resumption of cruise service between Visakhapatnam and Port Blair
Visakhapatnam: As the Covid-19 situation has returned to normal, the tourism industry is slowly returning to normal. The passenger freighter MV Campbell Bay left Port Blair on Saturday evening with 450 passengers on board. About 95% of the passengers belong to North Andhra Pradesh. The ship is expected to drop anchor at the port of Visakhapatnam on the morning of May 3.
After the coronavirus outbreak in India, the Shipping Corporation of India suspended operations for two years. Most of the passengers are migrant workers, who work in various parts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, returning to their hometowns during the summer holidays. As the sea route is profitable, migrant workers travel mainly by boat.
According to ferry traffic manager Ratnakumar, the return trip of MV Campbell Bay from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair has already been finalized. The Campbell Bay ship will depart from Visakhapatnam on the evening of May 5, he said.
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“The vessel from Campbell Bay will reach Port Blair on May 8. As transport services have resumed, tickets for the round trip from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair have sold out ahead of schedule. Tickets for the 500-seat MV Campbell Bay sold out in just two days after the booking window,” the official added.
Ferry service to Andamans is very cheap as the flight from Visakhapatnam to Andamans can cost up to Rs 10,000. However, Andaman government divides passengers into two categories – islanders (locals) and non- islanders (not local). The one-way economy class ticket for an islander is Rs 1,250 while a tourist is charged Rs 3,375 for the same journey. However, there is no cap on the luggage you carry on board.