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Sailing through life: The best of Indian luxury cruises

While luxury trains and first-class flights have been in the spotlight for long, cruises haven’t always received their deserved recognition. However, turning the spotlight towards these, here are the best Indian cruises for you to luxuriate aboard. So sail through life with these four indulgent excursions.

Uniworld Wellness Cruise

Interiors of a room at the Uniworld Wellness Cruise. Best Indian cruises
Sun Deck at the Uniworld Wellness Cruise

Their ‘Me to We & The Sacred Ganges’ cruise focuses on exposing passengers to India’s rich cultural heritage while bringing them closer to their inner self. The journey starts in Delhi NCR followed by three days in rural Udaipur. Here you stay at the Aravali Cottages and Tented Camp, interact with the local community and do yoga overlooking the Aravalli mountain range. Then on the party heads to eight days of wellness on the Ganges Voyager II. A resident Yoga teacher, food programmes, meditation, the Serenity River Spa, enjoy a holistic sail as you soak in India’s ancient heritage. Kalna presents famous temples, local arts & crafts showcased in Matiari and exquisite monuments in Murshidabad and Baranagar. All this with a view of the Ganges, this one definitely makes it to the vacation list.


Angriya Cruise. Best Indian cruises
The bar

A short sail, the Angriya cruise takes on the Mumbai-Goa route in 14 hours. India’s first cruise liner, it is timed as such that you catch both, the sunrise and sunset, either way of the journey. As it moves along the Konkan coast, they want guests to savour the views of the thriving marine life, old forts, and cultural gems. Do that as you laze around on the three open decks or relax in the spa. Two restaurants, an infinity pool, six bars, and a dance club on board make it a must-have luxury experience in India. Eleven different room options across seven decks, including Luxury Pods, allows you to pick the perfect night over water.

Costa Cruise

costa cruise

Made for a great international getaway, the Costa Cruise takes you from Cochin to Male (Maldives). Over the course of four days, revel in their jacuzzis, spa pool, and swimming pools — views of the sea don’t necessarily mean not indulging in water activities on board. When not lounging on the sun deck, choose fitness with the soccer area, tennis court, and volleyball court outdoors; they also have a jogging track. The lush spa options also include a Turkish bath. Five restaurants and ten bars, an entertainment theatre, and a dance club keep you engaged through the getaway.

The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda

The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda. Best Indian cruises
The cruiser

Perfect for a weekend vacation, this two-day cruise sails through Kerala’s most vibrant backwaters, the Vembanad Lake in Alleppey. A concentrated eco-system and rice paddy farms on offer. The vessel glides on the Arabian Sea, promising utmost privacy. A private butler, only eight cabins, classical dance performances such as Kathakali and Mohiniattam, and choice to grab a rice boat to wade through narrower backwaters, makes for a peaceful escapade. Take your meals to the top deck restaurant or in your room, sunbathe comfortably on the open deck.

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Megha Uppal
Senior Associate Editor
An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.