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Aug 17th, 2009, 02:27 PM
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Cruises to India

Hi, Are there any cruises (direct/w.stops) from Europe to India? This is for a friend who is terrified of flying but needs to visit India.

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Aug 17th, 2009, 02:46 PM
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There aren't any regularly scheduled sea trips that I'm aware of, but there are many cruise lines that stop in India, usually as part of a world cruise. Your friend might have to buy a couple of segments and travel for up to 2 weeks to reach India this way, but it might be possible. It would be very expensive.

Princess, for example, has a cruise that leaves from Dover on September 17 and eventually gets to Mumbai after 52 days at sea (this is about 2/3 of the way through this particular cruise). It might be possible to buy just a portion. Regent has a 24-night cruise from Piraeus to Mumbai that leaves on October 9.

But to be realistic, I think your friend needs to overcome the fear. Once you get to Mumbai, then you have to figure out how to get back.
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Aug 17th, 2009, 08:59 PM
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Thank you. And, ouch!! Will pass along..
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Aug 18th, 2009, 11:00 AM
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check out this link on overland travel from london to India.
http://www.seat61.com/India-overland.htm
it's not for the faint of heart, as you will go through Iran and Pakistan and it will take about 2-3 weeks. probably cheaper than a cruise, but will still cost more than air ticket. Pakistan is what would really concern me, considering current situation. good luck!
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Aug 19th, 2009, 09:19 AM
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WOW!! I am impressed that anybody attempts this!
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Aug 19th, 2009, 09:37 AM
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Thank you for the amazing seat61 site.. This is just what I need for the next year!!
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Aug 23rd, 2009, 08:37 PM
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The other way to do this is to find a freighter making the trip. Some freighters take passengers - google "freighter cruise".
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Aug 23rd, 2009, 09:27 PM
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This looks like the best bet for India - most routes seem to bypass India, heading direct for the Far East - www.freightercruises.com/09/07/-news.html
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Aug 24th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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interesting site! i'm surprised how expensive it is to go by freighter. It costs same as a cruise ship, but without any amenities. also, for longer voyages i would think they'd give discount, but probably not. i think this would cure me of any fear of flying i might have!
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