Government Ferry
Government Ferry
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Meghana s
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Directorate of shipping service to Ross Island ( Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island) boat ride was awesome. Take ride around evening 4
Written 9 February 2023
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Nihar J
Dublin, Ireland16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We travelled in a group of 6 people including 2 kids aged 4 & 6. We have a good experience on the government ferry. We took the morning ferry from Neil Island to Port Blair and it took 2 hours to reach Port Blair. We also travelled via private ferry from Port Blair to Havelock Island and then after a couple of days from Havelock Island to Neil Island.

I would suggest taking Government Ferry whenever possible because of the following reasons:
1) It is 50% cheaper than a Private ferry even on the Recliner Class of the Government Ferry
2) Access to the open deck is available to view the waters and take some very good pictures. You are typically allowed to move in a capsule on a private ferry.
3) You are responsible for your own luggage which is kept on one side of the deck. Private ferry people take luggage from you but stack it in such a horrible way that luggage gets damaged (My 2 out 3 luggage got damaged)
4) Against advised by other people to pay to agents, getting government ferry tickets is easy. Just plan against the flow like getting tickets from Islands to Port Blair via morning ferry is easy. Just be there at the ticket counter at 4 PM on the ticket counter a day prior to the travel date

In the end, I would suggest doing both a Private ferry (for busy times) and a Government Ferry (for non-busy times) to have both of the experiences.
Written 6 February 2023
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Sudip M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
very good place and historical,our trip for andaman was overwhelming and it was due to the best effort of gopal ,he organized everything from hotel to taking us to jetty for havelok,a great person ,gopal 95319 18600.Any tourist can fully trust him,he is a local and not like other tour agents.thanks gopal for taking us early morning to phoenix jetty and guide for tickets and then take us back for mv coral from phoenix bay.
Written 30 October 2021
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MM0311
Mumbai333 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
We took the government ferry from Havelock to Port Blair and regretted our decision. Unlike the Makruzz, the ferry bobs up and down and made me sea sick. It runs late.. Ours was an hour late and those who had connecting flights had a tough time. While the government ferry is more cost effective than the Makruzz, I wouldn't recommend it as a tourist - its more comfortable to take the Makruzz and have a smooth ride.
Written 4 April 2021
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Srijani Deb
Kolkata (Calcutta), India12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
I had a good time travelling by governments ships. Spacious, pleasant and comfortable journey. Totally worth the ticket price. One important thing about it is, it sticks to its schedule and if you are a minute late, you might not be able to get on. Also note try boarding a ship in an empty stomach and once it has sailed try resting your head against something and sleep instead of sitting up if you are a first time traveller or have sea sickness. Rest assured you’ll have a good time if you go up the deck and decide on feeling that amazing breeze and a magnificent view.
Written 13 February 2021
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Surya J
Mumbai, India201 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
Although I would rate this ferry as more comfortable, I personally was not in favor of the seating arrangements. We were seated deep down in the Vessel where no windows existed. There were a lot of cockroaches too, seats were small. More like stadium seats. Once we reached Neil, the Capt of the ship was asking everyone to de board quick. I hope he remembers that we are customers and not crew members. Compared to the competition, this was definitely a better ship. There was lesser movement, it was more comfortable.
Written 5 February 2021
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Samruddha
Bengaluru, India5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
much cheaper compared to private ferries and much better as you get to stand on the deck and enjoy the views. But, It is tricky to book govt Ferry in andamans. We need to submit a application 1 or 2 days before the date of journey and the tickets Hu are confirmed the day before the journey. It is always better to get help from a trusted agent to book the tickets. It saves time/hassle of waiting in queue instead of sight seeing.

Gopal applied for the ferry booking while we were still in Bangalore and he also went to the tourism office on the previous day to make sure the tickets were confirmed.

Gopal knows Andamans inside out. Unlike other agents who try to loot you, he is totally honest and goes the extra mile to make your trip comfortable. He submitted application for the govt ferry, booked tickets for jolly bouy island trip, helped me with 2 wheeler hire and all the other little things that really made our trip comfortable.

Gopal can help you with pretty much everything in port Blair. Please contact Gopal (9531918600/9933202151) for any guidance in andaman like permits, ferry booking, transportation, etc.
Written 26 December 2020
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NitinV81
New Delhi, India283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
A good experience for someone who seldom travels in ship. Went on the deck and enjoyed the sea and early morning sun. We took an executive cabin which was air-conditioned and comfortable providing good privacy too.
However, the washrooms are unhygienic and not user friendly with water over flowing from basins.
Written 5 April 2020
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Hamza B
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
So I was on a vacation with my partner and decided to travel between Port blair—> Havelock —> Neil —> Port blair with government Ferry and the experience was far better than the expectations.
We were under the impression that being a gov ferry the cruise will be not that great in infrastructure and in regards to hygiene but they have astonished my thoughts.
The cruise was air conditioned with good sitting facilities and better leg space. Moreover, the cruise had the facility to go on the deck and experience the cool breeze and the classic view of the ocean.

Note: It also is a big save on the pocket and better than travelling through a private ferry/cruise.
P.s. They have option of economic class and higher class for sitting, do check at the ticket counters.
Written 15 March 2020
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AnilChadda
Pune, India213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Excellent joy ride, get to travel with the locals from one island to another
Ferry has a capacity to carry over 10-12 boats
Written 7 March 2020
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