Private cruise ships cost the country an average of Rs 6,300 per person per night and cost an average Rs 6.25 crore per person, according to data from cruise operator Carnival Cruises.
The data shows that Indian private cruises have been the most expensive category for the Indian government, with the government paying a total of Rs 1,500 per person for a cabin aboard the private cruise ships.
However, it has been reported that this figure is more or less the same for all private cruise lines.
Cruise operators also charge a fixed rate for the cabin, and this includes food, refreshments and drinks, which is usually more than the rates charged by airlines, hoteliers and motels.
However, Indian officials have said that these operators are making an effort to improve the safety of passengers.
Carnival Cruises said in a statement on Thursday that the ship’s safety standards have improved since it started operating.
The cruise line also said that the quality of the cabin was “better than ever before”.
According to the report, the number of deaths in private cruise line accidents increased from 10,200 in 2016 to 33,500 in 2017.
In the last four years, the overall number of passenger deaths has increased by nearly 100 per cent, while the number in the private fleet has declined by only 50 per cent.
Carmen Sahu, a former vice president of the Indian Cruise Lines Federation (ICFL), which represents the private operators, said the figures should not be seen as an indictment of the industry.
“It is important to keep in mind that Carnival Cruise Lines operates a large number of cruises, so these figures do not reflect the number we have,” she told Quartz.
“We have to be very careful of this and take into account the many other factors affecting the industry.”
Sahu said that there was a lack of information on the safety record of private cruisers.
She added that many cruise lines were operating on the Indian subcontinent, which she termed as a “black market”.
The cruise operator said that it would review the safety data in the next two months and “look into the possibility of revising our safety standards”.
The cruise ship industry in India has been plagued by high-profile deaths.
In 2016, seven people were killed in a fire aboard a private cruise liner in Mumbai, and the following year, more than 70 people were reported missing in a private shipwreck off the coast of Bengaluru.