New Mangalore port welcomed the second vessel of the cruise season; Costa Victoria the Italian flag cruise vessel. There were 1928 passengers and 766 crew members on board. The cruise season began on Novermber 4 with the arrival of Aida Vita.
New Mangalore Port Trust is the first in the country to embark on the Heli-tourism services. “Given the present road conditions and the distance to these places, heli-tourism was the best option for international tourists to get a glimpse of Karnataka. Any aviation company with DGCA certification can provide the service and NMPT would facilitate their operation. For the next cruise vessel calling on November 12, there were 16 confirmed bookings,” Mr. Ramana, Chairman of NMPtold reporters here.
NMP is scheduled to host 24 cruise vessels while few are still in the pipeline. Previous fiscal has witnessed 26 vessels sail into the port. A total of 22 cruises with 24,258 passengers had arrived the port in 2017.
Government of India has taken a conscious decision to encourage tourism and the Ministry of Shipping has actively been participating in this rather social responsibility initiative, Mr. Ramana said. “NMPT is prepared to receive as many cruise vessels as possible in furtherance of this initiative,” he said adding construction of a separate entry and exit for cruise vessel guests was in full swing.