The most awaited time of the year in cruise tourism has arrived in the country. Costa Victoria, one of the enchanting ships of the Costa fleet, arrived at Mumbai, where she will be homeporting for the 4th Indian season of the very popular Italian brand. The cruise line has a very popular itinerary from India to Maldives. On lines with the deluxe Angriya Cruise that set sail last year from Mumbai to Goa, another ship to add to the premium luxury cruise line is by Zen Cruises, India’s Premiere Cruise Line and is set to launch its first brand Jalesh Cruises from Mumbai in April 2019.The beginning of the season was graced by the presence of Shri. Mansukh L.Mandaviya, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Shipping India, Shri Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman Mumbai Port Trust and Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director Lotus Aero Enterprises, Representative of Costa Cruise India.
Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping India, stated, “Cruise Tourism is currently one of the fastest developing verticals in the tourism sector in India. Over the years, Cruise Tourism has been recognized as an active component in the economic growth of any country and we also see it as a major source of employment because of its labor-intensive nature and the significant multiplier effect on employment in related sectors. I would like to congratulate Costa Cruises for their successful homeporting since 2016.”
Also present at the celebration Shri. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust said, “This is a suitable time for cruise liners to come to India as the Government authorities are taking proactive steps to finally use our long coastline. I would like to acknowledge the initiatives of cruise companies like Costa Cruises that have taken the initiative to start sailings from Mumbai and exhibited their confidence in the Indian Government and Indian market. We are looking forward to homeporting many more ships and building the Mumbai port as a leading port of India. We aim to exceed the expectations of the cruise liners and the cruisers, both domestic and international.”
Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Aero Enterprises, Representative of Costa Cruises in India, said “We are very excited to celebrate the success of our past three Mumbai Maldives sailing seasons. Today, cruise liners cater to multiple segments of travelers with their diverse facilities and amenities onboard. I am confident that this mode of holidaying will provide an exclusive way of travel for visitors seeking to discover new avenues of tourism.”