With the onset of the cruise season, two vessels, M V Norwegina Star and M V Nautica arrived at the New Mangalore Port on Wednesday.
M V Norwegina Star is a giant cruise vessel with a length of 294 meters having 2064 cruise passengers and 1048 crew members while M V Nautica had 590 passengers and 398 crew members. In addition to this, 109 passengers joined the vessels after they arrived in Mangaluru from Mumbai by air.
Both the vessels arrived from Goa and sailed to Cochin on Wednesday evening. Majority of the passengers are from the USA, UK, Canada and Brazil; they opted for a ground tour and enjoyed the scenic beauty and cultural heritage of Dakshina Kannada.
They visited the 1000 pillar Jain temple, monolithic statue of Gomateshwara, Gokarnanatha Temple, St Aloysius Chapel, Kadri temple, cashew processing units and went for shopping.
Both the vessels arrived in the city from Goa sailed out to Kochi on Wednesday evening.
Cruise traffic at the Port has been steadily increasing since the past three years. The Port handled 23 cruise vessels with 19,160 passengers during 2015-2016. The Port has all infrastructure required to handle cruise traffic like, state of the art Cruise Lounge, neat and tidy berth area, concretized roads, security arrangements, immigration facility, greenery in and around the port, availability of local ground tour operators, proximity to tourist areas and so on.
The next vessel is scheduled to call at the Port on Thursday, December 1. It is said that during the current year, as many as 30 cruise vessels are scheduled to arrive at the Port.