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Published on : Saturday, August 19, 2017
This cruise tourism project consists of the introduction of the new terminal with the international facilities and amenities will become operation in mid 2018 from Ernakulam Wharf. The port had handled 34 liners in the previous year.
The port officials are upbeat as new tour operators are entering into tie-ups for including Kochi in their itinerary.
The latest cruise to join the bandwagon is Costa Cruises. They will steer the comfortable cruises along the Mumbai-Kochi and Kochi-Maldives route.
Ramana, the head of Kochi Port said that the decision of international cruise liners like Costa to operate in Indian waters will boost cruise tourism to Kerala.
Where tourism is the greatest concern or people plan a trip with their family, people look at Kerala first.
Moreover, Kerala is the most preferred destination for tourists in India as well as abroad. People generally prefer airlines, railways and private vehicles for travelling purposes in this regard.
If the cruise services are launched via Indian waters then it would also boost the economy through the tourism.
A dedicated cell is functioning at the Cochin Port to run and administer the cruise operations exclusively. The cruise vessels are given walk-in berth and no priority charges are levied in this regard.
Costa Cruises, an Italian luxury cruise liner, announced that the cruises will start three and four nights cruise line sailings from Mumbai to Kochi via Mangalore and Kochi to Maldives from November, 2017.
The Italian cruising company will start the cruise from Kochi-Maldives which will be for three nights and the cruise from Mumbai-Kochi will be for four nights.
They delighted about increasing the capacity in this region by offering three-four night cruises which is dedicated to Indian market.