More cruise liners prefer Mangalore

 A team from Royal Caribbean International, one of the leading cruise operators of the world, visited the Port on Tuesday and hled discussion with the Port  Chairman, Traffic Manager and Deputy Conservator alongwith the representatives of M/s J B  Baxi – the vessel agent.

This is the second visit of the team during the current year. Adam Sharp, Manager of Royal Caribbean, after visiting the port area has expressed happiness over the facilities available at NMPT for handling cruise vessels.

He was very much impressed by the facilities available at the Cruise Lounge, neat and tidy berth area, concretised roads, security arrangements, immigration facility, greenery in and around the port, availability of local ground tour operators, proximity to tourist areas, etc. 

The liner has already prepared their plan for bringing 13 cruise vessels during the next one year.  The first vessel M V Aidadiva is scheduled to call at the Port on November 12 with 1,300 plus passengers. The biggest  vessel M V Brilliance of the Seas with a length of 293.5 metres and 2000 passengers  with 500 crew members on board is expected to call at the Port which will be the biggest cruise vessel and ever handled at the Port. The cruise will call at the port on April 1, 2012.

NMPT Chairman Dr P Tamilvanan has briefed the team about the facilities available at the Port and assured to extend all cooperation for the smooth handling of these cruise vessels, according to a press release.

During  the year 2010-11, 14 cruise vessels with 5,854 passengers called at the Port out of which 4,119  passengers have opted for ground tour and enjoyed the scenic beauty including 1000 Pillar Jain temple, Soans farm, Gokarnanatha temple, St Aloysius chapel, Kadri temple, cashew factory, etc.

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