has been taking a number of initiatives to make Mumbai into the cruising
capital of India.
by ‘Costa, completion of the ‘Domestic Cruise Terminal and starting of Mumbai
Goa Cruise by ‘Angriya ship have been three big initiatives.
International Cruise Terminal is also under construction and is expected to be
completed before March 2020. On 17th April ‘KARNIKA, the first Indian Foreign
ship has started Home Porting from Mumbai Port.
Prospects in cruise tourism in Mumbai and
the cruise ships that called
of the Jalesh Cruises, the Cruise ships calling in Mumbai are expected to go up
to 300 in 2019-20 as compared to 48 in 2017-18.
Karnika has a
capacity to accommodate 1,700 passengers and 750 crew. It will operate three
voyages per week for first season this year making 17 calls in Mumbai with last
call on 24.05.2019 when she will reposition to gulf ports during monsoon in
India. She will make in all 100 calls in Mumbai in eight months of fair
Followed closely on the home porting of ‘Karnika’ is
the docking of ‘Spectrum of the Seas’, the largest and the most expensive ship
in Asia, in Mumbai Port on 09.05.2019. The newly built and on its maiden
voyage, ship has capacity for 4,246 guests and 1,551 crew.
World’s most technologically advanced ship Spectrum of
the Seas also offers a variety of fun and adventure activities.
The New Cruise Terminal
The State of the art, New Cruise Terminal shall be
operational from April 2020 and will be the nucleus for further deployment of
cruise ships in Mumbai. After Costa & Jalesh, now Royal Caribbean Cruises
have shown interest in homeporting their cruise ship next year.
The Mumbai port’s goal in the next five
The vision in next five years is to handle 1,000 ships
and 1 Million passengers in India. 500 cruise calls and 5, 00,000 passengers is
the new goal for Mumbai Port in next five years.
Mumbai has been a leading Cargo Port through the
century. Now, it is all geared up to be the torch bearer as India’s Tourism
Port with a string of Tourism Projects like Ro-Pax, Domestic Cruise Terminal,
Marina, Floating Restaurants, Rope Way, Kanhoji Angre Light House Tourism, Sea
side Terminals and Restaurants.
Global cruise tourism
Cruise tourism is looked upon as a ‘Gold Mine’ for India tourism and it
is one of the fast growing factors in the global leisure industry. The number
of cruise passengers keeps increasing year by year and, grabbing the
opportunities more and more countries look up to this cruise tourism to develop
the economy of the destinations.