The luxury cruise liner tourists season began with the
arrival of the first cruise passenger ship MS NAUTICA at the Mormugao Port on
14th November 2017. The vessel was berthed at the cruise
berth terminal on its arrival. The Officials of the GTDC, Govt of Goa, were
present at the cruise berth terminal to receive the state guests. They gave the
visiting high end guests a traditional Goan welcome and presented Goan folk
dances, music and pageantry at the cruise terminal. The cruise liner
began its voyage to India from Dubai UAE on 5/11/17. The first Port of call for
the cruise liner in India was Mumbai. The vessel arrived with 553 pax and a crew
of 393 on board.
liner brought in high end guests from USA (232), Canada(137), UK(46), Australia
(28), New Zealand(19), Germany(18), Switzerland (9) Netherlands, Brazil,
(11), Mexico, as well as from Argentina,
Belgium, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Spain, etc. The visitors were taken for a
sight- seeing tour of Goa’s famous tourists locations of churches,
temples, beaches in the north and south Goa, spice gardens, Panjim city etc.
The ground arrangement for sight-seeing tours was handled by M/s. ITB.
M/s. J. M. Baxi & Co., were the Shipping
Agents for the cruise liner and handled all the ground logistics thereby making
the short stay of the visiting guests a memorable experience. The Port
Officials rendered all logistical support for smooth handling of the
first cruise liner at the port. A tourist taxi counter was operated at the
cruise berth terminal to facilitate the guests to utilize smooth travel
facilities within the State during their short stay. Authorised Forex counter
was also operated at the cruise berth terminal by Cox & Kings to facilitate
exchange of currency.
Family members of the Goan crew serving on board
the cruise liner were also facilitated entry to the cruise berth terminal to
meet their loved ones. This year the Port is expecting 30 luxury cruise
liners with 68,000 passengers likely to visit the port till the end of
the season extending up to the month of May 2018, with a marginal increase in
the passenger traffic as compared to last tourism season. The cruise liner, later
in the evening sailed to Mangalore Port.