Mormugao Port Trust played host to
two luxury cruise liners back to back at the port during this week bringing in
loads of international guests to the State of Goa. MS CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION
arrived at Mormugao Port on 16th April 2018 with 2068
guests from several nationalities and 960 crew members.
Today, 17TH April 2018,
one of the biggest cruise ships with an LOA of 311 metres to visit
during the present cruise tourism season MS MARINER OF THE SEAS of the Royal
Caribbean International is docked at the port. The cruise
liner sailed in at Mormugao Port early in the
morning from Cochin port. The cruise liner has brought in
2682 guests and a crew compliment of 1238 members. The visiting guests hailed
from USA (936), Great Britain (553), Austria (341), and Canada
(392). All the passengers were issued with E-Landing cards and
cleared by the Immigration on board the ship at Cochin.
The officials of the Goa Tourism
Department, Government of Goa, were present at the Port to welcome the state
guests and extended a warm welcome to them on their arrival with colorful
cultural pageantry. The arriving guests had a glimpse of Goa’s rich
traditional folk dances and scintillating music with an East-West flavor. The
guests were seen having a pleasant time after disembarking, enjoying the
colorful display, before boarding the waiting coaches for their excursion to various
tourists’ locations across the State. The transition of the guests
from the port to the various tourists’ location was handled smoothly without
delay by the main operator M/s. Travelsmith Adventure Pvt Ltd.,
Goa. M/s. Travelsmith Goa are also conducting special custom
made excursion trips to the visiting guests as per their individual choice.
These facilities translates well in terms of attracting more international
guests to the State of Goa by cruise liners as they are impressed with Goa’s
landscape, East-West cultural bonding, its natural beauty, as well
its exquisite cuisine.
M/s. J. M. Baxi &
Co, Vasco da Gama were the Ship Agents for the cruise liner and
assisted in all the Ship logistics. The cruise vessel will sail to Muscat, on
its onward voyage later in the evening.