The luxury cruise liner season 2018-2019
began on a high note at the Mormugao Port with the arrival of the first cruise
liner MV VIKING ORION at the cruise berth terminal on 10th Sept
The luxury cruise liner arrived from
Mumbai port and is on its maiden visit to Goa. The cruise liner arrived with
884 foreign guests and 470 crew members to the state from Mumbai port via
Muscat. The cruise liner had earlier commenced the cruise circuit from Athens.
With the arrival of the first cruise
liner, the luxury cruise season on the tourism circuit of Goa for the year
2018-2019 was officially thrown open. This year the Mormugao Port is
expecting to host around 39 foreign luxury cruise liners at its cruise berth
Shri G.P. Rai, Chairman (i/c)
MPT visited the cruise ship at the cruise berth terminal along with
the Heads of Department, Dy. Commandant CISF, and extended a warm
welcome to the Master Capt. Rune Lockling. Shri G. P. Rai Chairman (i/c)
welcoming the Master, Officers, and crew on board the cruise liner impressed
upon the Master that the State of Goa is a much favoured tourist destination
for cruise passengers on the west coast of India due to its rich cultural
heritage, pristine beaches, heritage monuments and world famous cuisine which
blends the East and West cultures. He also reminded the Master on
the visit of their sister cruise ship MV VIKING SUN to Mormugao Port during the
last cruise tourism season on 6th April 2018. The Chairman
(i/c) also updated the Master about the cruise ships that are scheduled to
arrive at Mormugao during the current season.
The Master of the visiting cruise liner
was all praise for the Marine Officers of the Mormugao Port for smoothly
piloting and bringing the cruise ship alongside the cruise terminal berth on
schedule. He was impressed with the infrastructural facilities for
handling big cruise ships at MPT and complimented the Chairman (i/c) and
officers for the clean and imposing pier. He was happy with
his shipís maiden visit to Goa port and expressed the desire to visit Goa again
in future. The Master of the cruise liner and the Chairman (i/c), MPT later exchanged
commemorative plaques as a gesture of goodwill and friendship.
The Customs and Immigration and the CISF
have done a commendable job in facilitating the smooth transition of the first
cruise ship and guests on board.
The visiting guests and crew availed the
facilities provided by local tour operators Trail Blazer India Pvt Ltd., to
explore the beaches and other tourists spots in Goa. The visiting
guests were immediately taken for sight-seeing tours across Goa in luxury coaches
and taxis by the travel agents. The vessel will sail on its
onward voyage to Colombo, Sri Lanka later in the evening. M/s.
Inchcape Shipping Services were the Shipping Agents for
the cruise liner and provided the necessary logistical support to the vessel.