arrival of the luxury cruise liner Angriya at Mormugao Port on
Sunday afternoon marked the beginning of a new chapter in domestic
cruise tourism in India. The domestic cruise sector is poised to
grow at a steady pace in the coming months, and the state of Goa stands to
benefit from domestic cruise tourism. Being a tourism state, Goa has a great
potential for the growth of this luxury cruise sector in the
The inaugural visit of cruise ship
ANGRIYA brought around 200 guests to the state from Mumbai Port. The ship was
given a befitting welcome at the MPT’s cruise terminal with the
Chairman In-charge Shri G.P. Rai, personally welcoming the Master of the ship
Capt. Dondh and Shri Thakur with floral bouquets along with his
Heads of Department, Capt. Manoj Josh Dy. Conservator, Shri Jerome
Clement Traffic Manager (i/c), Shri S.K.S. Hegde, Chief Mechanical Engineer
(i/c). The Chairperson of the Mormugao Municipal Council Shri Kritesh Gaokar
was also present at the cruise terminal during the welcome ceremony.
The Directorate of
Tourism, Government of Goa, had organized a lively cultural
programme displaying Goan folk dances and cultural pageantry to extend a
traditional welcome to the guests on arrival at the cruise terminal.
A Brass Band ‘Symphony’ was also in attendance at the cruise terminal to blend
the inaugural visit of the luxury cruise ship with perfect musical
Expressing his happiness on the inaugural visit
of the domestic cruise ship after a long wait, Shri G.P. Rai Chairman
In-charge MPT stated that this sector is poised for growth in the near future.
More stakeholders in the domestic cruise lines have expressed their willingness
to start luxury domestic cruises on this circuit in the coming months. Goa may
see few more domestic cruise liners making regular visits to Mormugao in the
future thereby giving a bigger boost to luxury cruise tourism in the
The logistics and other ground
arrangements for the maiden visit of the domestic cruise were handled
efficiently by M/s. Ben Line Agencies in close collaboration with the
Mormugao Port Management. The cruise ship is scheduled to make regular visits
to Goa from Mumbai from this week.