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Italian flag cruise vessel arrives in Mangaluru

Italian flag cruise vessel arrives in Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Nov 13 (UNI) Italian flag cruise vessel Costa Victoria arrived at the New Mangalore Port,

New Mangaluru Port (NMP) sources said.

According to them, there were 1,928 passengers and 766 crew on board the cruise, which arrived on Tuesday night.

She is the second vessel of the cruise season to call the port. The cruise season had commenced on November 4 with the arrival of Aida Vita.

A total of 24 cruise vessels had confirmed their visit to NMP during the season and a few more were in the pipeline.

Heli-tourism services were introduced by the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) to ferry passengers of the cruise to the nearest tourist destination, but the helicopter could not arrive due to poor weather conditions.

As many as 12 passengers had booked helicopter services, the sources said.

In 2018, 26 cruise vessels had sailed into the port.

In 2017, a total of 22 cruise vessels with 24,258 passengers had visited the port. The local tour operators had arranged the visit of passengers to surrounding tourist spots

The total cruise callings on five ports including Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Mangaluru, and Mormugao were 138 ships carrying a total of 1.76 lakh passengers in fiscal 2017-18. The number increased to 285 callings in 2018 and was projected to rise to 593 cruise traffic in the current fiscal year, the sources added.

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