Port Wings News Network:
M.V. COSTA VICTORIA with 1771 passengers and 809 crew and M.V. INSIGNIA with 612 passengers and 407 crew called at New Mangalore Port on 3 March 2018. This is the 19th and 20th cruise vessel calling at the port during the current financial year 2017-18. Both the vessels are berthed at the alongside berths of the Port – 2 to 4.
COSTA VICTORIA – an Italian cruise vessel with passengers representing 35 Nations of the world in which majority from France, Dutch and Germany came from Colombo and will be sailing out today evening to Salalah.
M.V. INSIGNIA – a Norwegian cruise liner with passengers from US and Canada came from Male and will be sailing today evening to Cochin.
Around 1300 passengers from these two vessels opted for ground tour arranged by the local tour operators – M/s Globe Travels and M/s Lia Travels and they have visited various locations in and around Mangalore like Mangaladevi temple, Gokarnanatha temple, St. Aloysius Chapel, Cashew processing units, Monolithic statue of lord bahubali at Karkala, Soans farm and 1000 pillar jain basadi at Moodabidri, Belmont House at Balmatta, city shopping, etc. After enjoying the scenic beauty of Mangalore, the passengers returned to their respective vessels and sailed out to the next port. M/s J.M.
Baxi & Co. are the agents of both the vessels Shri Suresh P Shirwadkar, Chairman i/c while recalling the steady growth of cruise vessels calling at the Port has informed that during the current financial year 2017-18(as on today) 20 cruise vessels called at the Port with 20,400 passengers. The next vessel is scheduled to call at the Port on 6-3- 2018.
The captain and passengers of the vessel are very much impressed upon the facilities available at the Cruise Lounge, neat and tidy berth area, concretised roads, security arrangements, Immigration facility, greenery in and around the port, availability of local ground tour operators, proximity to tourist areas, etc. During the interaction the passengers have expressed their satisfaction over their short stay at Mangalore.