Port Wings News Network:
With the arrival of the last luxury cruise liner MV SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER to Mormugao Port on 5 May 2018, the luxury cruise liner season officially came to a close. The cruise ship which arrived at Mormugao Port with 600 guests and 450 crew members from Mangalore port was the last official cruise ship to visit Mormugao Port.
The cruise ship later sailed to Mumbai on its onward voyage. The luxury cruise liner season which began on 14-11-2017 with the arrival of the first cruise ship MV NAUTICA came to a close on a high note with 30 Luxury cruise ships visiting the Mormugao port during the season.
The Mormugao Port Management extended all logistics support to the visiting cruise liners providing state of the art infrastructure facilities at the cruise terminal at Mormugao. The setting up of the Immigration counters at the terminal for faster immigration clearances to the visiting guests, providing e-Visa facilities and providing Pre-paid Tourists Taxi counter facilities at the cruise terminal for the visitors came in for praise from all the stake holders in the tourism industry. The family members of the Goan crew working onboard the cruise liners were also extended dock entry permits to enter the cruise terminal to meet the crew members.
The Mormugao Port played a crucial role in supporting the cruise tourism industry in Goa and the efforts of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and Goa Government in enhancing the robust growth of this sector. The Port also extended concessional tariff to the cruise liners, even at the cost of incurring a loss of about Rs. 10 crores owing to reduction in port tariff. This was done in order to attract more cruise liners and also as a part of its contribution to promoting tourism in the state of Goa. The arrival of cruise ships with thousands of guests and an equal number of crew translates into steady revenue earnings to the state in foreign exchange as well as earnings to all the stakeholders connected with cruise tourism. Among the many stakeholders who draw direct benefits from cruise tourism, is the luxury coach operators and tourist taxis that are ensured a regular earnings for transportation of the visiting guests for sightseeing tours across the state.
The Port Management is confident that the luxury cruise tourism in the state will see further growth in the future and assures all support to the Government of Goa and the cruise tourism industry in the state.