Port Wings News Network:
Mumbai Port has been taking a number of initiatives to make Mumbai into the cruising capital of India. Home Porting by‘Costa, completion of the ‘Domestic Cruise Terminal, and starting of Mumbai Goa Cruise by ‘Angriya ship have been three big initiatives.
The new International Cruise Terminal is also under construction and is expected to be completed before March 2020.
On 17th April ‘KARNIKA, the first Indian Foreign ship has started Home Porting from Mumbai Port. With starting of the Jalesh Cruises, the Cruise ships calling in Mumbai are expected to go upto 300 in 2019-20 as compared to 48 in 2017-18.
Karnika has a capacity to accommodate 1,700 passengers and 750 crew. It will operate three voyages per week for first season this year making 17 calls in Mumbai with last call on 24.05.2019 when she will reposition to gulf ports during monsoon in India. She will make in all 100 calls in Mumbai in eight months of fair weather.
Followed closely on the hills of homeporting of ‘Karnika’ is the docking of ‘Spectrum of the Seas’, the largest and the most expensive ship in Asia, in Mumbai Port on 09.05.2019. The newly built and on its maiden voyage, ship has capacity for 4,246 guests and 1,551 crew. World’s most technologically advanced ship Spectrum of the Seas also offers a variety of fun and adventure activities.
Even Entertainment onboard Spectrum of the Seas is very tech-savvy, such as Two 70 with its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows offering breath-taking 270-degree views of the ocean. The ship has the Vistarama technology, which transforms the panoramic windows into a projection surface more than 100 feet wide and over 20 feet tall showcasing spectacular digital shows.
The State of the art, New Cruise Terminal shall be operational from April 2020 and will be the nucleus for further deployment of cruise ships in Mumbai. After Costa & Jalesh, now Royal Caribbean Cruises have shown interest in homeporting their cruise ship next year. The vision in next five years is to handle 1,000 ships and 1 Million passengers in India.500 cruise calls and 5,00,000 passengers is the new goal for Mumbai Port in next five years.
Mumbai has been a leading Cargo Port through the century. Now, it is all geared up to be the torch bearer as India’s Tourism Port with a string of Tourism Projects like Ro-Pax, Domestic Cruise Terminal, Marina, Floating Restaurants, Rope Way, Kanhoji Angre Light House Tourism, Sea side Terminals and Restaurants.