International luxury cruiseliner 'MV Europa 2' first to come calling at Cochin Port after two years

During the current cruise season, from September 2022 to May 2023, Cochin Port will play host to 20 international cruise calls.

Published: 29th November 2022 07:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2022 07:24 PM   |  A+A-

Cruise tourism

Cruise tourism

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Marking the beginning of the cruise season at Cochin Port, M V Europa 2, an international luxury cruise ship, made its maiden visit to the new cruise terminal Sagarika at Ernakulam Wharf on Tuesday. This is the first visit by an international cruise ship after two years. The cruiseliner is carrying 257 tourists and 372 crew. The guests are predominantly from Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. The ship docked at the port for a one-day visit and sailed onwards to Thailand on Tuesday.

“The cruise business was the first fatality of the pandemic across the globe. Therefore, the revival of the cruise business augurs well for local economies since it is the most prolific segment of the tourism industry and generates significant employment," said M Beena, chairperson, of the Cochin Port Authority.

According to her, the government remains focused on promoting cruise tourism and this is supported by a slew of business promotion measures such as the extension of rationalized cruise tariff till September 2023 and easing of Immigration procedure.

During the current cruise season, from September 2022 to May 2023, Cochin Port will play host to 20 international cruise calls. Of these 20 calls, Cochin would be the first port of call for five cruise ships. Three ships MV Borealis, MV Amera and  MV Le Champlain, will be making their maiden call to Kochi.

According to Jacob Thomas of Marvel Tours, the tourists from the cruise ship went sightseeing after deboarding. "Around 40 of them went sightseeing at Fort Kochi and Mattancherry while more than 45 of them took a trip to Alappuzha. This time, no trip was made to Vaikom or Kumbalangi," he said. The remaining tourists went on rides in autorickshaws and backwater cruises.

International luxury cruiseliner 'MV Europa 2'

India Tourism and DTPC, Ernakulam have made elaborate arrangements at the newly built Sagarika cruise terminal to welcome the guests and offer them the experience of a lifetime. Besides the fully equipped cruise terminal Sagarika, the DTPC is providing pre-paid taxi and autorickshaw counters, a tourist information desk of India Tourism, free wifi and buggies to transport the guests to and from the ship to the terminal.

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