Mangaluru: September 28, 2015: Cruise vessel M V Insignia called at New Mangalore Port on Sunday with 625 cruise passengers and 400 crew on board.
This is the first cruise vessel which called at the port during the beginning of the cruise season from September to April. The vessel which came from Goa berthed at the Port in the morning and around 400 passengers and crew opted for ground tour arranged by the local tour operator, M/s Lia Travels.
Majority of the tourists were from USA and Canada. They have visited various locations in and around the city like Mangaladevi temple, Gokarnanatha temple, St Aloysius Chapel, cashew processing units, monolithic statue of Bahubali at Karkala, Soans farm and 1,000 pillar Jain basadi at Moodbidri. After enjoying the scenic beauty of the city, passengers returned to the vessel and sailed out to Kochi in the evening. M/s J M Baxi and Co were agents of the vessel.
Port authorities received the vessel by presenting a flower bouquet to the captain, who expressed happiness over arrangements made by the port for smooth handling of the vessel and passengers. NMPT has witnessed a steady growth in handling cruise vessels during the past few years. The port is expected to receive 21 cruise vessels during the current financial year, Y R Belagal, traffic manager, New Mangalore Port Trust stated in a communique here on Monday.