Cruise liner M/s Royal Caribbean International plans to bring nine more cruise vessels during 2012-13 to the Indian ports.
The cruise liner took the vessel MV Clipper Odyssey with 60 passengers and 70 crew to New Mangalore Port (NMP) marking the beginning of the cruise season for the year. M/s Royal Caribbean International is one of the leading cruise operators of the world and it visited NMP twice last year and had discussion with port chairman.
Meanwhile, another cruise vessel MV Aida Diva also called at the port with 1,810 passengers and 617 crew.
P Tamilvanan, Chairman of the port stated that captain of the vessel MV Aida Diva expressed happiness over facilities available at NMP . Two big cruise vessels are expected to call on the port on December 3.
Aida Diva, one of the biggest luxury cruise vessels and Clipper Odyssey were on their third voyage to NMP. Out of 1,810 passengers from Germany, around 1,439 passengers opted for ground tour and enjoyed the scenic beauty and visited places such as 1,000 Pillar Jain Temple, at Moodbidri, monolithic statue of Gomateshwara at Karkala, Soans Farm, St Aloysius Chapel, Kadri Temple, Gokarnanatha temple, cashew factory, city shopping etc. M/s Globe Travels, their local ground tour operators took these tourists around.