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NMPA welcomes its first cruise ship of the season

NMPA welcomes its first cruise ship of the season
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Mangaluru: New Mangalore Port, today welcomed the first cruise ship of the current cruise season. The cruise ship “MS EUROPA 2” berthed today at 06:30 hrs at Berth No. 04 carrying 271 passengers and 373 crew members sailing under the flag of Malta (EUROPE). Its carrying capacity is 42,830 Gross Tonnage and its current draught is reported to be 6.3 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 224.38 meters and her width is 29.99 meters.

The cruise vessel’s last Port of call was Mormugao in Goa and after its stay in Mangalore, the next Port it will be calling is Cochin Port. On the directions of the Chairman, NMPA Port Officials made all possible arrangements for the comfort and better experience of the cruise passengers as the cruise season has re-opened after a gap of two years since the COVID pandemic shook the world. NMPA’s international cruise terminal was prepped up for the welcome of cruise passengers, arrangements were done for medical screening of passengers, 11 immigration counters and four customs counters were set, six coaches of bus and cars, 15 prepaid taxis, were kept ready for the passengers. A meditation centre was also set up by the Department of AYUSH and cultural programmes portraying the Indian mythology for the passenger’s experience.

The passengers visited various tourist points in and around Mangalore such as; St. Aloysius, Kadri temple, Kudroli Temple, local market, cashew factory, Udupi temple, Gomateshwara, 1000 Pillar Temple and Forum Fiza Mall. After savouring the ethnic tradition and cultural experience the passengers embarked back to their ship with fond memories of Mangalore and the cruise vessel sailed at 15: 00 hrs towards its next stop to Cochin Port.

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