Mangaluru: The second cruise ship of the current season “Seven Seas Explorer” arrived at New Mangalore Port, today at 7 HRS alongside Berth No. 04 carrying 686 passengers & 552 crew. The ship has an overall length of 223.74 meters & carrying capacity of 55,254 Gross Tonnage with a draft of 7 meters. The vessel en route to Male (Maldives) came from the Port of Qatar to India and berthed at Mormugao Port previously.
The passengers were given a warm welcome in traditional folklore such as yakshagana & traditional drums (chande). For the comfort and better experience of the cruise passengers, various arrangements were done such as; medical screening of passengers, immigration & customs counters for swift movement, 25 coaches of the bus including two shuttle buses for passengers visiting local markets & shops in & around Mangalore city, taxis, tourist vans, meditation centre by Department of AYUSH were kept ready. A cultural program was also organized for the tourists portraying local folklore & traditions of the region.
Dr A. V. Ramana, Chairman, NMPA & MPA felicitated & greeted the master onboard ship as a gesture of welcoming to the Port. The passengers visited various tourist points in and around Mangalore such as; St. Aloysius, Kadri temple, Kudroli Temple, local market, cashew factory, Karkala Gomateshwara statue, 1000 Pillar Temple in Moodabidri, St Aloysius Chapel & Forum Fiza Mall. Souvenirs were given to the cruise passengers by the Port, as a fond memory of their visit to Mangalore while they were embarking back to their ship. The ship sailed at 1800HRS to its next destination to Male.