MV Insignia, the seventh cruise ship of the current season, arrived at the port of New Mangalore on Wednesday. The Marshall Island-flagged ship had 466 passengers and 399 crew on board.
The last port of call of the ship departing from Fujairah and Mumbai ports was Mormugao Port in Goa, and after leaving Mangaluru, the ship will sail to Cochin Port.
The overall length of the ship is 180.05 meters with a deadweight tonnage of 30,277 GT and a draft of 6 meters. The ship is owned and operated by Oceania Cruises, headquartered in Miami.
It is a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, a diversified cruise company of leading global cruise brands including Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The cruise passengers were traditionally greeted with drums as they disembarked from the ship. They took advantage of a meditation center set up by the Department of Ayush in the cruise lounge.
Clothing and handicraft shops were also kept open for them. Tourists clicked photos in front of the selfie booth set up by the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism.
The port had arranged a yakshagana performance in the cruise lounge to entertain passengers.
The passengers visited various tourist destinations such as Akhal Cashew Factory, Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Thousand Pillars Basadi, St. Aloysius Chapel, Local Market, Pilikula Handicraft Village and Soans Farm.