With 550 passengers and 400 crew members, the eighth cruise ship and last of the current season, “Nautica”, called at New Mangalore Port (NMP), port officials said on Tuesday. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel arrived in port at 8:30 a.m. Monday and docked next to Berth No. 4. The ship previously called at Cochin Port and departed NMP at 4:30 p.m. Mormugao Port, the port said in a statement.
The overall length of the ship is 180.05 meters with a deadweight tonnage of 30,277 gross tonnage and a draft of six meters. When leaving the ship, the cruise passengers were traditionally welcomed.
Various arrangements have been made for the cruise passengers’ pleasant experience, including buses and taxis for exploring various places in and around the city.
The passengers visited various tourist destinations in the city, including temples. As a memento of their visit to Mangaluru, they were presented with souvenirs upon embarking their ship.
Post-pandemic, the cruise season reopened in November 2023 after a three-year hiatus.
The eight ships calling at the port this season carried 3,602 passengers.
The port receives an average of 25 ships per year with an average passenger volume of about 27,000. For the upcoming cruise season, 13 ships have already confirmed their visit and the numbers are expected to increase as the cruise tourism industry sees steady growth in passenger registrations in the wake of the pandemic, the press release said.