First International Cruise Liner in India Flagged Off

  • Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH Shri Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Maiden voyage of the vessel Costa Serena, the first Internatio Cruise Liner in India from Mumbai
  • India has enhanced its focus on the cruise sector with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) actively promoting cruise tourism for its vast economic positive impact, the potential for job creation, for earning foreign exchange
  • One of the key thrust areas is to develop cruise destination tourism places in coastal states and islands
  • Costa Cruises, Italy, is part of Carnival Corporation, one of the largest cruising conglomerates in the world with reputed cruise brands
  • Series of initiatives taken by the government to promote cruise tourism include guaranteed berths for cruise ships, removal of Ousting charges, Concessional uniform single rate for all Major ports, Volume discounts in cruise tariffs up to 30% for domestic cruise ships, waiver of cabotage for foreign cruise vessels, Uniform SOPs for Customs, Immigrations, CISF, Ports, upgradation and modernization of cru terminals with enhance passenger facilities, etc
  • International cruise liners are growing interest in the Indian cruising industry
  • Development of cruise tourism and lighthouse tourism are being actively considered under MoPSW’s flagship scheme Sagarmala Programme.
  • Over a period of the last 9 years Sagarmala Programme has completed 11 Projects worth Rs.267 crores promoting coastal & cruise tourism and Island Development.
  • Projects include Cruise Passenger Facilitation Centre at Chennai, Construction of International Cruise Terminal at Cochin and development of Cruise Berthing Cruise Passenger facilities at Mormugao Port
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