The first cruise vessel in 2010-11 arrived at the New Mangalore Port on Friday with 83 passengers on board. The ship M.V. Spirit of Oceanus left in the evening.

According to a press release issued by the New Mangalore Port Trust, 77 passengers visited cashew factories, St. Aloysius Chapel, the Kadri temple and shopped at malls before returning to the vessel.

This luxury cruise vessel, with a majority of tourists from the U.S. in the age group of 55 to 75, came from Kochi and proceeded to Goa. NMPT Chairman P. Tamilvanan stated that cruise vessel Aid Cara was expected to call at the port on April 14 while M.V. Nautica was expected to arrive on April 25.

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