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Cruise vessel m.v. Seabourn Legend at New Mangalore Port on Thursday.
Cruise vessel m.v. Seabourn Legend at New Mangalore Port on Thursday.

Cruise vessel m.v. Seabourn Legend with 190 passengers and 173 crew members called at NMPT here on Thursday.

A press release issued here said that this was the 13{+t}{+h}cruise vessel arriving at the port during the current financial year. Mangalore was the first destination for the vessel from Indonesia carrying tourists from the U.S. and the U.K. As many as 134 passengers chose to visit locations in and around Mangalore, such as cashew processing unit at Bykampady, 1000-pillar Jain Basadi at Moodabidri, Soans Farm, monolithic statue of Gomateshwara at Karkala, Gokarnanatha Temple, Kadri Temple, and St. Aloysius Chapel.

Fourteen passengers disembarked to go by air to Delhi and Agra and would board the same vessel in Mumbai, the release said. Being the first port of call, arrangements were made for immigration by the local officers authorised by the Bangalore Immigration Authority. The vessel left for Goa in the evening, on its way to Mumbai Port.

NMPT Chairman P. Tamilvanan said that this cruise liner was on her third call to NMPT during the current financial year.

Four more vessels were scheduled to call during the last week of this month. A giant cruise vessel. m.v. Brilliance of Sea. with 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew members was expected to arrive here on April 1. Another giant vessel of 298 metres was expected on April 12, according to S. Gopalakrishna, Traffic Manager of NMPT, the release stated.

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