Staff Reporter

Silver Whisperwill arrive today

KOCHI: Queen Mary, said to be the largest and most expensive cruise vessel in the world, will call at Kochi port on Wednesday as part of her world cruise.

This is the first time that the luxury liner is berthing at Kochi. On board will be 2,800 passengers. Kochi is the only port of call in India for the ship.

Queen Elizabeth II, said to be the second largest cruise liner, will arrive here on March 25 with 2,500 passengers.

Yet another ship that is expected to arrive on March 25 is Raddison Voyagers, with 1,500 passengers. Silver Whisper, carrying 412 passengers, will arrive here on Saturday.

Sources in the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) said that by the month end, 37 cruise liners would call at Kochi since April last.

"Twenty two had come here in 2005-'06. Aimed at attracting tourists who come in such massive vessels, the port offered 33 per cent discount on berthing-related charges," they said.