From Dec., cruise to the Maldives from Mumbai

July 20, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:48 am IST - MUMBAI:

In line with the Shipping Ministry’s plans to develop the Mumbai Port Trust as a regular port of call for cruise liners, Italian Cruising has announced the introduction of its maiden cruise service connecting Mumbai to Maldives.

The service will be operated by Costa neoClassica, which will run a series of weekly sailings from December 16 till March 18, 2017.

The vessel will halt at New Mangalore and Cochin on the onward voyage and during the return trip, it will have stopovers at Colombo and Mormugoa port in Goa before culminating in Mumbai.

The tariff for the week-long itinerary starts at Rs. 42,000 per person inclusive of port taxes.

Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group Asia said, “For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. But now, like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying right from their doorstep; from Mumbai, India’s largest metropolis.”

Costa neoClassica will be the first large cruise ship to cruise between Mumbai and the Maldives. The ship has 654 cabins (with a capacity for 1,700 passengers), including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies.

“Modern Indian travellers are now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now featuring on the Indian traveller’s ‘must-experience’ list,” said Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations. “The fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai, not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveller costs and time.”

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