October19 2022: Sixteen cruise ships have confirmed their trips to Kochi till March 31 2023, reports The Hindu.
The first such vessel will be Europa-2, which is expected to berth at Sagarika, the first and only full-fledged cruise terminal in the country that was inaugurated in February 2021. The ship will begin its journey from Europe, call at the Middle East and Marmagao in Goa, and then arrive at Kochi. It will leave from here for Colombo.
An average of 50 cruise ships used to call at the port city each year before the pandemic, bringing in about one lakh high-spending tourists and crew members.
The Cochin Port Authority has said the berthing charge had been rationalised in the wake of the pandemic would continue to stay in the current season.
The Indian cruise liner Cordelia has made Kochi its regular port of call this year