The first cruise ship of the current cruise season, “MS EUROPA 2,” arrived at Berth No. 4 on Monday at New Mangalore Port after a two-year absence.
According to a statement from the NMP Authority, the MS EUROPA 2 carried 271 passengers and 373 crew members while flying the flag of Malta (Europe). The vessel, which had a 42,830 gross tonnage capacity, measured 224.38 metres in length and 29.99 metres in breadth and had a 6.3-meter draught.
MS EUROPA 2 arrived from Goa’s Mormugao Port and is currently sailing to Kochi for her next stop. In order for tourists to have a positive impression of the country, NMPA Chairman A.V. Ramana instructed the officials to make all necessary arrangements for their comfortable arrival and stay at the Karnatak coast.
MS EUROPA 2 arrived from Mormugao Port in Goa and will sail to Kochi as the next port of call.
NMPA’s International cruise terminal was decked up to welcome cruise passengers while arrangements were made for medical screening. As many as 11 immigrants and four customs counters were set. Six coaches of buses and cars and 15 prepaid taxis, were kept ready for the passengers. A meditation centre was also set up by the Department of AYUSH while cultural programmes portraying Indian mythology were performed for passengers’ experience.
While plans were being made for medical screening, NMPA’s international cruise terminal was decorated to welcome cruise guests. Four customs counters and 11 immigration counters were set up. The passengers could choose from 15 pre-paid cabs, six coaches of buses, and vehicles. The Department of AYUSH also put up a meditation centre, where travellers could enjoy cultural performances that depicted Indian mythology.