Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 25 (ANI): Europe's topmost cruise company, Costa Cruise started its operations with its cruise Costa Neo Classica in Mumbai that will be its home port for the next four months.
The homeporting of Costa Cruises in Mumbai on Friday marked the beginning of the cruise tourism season for 2017-18. The season is expected to be extended till March, 2018 and the passengers can take the cruise to regularly sail between the city and Maldives.
Speaking at the event, State Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal, said, "This is the beginning of a great initiative. Cruise tourism will assist the State in earning huge foreign exchange revenue and in creating employment opportunities the city of Mumbai."
The cruise will start its journey towards Maldives on every alternate Sunday and will reach Maldives in a week's time. It will then have another embarking and disembarking point at Cochin.
The journey up to Cochin will be of four days and the charges start from twenty nine thousand rupees per person.
From Mumbai to Maldives fares will be from 43 thousand rupees per person.
The Maharashtra Government is also exploring other destinations to promote cruise tourism in the state.(ANI)