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Friday, 07 December, 2018, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Costa Cruises starts homeporting in Mumbai for 3rd consecutive season

Reiterating its commitment to the Indian market, Costa Cruises has started homeporting its vessel ‘neoRiviera’ in Mumbai for three months. This is the third consecutive year of Costa sailing in the Indian market. The ship will sail from Mumbai to Male (Maldives) via Mangalore and Kochi. On its return leg, the ship will start its voyage from Male to Colombo (Sri Lanka) traversing through Goa to reach Mumbai port. 

Making this announcement in Mumbai, Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations, India Representative, Costa Cruises, said, “The very fact that we are continuing to sail from Mumbai for the third year is a proof about our commitment to the Indian market. The next decade will see phenomenal growth for cruise tourism in India and the vision of 4 million passengers by 2035 is achievable sooner than expected.” 

According to Gupta when Costa started sailing its neoClassica in the first season in 2016, they had a ratio of 20% occupancy of Indian guests. “This number has now reached 40%, which is very encouraging,” she said.

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, said, “It is a privilege for us that Costa has shown confidence in the Indian market. The launch in 2016 was a confidence building exercise and now we have reached a stage where grow is an ongoing process. This year, we will have 60 callings in Mumbai, while in April there are two big ships calling in Mumbai. The soon-to-be-Zen Cruises is expected to undertake 100 sailings in a year. Therefore, we are hopeful that the  annual figure of callings in Mumbai during 2019 will reach 200.” 

Bhatia said that they have started seeing results of the efforts undertaken to develop the sector. He informed that development of the international cruise terminal in Mumbai is underway and it will be of the size of the international airport in the city. “The construction of the terminal will be completed by October-November 2019.” 

Present at the event, Stefania Costanza, Consul General, Italy in Mumbai, said, “Costa Cruises offers an authentic holistic Italian experience, and it is a well known, ancient and well represented brand in the world. Coming to India is a strong message and it is indeed a step forward for cultural exchange.”  

Vinod Tawde, Minister for School Education, Higher and Technical Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, Minority Development, Government of Maharashtra; Rajeev Tandon, Chief Commissioner of Customs; Salvatico Marco, Mice Director & India Business Development Director, Costa Cruises; Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary – Transport & Port Home Department, Government of Maharashtra; Gautam Dey, Deputy Traffic Manager, Mumbai Port Trust were the dignitaries present on the occasion. 

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