Odisha plans river cruises to promote tourism sector

The Odisha government is planning to start river cruises on select water bodies under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode to give a boost to the tourism sector, said an official on Thursday. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Thursday directed the tourism department to start river cruises in the state. He gave this direction while exploring the.

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Silversea’s newest cruise ship aces sea trials

Carrying a reduced crew of approximately 320 due to precautionary health protocols, the ship journeyed between Fincantieri’s shipyards in Ancona and Trieste, Italy, undergoing a week-long dry-dock period in the latter. With a delivery date set for 30 October 30, Silver Moon will become the second ship to join Silversea’s ultra-luxury fleet in 2020, following the delivery of Silver Origin on.

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1st Mediterranean cruise to set sail after virus tests

Cruise ship passengers were having their temperatures checked and taking COVID-19 tests Sunday so they could set sail on what is being billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy”s pandemic lockdown. The cruise ship company MSC has made the procedures, for crew as well as passengers, part of its new health and safety protocols..

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Shipping ministry cuts port tariff by 60-70% for cruise ships

The port charges for a cruise ship will be charged at $0.085 per GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) instead of $0.35 of current rate. The ports will not charge any other rate like berth hire, port dues, pilotage, passenger fee, among others. Cruise ships making 1-50 calls per year will get 10 percent rebate, those making.

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India permits cruises to resume starting October 1

The Indian Government announced plans to permit cruising to resume starting October 1 as part of its “Mission Begin Again” initiative designed to restart the economy. The decision comes as the country continues to work to control COVID-19 having just recently announcing that the number of cases might be plateauing and that the mortality rate has.

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Global cruise terminal set for launch

India’s first full-fledged international cruise terminal at the Ernakulam Wharf on Willingdon Island and a 2.10-km-long walkway built by the Cochin Port Trust (CPT) using Central tourism funds are ready for commissioning. Sagarika, the ₹25.72-crore cruise terminal spread over 12,200 sq.ft., has facilities to handle up to 5,000 tourists arriving in cruise vessels. “Their commissioning,.

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Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya calls for developing lighthouse tourism

Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday held a high-level meeting for developing around 194 existing lighthouses across India as major tourist attractions. The Union Minister stated that this will help in boosting tourism activities in the surrounding areas and will also give an opportunity to people to know more about the.

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Cruise lines extend COVID-19 pause on sailing from the US

The Cruise Lines International Association announced Friday that ships will not be sailing from U.S. ports throughout the summer, extending a pause put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The current no-sail order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 14 is set to expire July 24. The association.

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MbPT to carry out largest crew sign-off

The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), which is hosting three mega cruise ships, the Royal Carribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, Celebrity Infinity and Carnival Splendor, for the next four days, is in the midst of carrying out the largest crew sign-off exercise involving 4,827 seafarers who are returning home after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The next few weeks are only.

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