KOCHI: A luxury cruise from Mumbai with 1,200 travelers will dock at the port of Cochin on Wednesday, boosting the tourism sector in Kerala, which has been limping back to normal from the pandemic.
Cordelia Cruises’ luxury liner ‘MV Empress’ will anchor in the port of Cochin near Willingdon Island at 5 a.m.
“Around 800 guests on the ship from various states will disembark in Kochi to explore a piece of the port city’s rich culture and history on a land tour in compliance with COVID-19 protocols,” the tourism department said in a release.
Tourists are taken to the Mattancherry and Fort Kochi regions of the city. You will also be taken on a boat trip on the backwaters that will reveal the fascinating beauty of the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”.
Kerala Tourism Minister PA Mohamed Riyas said the arrival of domestic tourists is a promising start to a full resumption of Kerala tourism and an end to the pandemic crisis.
“This trend will pick up pace in the coming days. Kerala is a safe place for the cordoned-off, weary vacationer as we have implemented an efficient and meticulous bio-bubble model to create protective layers from vaccinated services.” Providers to receive and accommodate tourists, “said the minister.
Tourism Minister Venu V said all destinations across the state are preparing to receive guests and the tourism sector in Kerala is rapidly reconfiguring from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cruise ship departs for Kadamat, the Lakshadweep, in the afternoon. Voyager Kerala is the tour operator of the Kochi tour of the trip.