Domestic cruise liner The Cordelia Empress, which is expected to arrive on September 30, will kickstart the cruise tourism season in the state.
The first international cruise vessel is expected later in October, Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) officials said.
MPA chairman Venkata Ramana Akkaraju said that this year, they are expecting 56 port calls, including 21 international cruise liners.
Akkaraju held a meeting with key government departments and private stakeholders in order to ensure smooth operations for the season. Issues pertaining to taxi and bus operators were also discussed.
“During the pandemic, domestic as well as international cruises came to a standstill. Now we are restarting both and we want to make the experience comfortable and a memorable one,” Akkaraju said.
Construction of the Rs 74.1 crore worth new international cruise terminal on 55,000 sqm of land is expected to be completed by September 2023. “Till then, cruise liners will use the existing terminal,” he added. He said that standard operating procedures for enforcement agencies will be put in place so passengers and cruise operators have a hassle-free experience.
“We are confident that all cruise visitors coming to Goa will have a good and unforgettable experience,” said Akkaraju.
Goa usually plays host to about 51 international cruise liners including the M S Europa, Regent Seven Seas, M S Nautica, Ocean Odyssey, The World, M S Borealis, Silver Spirit and M S Ocean Odyssey. However, most international tourists do not disembark here.