Mumbai leads India's charge on cruise infrastructure upgrades

Artist's impression of Mumbai's new-look International Cruise Terminal building Artist's impression of Mumbai's new-look International Cruise Terminal building

Mumbai, one of five Indian ports identified by the Indian government for cruise infrastructure upgrading, is leading the charge as the country aims to capture more calls and generally grow its engagement with cruising.

A new cruise terminal building is under construction in Mumbai which involves a $50m investment as an expansion of the Gateway to India's current facility.

‘The new terminal will be ready by May 2019 and represents a 10 fold increase in size to the present facility,’ Yashodhan Wanage, deputy chairman Mumbai Port Trust, told Seatrade Cruise News during the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum.

The operation and management of the new terminal will be a public-private partnership and a tender will be issued soon, he remarked.

Mumbai currently attracts around 65 calls a year which up to two years ago were mainly transit calls.

Costa neoClassica returned to Mumbai last month for a second homeporting season through to March 2018 offering seven-night cruises to the Maldives as well as new shorter itineraries of three and four nights from Mumbai to Cochin and Cochin to the Maldives.

 

Posted 12 December 2017

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