Mangaluru, Mar 21: 'Silver Lines' the sixth cruise vessel of current season called at NMPA & docked on March 21 at 0800 hours. The vessel carrying 497 passengers & 411 crew members berthed alongside berth no. 04.
The overall length of the ship is 210.70 meters with a carrying capacity of 39,444 gross tonnage and having a draft of 6.60 meters. The vessel’s last port of call was Cochin Port and after leaving Mangaluru it will sail to Mormugao port.
The passengers were given a warm welcome by playing traditional drums (chende). Arrangements were put in place for the pleasant experience of the cruise passengers such as medical screening of passengers, multiple immigrations & customs counters for swift movement, 25 coaches of bus including 02 shuttle buses for passengers visiting local market & shops in & around Mangalore city, taxis, tourist vans etc.
The cruise passengers also availed benefits of meditation centre set-up by the department of AYUSH inside the cruise lounge. Cloth & handicraft outlets were also kept open for the tourists. As a special attraction, a selfie stand was setup by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India depicting regional culture.
The passengers visited various tourist destinations such as; Achal Cashew Factory, Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara Temple, Kadri Majunatheshwara Temple, St Aloysius Chapel, local market, Pilikula Artisan village, Thousand Pillars Basadi and Soans Farm.
Souvenirs were given away to the cruise passengers while they were embarking back to their ship, in reminiscence of their visit to Mangaluru. The ship sailed at 1800 hours to its next destination, Mormugao Port, Goa.