Cruise vessel ship Seven Seas Voyager Kochi | Photo: PTI
Kochi: The decision to restart the luxury cruise ship services soon after the Covid induced lockdown, renders a new hope to the tourism sector. For the last two years, no international cruise ships have reached the Kochi port. Meanwhile many international cruise ships have started booking trip to Kerala for 2022.
Though the domestic cruise ships already kick started services, only the international services can wholly boost the tourism sector. Cruise tourism possesses a significant stance in the tourism income of Kerala. It has been estimated that international travellers reaching Kerala on cruise ships spend an average amount of Rs 15,000 in the state.
At present, monthly two internal cruise ships are reaching Kochi port. The luxury ship that connects Mumbai-Kochi-Lakshadweep reaches Kerala coast on Wednesday. 641 people will board the ship from Kochi. The officials in Kochi port have informed that discussions are being conducted to increase the number of services of the domestic ships.