The Nefertiti cruise vessel of Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Beypur: Luxury cruise services connecting smaller ports will soon be introduced in Kerala. The service will establish connectivity between the ports like Beypore, Azheekal, Vizhinjam, Kollam, as well as Kochi.
The Mumbai-based cruise company SSR Marine Services Private Limited will be responsible for operating the service. The proposal was discussed in a meeting of the Kerala Maritime Board, chaired by chairman NS Pillai, and has been forwarded for government approval. Once approved, the ship will be operated under the supervision of the Kerala Maritime Board, following the monsoon season.
The Kerala Maritime Board will receive five per cent of the revenue generated from the cruise services. Currently, the state has only one luxury ship, 'Nefertiti,' operated by the Kerala Inland Navigation Corporation at Kochi port. The introduction of cruise services connecting smaller ports will be highly advantageous for tourists.
The luxury ship has a capacity of 280 passengers and offers all the amenities one would expect from a five-star hotel.