New Mangalore Port welcomed the first cruise ship of the current cruise season on Monday, November 28.
The cruise season commenced after a gap of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first ship of the season, MS EUROPA 2, was berthed at Berth No. 4.
As per the release from NMP Authority, MS EUROPA 2, sailing under the flag of Malta (Europe), carried 271 passengers and 373 crew members. With a length of 224.38 mt and width of 29.99 mts, the 42,830 gross tonnage capacity vessel was having 6.3 mt draught.
New Mangalore Port Authority had made arrangements for the medical screening of passengers, 11 immigration and four customs counters were set up for the purpose.
The passengers visited various points in and around Mangaluru, including St. Aloysius, Kadri temple, Kudroli Temple, local market, cashew factory, Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt, Karkala Gomateshwara statue, Moodbidri 1000 Pillar Temple, and other places.
MS EUROPA 2 arrived from Mormugao Port in Goa and sailed to Kochi as her next port of call.