India shows green flag to Kerala-Dubai cruise service: Report

The cruise service may offer a one-way ticket for as low as Rs 10,000

In a significant development to promote tourism, the Central government in India has approved the Beypore-Kochi-Dubai cruise service.

The green signal was issued due to a significant demand from non-resident Indian passengers, Manorama Online, a Kerala-based news daily reported.

India’s Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the initial steps to launch the cruise ship service are underway. The announcement was made in response to a query made by Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden recently.

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In September, Kerala Maritime Board Chairman NS Pillai said that NORKA will conduct feasibility studies on passenger cruise ships to fill the UAE travel gap from Kerala. The necessity of such a route was primarily due to the high costs experienced by expatriates and tourists during peak seasons.

The service is set to transport up to 1,250 passengers using a specially equipped vessel for the Kochi-Dubai route.

The cruise service provides a cost-effective and practical transportation option, offering a one-way ticket for as low as Rs 10,000.

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