COCHIN – THE LEADING CRUISE DESTINATION IN INDIA
Cochin Port considers cruise as a major business prospect. We are committed to make Cochin Port a leading cruise destination on the Indian coast offering services of international standards. Major cruise lines like Cunard Lines, Royal Caribbean Lines, Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises etc., call at Cochin Port every year.
Cochin Port has two dedicated cruise terminals, “SAMUDRIKA” at BTP and “SAGARIKA” at Ernakulam Wharf. Both the terminals are modern world class fully air-conditioned CRUISE PASSENGER FACILITATION CENTRE where all statutory clearances like Customs and Immigration for cruise passengers are given under single roof.
Cochin Port also has a dedicated Cruise Cell available round-the-clock to service the exact requirements of the cruise vessels.
Cochin Port offers a host of amenities for cruise vessels like walk-in-berthing, assured quality bunkers, fresh water services, and grey water reception facility.
Fort Kochi which is a heritage site with influence of the Dutch, Portugese, and the British from the colonial times is near the Port. The Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry is a testament to the welcoming ways of Kerala dating back centuries.
Backwater cruises where one can experience the scenic splendours of Kerala including Kumarakom take off from near the Port. Fort Kochi and Mattancherry have shopping malls for handicrafts, oriental clothing, spices, and antiques. Cochin Port also has several star hotels in the vicinity.
DTPC Ernakulam created a new website for online booking facility for Auto and Taxi Tours, in connection with the arrival of Cruise vessels at Cochin Port. Website link is given below:
Government of India has relaxed cabotage restrictions for cruise vessels so that it is possible to transport Indians from one Indian Port to another on foreign cruise vessels transiting through India.
Cochin Port aims at being a major cruise destination and a gateway to Kerala which has been described as God’s own Country by leading travel magazines.