Cruise service between Mumbai-Surat likely to begin by November 5

Currently, Mumbai provides a cruise service to Goa and as per Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), the response has been great so far. With the cruise service to Surat, the cruise tourism is sure to receive a boost

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Travel enthusiasts in Mumbai have one more reason to celebrate, as they can soon enjoy cruise services to Surat. This move was implemented with an aim to boost cruise tourism for the island city and the decision came after the introduction of cruise service between Mumbai to Goa. Mumbaikars can now take a cruise from Mumbai to Surat as well which will supposedly begin on November 5.

The Mumbai Maiden Cruise Ship will be operated by SSR Marine Services and is likely to embark on its maiden voyage from the Bandra-Worli Sealink. The ship will depart from Bandra-Worli Sealink every Thursday around 5:00 pm and arrive at Hazira in Surat on Friday around 9:00. In order to avail the service, one might have to spend around ₹3,000-5,000 per passenger. 

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Subsequently, the ship will return to Mumbai the same day, where it  leave Hazira in Surat the same evening around 5:00 pm to arrive at Bandra-Worli Sealink the next day at 9 am. 

The island city currently boasts of a cruise service between Mumbai and Goa and as per  Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), the response has been good so far. Over the last three years, Mumbai has managed to promote the cruise service by developing the necessary infrastructure. According to MbPT data, 2.32 lakh tourists from Mumbai went on cruises in 2019, both domestic and international.

Meanwhile, Mumbai is the leading city in terms of cruise tourism in the country. On the other hand, the city's contribution to the cruise tourism business exceeds more than 50 per cent. Based on these factors, Mumbai Port Trust has stated that by the end of 2025, Mumbai will consist of more than 1,000 cruises and will witness more than 10 lakh tourists every year.

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