Littoral Cruise Limited is in discussions with authorities to introduce a cruise service between Chennai and Singapore, with Visakhapatnam as a stop along the route. The Visakhapatnam International Cruise Terminal, funded by the Ministry of Tourism and others, was recently inaugurated by Union Minister for Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal. An agreement was signed between Littoral Cruises Limited and the Voc Port Authority at the Global Maritime India Summit, with plans to operate two luxury vessels from Chennai as the home port. The project, set to launch in December with an investment of Rs 1200 crore, aims to provide luxury cruise services between India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, potentially creating around 3,000 jobs for Indian seafarers.
According to Raja Vaiz, the promoter of Littoral Cruise Limited, the picturesque beach-valley combination and Buddhist sites in Visakhapatnam make it an ideal hub for cruise tourism. Currently, the Shipping Corporation of India operates a passenger vessel between Visakhapatnam and Port Blair, while Cordelia Cruise operated a high-end cruise between Visakhapatnam and Puducherry via Chennai during the pandemic. The new cruise service between Chennai and Singapore would provide an additional option for travelers and potentially boost tourism and job opportunities in the region.
Overall, the introduction of a cruise service between Chennai and Singapore, with Visakhapatnam as a stop, is being discussed by Littoral Cruise Limited and authorities. The Visakhapatnam International Cruise Terminal, recently inaugurated with government funds, is set to serve as a hub for this project. The aim is to launch the luxury cruise service in December, offering travel between India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. This initiative has the potential to create around 3,000 jobs for Indian seafarers and boost tourism in Visakhapatnam, known for its scenic beaches and Buddhist sites.