International Cruise Vessel MV Empress Flagged Off
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal has flagged off the maiden International Cruise Vessel “MV Empress”, India’s first international cruise vessel – from Chennai to Sri Lanka in Chennai. This marks the beginning of the international cruise tourism terminal at Chennai, built at a cost of Rs 17.21 crores, heralding a new age of cruise tourism and maritime trade in the country.
The launch of the MV Empress is a major boost for cruise tourism in India. The country has a long coastline and a rich history and culture, which make it an attractive destination for cruise passengers. The MV Empress is expected to attract tourists from India and abroad, and to help boost the local economy.
All about the MV Empress vessel:
- Around 750 passengers sailed on a cruise from Chennai to Sri Lanka on a five day voyage after Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off India’s first international cruise vessel.
- The MV Empress cruise has a capacity to accommodate 3,000 passengers, was flagged off from Chennai port that will connect three ports starts from Triconmalle, Hambantota and ends in Jaffna Sri Lanka.
- Besides several attractions, the ship offers casino games, playing which passengers can win or lose money. Although the game is illegal in India but the operators say that it would be played only in international waters.