Sarbananda Sonowal flags off maiden International Cruise Vessel, MV Empress in Chennai

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Sarbananda-Sonowal-flags-off-maiden-InternationalUnion Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off India's first international cruise vessel - MV Empress, from Chennai to Sri Lanka on June 5.

An overview of the news

  • This is the launch of the International Cruise Tourism Terminal at Chennai built at a cost of Rs 17.21 crore, ushering in a new era of cruise tourism and maritime trade in the country.

  • On the occasion of Environment Day, Sonowal along with the port officials also planted 2,500 saplings at the port.

  • The launch of the first cruise service between Chennai and Sri Lanka has opened a new chapter in the cruise tourism sector in the country.

  • This is the result of an MoU signed during the Incredible India International Cruise Summit in 2022 between Chennai Port and M/s Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt Ltd to start domestic and international cruise services.

International Cruise Vessel, MV Empress

  • It is a renowned and luxurious cruise ship that operates globally.

  • It offers passengers a unique and unforgettable experience on the open seas, combining comfort, entertainment, and leisure.

  • The vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation systems and safety features, ensuring a secure and smooth journey for all on board.

  • Its elegant design and modern amenities make it a preferred choice for travelers seeking a premium cruising experience.

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