The local government plans to introduce a new cruise service between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada to offer tourism service in the waters of the Bay of Bengal.
The fun of having a vacation in the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal watching the panoramic beauty of Konaseema and Eastern Ghats from see-through cruise liner may become a reality with the State government deciding to introduce cruise service between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada. Though the plan was conceived earlier, it was shelved for a variety of reasons, mainly for not getting a suitable place for anchoring of the cruise liner. Sources told The Media that now it might be explored to have a cruise terminal either at Bhimili or at Yarada, where 12-meter draft is required for docking the vessel. Earlier, it was proposed to use the place to be available after shifting of the fishing harbor to Mulakuddu near Bhimili for developing a terminal. It was dropped following objections from the boat and trawler operators for their relocation.The authority plans to develop a cruise terminal at Bhimili or at Yarada for cruise vessels.
AMET Shipping, which brought its cruise liner AMET Majesty from Chennai for a ‘night-at-sea’ exposure to select group of people in 2011, had experienced a lot of difficulty in first getting clearance to berth it and later attaching gangway (ladder) to it. The ship had docked at the Visakha Container Terminal.