The last cruise vessel Azamara Journey, docking in Goa Harbour, Vasco, departed on May 12, marking the end of the cruise tourism season in the state. GTDC officials made sure that the cruise season ended on a cheerful note with warm welcome to the ship’s passengers. The cruise vessel docked at the Mormugao Port, Goa at 7 am and the passengers were received with a courteous welcome by King Momo as a surprise to the disembarking cruise passengers along with the entourage of dancers, entertainers and hostess.
A total of 672 passengers were on board along with 393 crew members. A majority of the passengers were of UK nationality with a total number of 257 passengers. They were received with flowers and pleasant greetings while live performances of Goan folk dances to the live melodic folk songs were played, besides the brass band playing live music to the enjoyment and nostalgia of the guests.
Brochures, leaflets, maps giving detailed information of Goa were distributed to the passengers along with branded writing pens, Goa caps etc. The Goa tourism information officers were on the go to provide all the required information to the passengers. Refreshing kokum drinks and water was also served to the guests. The passengers then toured the state witnessing Goa’s scenic beauty and various touristic locations. After a well spent day on sightseeing tours, they left the shores for their next destination, bringing to a close the end of the cruise season.
Gavin Dias, general manager and Deepak Narvekar, senior manager and public relation officer, GTDC accorded a royal welcome to the passengers who arrived in the Azamara Journey- a vessel owned and operated by Azamara Club Cruises.