- The Silver Discoverer is a 1989 seven-star liner built in Russia
- The ship came from Trincomalee in Sri Lanka via Chennai
- Nearly 100 tourists on board were given a grand welcome by top officials
For the first time an international boutique cruise ship docked at the Visakhapatnam port in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. The dawn to dusk visitor, Silver Discoverer, is a 1989 seven-star liner, built in Russia. The ship came from Trincomalee in Sri Lanka via Chennai.
Nearly a hundred tourists on board from the Americas and European countries were given a grand welcome by top officials who took them around the city.
The Andhra Pradesh tourism department arranged special stalls of Araku coffee, Kondapalli toys and other handloom items unique to the state.
The union shipping secretary, Gopal Krishna who was in the city to welcome the Silver Discoverer told reporters that Vizag had all the "advantages" of turning into a destination for cruise lovers. It will also generate more jobs he said.
A 77-crore project has been approved last month by the government to develop Vizag port. Soon it is all set to get a cruise-cum-coastal cargo terminal, say officials.
The Silver Discoverer is operated by a Monaco-based company, Silversea Crusises, which has a fleet of eight ultra luxury cruise ships. The smaller vessels can carry around a 100 guests while the larger ones can carry upto 540 guests.
The cruise heads next to Bangladesh via Paradeep.