A cruise ship will leave Hazira every Monday and Wednesday and reach Diu next day in the morning. Return journey will take place on the same day in the evening from Diu and end at Hazira next day in the morning. One side journey will take 13 to 14 hours time.
A 300-passenger capacity cruise ship will have 16 cabins. It will make two round trips in a week. It will take passengers to high-sea on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A cruise ship has gaming lounge, VIP lounge, entertainment on deck etc latest facilities.
Around four months ago, ro-pax ferry service connecting Hazira (Surat) and Ghogha (Bhavnagar) was launched. It has so far carried over one lakh passengers in addition to thousands of vehicles.
Initially, this service will be weekly with the vessel departing from Bandra Worli Sealink every Thursday at around 5pm to arrive at Hazira on Friday at around 9am. It will depart from Hazira on Friday around 5pm to arrive at Bandra Worli Sealink next day at 9am. The number of trips will be increased as per demand.
“We have developed marine terminal and infrastructure required for handling such passenger vessel at our Hazira terminal. We plan to support the cruise tourism initiative of Government or Gujarat by developing ancillary services, including a marina, promenade and ship repair facility at Hazira”, said port officer of GMB; captain Subhash Das.