Good News For sea loving, cruise loving Brits planning a holiday in Mumbai - First Of Its Kind Cruise Ships To Sail From One End Of Mumbai To Another From October 2018. 8 lakh sea-loving British tourists who come to Mumbai every year, both for work and pleasure are in for a treat-reports Desi Bazar from United Kingdom.
There is great news for the eight lakh sea-loving British tourists who come to Mumbai every year, both for work and pleasure.
In just three-months-time, they will be able to take a cruise from one part of India’s financial capital to another and savour Mumbai’s iconic skyline from the sea while sipping to a chilled glass of lager.
Britons love cruises. Last year, a record number of Britons took a cruise - nearly two million travellers taking to the seas from the UK and Ireland.
However, till now, such an option never existed for the British tourists looking to enjoy Mumbai’s Arabian Sea. Dingy boats that clog Mumbai’s tourist spots are wobbly and can’t sail too much into the sea.
In what is therefore great news, two 450-seater cruise ships called Queensline Sea YAH and Queensline Neverland are all set to sail from one end of Mumbai to another, starting October.
The ships, that have arrived in Mumbai from Turkey – one of which has been visited by even Queen Elizabeth are presently undergoing renovations.
Owner of Queensline Shripriya Dalmia Thirani says the ships will be ready to sail by October.
Over 8.5 lakh Britons visited Mumbai last year – 28% of the total number of British tourists that came to India.
“The numbers mean that 1 in 4 Britons chose Mumbai as their port of entry into India. We know how much British tourists love water. If you look at their traditional holiday spots, it will always be around water – from Cyprus to Malta, Spain to the French Riviera. Data also shows their love for cruising. Data shows how cruise holidays has become a rage among British tourists with record numbers taking it annually. Why should they bne deprived of it when they come to Mumbai,” Thirani said.
She added “I have therefore decided to open Mumbai’s in house cruise liner – Queensline. Tourists will be able to cruise for a few hours every alternate day of the week from Chowpatty to Gateway of India and back – giving them the most spectacular views of India’s richest city. The ships will be parked one mile into the sea overlooking two of Mumbai’s most iconic spots – Chowpatty and Gateway of India. Tourists will be taken in small boats where they can hope into the deck and enjoy not just a sumptuous meal but some incredible cocktails while savouring the cool salty sea breeze”.
Mumbai attracts almost 6 million tourists per year, making it the 30th-most visited location worldwide. With a metro population of approximately 20 million, Mumbai is the largest city in India and the 10th largest city in the world.
Latest data coming out of UK shows that Brits just can't get enough of holidaying at sea. More than 1.7 million of then took a cruise last year, and the number is set to grow. According to a report launched by the industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Britain has become the biggest cruise market in Europe.
Around eight million people around the world take a flight to get somewhere every day. By the time we finish this year, 3.3 billion would have taken a holiday and almost 90 lakh foreign tourists would have arrived in India to savour the country’s incredible line up of places, people, smells, tastes and colour.
Interestingly, 1 out of every foreign tourist that comes to India lands in Mumbai. And if you look closely to the list of the top countries to where Indians go for a holiday, you will see that nearly five of them use one thing very well to their advantage – water.
“Spain has a Riviera. So does Italy, France, Thailand, Greece and Turkey.- India’s favourite holiday spots. Nice, France’s second most-visited city after Paris rakes in 1.5 billion euros annually from tourism just because of its water. This made we wonder – why is it that India which has so much of it covered by water does not have a Riviera, does not market its rivers and seas and opens it up for entertainment like almost every country in the West has so successfully done. This was the precise thought that gave birth to Neverland and See Yah – my two ships which will be Mumbai’s first ever large format floating restaurants,” Thirani says.
She added “Why should foreigners not be able to dine on Arabian the sea? Why should they not be able to see India’s most spectacular city from the water? Why should Indians have to go to Italy or France to have a sumptuous meal on the water? My intent is to be able to turn Mumbai into the French or Italian Riviera. Where families can come and enjoy good food and a cruise at Chowpatty and Gateway of India.The ships will docked a few miles into the sea. Diners will be taken on small boats giving them a real feel of sailing on the sea. An attractive multi-deck boat will host our themed restaurants. With different heights in the vessel, all the decks and tables can boast 360 degree views of the breath-taking Mumbai historical skyline and the Arabian Sea - spectacular in the day and just as magnificent in the night. Clients will be able to enjoy a delicious meal - local, fusion and international cuisine while getting a 360 degree view of Mumbai”.
Data clearly shows that Cruise ship and water tourism globally is the fastest growing sector of the leisure travel industry – with ship size and numbers, passengers, ports, and profits all on the rise. At present there are over 30,000 cruises each year, and about 2,000 coastal cruise destinations in the world. Cruising is an attractive form of tourism because it allows passengers to sample multiple destinations on one vacation while unpacking only once.
It is flexible enough to be perceived as convenient for families, romantic for couples, or exciting enough for young singles seeking light adventure.
“Opportunities on land are getting monotonous. Floating restaurants, tourism on the water is the future forward,” Thirani signed off.