The long awaited cruise dreams of the Vizag and Kakinada residents are going to soon become an exciting reality. The long debated Vizag-Kakinada Sea Cruise is most likely to go operational in the coming weeks, going by the buzz. The state tourism department is hands on with action, studying the feasibility of such a project and the outcomes of implementation. A trial run was also done a week ago starting from Kakinada to Vizag.
The all new 40 seater glass domed sea cruise ship will go live, and the fare for this is estimated to be higher than the prevailing rates of trains and buses. The distance on sea between both the cities is approximately 130 kms or 70 nautical miles.
More arrangements are in progress towards the project, such as the cruise liners will be accommodated by the jetty at the Kakinada Lighthouse at Uppada. The slipway passenger jetty of Vizag Port Trust will in turn anchor the vessel near the fishing harbour.
The long planned project that dates back to July somewhere in 2003 was perpetually delayed due to no interest that was exhibited by the then govt. In July 2015, the current state govt made a decision to revive and resume the project in order to uplift the AP Tourism.
As much as Rs 4 Cr have been expended to develop a 100 m long passenger jetty that was inaugurated by the CM this year. This would be the first of the sea cruise projects that will majorly attract the travelers to the scenic Bay of Bengal and the ethereal charms of Konaseema and the Eastern Ghats.
Plans are also on run a passenger ship from Rishikonda beach. Trial runs and studies are currently in progress to make this happen.