Queen Mary 2, considered the most prestigious cruise liner in the world, called at the Kochi port on Wednesday with around 2,500 international tourists and 1,300 crew members on board from Singapore for a 12-hour stay in God’s Own Country.
‘The arrival of the prestigious vessel caps a great tourist season for Kochi, which has beaten the world-wide economic recession to emerge as one of the hottest cruise destinations in the world, said a senior official of the Cochin Port Trust. Queen Mary 2, an imposing cruise liner with 17 decks that make it tower 200 feet above the water line, has added glamour to Kochi, which has carved a niche for itself in hospitality. Among the other facilities, Queen Mary 2 boasts the only planetarium on the sea with a variety constellation shows and other presentations. For the Kochi port, March has proved a profitable one with 11 vessels scheduled to call at the port. This includes Queen Mary 2’s sister vessel Queen Victoria.