There has been much hype about the Vizag Kakinada cruise ever since the Andhra Pradesh CM Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated a 100 meter passenger jetty at the Visakhapatnam port in February this year. Now, as per sources from the tourism department, this cruise will be operational in the next few weeks.
Officials from the tourism department are currently studying the viabilities of the project and a trial run was held about a week ago from Kakinada to Vizag.
A 40-seater glass-domed ship will be introduced and the fare of the cruise will be higher than the existing fare of both bus and train, the officials said. The sea route distance between Vizag and Kakinada is nearly 70 nautical miles or 130 kilometres.
The jetty at the lighthouse of Kakinada port at Uppada will accommodate the cruise liners in Kakinada while the slipway passenger jetty of Visakhapatnam Port Trust near Fishing Harbour will anchor the vessel locally.
The Visakhapatnam Port Trust spent nearly Rs 4 crore to develop the 100-metre long passenger jetty and the Vizag-Kakinada sea cruise will be one of the first such projects taken up by the tourism department in the state. It will offer exotic sights in the the blue waters of Bay of Bengal and the panoramic beauty of Konaseema and Eastern Ghats.