‘Nefertiti’, KSINC’s luxury vessel to be launched by end of October

Nefertiti, the Egyptian themed luxury vessel of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation ( KSINC) , will be launched by the end of  October, charting a new course in cruise tourism in Kerala.

This was announced on Sunday by  Shri Mohammed Hanish , Managing Director of  KSINC,  on the sidelines of Kerala Travel Mart ( KTM) 2018, the biggest tourist conclave in the country at Willingdon Island here, where the vessel was showcased.

Shri Mohammed Hanish said Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to inaugurate the luxury vessel.

Equipped with 3D theatre, air conditioned hall, sun deck,  banquet hall, bar – lounge and an area of recreational activities, the vessel can carry 200 passengers.

Elaborating on the salient features of the ship, which literally stole the show at  the KTM expo, Shri Mohammed Hanish said that it took around one and a half year to build the vessel. “The ship is not only named after the beautiful Egyptian queen Nefertiti but also has several features that remind the people aboard  of one of  the oldest civilizations of the world. The credit should be given to Shri Tom Jose, Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, who was then chairman of KSINC,” he said.

The official also pointed out that not only tourism activities but also official conferences and corporate parties can be hosted on Nefertiti. A cruise manager has already been appointed for the ship, which is one of its kind in the state, he said.

The vessel can travel 16 km in one hour and can cover a distance of 20 nautical miles in the sea.

Mr. Abraham George, former president of  KTM and Expert Member of the National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC), said, “There  is  no doubt that Nefertiti  will contribute to the development of tourism. It can do wonders in the tourism industry, If Kochi could be transformed as the cruise hub,” he said.

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