The Vizhinjam Port will be host to two mid-sized cruise liners in the coming months. This port has a lot of historical importance as it has been used since the days of the kings. There would be seven visits ( not ships), over a period of 3-4 months.
Out of the two wharfs at the Vizhinjam Port, only one has been authorized by the Customs to harbor cruise ships. The depth of the wharf is at 4.5m and hence only small or medium sized ships can be accommodated. the ships which are planning to halt at Vizhinjam are ‘Spirit’ – she had 333 passengers and 201 crew. By March, Le Ponant, a medium-sized cruise liner, plans to become a familiar name at the small fishing township.Le Ponant’s first visit is tentatively scheduled for December 23. She will visit again on January 2, arriving straight from Mangalore and leaving for Kochi the same evening. Four days later, she will stop on her way to Maldives. On March 8, Le Ponant will have a stop-over here on a Maldives-Kochi trip. Her final appearance will be on March 12. On April 23, L’Austral is scheduled to arrive at Vizhinjam on a stop-over during a Colombo-Kochi cruise. Liners don’t stay more than 12-18 hours, but the passengers will have ample time to tour places like the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Kuthiramalika or even the Padmanabhapuram Palace in neighbouring Kanyakumari district.
Source : Trivandrumbuzz