Mumbai (aka Bombay) is a major Indian Ocean port and capital city of India's Maharashtra state (country's most populous and the world's 9th most populous). The city covers a total area of approx 603 km2 (233 ml2) and has population over 12,4 million (metro over 18,4 million).
Mumbai City is located on India's west coast and features a deep-water natural harbor. The city is also the country's wealthiest, boasting the highest GDP in Asia. Mumbai also has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India.
- The city is India's commercial, financial and entertainment capital. It is among the world's top 10 in terms of global financial flow, generating over 6% of India's GDP, accounting for 25% of the country's industrial output, 70% of the maritime shipping trade and 70% of all capital transactions.
- As architecture and activities, the city combines old India with the new, being ranked as the country's most modern and developed metropolis.
- During British Raj / British India period (1858-1947), most of the buildings were constructed in Gothic Revival style - featuring Dutch roofs, German gables, Swiss timbering, casements, arches, and the traditional for India elements.
Mumbai City is served by two main seaports - Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). The port features one of the world's best natural harbors, as well as extensive wetdock and drydock facilities.
- Commissioned on May 26, 1989, Jawaharlal Nehru Port is India's busiest seaport. It handles around 60% of the country's total containerised cargo.
- Ferries from Ferry Wharf (Mazagaon) link the city with all neighbouring islands.
- Port Mumbai has also an important naval base.
- Water transportation in the port is served by hovercrafts, catamarans and ferries. Services are regularly scheduled and provided via both government and private companies.
- Mumbai cruise port serves major ship operators, including P&O, Crystal, Costa and Holland America.
- To attract major international cruise companies, in 2016, Mumbai Port Trust started offering cruise ship concessions, including cancellation of ousting charges (when the port had to move berthed cargo vessel) and a berth / docking certainty. Before 2016, cargo vessels were given preference over cruise liners, and the ship's operator had to book berthing 6 months in advance.
- Untill 2008, Port Mumbai had numerous cruise ship calls annually, but its high taxes forced most of the ship owners / operators to shift to Singapore.
- For season 2014-2015, the port had scheduled a total of 37 cruise ship calls.
- During season 2015-2016, the cruise port handled a total of 59 ship calls at Ballard Pier. Of those, 44 were visiting Mumbai as port of call, and the other 15 ‘were roundtrips.
- For season 2016-2017, the cruise port handled 55 ship calls with around 60,000 passengers.
On February 17, 2018, India's Prime Minister inaugurated the port's Fourth Container Terminal (FCT), which is managed by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
- The new containership terminal nearly doubled the port's capacity. After completion of the construction project's Phase 2 (in 2022), the port's annual capacity will be 5 times bigger (100 lakh containers annually).
- FCT is managed under 30-year concession deal. Construction works started in October 2015.
- The new terminal has India's deepest berths allowing docking of the world's largest boxships. The facility has total quay length of 1 km. Its hantry cranes reach 22 rows wide or greater. The terminal's handling capacity is 3 boxships simultaneously.
- The new terminal is linked to a dedicated railroad freight corridor with capacity about 350 TEUs (containers) per rake. Its rail facilities are the country's largest, with capacity to handle 1,5 km / 1 ml long TEU container trains. There is also a storage facility for 1600 reefers (refrigerated containers) used for shipping of agricultural and horticulture produce.
Highlights: City, Marine Drive, Museums
Mumbai cruise terminal
Mumbai cruise port terminal is located at the Mumbai Harbour. It is on the West end of the city and on the southern part of the estuary of Ulhas River. It is close to the major city highlights but it is recommended to use a transport, not walk. Taxis are not available at the terminal. There is a rank ten minutes away, walking distance.
Mumbai cruise port welcomed 27,827 passengers for the 2012-2013 cruising season. The total number of calls was 41. The International airport of Mumbai is 14 km away.
Mumbai cruise ship terminal is located at Ballard Pier. The building is dedicated with check-in, facilities for luggage handling, duty free shop, a lounge area, stalls for handicrafts and curios.
- There is a ferry wharf on shed 3 offering cruise tours to Elephanta Island and beaches located across.
- The development plan for Mumbai cruise port includes upgrading the existing terminal and building of new one with Convention Centre, Shopping Mall, Conference Hall and Yacht Marina.
(new) Mumbai Port Cruise Terminal
To make the city a gateway to international cruising tourism in India, Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) decided to build a new (larger) passenger terminal. The plan features modern-design facilities and amenities, such as escalators, restaurants, shops, etc, similar (if not better) to those standard for airport terminals.
- On January 11, 2018, officially started the new terminal's construction works at Ballard Pier.
- MbPT handles the terminal's modernization and expansion project, budgeted at INR (rupee) 197 million (USD 31 million).
- The project is 2-phased, with scheduled completion by the end of 2019.
Mumbai tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Gateway of India: the most popular monument in Mumbai. The Gateway of India dates from 1924 and commemorates the King George V and Queen Mary visit. The monument is a British Raj era symbol. Located in walking distance from Mumbai cruise terminal, opposite of the Tower Hotel and Taj Palace.
- Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat: discover the city inside with the most popular laundry at open air. It is located next to railway station Mahalaxmi.
- Haji Ali: dates from 1431 and is both tomb and a mosque. Located in the central area of the city.
- Bollywood: Mumbai is the home of Bollywood. The film center is located in the western suburbs, in Goregaon.
- Kala Ghoda Art Precinct: the Black horse statue indicates the cultural center of Mumbai. The area includes the best museums and art galleries of the city. Interesting event in February is the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Located in the south part of the city, between Colaba and the Fort.
- Heritage Buildings: visit some of the most captivating architectural marvels like Prince of Wales Museum, the Bombay High Court, Victoria Terminus railway station and the Horniman Circle buildings. There is an open deck bus tour possibility.
Port Mumbai cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Mumbai, Bombay, India. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|2 April, 2018|
|Costa Luminosa||10:00||21:00||Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE|
|3 April, 2018|
|Seabourn Encore||06:00||18:00||Muscat, Oman|
|10 April, 2018|
|Columbus||08:00||22:00||Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE|
|16 April, 2018|
|Crystal Serenity||16:00||Muscat, Oman|
|17 April, 2018|
|Celebrity Constellation||10:00||19:00||Muscat, Oman|
|22 April, 2018|
|Azamara Journey||08:00||18:00||Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE|
|28 April, 2018|
|Oceania Nautica||09:00||Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE|
|29 April, 2018|
|Oceania Nautica||18:00||Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE|
The Mumbai cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Mumbai, Bombay, India.
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