On November 5, the arrival of the first AIDAvita cruise liner marked the start of the cruise season in Kerala. The ship was docked at BTP berth, Kochi Port, about 8 a.m. with 1,181 tourists and 406 crew members on board. On October 30, the luxury liner started its voyage from Dubai to Singapore. It was docked in Muscat, Goa and Mangaluru before reaching Kochi.
Before sailing to Colombo, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur to reach Singapore on November 16, it left for Male in the evening. The District Tourism Promotion Council organized cultural events and services at the Samudrika Convention Center near the jetty to welcome the visitors.
A group of cruise tourists visited Kumbalangi and Alappuzha, while others visited Kochi and its surroundings.
“NMPT expanded existing facilities and increasing services this year. The highlight, however, was the launch of port helicopter services to nearby tourist destinations in Tulunadu and nearby Kerala state, “NMPT Chairman-A V Ramana said.
The boat will carry up to 1266 passengers and several hundred crew members with a length of 202.85 meters. The AIDAvita has something for everyone. Guests can enjoy sports highlights, such as a golf simulator and a volleyball court, as well as various entertainment options such as a theater with varied displays. There are plenty of oases for relaxation, such as different saunas or massages.
In addition to the ship’s employees and crew, Peper robots also support AIDA cruise passengers–the new fleet wide cyborg software deployed in 2016. Such humanoid robots welcome passengers and instruct them on boarding.
They also provide information and tips on, on-board dining, entertainment, enrichment program (workshops, pre-scheduled events), casino and retail shopping promotions, shore excursions and tours throughout the cruise. Pepper robots are mobile and communicate in three (English, German, Italian) languages. Through decoding speech sounds and facing gestures, they can also perceive human emotions.