Mumbai, January 10: If you are planning to spend your vacation at the beaches of Goa then you can cover the distance within 7 hours. Mumbai to Goa daily cruise ferry boat services will be started soon.

The Mumbai-Goa cruise ferry services, which were scheduled to be operational by the end of December was postponed to mid-January as the trial runs for the ferry-service was still underway.

The Mumbai Trust Port (MbPT) officials, the service will be functional only after proper trial runs are completed. This will take until mid-January or end of January, MbPT officials said in a statement.

“The cruise ferry has already reached India and is anchored at Mumbai. We have all the required permissions and are waiting for the trial runs to be completed. Once it is operational, the liner will be anchored at the domestic cruise terminal, which is close to the ferry wharf at Mazgaon,” Sanjay Bhatia, chairman of MbPT said to media.

Last year in November, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who holds charge of the Shipping Ministry, announced that the cruise ferry services between Mumbai and Goa would kick-start in December.

The port in Mumbai has a current capacity of 80 ships but has the potential to host 700 ships and 32 lakh passengers once it is developed completely.

In November, a cruise ferry service between Mumbai and Kochi was launched. The ticket fare is Rs 30,000 for four nights from Mumbai to Kochi.

The Mumbai-Goa liner can carry around 400 passengers in one trip and the fare has not been announced yet. The fare is expected to be made public a few days before the service is made operational. The cruise ferry will not be available during monsoon seasons, that is for four months.