The MV Karnafuli Express started taking tourists directly from Cox’s Bazar to St. Martin’s. The luxury ship arrived at St. Martin’s at 1:30 pm on Sunday (November 21) from the BIWTA wharf on Airport Road in Cox’s Bazar. After a two-and-a-half hour journey, the vessel left for Cox’s Bazar at 3.30 pm.
MV Karnafuli Express has started its journey under the initiative and management of Karnafuli Ship Builders. It was built by Karnafuli Ship Builders as a state-of-the-art luxury ship at its own dockyard. About 55 meters long and 11 meters wide, the ship has two main propulsion engines. Each of these engines of the famous American Cummins brand has a capacity of about 600 bhp. The ship can travel at a speed of about 12 nautical miles per hour.
MV Karnafuli Express has 16 VIP cabins. Passengers can sit in about 500 seats in three branches of the ship. There are also various modern facilities including conference room, dining space, ocean facing balcony.
On the evening of November 25, another luxury ship of the same company ‘MV Bewan’ will leave Patenga Water Bus Terminal in Chittagong for St. Martin. It will also operate regularly between Chittagong and Saint Martin during the current tourist season.
The potential of tourism in Bangladesh, a green land of natural beauty, is gradually gaining momentum. Engineer MA Rashid recently added a new dimension to the industry. The entrepreneur has opened new horizons in the tourism industry by traveling directly from Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar to St. Martin’s on a luxury cruise.
The mountains and the sea always attract tourists. As soon as you get close to the vastness of the sea, nature takes everyone as its own. So Cox’s Bazar is one of the most important beaches in the world. At a distance of 120 km from the district town of Cox’s Bazar is St. Martin, a small coral island in the sea, known as one of the most beautiful coral islands in the world. As a result, Cox’s Bazar and St. Martin are very popular among travelers.
But to travel from Cox’s Bazar to St. Martin, tourists had to cross the arduous, annoying, long land route of Teknaf. The MV Karnafuli Express has turned that monotonous journey into an aesthetic voyage of the blue sea. Undoubtedly, this is a rare opportunity and footprint of possibility.