A post in Tamil language is widely shared on social media, claiming that it is the World’s longest river cruise MV Ganga Vilas which leads to the cultural integration of Southeast Asia and development of tourism.
The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “உலகின் நீளமான ஆற்றுவழி கப்பல் (MV கங்கா விலாஸ்) பயணம் தென்கிழக்கு ஆசியாவின் கலாச்சார ஒருங்கிணைப்பு, சுற்றுலாத் துறை வளர்ச்சி ஆகியவற்றுக்கு வழிவகுத்துள்ளது – கப்பல் போக்குவரத்து துறை அமைச்சர் திரு” (English translation: The world’s longest river cruise (MV Ganga Vilas) has led to the cultural integration of Southeast Asia and the development of tourism. – Minister of Shipping Sarbanand Sonwal)
Here’s the link to the above post.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING.
Searching for the images of MV Ganga Vilas on government handles, we identified a tweet posted by Sarbananda Sonowal on February 23, 2023, with a caption: “A historic moment for us all, as the world’s longest river cruise MV #GangaVilas completes its maiden journey at Dibrugarh.”
A historic moment for us all, as the world’s longest river cruise MV #GangaVilas completes its maiden journey at Dibrugarh.
Covering 3200 km & 27 river systems, the cruise set sail from sacred Varanasi to reach Assam via Bangladesh. #GangaVilasCreatesHistory pic.twitter.com/WZwKFiBJnT
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) February 28, 2023
However, both the images differ from each other.
We found the viral image uploaded on a website with a caption: “Regal Princess cruise ships, sea, sunset, MS Regal Princess, HD wallpaper.” According to another website, the image is of Regal Princess, a luxury ship owned by Princess Cruises from America.
So, it is crystal clear that the viral image does not show India’s MV Ganga Vilas but America’s Regal Princess.
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