Three cruise ships bring 4,000 passengers to Colombo
By: Staff Writer
Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka is now harnessing the maximum potential of the cruise destination with scenic beauty, diversity of its product offering, access to sea ports located in Colombo, Galle, Hambantota, and Trincomalee.
In the wake of significant growth of cruise tourism this year three cruise ships arranged by Aitken Spence Travels have arrived in a single day to port of Colombo yesterday.
Vasco Da Gama and Mein Schiff 5 and MS Seven Seas Navigator have brought approximately 4,000 passengers from all three vessels on a single day, the company said.
The cruise season began last month with the arrival of ‘Resilient Lady’ from Virgin Voyages, a part of Sir Richard Branson’s renowned group.
The visit of Marella Discovery 2 that arrived in early had special significance, marking its first return to Sri Lanka post-Covid and the first turnaround operation in the country.
Operated by TUI, this cruise brought three flights to Colombo for disembarking cruise passengers.
Notably, the Vasco Da Gama cruise marks its maiden call to Sri Lankan shores allowing its passengers an opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant city of Colombo before continuing their voyage to the Trincomalee port.
They will explore the wonders of Minneriya, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, and the enchanting sights of the East Coast. Further, this cruise will have turnaround operation in Male, Maldives.
The seamless arrangement of hosting three cruise ships at the same time all in one day is a testament to Aitken Spence Travels’ exceptional ability to cater to the diverse desires of large groups of concurrent visitors.
As the month progresses, the company looks forward to the arrival of MS Nautica on December 17th. This vessel is set to navigate the waters of Sri Lanka for three days, making stops at the ports of Colombo and Hambantota.
Aitken Spence Travels is committed to providing an extensive array of curated excursions, inviting all visitors to indulge in the diverse landscapes and rich culture of Sri Lanka
The lineup of 14 cruise calls to the ports of Colombo, Hambantota, and Trincomalee with the various cruise agents will continue till the end of December 2023 bringing in seas of tourists to the country.
Commenting on this significant achievement Mr. Nalin Jayasundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels stated that “the company is hoping to serve over 10,000 cruise passengers throughout these two months.
Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena, Jt. Deputy Chairperson of Aitken Spence, expressed the belief that the Government would develop infrastructure of the Colombo port to be a cruise hub.