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* Luxury passenger cruise ship Viking Mars arrives at Colombo Port
Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 09:34 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 19, Colombo: The Norwegian luxury passenger cruise ship ‘Viking Mars’ currently on a 35-day itinerary docked at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port Friday (Nov 18).

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation announced that the Norwegian cruise liner Viking Mars, carrying 900 guests and 450 crew, arrived at the port of Colombo at 1.00 pm yesterday (18).

Aitken Spence Travels, the leading destination management company (DMC) that handles the highest cruise calls for shore excursion to Sri Lanka welcomed the first luxury passenger cruise ship arrived in Sri Lanka after two years following the Covid pandemic.

Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Tourism Minister Harin Fernando were present at the passenger jetty of the port to welcome the ship.

The Ministry says that the ship, which came from Goa, India, is anchored at Colombo port for 24 hours and that a special arrangement has been made to provide them with the necessary customs, immigration and duty free shopping complex facilities.

Aitken Spence Travels said it will be offering an array of Sri Lankan shore excursion packages that are unique and diverse allowing the guests to discover the island nation.

During the excursions they will visit Kandy, Pinnawala, city tours in Galle, walking tours in Colombo, boat tours in Muthurajawela and Madu River, experience an agro-village concept, tuk-tuk tours, cultural shows, culinary experiences, art & architecture tours and taste the finest of Ceylon teas.

“Our energetic and dedicated team worked extremely hard over the past 12 months to secure these cruise calls. Shore excursion destinations are usually for 24 months in advance and it’s critical that our pricing is attractive, appealing and relevant,” commented Mr. Nalin Jayasundera, Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels.

“We appreciate the support extended by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and their security teams, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and all other key stakeholders to ensure cruise guests have a positive experience in Sri Lanka. The country needs to have a peaceful environment to attract more visitors and as DMC’s we will continue to promote Sri Lanka aggressively through our marketing and promotional work”, further commented Mr. Nalin Jayasundera.


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