Luxury cruise ship arrives in Colombo with 2,000 tourists


[Kochi: Tourists being welcomed after they arrive at Cochin port through the cruise ship 'MS Europa 2', in Kochi, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. MS Europa 2 is the first cruise ship of the current cruise season, which began after lifting of COVID-19 curbs. ( /PTI] Colombo, Nov 29 : A super luxury cruise ship arrived at the Colombo Port on Tuesday carrying over 2,000 tourists, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. The "Mein Schiff 5" owned by a German operator docked at the capital city with ceremonies and cultural shows planned throughout the day, reports Xinhua news agency. Officials from the SLPA said the ship received a ceremonious welcome at the Colombo Port and the passengers would be offered excursions for the majority of the locations and tours covering the city, the south and the central highlands. The Tourism Ministry said the arrival of the cruise liner gave a boost to the South Asian country's tourism. Nine international passenger cruises were expected to arrive in Sri Lanka by March next year, which would revive the country's pandemic-battered tourism and attract much-needed foreign exchange. /IANS




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