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“Silver Spirit,” luxury cruise ship calls over the Colombo port boosting nautical tourism

The Tourism Ministry is planning to promote nautical tourism and the luxury passenger cruise ship arrivals harnessing the potential in the economic Development of Sri Lanka.

All ingredients already provided by nature, it is time, Sri Lanka to take a special interest in emphasizing that Sri Lanka really concentrates on developing Nautical Tourism as a special niche in its new phase of Tourism Development”.

The Tourism Ministry also explores the possibility of partnering top blue-chip companies to enter the lucrative 40 billion dollar cruise line business that is estimated to carry 22.3 million passengers, with the market growing at 3.2 percent in volume.

Aitken Spence Travels will boost -up cruise tourism with the arrival of “Silver Spirit,” a luxury cruise ship calling over to the port of Colombo on the 23rd of December 2022.

Under the ownership of the Lefebvre Family (Rome, Italy), “Silver Spirit” is operated by Silversea Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL). The local ground operations will be managed by Micato India and Aitken Spence Travels.

Silver Spirit consists of 270 cabins and 412 crew members will be on board to serve the cruise guests. This luxurious cruise ship can carry 608 passengers (on double occupancy) and 648 (maximum passengers) onboard.

The 16-day voyage, will be operated under the theme “New Year cruise”, will call at the port of Colombo on the 23rd of December, and at the port of Trincomalee on the 26th of December 2022.

Aitken Spence Travels will be offering an array of Sri Lankan shore excursions covering major cities and attractions across the voyage, allowing the visitors to explore and discover the goodness Sri Lanka has to offer.

During their time in Colombo, the tourists will be enjoying the taste of Ceylon tea, the Colombo city walk, the Temple of Kelaniya, unique shopping experiences coupled with live music, and high tea. 

The ship will then be docked at the port of Trincomalee on the 26th, allowing the clients to bask and enjoy the Eastern splendour of Sri Lanka. Leaving the port of Trincomalee Silver Spirit will be continuing its voyage across Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

“Silver Spirit” will be the fourth cruise ship handled by Aitken Spence Travels in 2022, offering excursions exclusively to passengers stepping ashore to explore the country.

Since November 16th, the company has handled 4 ships with a combined number of 5000 guests who have come to Sri Lanka to experience the country’s hospitality and explore the wide range of excursions on offer.

 The ports of Colombo, Hambanthota, and Trincomalee have been used for cruise calls and some of the captains have given incredible testimonials about how beautiful our ports are.

Aitken Spence Travels will welcome 19 other cruise calls and end the cruise season by May 2023. 

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