Marella Discovery cruise liner calls on Colombo

ECONOMYNEXT- Marella Discovery, the largest super-luxury ship of the Marella fleet, called on Colombo Port to boost Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, agents Aitken Spence Maritime said in a statement.

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, including cruise tourism, fell in 2019 following the Easter Sunday attacks, but confidence in the country is now being rebuilt.

Aitken Spence Travels was the shore excursion partner in Sri Lanka for Marella Discovery.

The company offered excursions for over 800 passengers from the cruise ship, covering many locations close to Colombo, low grown tea estates, historical sites, Madhu ganga river safaris and tours across the city of Galle.

The excursions are designed to create memories in Sri Lanka through experiences with culture, cuisine, architecture, heritage and way of life.

Marella Discovery is approximately 264 meters in length and 32 meters wide having 902 state rooms with a capacity for up to 2,074 passengers.

Marella Cruises trademarks include a high-end dining scene, a show lounge to rival the West End, contemporary interiors and a range of onboard activities.

The ship boasts features such as an outdoor cinema, a rock-climbing wall, a mini-golf course, five-storey atrium and an indoor pool.

Marella Discovery embarked on its voyage from the Persian Gulf and cruised past Cochin to reach Colombo and will continue to cruise towards South-East destinations after visiting Sri Lanka.

Marella Cruises, the third largest cruise line in the UK with a six-ship fleet, is a division of TUI U.K. and Ireland.

The TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide.

Aitken Spence Travels, a joint venture between Aitken Spence Plc and TUI, is the top travel agency handling majority of the shore excursions of cruise ships that call over to Sri Lanka.

Aitken Spence Maritime is a pioneer in the industry and was the first Sri Lankan company to undertake port efficiency enhancement management overseas with its entry into the African continent and subsequently the South Pacific.

The company handles all maritime services – from shipping and cargo handling services, to liner agency, cruise vessel, port management and development, chartering services and maritime education. (Colombo/Dec30/2019)