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‘Cordelia Empress’ makes maiden call on H’tota Port

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Cordelia Empress, India’s first international cruise from Chennai to Sri Lanka, started its maiden voyage on June 5 from Chennai. The ship was flagged off by Indian Minister of Ports, Shipping and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal.

This gigantic vessel was scheduled to make its maiden call at the Hambantota Port today (7) with 750 passengers and will stay overnight offering a cruise tour package to visit the ports of Trincomalee and Jaffna. In Hambantota, tourists will have the opportunity to explore wildlife at Yala and Udawalawe National Park, whereas a visit to a turtle Hatchery Farm and other places of interest are also arranged. As an additional activity, visitors will also be able to take a stroll through the Galle Dutch Fort and a hike to the Diyaluma Waterfall. The visit to Trincomalee will give them the unique experience of whale and Dolphin watching, engaging in various water sports, and snorkeling. The visit to Jaffna offers a peaceful beach retreat and exploring the scared temples and shrines in the area.

This newly established cruise liner, belonging to Cordelia Cruises, offers state of the Art accommodation choices such as Ocean view staterooms, suites, Mini –Suites and the premium Chairman’s suite. Senior official from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said that Sri Lanka is all prepared to give the Cordelia Empress a warm welcome on her maiden voyage to the destination, inclusive of a few cultural performances to entertain the crowd and showcase the warmth and hospitality of the Sri Lankan counterparts, which they are world renowned for.

An onboard counter will be manned by the staff of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. It is expected that sixteen such Cordelia cruises will call on Sri Lanka till September 2023 covering Hambantota, Trincomalee and Kankesanturai.


Wednesday, June 7, 2023 – 01:00

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