Hambantota International Port in the deep south of Sri Lanka has positioned itself as an ideal port of call for cruise ships of all categories, due to its depth of 17 meters that allows it to accommodate any cruise ship in the world. The port is well-prepared to meet the needs of ships, crew and passengers, immigration and emigration, customs and secure passenger services. There are over 2,000 cruise ports worldwide and Hambantota International Port is conveniently located to join this circle. The port’s location away from the bustling metropolis, green surroundings, and tourist attractions in close proximity provide additional attractions for cruise passengers.
Cordelia Cruise Lines recently launched the Empress at HIP cruise packages from Chennai, calling at three other key destinations on the island. HIP has seen an increase in cruise ships calling over the past six months and expects to continue to expand this service. Working with Hayleys Advantis, agents of Cordelia Cruise Lines, is another step in promoting Hambantota as an ideal cruise destination. While disembarking at the port, tourists can enjoy a range of attractive excursions such as Galle Dutch Fort walks, river cruises, hikes through national parks, and visits to the turtle hatchery and tea factory. Shopping trips are also included.
Keith D. Bernard, Chairman of SLPA, Jurgen Bailom, President and CEO of Cordelia Cruises, and Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director of Hayleys Advantis, among others, recently attended the inaugural event at HIP. HIPG CEO Johnson Liu and senior management of Hambantota International Port were also present at the event. With HIP’s facilities, attractive excursions, and range of tourist attractions, the port is well-poised to continue attracting cruise ships of all categories, offering a unique and memorable experience for visitors to Sri Lanka.
Overall, Hambantota International Port offers visitors a blend of unique attractions, from a state-of-the-art facility for port services to a range of scenic excursions and shopping opportunities. Visitors can look forward to experiencing the vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty of Sri Lanka, while enjoying the convenience and ease of a modern, well-equipped port.
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