A 400-passenger capacity luxury vessel M/S/Europa has called at the Port of Hambantota today, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority said in a statement a short while ago. The vessel is expected to leave the port to Ko Phi Phi Islands in Thailand this evening.
The current voyages of the vessel include a 154 days world cruise from Dubai to Hamburg and a 19 day Asia voyage from Dubai to Singapore. The vessel also called at the Port of Colombo prior to her call today at the Port of Hambantota carrying 327 passengers on board. The luxury cruise ship MS Europa is owned by German operator Hapag-Lloyd, considered one of the largest container shipping lines in the world.
The local agent for Hapag-Lloyd, Hapag-Lloyd Lanka Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Aitken Spence PLC Ltd says it has made arrangements to bring more passenger vessels to Sri Lanka with the long term vision of promoting the island as one of the best tour and travel destinations in the region. Accordingly they intend to bring more callers at the Ports of Colombo, Galle, Hambantota and Trincomalee during the year 2016.