Sri Lanka expects 27 cruise calls this year

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Feb 05, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is expecting 27 cruise calls in 2013 with ocean liner Queen May 02 leading the way, docking at Colombo on February 04, the island’s tourism promotion office said. Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion office said the liner canned 2,300 tourists from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

Queen May 02 ocean liner in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Gemini Tours and Travels, which was in charge of local excursions, had taken the visitors to Kandy in Sri Lanka’s central hills, an elephant orphanage at Pinnawala.

Queen May 02 has 13 decks with swimming pools, theatre, gym, auditorium, restauratnts, a a casino, spa and 1,300 luxury cabins.

The vessel had set sail from the US on January and called at Cochin in India, before reaching Colombo. Its next port of call would be in Malaysia.

The Sri Lanka tourism promotion bureau said already 27 cruise ships were scheduled to call at Colombo in 2013.

Sri Lanka welcomed a million tourists in 2012 and is expecting 1.2 million visitors this year.