May 30, 2011 (LBO) – A passenger vessel that can carry up to 1,044 people is to be used to launch a transport service between Sri Lanka’s Colombo port and the south Indian harbour of Tuticorin. The â€˜Scotia Princessâ€™ ferry will initially do two voyages a week, said Classic Travels, a subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings, which was appointed principal sales agent for the Indo-Lanka ferry service.
The voyage between the Colombo and Tuticorin ports would take 8 10 hours.
The vessel has a variety of cabin types, ranging from ‘First Class’ to ‘Economy’, including specialized cabins for the disabled, Classic Travels said in a statement.
The ship is also equipped with an infirmary, restaurants and entertainment facilities.
The service is being done by Ceylon Shipping Corporation on the Sri Lankan side which handles its operational aspects, the statement said.
Classic Travels would offer visa processing, ferry bookings, special ground arrangements at both ends if required, and specialized package tours for private and corporate groups, it said.