On Tuesday, two cruise ships, the MS Europa 2 and MS Azamara Quest, arrived at Hambantota International Port (HIP) with more than 900 passengers disembarking to visit popular tourist destinations in the South.
The visitors had the opportunity to explore many cultural and natural attractions, including the Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park, Kataragama Devalaya, and the Mulkirigala Temple.
In addition, they were able to take a tour of the city of Hambantota and visit the Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa.
“We are happy to welcome these two cruise ships back. Azamara Quest visited us in December last year and Europa 2 called at the port in 2019. We are pleased to note that we are entering the cruise ship circuit and this would mean more vessels calling at the Hambantota International Port this year. The facilities for passengers and crew have been upgraded with duty-free shopping also available within the port premises. Hambantota International Port which is situated in a lush green environment, has been recognised as one of the cleanest ports in the world.” says Tissa Wickramasinghe, COO, Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG).