Cordelia Cruises is all set for its first international voyage to Sri Lanka in early June, and the new route is likely to boost the Indian cruise traffic by 25-30 per cent, according to a top official.
The cruise liner, currently operating for domestic destinations, has witnessed a revival in the post-Covid era. The occupancy rate has averaged between 78-85 per cent, with consecutive sold-out summer holiday cruises, the official added.
“Sri Lanka is truly the jewel of the Indian Ocean. The nation is moving forward with great determination and courage, and we stand with them in true partnership,” said Cordelia Cruises CEO Jurgen Bailom in an interview with PTI. “We are certain that this alliance will prove (to be) successful and bring forth great opportunities for both nations and businesses,” he added.
Cordelia will sail on June 5 from Chennai. Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe is likely to attend a special reception planned on June 7 to celebrate the sailing debut, according to the official.
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