The port of Colombo hit another milestone by receiving the massive passenger vessel Artania on the 13th of February, 2020, and on her way to Pulau We, Indonesia on the 16th of February, 2020, carrying mostly German passengers who were keen to have an experience of a lifetime. This vessel operates under the German Shipping Company, Phoenix Reisen, and the Sri Lankan representative was Ceyline Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd. Ground handling was done by Walkers Tours Ltd, and they covered tourist attractions such as Galle Fort, Unawatuna, Kandy, Kelaniya temple, Mount Lavinia beach, Colombo City Tour and finally shopping in Colombo. A Tourist Information Counter was established in the vessel by Sri Lanka Tourism, to provide useful information and guidance regarding Sri Lanka and its unique characteristics, and the visitors were seen as highly concerned to know more about this beautiful destination.
The vessel has the ability to carry a total occupancy of 1200 and it carried 900 passengers this time and 420 crew members. Carrying the Bermudan Flag, the vessel is 755 ft in length, and the dining facilities include 5 restaurants. In terms of Health and Fitness, nothing has been missed as there are 5 pools, 5 Whirlpools, A Gym , Canyon Ranch Spa, Beauty Salon , Basket Ball Court, Golf Practice Nets, and a Shuffle board etc, while the other facilities include modes of entertainment such as a Royal Court theater, Queens Room ballroom , Illuminations planetarium/cinema/classical music , G32 nightclub , Library, Connexions Internet Center , The Play Zone children’s’ club ,and a Baby Zone.
Other facilities include Shops, A bookshop, Boardroom and a meeting room, Photo studio, Art gallery, Photo gallery and a medical centre. This gigantic cruise vessel embarked at the Colombo Port as a courtesy call, and also to explore the uniqueness of Sri Lanka as a travel destination and the scenic locations. Cruise Tourism plays an important role in boosting up the Tourism sector in Sri Lanka, thereby enabling more tourists to visit the destination. Sri Lanka receives several passenger ships a year, and this cruise arrival can be highlighted as one such moment where Sri Lanka will be known all around the world, as an iconic travel destination, with so much to explore.