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Aitken Spence Travels conducts shore excursions for cruise liner passengers

AST staff welcome the passengers
AST staff welcome the passengers

Hapag-Lloyd’s luxury cruise liner, the MS Europa 2 called over at the Hambanthota Port and the Colombo port for a four-day stay in Sri Lanka.

Aitken Spence Travels (AST) Cruise team was responsible for all the shore excursions for its passengers.

Of the 350 guests on board, over 200 passengers went on shore excursions in Hambanthota.

On day two, the clients took excursions to Galle, visited the Galle Fort and experienced village tours. When the passengers were in Colombo on the wet gloomy Friday of June 7, they still went about their tours. The AST Cruise team also handled the passenger turnaround on June 8 for approximately 250 passengers.

Shore Excursions Manager of MS Europa 2, Werney Beyer, who has been to Sri Lanka previously, said, “This country shouldn’t suffer as Sri Lanka has so much to offer and I just love this country’s diversity. In effect, since the April 21 crisis, MS Europa 2 was considering moving to the Maldives instead of Sri Lanka. But the local team was extremely vigil and continuously updating us about the security situation of the country, that Hapag-Lloyd did not implement plan B of moving to the Maldives.”

“I am happy that we didn’t move to the Maldives as our clients have shared excellent feedback and reviews of their stay and experiences in Sri Lanka,” he said.

Managing Director of Aitken Spence Travels, Nalin Jayasundera said, “When all the other cruise liners were cancelling their tours, MS Europa 2 was confident about destination Sri Lanka and we are glad that they experienced the improved security, visitors would enjoy while in Sri Lanka.”