The Luxury Passenger vessel SS Nautica recently sailed into Colombo with nearly 650 passengers and 300 plus crew on board as her maiden call at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
SS Nautica and several other vessels operated by Oceania Cruises of Florida, USA has been crossing the Indian Ocean for many years now and touching the neighbouring Port of Malé, Maldives but omitting Colombo due to the security situation that prevailed during the terrorist problem.
Prudential Shipping, which has also been the Agents for Oceania Cruises calls in Malé, has been instrumental in promoting a Sri Lankan call since the stoppage of the war and was delighted with the decision of its principals to make a maiden call at Colombo.
According to MD of Prudential Shipping and Helanka Vacations, Oceania Cruises have scheduled their second vessel to call Sri Lanka (which will most probably call at all three ports, i.e. Colombo, Galle and Trincomalee) for this season by end March this year and two more calls for early 2012 and believes that more and more operators will look at a Sri Lankan port call for their round the world cruises now that the war is over.