August 20, 2016

Foreign cruise ships line up for Myanmar’s tourist season

MV Oceania seen at Thilawa INternational Terminal. Photo: MoHT
MV Oceania seen at Thilawa INternational Terminal. Photo: MoHT

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and travel tour company Destination Asia Co Ltd, cruise liner MV Oceania Insignia arrived at Thilawa Port in Yangon via Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 4 October. The ship carried 635 passengers and 400 crew members.  The liner set off for Phuket, Thailand, on 6 October.
Similarly, Myanmar Voyages Co Ltd has arranged for the MV Silver Shadow, part of the Silver Sea Cruises fleet from the United States, to arrive with 326 passengers and 290 crew members in Yangon and stay from 3 to 6 November. The tour company has organised another trip for the cruise liner to visit again from 26 to 29 December with 300 passengers and 290 crew members.
Moreover, MV Seaborn Sojourn will come to Yangon with 200 passengers and 330 crew members from 11 to 14 December, and MS Volendam will come with 550 passengers and 632 crew members from 26 to 28 December. The ships’ tours were organised by Destination Asia Co Ltd.
While they are docked in Myanmar, these ships’ tour companies have also organised day trips around Yangon and Bago and one-night trips to Bagan and Mandalay.
Tourist arrivals to Myanmar by cruise ship have been increasing yearly. In 2014, 21,583 tourists came to visit on 20 cruise liners.  In 2015, up to October, 25 cruise liners have arrived with 22,815 visitors, according to
the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Tourists visit Myanmar via sea, air and roads from bordering countries. People also travel Myanmar’s rivers, such as the Ayeyawady and Chindwin, on national cruise ships.


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