Advantis extends a warm welcome to Cordelia Cruises in Jaffna: the first cruise liner to call the Port of KKS

 First-ever luxury cruise liner to call the KKS Port
 Shipping Minister welcomes MS Empress at Jaffna
 First cruise sailing operation around the island
The MS Empress, the first luxury vessel from Cordelia Cruises to Sri Lanka, was welcomed at the
Kankesanturai Port (KKS), Jaffna, ushering in a new era of maritime travel and tourism for the
Northern region.
As the luxury cruise liner made its inaugural voyage to Jaffna, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation
Nimal Siripala De Silva, Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Keith Bernard, and other
distinguished officials, along with the Management of Advantis Group, extended a warm welcome to
the crew and guests of Cordelia Cruises at the ceremonial welcome held at the KKS Port.
“We are thrilled to witness the docking of the magnificent MS Empress in Jaffna, marking the first
time a cruise ship has ever called the KKS Port. This momentous occasion not only showcases the
growing prominence of Jaffna as a sought-after tourist destination but also holds the potential to
drive economic growth in the area. We envision a future where the region thrives as a flourishing
hub of cultural heritage and vibrant economic activity.
“We anticipate that the influx of tourists through this venture will stimulate various sectors,
including hospitality, retail, transportation, and local businesses, creating a ripple effect of prosperity
for the communities in and around all three regions the MS Empress will be calling on; Hambantota,
Trincomalee and Jaffna,” Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala De Silva said.
The arrival of the MS Empress marks the beginning of a new era of cruise tourists to Sri Lanka
brought on by a landmark partnership between the Advantis Group, the transportation and logistics
arm of Hayleys PLC, and India’s top cruise line Cordelia Cruises.
“Our alliance with Cordelia Cruises heralds a new age of travel in Sri Lanka. As a pioneer in
transportation and logistics, with expertise in maritime services, we are focused on supporting all
opportunities for generating growth in travel and tourism. Together with the Cordelia team, we aim
to attract at least 80,000 visitors within the next four months alone, showcasing the diverse offerings
of the country. This partnership not only promises to generate significant economic growth, but also
foster intercultural connections and promote sustainable development,” Advantis Group Managing
Director, Ruwan Waidyaratne said.

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The MS Empress boasts 796 cabins across five distinct categories, each filled with state-of-the-art
amenities, providing unparalleled luxury and comfort to its 1,600 passengers. The vessel embarked
on its inaugural sailing to Sri Lanka from the Port of Chennai on 5th June 2023.
The Travel and Aviation arm of the Advantis Group will serve as the General Sales Agent, while
Clarion Shipping, a subsidiary of the Advantis Group, will act as the Port Agent for Cordelia Cruises
in Sri Lanka.
Advantis is Sri Lanka’s most diversified transportation and logistics provider, with over six decades
of experience and operations across Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Singapore
and Thailand. Backed by the blue-chip multinational conglomerate Hayleys PLC, Advantis is at the
forefront of the transportation and logistics industries providing end-to-end solutions covering
Integrated Logistics, Projects and Engineering, Marine and Energy, International Freight Management
and Travel & Aviation.

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala De Silva (right), with Advantis
Group Managing Director, Ruwan Waidyaratne (left) and Captain of MS Empress Denis Korop
(center) at the plaque exchange ceremony

The MS Empress calling at the KKS Port

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