By Reg de Livera
What Cruisers seek most
In terms of taking a holiday on a cruise ship travellers seek a more immersive type of cruise holiday nowadays. More time at ports means more time to immerse and understand the culture of a location. Port visits to unique destinations allow the passenger to enjoy and interact with local people and in essence experience their culture.
Travellers will make the most of a cruise if the provider is more innovative in their planning and implementation procedures. Stopping at multiple destinations for a couple of days will draw the attention of travellers seeking to enjoy a cruise that provides such a service.
Sri Lanka among other destinations in Asia is where cruise liners have missed out on the opportunities available for guests to enjoy a 2 to 3 days stopover. From an Industry perspective cruise organisers should look for these opportunities beyond Europe, USA, Canada, and the Americas.
Recognising this trend for stop overs is important and acting on it is crucial. Cruising companies should take heed of traveller expectations and include new itineraries with onshore 2 to 3 day stopovers that enable destination immersions in multiple destinations. Culinary experiences, short adventure tours included in cruise itineraries will bring more fun and happiness to cruisers.
Passengers do seek options in cruising itineraries. Scenic destinations, services to the South Pole, trips to fjords in Norway and South Islands of New Zealand and jet trips to the South Pole allowing passengers to stand at the South Pole marker are once in a lifetime experiences that passengers will seek as options in an itinerary. Similarly wildlife experiences, cultural experiences, ancient cities explorations in Sri Lanka are opportunities cruisers will not like to miss.
Cruising itineraries should also respond to consumer awareness of sustainable tourism. Implementing environmentally friendly technology and programs that involve more destination visits that benefit economically and culturally. These are programs that will reduce CO2 emissions considerably. Conscious travel and awareness of sustainable tourism is the way to go in these times of climate change.
It is a fact that cruise bookings are very strong for 2020 and some cruise liners have taken bookings beyond 2020 and up to 2022. These are very good signs facing the cruising industry. It solidifies the fact that the cruising industry is very popular among travellers. Lets hope this trend continues for a long period of time.
Travel to Sri Lanka for your next holiday. An opportunity you will not like to miss. Culture, wildlife, camping, trekking, adventure, Ancient cities, Heritage listed cites, beautiful beaches, wildlife, golden palm fringed beaches and friendly and hospitable Sri Lankans will make your holiday worthwhile.
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If you want to see this spectacular procession, which started during the 3rd century CE and continued to this day, you should visit Sri Lanka during the month of July.
This annual festival is a combination of the Dalada perahera and the Esala perahera. The Dalada procession is believed to have started when the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka during the 4th century CE, 800 years after the death of the Buddha.
This two-fold aspect of the annual festival has many traditional dances, fire-dancers; whip dancers and a cultural mix of traditional dancers depicting the flag bearers of each region of Sri Lanka.
Among all the ceremonial pomp and splendour of the perahera are the very noticeable, spectacularly adorned elephants walking gracefully with the crowd of whip crackers, flame throwers, traditional dancers, drummers and men carrying fire torches to light up the streets.
This annual event has maintained its original theme, which to this day has not had much of a variation to its form.
The original esala perahera was an invocation to the guardian gods for rainfall needed for the cultivation of crops and enrichment of the lands of the kingdom.
The temples dedicated to these guardian gods Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and goddess Pattini are built in the sacred temple grounds of the tooth relic of the buddha. The presence of these temples in Kandy ascertains a strong fusion of Hindu beliefs entwined with Buddhism long before the arrival of the tooth relic of the Buddha.
Leisure world Tours conducts itineraries that cover the Kandy perahera each year. Make reservations to witness this event for July 2020 with email@example.com.
Plan your holiday in Sri Lanka
Travel to Europe is increasing steadily at around 30%.
This is a good sign and we hope it will continue to rise.
Britain is in a sort of turmoil with Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson to the realm, But tourism is still trending and that is an encouraging sign that all is not doom and gloom.
From a demographic view among travellers Gen Z tops the list with an increase of 55 % in Spain, followed by the Netherlands with a whopping 95% increase by millennials.
Gen X travellers loved Switzerland and Germany while Greece showed a 40% increase by baby boomers.
Overall spending has decreased due to the rising costs in Europe although Greece has seen a 50% increase in spending by baby boomers.
Hurray! the government of Sri Lanka has decided to issue free visas for travellers, starting from August 2019 - January 2020. This is a very encouraging step and one set in the right direction. Ever since the suicide bombings in April this year, revenue from tourism dropped to zilch.
The recent bombings has had a very serious toll on tourism in Sri Lanka. Many workers in the hospitality industry lost their jobs as a result of the bombings.
We encourage travellers to return to Sri Lanka and support the industry.
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Brawl on P&O cruise ship
Brawl on P&O cruise ship.
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This could happen anywhere. But on a cruise ship you are stuck with the perpetrators until you get to disembark at the nearest port or carry on regardless. This is the downside of happy cruising. Apparently media fake news put the blame on a clown that caused a fight to break out where furniture and plates were used as weapons of destruction and another story relates to the brawl being caused by a passenger dressed up as a clown. What a way to enjoy a good time on a cruise ship. I thought a clown makes people laugh and be as merry as a clown. Unfortunately not on this cruise ship though. These are isolated incidents probably fuelled by excess consumption of alcohol. Try a holiday in Sri Lanka instead.
Second international airport
BALI TO GET SECOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Apparently the Bali governor, Wayan Koster mentioned during a speech in Denpasar Arts Centre that Bali would be getting a second international airport. They hope to relieve pressure from the influx of tourists arriving currently.
Another reason is to encourage an even distribution of tourist hot spots to areas in the North that don’t get many tourists visiting. It is hoped that tourists will move away from Seminyak and Kuta.
It is to been seen that this airport will meet the needs of foreign holidaymakers. About 370 hectares of land at the Kubutambahan village and Sani Village will stand to gain from this transition.
As a result, the new airport is envisaged to take about 70 percent of low cost flights from Australia normally operated by Jetstar, Air Asia and Lion Air.
Visit Sri Lanka
Ella Sri Lanka
Locals and tourists fall in love with this small mountain town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. You can get to this interesting hideout by train, bus, hire car or by requesting your travel agent to arrange a tour covering this beautiful back packers town.
What you can do in Ella
For starters there are lots of interesting hiking trails. Little Adam's peak and Ella Gap are the most common trails. The trek to Horton planes and world's end is mesmerising.
The scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is the most interesting train journey you should not miss. Treks are best done in the early mornings and you can trek by yourself. You really don't need a guide. As there are quite a few fellow travellers you will pal up with while you hike.
There are around 350 0r more waterfalls in Sri Lanka. In Ella you can visit Ravana Water falls, Bomburu Ella waterfalls, Bambaragama, Diyaluma and Dumhinda waterfalls. If you are a nature lover and one that likes hikes then visiting as many waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts will attract your attention.
Nine Arch Bridge Ella
The nine arch bridge known commonly as the bridge in the sky is a reminder of colonial era construction. Many tourists and locals flock to this place to admire the beauty and surroundings. A good picturesque location.
Marriot is said to be releasing a new loyalty program called Bonvoy which is soon to replace the existing loyalty program. It is envisaged members will have more benefits with this new look launch. Customers wishing to book into the Marriot Sri Lanka can start taking advantage of this new benefit by signing up for membership.
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Visit to Kala Oya has become a "Must" for us since our first visit there last year. I have been saying this place teaches me what "Destitute" is. Unless one visits and sees it for themselves no words can aptly convey what tough conditions under which the residents survive here. It is a very well run facility but sadly it lacks regular "Supplies." We do our bit but there has to be something else that needs to be done to help the facility. Elderly people going without meals regularly is not nice. Those who are reading this piece please think about it. I am open to suggestions. It takes a mere $70 Australian to provide all meals and two teas daily for nearly twenty five people.
It is also in Kala Oya there is a little paradise hidden away about fifteen minutes of extremely slow drive from the main Puttalam - Anuradhapura Road. This place is surrounded by paddy fields on one side and a lovely secluded lake on the other. This "Cabana" is perched atop the banks of the lake which gives views, sights and sounds money cannot buy. The property is owned by Auril's best friend Scolestical's sister and family. Two nights here was just superb. The "Facilities" that add to the charm of this place: water tank on top of a mango tree that stands above the cabana, generator-run power supply which is available from about 6.30 pm to when it runs out of petrol, showers at the well, dip in the lake in which crocodile and human beings live in harmony, eating the catch of the day from the lake, eating mangoes just fallen off the tree, waking up listening to the sounds of lapping water below your feet, the chirping birds, sounds of peacocks, jumping fish, wonderful breeze off the lake....oh where do I stop?!
Our half day safari through Wilpathu National Park was great for one particular reason - leopards. We did not see any in Yala last year and this time in Wilpathu we spotted two of these spotted big cats! And both of them gave good sightings. I could photograph the second one and did not bother about the first because I simply wanted to "Take it all in" seeing a leopard in the wild for the first time. Wilpathu should really be done over a whole day as it is bigger than Yala and the vegetation is magnificent. We need to revisit this place.
And then we got to Jaffna and I have written plenty below most of the photos in my FB pages. Point Pedro, Causarina Beach, Thurkai Amman Temple in Tellipalai, Keerimalai, Nallur are some of the places we covered. Things happen because they are meant to happen as they did today. Our plan today was to visit Thurkai Amman Temple and keep moving and yet we ended up having a lovely lunch at the temple. We visited the temple as we planned and were invited to join them later for lunch. Still we were not sure but we moved on to visit my ancestral home and then Keerimalai. After Keerimalai we resolved to go back to the temple and join them for lunch. What a good decision it was.
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