The Maldives’ tourist season officially started with the arrival of the cruise liner, MS AIDAbella, in the port of Male on Monday. Over 2,000 passengers came ashore, signalling the beginning of the tourist season for the region.
The Maldives Association of Yacht Agents (MAYA), representing companies that coordinate cruise liner arrivals in the Maldives, reported that 2,008 tourists disembarked from MS AIDAbella at 10:02 a.m. The cruise liner is scheduled to spend two days at the Male port, allowing passengers to explore the local attractions.
MS AIDAbella’s journey to the Maldives followed visits to several Middle Eastern countries, including the UAE and Oman. After its stay in the Maldives, the ship is scheduled to continue its voyage, making stops in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.
The Maldivian government has set a target to attract 1.9 million tourists this year. So far, over 1.5 million tourists have visited the Maldives in the current year, showing significant progress toward achieving this goal.