The World, one of the most luxurious and elegant cruise ships and the largest privately owned residential vessel, docked in Port Victoria yesterday.
Some 120 residents and 278 crew members disembarked to make the most of Seychelles’ beauty and take part in numerous activities organised for them including excursions to numerous landmarks and five-star hotels.
7⁰ South is the company coordinating a programme to meet the needs of the visitors.
“The World is not about the number of visitors who disembark but about the quality of the visitors,” said May De Silva, marketing manager at 7⁰ South.
She stressed that the visitors are very high spenders and the fact that they are here albeit in a relatively small number the visitors of The World will bring a lot of benefits for numerous service providers in the tourism industry.
Staff from 7⁰ South were busy very early yesterday to ensure all the logistics were in place for the visitors and later during the morning after all the visitors were out and about, the remaining team members of 7⁰ South were all too excited to take a souvenir photograph next to the towering but luxurious cruise ship.
The World left Port Victoria at midnight yesterday for La Digue and tomorrow morning it will dock at Praslin and there it will remain until midnight tomorrow when it will leave for Aldabra where the guests will be taken care of by the Seychelles Island Foundation.
Last week when the ship was in the Maldives prior to coming here, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange had a one-night stay on board where he delivered a lecture about Seychelles.
It is to be noted that The first visited Seychelles in January 2005, ten years ago, when it arrived in Port Victoria with founding President James R. Mancham who had been invited to be the guest lecturer on the segment of the 10-day cruise from Safaga in the Red Sea port of Egypt to Seychelles.