Maldives Association of Yacht Agents (MAYA) has stated that a German cruise ship called MV Artania has arrived to the Maldives with a large number of tourists. It is the first cruise ship to arrive to Male' City in 2023.
Many cruise ships started arriving to the Maldives in 2022 after the cruise ships were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cruise ships started arriving during the peak tourist season in the country.
MAYA stated that nine cruise ships have been scheduled to arrive in the Maldives so far. The cruise ships are larger than those that arrived last year. As such, a 3,000 passenger cruise ship and a 2,100 passenger cruise ship are scheduled to arrive soon. In addition, tour cruise ships with a capacity of 1,000-1,500 passengers and three cruise ships with a capacity of 300-700 passengers are also scheduled to arrive to the Maldives in the coming days.
MAYA also stated that the number of tourists arriving to the Maldives is estimated to be at 12,000 depending on the space of these cruise ships.