British Cruise Ship Stops by as Cambodia Launching Sea Festival

Diamond Princess, a British giant cruise ship, anchored in the sea of Preah Sihanouk province, carrying along thousands of foreign travelers for a tour in the province on the first day of her Sea Festival celebration.

The cruise ship idled about three kilometres from the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port to allow the visitors to spend a day tour in the coastal province - one of Cambodia's most attractive travel destinations.

According to Col. Ngoy Chean, Police Chief at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, the giant ship with the length of more than 288 metres and width of 41 metres - serviced by 1,064 crew - held 2,889 tourists from 55 countries.

After the sightseeing in Preah Sihanouk, the visitors returned to the ship in late afternoon of the same day and headed to Thailand.

The drop-by happened when Preah Sihanouk province kick-started its host of Cambodia's three-day Sea Festival Dec. 23-25.

Peace and stability of Cambodia have made the country among the top list of travel destinations, at least in the region. The number of international cruise ship stopping by her coastal province has increased from year to year.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press