Cruise ship arrives in Mombasa with 642 passengers on board

The tourism sector at the Coast got a boost when a cruise ship with 642 guests docked at the port of Mombasa on Saturday.

The luxury cruise vessel christened ‘MV Nautica’ docked in the port at the end of its voyage from the Marshal Islands located in the North Pacific Ocean.

The holidaymakers were welcomed by government officials led by Tourism Cabinet Secretary (CS), Najib Balala who observed that Kenya was becoming a hot cruising tourism destination.

He said Kenya has for long been looking into the growth of the cruise industry to help boost tourism earnings.

Balala told journalists that the government was happy with the high number of world class cruise liners visiting the port of Mombasa as part of their global cruise itineraries.

Indeed Mombasa is now a recognised world class cruising destination and that is why the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is at the moment building the Sh.350 million modern cruise terminal, he said.

The Tourism CS said the dedicated cruise terminal with two passenger pavilions complete with state of the art arrival and departure facilities will be ready for use by October 2018.

He said the new terminal will be operational at a time the port of Mombasa is becoming a flagship port in the international cruise calendar.

Currently, KPA continues to receive cruise ships at a main cargo terminal at berth number 1 and 2.

The dedicated cruise terminal will enhance cruise experience for the intrepid travelers and encourage more cruise liners to call at the port of Mombasa, he said adding that development is expected to boost the number of tourist arrivals in Kenya.

Balala expressed optimism that the tourism sector is showing signs of quick recovery from the prolonged heightened political activities witnessed in the country in the countdown to the August 8 general elections and the repeat October 26 presidential vote.

Source: Kenya News Agency