Cruise ship arrives in Mombasa with 648 tourists

Published on : Thursday, January 3, 2019

The tourism industry got a major boost during the festive season after a cruise ship arrived in Mombasa carrying 648 tourists.


The MS Nautica arrived from the Seychelles with 400 crew on board and docked at the port last week.


The vessel is operated by Ocenia Cruises.


At least 85 tourists who arrived on the cruise went to Moi International Airport to connect to Amboseli National Park, which is among best holiday destinations in the world.


“Another 170 will tour Mombasa city where some go to Bombolulu Cultural Centre and other to Haller Park. We will also have another 120 visiting historical sites within the county,” said Kenya Port Authority corporate affairs officer Hajj Masemo.


Mr. Masemo said that the vessel would later leave for Zanzibar.


“The vessel will further go to South Africa but will return in Mombasa on February 3, we are expecting two more cruise vessels in our region,” said Mr. Masemo.


The government plans to build a cruise passenger terminal at the port.


The facility is expected to be completed in August and would ne officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta.


He said that the port also expects to receive one of the biggest cruise ships, Queen Mary 2, in about two to three years.


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