Cruise ship docks at Mombasa port with over 650 passengers

Dancers welcome cruise ship MS Nautica when it docked at the Port of Mombasa. FILE/ PHOTO.

Mombasa, KENYA: A luxurious cruise ship MS Nautica with more than 650 passengers on board docked at the  Mombasa port berth number one, early Thursday morning.

The American cruise ship en-route to Mahe, Seychelles from Zanzibar Islands of Tanzania, had 396 crew members on board.

Addressing the media on behalf of KPA managing director, KPA’s communication officer Hajj Masemo said the tourists will visit different tourist attraction sites at the coast region including Fort Jesus, Shimba hills game reserve and Malindi town.

Mr. Hajj added that the MS Nautica cruise ship with citizens from 25 different countries in the world will be leaving the port Thursday evening 7 pm.

“We are glad this is the first cruise ship docking at the port this year, but  during this tourism season this is the third cruise ship, normally the season begins on September and ends in March,” said Masemo.

In December last year, an MS Silver cloud and the same MS Nautica cruise ships docked at the port of Mombasa.

Tourism stakeholders are taking this as a great improvement in the sector which is now growing after it was heavily affected by terror attacks in the region.

Late last year, Tourism CS Najib Balala commissioned the construction of berth number one at the port, which will be used as a cruise tourists’ terminus and is expected to be ready by July 2017.