MS The World cementing Kenya’s gain in cruise tourism

Ms The World at the Mombasa Port./COURTESY

The Port of Mombasa was home to MS The World, a private residential cruise ship that houses 165 luxurious custom-designed residences.

The 196m long cruise ship docked at the Port of Mombasa’s Cruise Ship terminal on 2nd April and departed on Wednesday 3rd April, 2024.

MS The World has 106 apartments, 19 studio apartments, and 40 studio apartments, all customized to suit residents’ specific preferences, and carries an average of 150-200 passengers and 280 crew members.

The cruise ship arrived a week after MS Ambience called the Port of Mombasa carrying 1,100 passengers on board and over 500 crew members. MS Ambience stayed in Mombasa for two days before proceeding to South Africa.

According to MS The World website, residents can live on board as the ship travels.

MS The World marks the fifth cruise ship to call the port of Mombasa this year.

“Since January this year, we have received a total of four cruise ships with passengers together with crew totaling 8,366 so far. This goes a long way to indicate that Kenya is one of the prime cruise ship destinations in Africa,” said Tourism PS Ololtuaa when MS Ambience called the Port of Mombasa last week on the 27th of March.

The refurbished Cruise Terminal at the Mombasa Port allows cruise ships like MS The World (196m long, 29.8m wide, 6.7m draft, and a gross tonnage of 43,188) to dock without problems.

The port has now handled 13 vessels since the beginning of the cruise season in September and expects more to arrive before the end of the circuit season in April.

Meanwhile, the private residential cruise ship MS The World is currently in Seychelles.

Amenities on the ship include a grocery store, boutique, fitness center, library, movie theater, six restaurants, swimming pool, and a golf simulator and putting greens.