MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) on Monday said the number
of international tourists coming to Kenya via the sea has
tremendously increased since the start of the cruise ship tourism
season in October 2017.
KPA Head of Corporate Bernard Osero said since the start of the
season, the port of Mombasa has received five cruise ships with
international guests from Britain, the United States, Canada and
“Approximately 3,681 international arrivals have come to Kenya
through the port of Mombasa within the three months, since the first
cruise ship on Oct. 23,” Osero.
He spoke after receiving MS Silver Spirit that docked at the port of
Mombasa with 890 tourists, which include 496 passengers and 394 crew
members. It was coming from Zanzibar heading to Seychelles on
The vessel spent a night at the Kenya coast as the tourist tour
Maasai Mara, Shima Hills, Fort Jesus, Amboseli and other attractive
sites in the country.
This is the second time MS Silver Spirit is coming to Kenya in a
span of two months. It was here on Dec. 21 2017 with 472 tourists
and 365 crew.
Speaking during the reception of the tourists at the port, Osero
said the return of cruise ships is very encouraging.
“Six years ago, we use to have zero cruise vessels docking into this
port. It is encouraging to see us rekindling the old spirits and
being a key player in attracting passengers by sea,” said Osero.
Osero said the 4.5 million U.S. dollars modern cruise ship terminal,
under construction at Berth number 1, is 50 percent complete. It
will be ready by July.
He said the world-class cruise terminal will allow simultaneous
berthing of two Oasis-class cruise ships, which are the world
largest passenger ships.
Other cruise ships that have docked at the port of Mombasa this
season include; the Omani luxury cruise ship christened Fulk Al
Salamah (ship of peace) on October with 350 passengers on board.
On Jan. 4, a Norwegian vessel MS Nautica made its second call at the
port of Mombasa with 962 passengers on board from Zanzibar in
Tanzania heading to Seychelles.
MS Nautica was first in the country on Nov. 25 with 642 passengers
from Marshall Islands in the North Pacific Ocean heading to