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THIRTY EIGHT YEARS' AGO -
COASTWEEK, March 01 - 07, 1999:

LUXURY CRUISE SHIP CALLS

Coastweek -- A GLEAMING white cruise ship, m.v. Mermoz arrived at Kilindini Port on Wednesday, at seven in the morning with 350 passengers, mostly French, on board who were ending a ten day cruise around the Indian Ocean Islands with land and air safaris to Kenya’s magnificent game parks, reported Neta Peal.

They were on a special cruise for retired people offered by a French magazine ‘Notre Temps’.

All were flying home to France by charter from Moi International Airport the next day which brought in another group of 310 to join this special cruise from Mombasa back to Seychelles.

It was United Touring Company, East Africa, which looked after their ground arrangements in Zanzibar and Mombasa and at Kilindini gleaming ‘mini’ buses were smartly lined up as the Mermoz arrived.

Immigration formalities had been completed while sailing from Zanzibar so passengers were soon disembarking and being whisked away on an assortment of safaris, one hundred and eighty going to the animal kingdom of Tsavo for two days with an overnight at Hilton’s Saltlick.

It was also UTC which looked after, with great efficiency and safety, the transfer between ship and airport of these elderly departing and arriving passengers.

The cruise which ended at Mombasa, with the turn around of the ship, had started at Port Victoria, Seychelles, with Ports of Call at Praslin, Noiss Be, Madagascar; Mayotta, Comores and Zanzibar.

Most of those joining the ship on Thursday also enjoyed land and air safaris with UTC before the Mermoz sailed for Zanzibar on Saturday, March 7, at 6 pm.

MTONGWE FERRY IS ‘BACK IN SERVICE’

MOMBASA Mayor Councillor Najib Balala had officially graced the occasion of the re-sumption of the Mtongwe Ferry Services.

Services had been suspended after a Navy vessel damaged the mainland jetty in December, 1996.

According to Alex S. Ole Leteipan General Manager, Kenya Ferry Services Ltd., the damage cost the company Kshs. 10 million to repair.

Services would have resumed earlier had it not been for a foot bridge adjacent to the jetty damaged by the El Niño floods shortly after repairs to the jetty were completed.

The occasion was also attended by Samuel S. Maneno, Chairman Board of directors Kenya Ferry Services and KPA and Hon. Suleiman Shakombo M.P. Likoni, others present were Councillor Khamis Mwidani of Mtongwe, Chief Municipal Engineer and several high ranking ferry officers.

The Mayor promised to give KFS all the necessary support including acquisition of land for expansion of the infrastructure at Likoni Ferry, clearing of beggars and street children and the orderly operation of matatus at the entrance roads to the ferries.

The ferries at Mtongwe will for a start operate between 5.30 am - 8.30 am and 4.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

The ferry serves an average of 25,000 people daily when fully operational and about 13,000 people for peak time operations

             

 

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