YEARS' AGO -
March 01 - 07, 1999:
LUXURY CRUISE SHIP CALLS
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
They were on a
special cruise for retired people offered by a French magazine
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.
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
It was also UTC
which looked after, with great efficiency and safety, the
transfer between ship and airport of these elderly departing and
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’
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
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
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