16 March 2017
Kenya expects tourist arrivals by sea to go up this year after the completion of a new cruise terminal later this year.
The cruise season runs from November to March every year. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) began the construction of a cruise ship terminal in December last year at a cost of Sh350 million, adding that it is expected to be completed by September.
Luxury cruise ship MS Silver Cloud, which departed for Seychelles after one day at the port of Mombasa, marked the end of the current cruise tourism season.
The vessel, which is operated by Silversea Cruises, arrived on Monday from Zanzibar with 255 passengers and 224 crew. Last season, the port received 10 cruise ships, which brought in more than 6,000 tourists.
From November last year when the cruise tourism season began to end of the season this month, only two ships MS Nautica which is operated by Oceania Cruises and Silver Cloud made two trips each.
The two ships which made four trips this season brought a total of 2,958 visitors down from 10 ships which brought 6,000 tourists last season.
Majority of the tourists who arrived on Monday were from the United States of America while others were from Germany, Canada and England.
Source: Business Daily