Coast KZN

01 Nov 2019

2019/20 cruise season sets sail at SA Ports

(Berea Mail) Picture: The MS Albatros in port.

South Africa’s six cruise ports have begun welcoming thousands of passengers to the country’s shores as the 2019/20 cruise season gets underway. The first cruise vessel to arrive in the new season is MS Albatros operated by Phoenix Reisen, which arrived in Durban on 27 October. The Port of Durban is scheduled to receive at least 17 cruise liners this season between October 2019 and April 2020, while provisional schedules indicate that at least 23 luxury cruise ships, operated by 17 international cruise lines, are scheduled to call across the country’s six cruise ports this season.

A highlight of the new season is the arrival of the MSC Orchestra on her maiden season in South Africa. On 16 November she will be welcomed into the Port of Durban, ‘Africa’s Leading Cruise Port,’ as announced at the recent World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean segment, which she will use as her home port locally.

South African port landlord Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has positioned Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports while Richards Bay, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth and East London continue to receive their share of cruise ships.

Construction will commence in November on the new Durban passenger terminal to be developed by KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT).