Boon for coastal tourism as cruise ship with 700 tourists arrives

for Tv47 Digital December 25, 2022, 08:19 AM
Nautica cruise ship Mombasa
The 'Nautica' cruise ship at Mombasa on Christmas morning, and some of the tourist disembarking from the ship (inset). PHOTO/TV47 DIGITAL

In Summary

  • The 181-metre long 'Nautica' is owned and operated by Oceania Cruises.
  • The tourists were welcomed with song and dance. 

Christmas season has started at the coast with good tidings. 

A cruise ship with 700 passengers arrived in Mombasa today morning (Christmas day).  

'Ms Nautica' was welcomed with - to use local lingua- shangwe na deremo! 

The 181-metre long Nautica is owned and operated by Oceania Cruises. Its arrival means the Kenyan coast is reclaiming its reputation as one of the favourite attractions for tourists. 

Traditional dancers welcome the tourists who were onboard the cruise ship. PHOTO | TV47 DIGITAL

In February 2019, the then Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala announced an ambitious plan of introducing a cruise ship on the Indian Ocean.

CS Balala was speaking after meeting cruise operators at a convention in Miami, USA.

Tourism CS Peninah Malonza enjoys a jig with the dancers who were at hand to welcome the tourists. PHOTO | TV47 DIGITAL

“We are working on a modality to have a cruise operator to be home-based to do the Indian Ocean circuit but it takes long term planning,” CS Balala said.

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