Construction of Kenya’s cruise ship terminal nears completion

18 February 2019

Construction works of US $3.5m world class
cruise ship terminal at the Port of Mombasa is set to be completed in

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary (CS) Najib
Balala said that completion of the cruise ship terminal will be in time
for the cruise season in November.

The cruise ship terminal is being
constructed with a funding from Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Trade Mark East Africa. It is expected to give tourism a huge boost
as more cruise ships dock at the port. According to the tourism CS, Kenya
is increasingly becoming attractive to cruise ships, revealing MS Nautica
operated by Oceania Cruises will arrive at the port in December, with about 700

“We have seen good interest by cruise liners attracted
to Mombasa port. Kenya has been eyeing cruise tourism growth after the segment
improved significantly in the last two years with thousands of visitors
arriving in the country by sea,” said the CS.

The modern facility which began construction in 2016
will feature terminal arrival and departure areas for passengers, a lounge for
passengers, an immigration office, reception counters for cruise operators,
restaurants and souvenir shops. Cruise tourists will enjoy world-class facilities
like those offered at international airports.

“The cruise ship is good for the hospitality business. We will get many international tourists and attract big ships. We should create awareness on cruise ship tourism so that Kenyans can tap into that business,” said Najib Balala.

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