Mombasa is a port city in Kenya (Africa's Indian Ocean coast). The city has population around 1,2 million. The port is located on a bay and features a deep-water natural harbour. This makes it a key seaport on the classic shipping trade routes between Arabia, Africa, India and the Orient.
According to the country's Tourism Cabinet Secretary, the USA has overtaken the UK as Kenya's top tourist source market. The number of tourists from India is also increasing - around 55,000 (January-October 2016). In the same period, South African tourists were around 28,000.
- The port is visited by smaller-sized cruise vessels (up to 1,000 passenger capacity) usually operating on Indian Ocean itineraries.
- Statistics show that Kenya's record year was 2004, when Port Mombasa was visited by cruise ships 42 times and handled over 15,000 passengers.
- In 2013, the port was visited by 6 cruise ships, bringing around 3,000 passengers.
- Statistical data showed that the number of tourists arriving in Mombasa (by air and cruise) in the period January-October 2016 was 729,682, or an increase of 16,1% over 2015 (628,345 tourists).
- In October 2016, approx 1880 cruise tourists arrived on mainly small-sized luxury ships, including on Oceania Nautica (591 pax, 400 crew) and Silver Cloud (216 pax, 222 crew). In 2016, the cruise port was visited by around 1880 tourists.
Mombasa is Kenya's 2nd and oldest city, which serves as a port for landlocked Uganda and north-east Tanzania, includes Old Mombasa, situated on a small offshore island, and a bigger, more modern mainland metropolitan area connected to the isle by bridge, causeway and ferries.
Behind everyday bustle of contemporary Mombasa lies a long history. Don't miss the opportunity to see its intricate mosques and ornate Hindu temples, imposing Fort Jesus (created in 1593 by the Portuguese), and the maze-like lanes of the old Mombasa town, with their massive studded wooden doors and glimpses of the old harbour. Nearby are the beaches of the dazzling Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, or some may prefer to enjoy a safari to one of the renowned Game Reserves or National Parks, among them a moving 'fly-in' visit to spectacular Masai Mara.
Kilindini Harbour is a vast, natural deep-water inlet which extends inland from Mombasa. It is around 25-30 fathoms (45–55 m) at its deepest center and serves as the harbour for the city of Mombasa, with hinterland extending to Uganda. The Harbour is the main part of Port of Mombasa, Kenya's only international seaport and the largest port in east Africa. Kilindini Harbour is managed by KPA (Kenya Ports Authority). Apart from cargo handling, the city of Mombasa is visited by cruise ships.
"Kilindini" is an ancient Swahili term meaning "deep". The port is so named as the channel is naturally very deep. The Harbor is an example of natural geographic phenomenon, "a ria", formed before millions of years when sea level rose and engulfed a river flowing from mainland.
Highlights: Old Town, Fort Jesus, Safaris, beaches
Mombasa cruise terminal
In February 2017, Kenya hosted around 3000 travel agents from the USA as the government planned to attract more cruise passengers with the construction of a new (KES 350 million / USD 3,4 million) cruise terminal facility in Mombasa.
The new cruise terminal's construction was commissioned in December 2016.
Kenya Ports Authority provided KES 250 million (USD 2,4 million) for the project. The remainder USD 1 million came from TMEA (TradeMark East Africa) - a non-profit company established in 2010.
As the level of Somali piracy decreases, the cruise port expects over 100 ship calls annually once the new cruise terminal is built, The new terminal will use the entire berth length (914 m / 3000 ft) for cruise ship docking. This will allow simultaneously berthing of 2 Oasis-class (world's largest) ships.
The Mombasa cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Mombasa, Kenya.
If you lose the Mombasa location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Mombasa cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Mombasa, Kenya. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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25 November, 2017