Kenya is currently eyeing to become the 2nd major destination for cruise liners in Africa (after Egypt) following the search for new deals during the cruising conference held recently in Miami FL, USA. Kenyan authorities expect the cruise business to take off from November 2019 when the building of the terminal to receive the cruise ships is completed.
The building of the Sh350 million world-class terminal at the port, that was initially set to be finished in 2017, pushed to 2018 and then to November 2019, is 40% complete.
Image: Port of Mombasa (Kenya)
The country has been wooing the California-based operator of luxury ships, Princess Cruises, to make Mombasa homeport for its ships in a move which could boost the arrival of holidaymakers from the U.S.
Mombasa's homeporting status will imply that for every itinerary, Princess ships will visit Kenya not only to offload and pick most passengers but to restock fuel and supplies.