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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 harbor (Kilindini Harbour). This makes it a key seaport on the 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.
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 extending inland from Mombasa. Its max draft is 55 m (180 ft) and serves as the harbour for Mombasa City, with hinterland extending to Uganda. This harbor is the main part of Port Mombasa - Kenya's only international seaport and the largest cargo 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 Africa.
The port is visited by smaller-sized cruise vessels (passenger capacity up to 1000) usually operating on Indian Ocean itineraries. Statistics show that Kenya's record year was 2004, when the port handled a total of 42 ship calls and over 15,000 passengers. In 2013, the cruise port was visited by 6 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 Oceania Nautica (591 pax, 400 crew) and Silver Cloud (216 pax, 222 crew). In 2016, the cruise port was visited by around 1880 tourists.
Port's cruising season runs September through March. For season 2017-2018, the port had scheduled 5 cruise ships with passengers mainly from USA, Canada and UK. The first liner of season 2018-2019 (Oceania Nautica) docked at Port Mombasa on December 24, 2018, carrying 1048 tourists (400 crew plus 648 passengers). Other scheduled for visits in 2019 ships were Seabourn Sojourn (February 4), Silver Whisper (April 3) and Albatros (November 3).
On October 24, 2018, Port Mombasa reported a performance record of 1450 TEUs (containers) moves within an 8-hour shift in containership handling operations. The record performance was set on port's largest boxship so far - MSC Maxine (max capacity 9411 TEUs).
The new cruise terminal (Sh450M, at Berth 1) is currently under construction, with scheduled completion by July 2019. Its docking capacity is two Oasis-class ships (LOA length 360 m / 1181 ft, max capacity 6300 passengers and 2150 crew) simultaneously. The new terminal building features modern security (CCTV cameras), immigration center, duty-free shops, hotel and accommodation facility.
Mombasa cruise terminal
In February 2017, Kenya hosted around 3000 travel agents from USA as the government planned to attract more cruise passengers with the construction of a new (KES 350 million / USD 3,5 million) cruise terminal facility in Mombasa. The project was funded by KPA-Kenya Ports Authority (USD 2,5m) and TradeMark East USD Africa (USD 1m).
The new cruise terminal's construction was commissioned in December 2016, with scheduled completion in August 2018. However, in July 2018 was announced that the project is delayed and to completed in July 2019. In early-April 2019, the terminal was ~40% complete, with the completion date pushed to November.
Kenya Ports Authority provided KES 250 million (USD 2,4 million) for the project. The remainder came from TMEA (TradeMark East Africa) - a non-profit company established in 2010. Cruise terminal's capacity is two Oasis-class ships (LOA length 360 m / 1181 ft, max capacity 6307 passengers and 2150 crew) docking simultaneously. The building features modern security, immigration center, hotel and accommodation facility.
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.
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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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.
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