A lavish cruise ship owned by the US returned to Mombasa port in less than one month right after it harbored on Boxing Day in 2013.
This ship called MS Nautica, on a voyage on the Indian Ocean docked yesterday early morning with six hundred and seventy passengers coming from eighteen different countries and the majority of these were Americans.
The vessel had reached from Zanzibar an island on the Indian Ocean island and was timetabled to sail from Mombasa to Mahe, Seychelles, to proceed with the cruise on the Indian Ocean.
Disembarking tourists removed in tour vans plus buses to the impressive Tsavo East National Park, where nearly 250 passengers were slated to have a nice lunch at the beautiful Ashnil Aruba Lodge in Shimba Hills Game Reserve, while some proceeded for a tour in the town of Mombasa.
Stakeholders in this multi-billion tourism industry called the return of this ship as a ‘sign of confidence in Kenya as a destination’.
Paul Kurgat the Marketing and sales Manager of Ashnil Group of Hotels said that following the restored sea patrols by the internations navies and the Kenya Defence Forces – KDF, the waters of the Indian Ocean are now safe from any piracy assaults.
Kurgat said that the arrival of this ship serves to enhance small numbers in hotel lodging. We are optimistic that in the future, cruise ships are going to be docking for additional harbour days.