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MS Queen Victoria docks in Port Elizabeth for second last visit before close of cruise season

Apr 10, 2019
MS Queen Victoria docks in Port Elizabeth for second last visit before close of cruise season

MS Queen Victoria made the penultimate visit to the Port of Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth - The MS Queen Victoria made the penultimate visit to the Port of Port Elizabeth before the closure of the 2018/19 cruise season. She berthed at Berth 101 in the port at 04:00 on Wednesday morning.

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Harbour Master for the Port of PE, Captain Brynn Adamson, said “The port always looks forward to welcoming the Cunard Line cruise ships, this time being the prestigious MS Queen Victoria.”

“The cruise season continues to provide a big boost for Nelson Mandela Bay’s economy, allowing tourists on stopovers to access tourism, leisure and wildlife experiences in and around our Metro. We’re delighted that PE continues to receive its fair share of cruise ships as more cruise line companies show confidence in our city,” he said.

Councillor Queenie Pink, MMC for Economic Development and Tourism at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality added, “TNPA, jointly with the city and other stakeholders, continue ongoing engagements to ensure that we are collectively able to entice more and more cruise liners to visit our friendly city over the coming cruise seasons.”

TNPA and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality executives were welcomed on board the vessel for a “meet and greet” and plaque handover with the vessel’s captain, Captain Tomas Connery and his crew.

The MS Queen Victoria’s cruise is a 107 night voyage over six continents including stops in San Francisco, Sydney and Hong Kong. Her next stop after departing from the Bay will be our sister port, Cape Town. Queen Victoria's facilities include seven restaurants, thirteen bars, three swimming pools, a ballroom and a theatre.

General characteristics of the Queen Victoria

Tonnage:

90,049 GT

Length:

294 m (965 ft)

Beam:

32.3 m (106 ft)

Draught:

8 m (26 ft)

Decks:

  • 16 total
  • 12 accessible to passengers

Installed power:

  • 4 × MaK 12VM43C
  • 2 × MaK 8M43C
  • 64,000 kW (combined)

Propulsion:

Speed:

23.7 knots (43.9 km/h; 27.3 mph)

Capacity:

2,092 passengers 2,547 and 900 crew

 

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