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2019/2020 East London cruise season sets sail with arrival of MS Albatros

Oct 31, 2019
2019/2020 East London cruise season sets sail with arrival of MS Albatros

East London - South Africa’s six cruise ports have begun welcoming thousands of passengers to the country’s shores for the 2019/20 cruise season. The Port of East London’s season opened on Saturday, 26 October with the arrival of the MS Albatros cruise vessel, the first to arrive in South African waters this season.

Her earlier calls were Cape Town on 21 October and Port Elizabeth on 25 October. From East London she sailed to Durban on 27 October and Richards Bay on 28 October.

MS Albatros is operated by the German based travel agency Phoenix Reisen. She was built in 1973 by Wärtsilä Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland for Royal Viking Line as Royal Viking Sea, and has also sailed under the names Royal Odyssey, Norwegian Star, and Crown.

The Port of East London is scheduled to receive at least nine cruise liners this season between October 2019 and April 2020, while provisional schedules indicate that at least 23 luxury cruise ships, operated by 17 international cruise lines, are scheduled to call across the country’s six cruise ports this season.

Operators that have included South Africa on their routes this year include: AIDA Cruises, Azamara Cruises,

Costa Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Lines, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Phoenix Reisen, Ponant, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line. A newcomer to the country is TUI Cruises which will bring its vessel MEIN SCHIFF HERZ to sail her first ever cruise season in South Africa.

Operators with multiple vessels on the local route are AIDA Cruises, with two vessels, AIDAmira and AIDAura,

Cunard Lines with its impressive QUEEN ELIZABETH AND QUEEN MARY 2 liners, Phoenix Reisen with MS ALBATROS and MV ARTANIA, Azamara Cruises with AZAMARA QUEST and AZAMARA JOURNEY and Princess Cruises with SUN PRINCESS and PACIFIC PRINCESS.

A highlight of the new season is the arrival of the MSC ORCHESTRA on her maiden season in South Africa. On 16 November she will be welcomed into the Port of Durban, ‘Africa’s Leading Cruise Port’ (as announced at the recent World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean segment), which she will use as her home port locally.

South African port landlord Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has positioned Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports while Richards Bay, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth and East London continue to receive their share of cruise ships.

Construction will commence in November on the new Durban passenger terminal to be developed by Kwa Zulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT). In Cape Town the V&A Waterfront (Pty) Ltd holds a concession from TNPA for operation, maintenance and transfer of the Cape Town passenger terminal.

Vessel

Cruise Line

Calls

ALBATROS

Phoenix Reisen

Cape Town – 21 to 23 October 2019 (16 days to Mahe Island, Seychelles) including:

Port Elizabeth – 25 October 2019

East London – 26 October 2019

Durban – 27 October 2019

Richards Bay – 28 to 29 October 2019

 

19 days from Mahe Island, Seychelles to Cape Town including:

Durban – 21 November 2019

East London – 22 November 2019

Port Elizabeth – 23 November 2019

Mossel Bay – 24 November 2019

Cape Town – 25 to 27 November 2019

 

BOUDICCA

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Cape Town – 30 October to 1 November 2019 (14 days to Mahe Island, Seychelles) including:

Port Elizabeth – 3 November 2019

Richards Bay – 5 November 2019

Durban – 8 December 2019

MS BREMEN

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Cape Town – 4 to 5 November 2019

Port Elizabeth – 7 November 2019

Durban – 9 November 2019

Richards Bay –

Durban – 16 December 2019

Port Elizabeth – 18 December 2019

Cape Town – 20 to 21 December 2019

MSC ORCHESTRA

 

(will cruise the popular Mozambique, South African Coastal and Namibian itineraries, before returning to Europe on 18 April 2020)

 

MSC Cruises

Durban – 16 November 2019

Durban – 17 November 2019 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban – 21 November 2019 (3 nights to Pomene)

Durban – 24 November 2019 (5 nights to Portuguese Island and Pomene)

Durban – 29 November 2019 (3 nights Oh Ship Cruise with DJ Fresh & Euphonik (theme cruise)

Durban – 2 December 2019 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban – 6 December 2019 (3 nights to Pomene)

Durban – 9 December 2019 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban – 13 December 2019 (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 16 December 2019 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban - 20 December 2019 (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 23 December 2019 (5 nights Christmas Cruise)

Durban - 28 December 2019 to 8 January 2020 (11 nights New Year's Cruise)

Durban - 08 January 2020 (4 nights Durban to Cape Town via Port Elizabeth (one way)

Port Elizabeth – 10 January 2020

Cape Town - 12 January 2020 (5 nights Love Jazz Cruise | Cape Town to Walvis Bay and Luderitz (Namibia)  

Cape Town - 17 January 2020 (4 nights Bok Radio Cruise, Cape Town to Walvis Bay (Namibia) 

Cape Town - 21 January 2020 (3 nights to Durban (one way)

Durban - 24 January 2020 (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 27 January 2020 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban - 31 January 2020 (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 03 February 2020 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban - 07 February 2020 (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 10 February 2020 (4 nights to Portuguese Island & Pomene

Durban - 14 February 2020 (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 17 February 2020 (4 nights to Portuguese Island & Pomene)

Durban - 21 February 2020 (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban – 24 February 2020 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban - 28 February (3 nights Finesse Cruise)

Durban 02 March 2020 (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban - 06 March 2020  (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 09 March 2020 (4 nights Gospel Cruise)

Durban - 13 March 2020  (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 16 March 2020  (4 nights to Pomene)

Durban - 20 March 2020  (3 nights to Portuguese Island)

Durban - 23 March 2020  (4 nights Kids Cruise)

Durban - 27 March 2020 (5 nights to Portuguese Island & Pomene)

Durban - 01 April 2020 (4 nights to Cape Town via Port Elizabeth (one way)

Cape Town 05 April 2020 (5 nights RSG FM Oppiwater Arts Festival Cruise)

Cape Town – 10 April 2020 (4 nights to Walvis Bay)

Cape Town - 14 April 2020 (4 nights to Durban via Port Elizabeth (one way)

Port Elizabeth

Durban – 18 April 2020

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Cunard Lines

Cape Town – 19 to 20 November 2019

Port Elizabeth – 22 November 2019

AZAMARA JOURNEY

Azamara Cruises

Cape Town

Port Elizabeth – 4 December 2019

Richards Bay –

Cape Town

Port Elizabeth – 14 December 2019

Richards Bay –

Cape Town

Port Elizabeth – 24 December 2019

Richards Bay -

Costa neoRiviera

Costa Cruises

Cape Town – 22 to 23 December 2019

Cape Town – 30 December 2019

Cape Town – 7 to 8 January 2019

Cape Town – 13 January 2020

Cape Town – 22 to 23 January 2020

Cape Town – 27 January 2020

Cape Town – 5 to 7 February 2020

Cape Town – 16 to 17 February 2020

Cape Town – 25 February 2020

Cape Town – 1 to 2 March 2020

Cape Town – 1 to 2 March 2020

Cape Town – 9 March 2020

Cape Town – 13 March 2020

Cape Town – 15 March 2020

Cape Town – 23 March 2020

Cape Town – 29 to 30 March 2020

Cape Town – 6 to 7 April 2020

AIDAmira

 

AIDA Cruises 

Port Elizabeth – 25 December 2019

Durban – 27 December 2019

Durban – 9 January 2020

Port Elizabeth – 11 January 2020

Cape Town -

Durban – 23 January 2020

Port Elizabeth – 25 January 2020

Cape Town -

Durban – 6 February 2020

Port Elizabeth – 8 February 2020

Cape Town -

Durban – 20 February 2020

Port Elizabeth – 22 February 2020

Cape Town -

Durban – 5 March 2020

Port Elizabeth – 7 March 2020

Cape Town

Durban – 19 March 2020

Port Elizabeth – 21 March 2020

Cape Town   -

Durban – 2 April 2020

Port Elizabeth – 4 April 2020

Cape Town   -

Durban –

Port Elizabeth – 7 April 2020

Cape Town -

NAUTICA

Oceania Cruises

Richards Bay – 1 January 2020

Durban – 2 January 2020

Mossel Bay –

Cape Town – 5 to 6 January 2020

East London –

Port Elizabeth – 12 January 2020

Durban – 14 January 2020

Richards Bay – 15 January 2020

East London

Port Elizabeth – 26 January 2020

Durban – 28 January 2020

Richards Bay – 29 January 2020

East London

Cape Town – 2 to 4 February 2020

Port Elizabeth – 6 February 2020

Durban – 8 February 2020

Richards Bay – 9 February 2020

AZAMARA QUEST

Azamara Cruises 

Port Elizabeth – 12 January 2020

East London –

Richards Bay – 16 January 2020

Durban – 17 January 2020

Port Elizabeth – 19 January

Cape Town – 21 January 2020

Port Elizabeth – 23 January 2020

Richards Bay – 25 January 2020

Durban – 26 January 2020

East London

Cape Town – 29 to 31 January 2020

Port Elizabeth – 2 February 2020

Richards Bay – 4 February 2020

Durban – 5 February 2020

East London

Cape Town – 8 to 10 February 2020

Port Elizabeth – 12 February 2020

Richards Bay – 14 February 2020

Durban – 15 February 2020

Cape Town – 18 to 20 February 2020

East London –

Port Elizabeth – 22 February 2020

Durban – 24 February 2020

Richards Bay – 25 February 2020

AIDAura

 

AIDA Cruises 

Richards Bay - ?

Durban – 27 January 2020

East London – 28 January 2020

Port Elizabeth – 29 January 2020

Cape Town -

MV ARTANIA

Phoenix Reisen

Cape Town – 15 to 17 January 2020

Port Elizabeth – 19 January 2020

Cape Town – 20 January 2020

Durban – 21 -22 January 2020

Richards Bay – 23 January 2020

Marco Polo

(last in SA in the 1990’s)

 

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Cape Town – 28 January 2020

Port Elizabeth

Durban - 1 February 2020

Richards Bay

SEABOURN SOJOURN

Seabourn Cruise Line

Cape Town – 11 to 12 February 2020

Durban – 15 February 2020 (2 vessels in port – also AZAMARA QUEST)

Richards Bay

SUN PRINCESS

Princess Cruises

Richards Bay –

Port Elizabeth – 19 February 2020

Cape Town – 20 to 22 February 2020

Port Elizabeth – 24 February 2020

Durban – 26 February 2020

CRYSTAL SERENITY

Crystal Cruises

Cape Town - 22 to 24 February 2020

LE LYRIAL

Ponant

Cape Town – 16 to 18 March 2020

Port Elizabeth – 20 to 21 March 2020

Richards Bay – 23 March 2020

Durban – 24 to 25 March 2020

NORWEGIAN SPIRIT

Norwegian Cruise Line

Richards Bay – 18 March 2020

Port Elizabeth – 20 March 2020

Mossel Bay –

Port Elizabeth – 24 March 2020

Richards Bay – 25 March 2020

QUEEN MARY 2

Cunard Lines

Durban – 27 March 2020

Port Elizabeth – 29 March 2020

Cape Town – 31 March to 2 April 2020

PACIFIC PRINCESS

Princess Cruises

Durban – 31 March 2020

East London

Cape Town – 3 to 4 April 2020

MEIN SCIFF HERZ

(maiden visit)

TUI Cruises

(first time in South Africa)

Cape Town –

Port Elizabeth – 4 to 5 April 2020

INSIGNIA

Oceania Cruises

Cape Town – 8 to 9 April 2020

East London -  

Mossel Bay

Durban – 12 April 2020

Richards Bay – 13 April 2020

MS AMSTERDAM

Holland America

Durban – 18 April 2020

Cape Town – 21 to 22 April 2020

 

 

 

 

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