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Cruise season sets sail in the Port of Port Elizabeth

Nov 18, 2018
Cruise season sets sail in the Port of Port Elizabeth

The Port of Port Elizabeth’s 2018/19 cruise season was officially launched with the arrival of the MS Amadea to its shores on Sunday morning.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) celebrated her entry into the port with a tug ballet – tugs spraying water with their fire monitors. The season got underway recently with the arrival of the first cruise liner, MS Europa 2 on 6 November.

Phoenix Reisen’s MS Amadea sailed into port fully booked, carrying 630 German passengers and 323 crew members. The 27-year old, 29 008 ton cruise ship was built in 1991. Her current cruise includes 65 days, one-way from Hamburg in Germany to Villefranche-sur-Mer in France. She arrived at 07:00 having called at the Port of Mossel Bay.

Showing confidence in our city

Port Manager, Rajesh Dana said that the port is scheduled to receive altogether 18 cruise vessel calls this season between November 2018 and April 2019, operated by 12 different companies.

“Cruise liner tourism is aligned with TNPA’s vision of transforming the port into a Smart People’s Port. The cruise season provides a big boost for Nelson Mandela Bay’s economy, allowing tourists to access recreational, leisure and wildlife experiences in and around our city. We’re delighted that cruise liners continue to show confidence in our city,” Dana said.

“We are very excited to welcome another cruise liner in our midst during our PEople’s Port Festival over the weekend of 1 and 2 December 2018. The MS Europa will grace our festival with her presence in the port.”

Highlights during the season

A highlight to look forward to this season is the brief return call of the Australian cruise ship, Ocean Dream. She is chartered by Peace Boat, a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organisation that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

Another highlight is the much-loved favourite Saga Pearl II, operated by Saga Cruises. She will arrive at South African shores in March as part of an epic 54-night cruise. Our country will represent her final voyage ahead of her retirement. She will make way for Saga Cruises’ first new-build ship, Spirit of Discovery. Saga Pearl II’s scheduled calls will include Cape Town, PE, East London, Richards Bay and Durban.

Official welcome

The passengers were welcomed by traditional dancers on the quayside as they disembarked at about 08:30. The port officially welcomed the cruise ship with a few special guests on board this morning. Rajesh Dana and Michael Wilhelm, Captain of the MS Amadea, exchanged welcoming messages and gifts. The captain very courteously took the guests on a guided tour through the grand old lady.

Six SA ports welcoming thousands of passengers

South Africa’s six cruise ports have begun welcoming thousands of passengers to the country’s shores as the 2018/19 cruise season got underway.

Provisional schedules indicate that at least 24 luxury cruise ships operated by at least 17 international cruise lines are scheduled to call at the country’s six cruise ports this season.

Operators that have included South Africa on their routes this year include: Semester at Sea, AIDA Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Peace Boat, Phoenix Reisen, Ponant, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Saga Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises and Viking Cruises.

Operators with multiple vessels on the local route include Silversea Cruises, with four vessels – Silver Discoverer, Silver Spirit, Silver Cloud and Silver Whisper - and Cunard Lines with its impressive liners Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

South African cruise schedule

Typically running from late October to late May, the South African cruise season will include the following calls in 2018/19, although details may be subject to change.

Vessel

Cruise Line

Calls

WORLD ODYSSEY

Semester at Sea

Cape Town – 7-12 October 2018

Cape Town – 18-23 March 2019

MSC MUSICA

MSC Cruises

Durban – 7-8 November 2018

Durban – 12 November 2018

Durban – 16 November 2018

Durban – 19 November 2018

Durban – 24 November 2018

Durban – 26 November 2018

Durban – 30 November 2018

Durban – 3 December 2018

Durban – 7 December 2018

Durban – 10 December 2018

Durban – 14 December 2018

Durban – 16 December 2018

Durban – 19 December 2018

Durban – 22 December 2018

Durban – 27 December 2018

Durban – 7 January 2019

Cape Town – 10 January 2019

Cape Town – 14 January 2019

Cape Town – 18 January 2019

Cape Town – 20 January 2019

Cape Town – 24 January 2019

Durban – 28 January 2019

Durban – 1 February 2019

Durban – 4 February 2019

Durban – 8 February 2019

Durban – 11 February 2019

Durban – 15 February 2019

Durban – 18 February 2019

Durban – 22 February 2019

Durban – 25 February 2019

Durban – 1 March 2019

Durban – 4 March 2019

Durban – 8 March 2019

Durban – 11 March 2019

Durban – 15 March 2019

Durban – 18 March 2019

Durban – 22 March 2019

Durban – 25 March 2019

Durban – 29 March 2019

Durban – 1 April 2019

Durban – 5 April 2019

Durban – 8 April 2019

Durban – 12 April 2019

Durban – 15 April 2019

Durban – 19 April 2019

Durban – 23 April 2019

MS EUROPA 2

Hapag-Lloyd

Cape Town – 3-4 November 2018

Port Elizabeth – 6 November 2018

East London – 7 November 2018

Durban – 8 November 2018

Richards Bay – 9 November 2018

MS EUROPA

Hapag-Lloyd

Richards Bay – 28-29 November 2018

Durban – 30 November

Port Elizabeth – 1-2 December 2018

Cape Town – 9-10 December 2018

MS AMADEA

Phoenix Reisen

Cape Town – 26 October 2018

Cape Town – 13-15 November 2018

Mossel Bay – 16 November 2018

Port Elizabeth – 18 November 2018

East London - 19 November 2018

Durban – 20 November 2018

Richards Bay – 21 November 2018

SILVER DISCOVERER

Silversea Cruises

Richards Bay – 12 December 2018

Durban – 13 December 2018

Richards Bay – 14 December 2018

Cape Town – 17-18 December 2018

THE WORLD (The largest private residential ship on the planet and home to only 165 Residences)

 

Cape Town – 17-21 December 2018

Cape Town – 31 December 2018 – 3 January 2019

Durban – 5-7 January 2019

SILVER SPIRIT

Silversea Cruises

East London – 19 December 2018

East London – 24 December 2018

SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Cape Town – 21-22 December 2018

Port Elizabeth – 29 December 2018

East London – 30 December 2018

Durban – 31 December 2018

Richards Bay – 3 January 2019

Cape Town – 6 January 2019

NAUTICA

Oceania Cruises

Richards Bay – 31 December 2018

Durban – 1 January 2019

Cape Town – 3-5 January 2019

Mossel Bay – 6 January 2019

Richards Bay – 8 January 2019

Durban – 10-11 January 2019

Port Elizabeth – 13 January 2019

Cape Town – 19-21 January 2019

Port Elizabeth – 23 January 2019

East London – 24 January 2019

Durban – 25 January 2019

Richards Bay – 26 January 2019

AIDAaura

AIDA Cruises

Durban – date TBC

Port Elizabeth – 9 January 2019

Cape Town – 11-12 January 2019

MS ARTANIA

Phoenix Reisen

Cape Town – date TBC

Port Elizabeth – 19 January 2019

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Cunard Lines

Cape Town – 18-19 January 2019

Port Elizabeth – 21 January 2019

OCEAN DREAM

Peace Boat

Port Elizabeth – 23 January 2019

SEABOURN SOJOURN

Seabourn Cruise Line

Durban – date TBC

Port Elizabeth – 18 February 2019

Cape Town – 20-22 February 2019

Langebaan – date TBC

Port Elizabeth – 24 February 2019

Mossel Bay – date TBC

Cape Town – 5-6 March 2019

Port Elizabeth – 9 March 2019

SAGA PEARL II

Saga Cruises

Cape Town – 10-11 March 2019

Port Elizabeth – 13 March 2019

East London – 14 March 2019

Richards Bay – 17 March 2019

Durban – 18 March 2019

CRYSTAL SERENITY

Crystal Cruises

Durban – date TBC

Port Elizabeth – 10 March 2019

Cape Town – 11-14 March 2019

LE LYRIAL

Ponant

Cape Town – 23-25 March 2019

Port Elizabeth – 28 March 2019

Richards Bay – 30 March 2019

Durban – 31 March 2019

SILVER CLOUD

Silversea Cruises

Cape Town - 27-28 March 2019

ASTOR

Transocean Tours

Cape Town – 29-30 March 2019

PACIFIC PRINCESS

Princess Cruises

East London - 31 March 2019

Cape Town – 2-4 April 2019

SILVER WHISPER

Silversea Cruises

Richards Bay – 12 April 2019

Durban – 13 April 2019

Cape Town – 16-18 April 2019

VIKING SUN

Viking Cruises

Port Elizabeth – 16 March 2019

Durban – 13-14 April 2019

East London – 15 April 2019

Cape Town – 18-19 April 2019

QUEEN VICTORIA

Cunard Lines

Port Elizabeth – 10 April 2019

Cape Town – 12-13 April 2019

 

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