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PE Port launches Cruise Season with arrival of MS Amadea

By Jesica Slabbert - Nov 19, 2018
PE Port launches Cruise Season with arrival of MS Amadea

The Cruise season was officially launched at the Port of Port Elizabeth on Sunday, with the arrival of the Phoenix Reisen’s MS Amadea cruise ship. The 27-year old, 29 008 ton cruise ship, sailed into port, fully booked with 630 German passengers and 323 crew members.

The MS Amadea will be cruising for 65 days one-way from Hamburg in Germany to Villefranche-sur-Mer in France. Passengers were welcomed to the port by traditional dancers on the quayside as they disembarked.

According to Rajesh Dana, Port Manager of Nelson Mandela Bay, about 18 cruise ships are expected to arrive in the friendly city from November 2018 until April 2019, from 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.

The opening of the Cruise season coincides with the much anticipated People’s Port Festival that will kick off at the beginning of December this year.

“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.”

Of the many cruise ships expected to arrive in Port Elizabeth, there are a few that will be experiencing their final voyage, and others that have only recently returned to cruising after a long absence. Ships to look forward to are the Australian cruise ship, Ocean Dream; which 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 ship is the favourite Saga Pearl II, operated by Saga Cruises; which will be arriving at South Africa in March as part of an epic 54-night cruise. Saga Pearl II will be arriving in the shores of South Africa in March as part of her final voyage ahead of her retirement. Her scheduled calls will include Cape Town, PE, East London, Richards Bay and Durban.

Ships that are expected to dock in Port Elizabeth include:

  • MS Europa : 1-2 December 2018
  • Seven Seas Explorer: 29 December 2018
  • AIDAaura: 9 January 2019
  • MS Artania: 19 January 2019
  • Queen Elizabeth: 21 January 2019
  • Ocean Dream: 23 January 2019
  • Nautica: 23 January 2019
  • Seabourn Sojourn: 18/24 February 2019, 9 March 2019
  • Crystal Serenity: 10 March 2019
  • Saga Pearl 2: 13 March 2019
  • Viking Sun: 16 March 2019
  • Le Lyrial: 28 March 2019
  • Queen Victoria: 10 April 2019