[Mossel Bay, South Africa, 19 November 2018] The Port of Mossel Bay’s 2018/19 cruise season officially opened on Friday, 16 November with the arrival of the MS AMADEA cruise liner, operated under charter by the Germany-based Phoenix Reisen.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port Manager for the Mossel Bay, Shadrack Tshikalange, said: “We are delighted to welcome MS AMADEA to Mossel Bay as the first of several cruise liners anticipated to call at the port between now and mid-April 2019. She arrived in Mossel Bay en route from Cape Town and her next ports of call would be Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban and Richards Bay.”
Tshikalange added: “Although it is one of the quieter ports, the Port of Mossel Bay continues to enjoy calls by international cruise liners bringing visitors to the Garden Route coastline to take in tourist activities such as foot tours around Mossel Bay and bus tours to neighbouring cities like George and Plettenberg Bay.”
He said TNPA is working closely with the Mossel Bay Municipality, and Mossel Bay Tourism to develop the Port of Mossel Bay as a tourist port. “The Mossel Bay Waterfront will help to make the Port of Mossel Bay an even bigger attraction on this beautiful coastline, with a mixed-use waterfront that could include retail, commercial and industrial facilities,” he said.
TNPA is also looking at developing a facility that will enable cruise passengers to disembark directly onto the quayside, instead of arriving by ferry.
MS AMADEA was originally built in 1991 by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan. Her current capacity is 624 passengers. In Mossel Bay she arrived with 550 passengers mainly from Germany.
Other cruise liners scheduled to call at the Port of Mossel Bay this season include MS NAUTICA operated by Oceania Cruises and SEABOURN SOJOURN operated by SEABOURN Cruise Lines.
Phoenix Reisen also has its MS ARTANIA vessel sailing in South Africa this season.
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.