More Cruise Ships Expected to Dock in Mombasa

The number of cruise ships docking at the Port of Mombasa is expected to increase this year. More than 600 tourists docked at the port on Monday aboard cruise ship MV Nautica with Kenya being part of their worldwide tour that will take them to Sri Lanka, Thailand and China.

Cruise organisers said they will consider increasing the number of its visits to explore tourism diversity in Kenya. They started from Europe and now headed to Asia. They have been doing a lot of Africa safaris but at the moment they only spend one day in Mombasa.

The tourists are expected to visit the Tsavo National Park, Shimba Hills Game Reserve, and historical sites such as Fort Jesus. This was the cruise vessel's second visit to Mombasa as it made another stopover on December 26, en-route to Tanzania in another tour around the world.

Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers encouraged tour operators handling cruise ships to plan for far longer excursion periods for tourists on board cruise liners.