MS AIDAaura docks at the Port of Walvis Bay

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) welcomed the first of 22 passenger vessels for the months of November and December on 10 November 2022 at the Port of Walvis Bay.

The vessel is expected to call the Port of Walvis Bay again on 24 November 2022.The MS AIDAaura arrived at 06:00, and departed for the Port of Lüderitz later the same day.

"Passenger vessels carrying tourists contribute immensely to the tourism industry of Namibia as we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world, a tourist gem. Welcoming more than 900 passengers on average per passenger vessel, exposes them to what we as a country have on offer. It is a welcomed economic injection to the local tour operators as well as restaurants and other local amenities such as craft shops, museums etc," said Elias Mwenyo the Executive: Commercial Services at Namport.

The AIDAaura comfortably carries 923 passengers amongst them holiday markers hailing from Banjul, Gambia and 405 crew members. With its 633 cabins, AIDAaura has capacity for 1,266 passengers. She is considered a mid-sized cruise ship measuring 202.85 m (665 ft 6) in length overall. The cruise ship has a 42,289 gross tonnage (GT) and measures 4,157 tons deadweight (DWT). The vessel is powered by a diesel-electric system turning two screws rated at 27,150 kilowatts (36,410 hp). The ship has a maximum speed of 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph).

The MS Zaandam is expected on 26 of November 2022. The Namibian Ports Authority constructed a state of the art, world class passenger berth at the New Container Terminal, which was inaugurated in 2019. Since then, the Ports Authority welcomed more than 15,000 passengers who have disembarked from 19 cruise ships from across the world.