Sustained flow of cruise liner visits

Since its opening the new passenger liner berth in Walvis Bay has been welcoming visitors on a regular basis

26 November 2019 | Infrastructure

The Queen Elizabeth passenger vessel recently docked at the new passenger terminal of the Namibian Port Authority (Namport) in Walvis Bay.

“The vessel carrying 1915 passengers and 998 crew members arrived from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and made a 9 hour stop at the Port of Walvis Bay. This gave the passengers an opportunity to disembark the vessel and visit tourist attraction in and around Walvis Bay,” said Immanuel !Hanabeb the executive for commercial services at Namport

The nine year old vessel is sailing under the flag of Bermuda and is heading to the port of Cape Town in South Africa. Launched in 2010, MS Queen Elizabeth cruise ship is the newest Cunard Line fleet member.

Cunard is among world's oldest passenger shipping companies and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2015.

The Queen Elizabeth is on 33 one-way cruise from Southampton to Fremantle. The itinerary started on 3 November and concludes on 6 December 2019.

After its departure from the Port of Wavis Bay the vessel also visited Port Elizabeth from where it departed to Saint-Denis in the Reunion Island. It will set sail for Port Louis in Mauritius on 27 November and then departs to Fremantle Perth in Western Australia.

In February 2018, Cunard announced that for season 2019-2020, the cruise liner will be deployed in Australia to serve a 101-day program.

During this season (December 2019 through March 2020), the ship have 6 roundtrips from Melbourne and 2 roundtrips from Sydney NSW on itineraries to Tasmania, New Zealand, South Australia, Papua New Guinea (14-day from Sydney, with maiden port calls to Conflict Islands and Kiriwina / Trobriand Islands) scheduled.

!Hanabeb added that the amount of passenger liners received at the Namibian Ports Authority had increased significantly over the past three financial reporting periods from 27 liners to 31 liners and 33 liners last year.

“So far Namport hosted 11 cruise liners in the current financial year and is thrilled to report that the frequency of passenger vessels visits have increased considerably since the commissioning of the dedicated passenger liner berth in August 2019. The Ports Authority looks forward to the arrival of 7 cruise liners and 10,000 visitors during the month of January 2020,” said !Hanabeb

The Albatros is scheduled to arrive on 30 November 2019 at 08:00 from Luderitz. The vessel is on an 86 days one-way cruise from Bremerhaven to Monte Carlo. The itinerary started on 27 September 2019 and ends on 22 December 2019.

The Aidamira is due to arrive on 19 December 2019 at 10:00. The itinerary program of Aidamira is based on winter cruises in South Africa leaving from Cape Town as homeport.

The Aidamira which will be on 14 days round trips will return 02 January 2020 at 08:00 and become the first vessel to visit in the New Year.

The Artania on a 25 days, one-way from Hamburg to Cape Town will visit on 12 January 2020 at 07h00.

MSC Orchestra on a 5 days, round-trip South Africa Cruise will call on 14 January 2020 at 07:00.

Aidamira will then return once more to the Port of Walvis Bay on 16 January 2020 at 09:00.

MSC Ochestra will also be back in the port on 19 January 2020 at 07:00.

Marco Polo will call on 25 January 2020 at 06h45 as part of a 78 days, round-trip Grand Africa and Indian Ocean Voyage.

Aidamira is due for a third visit in the New Year on 30 January 2020 at 09:00

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