Passenger vessel visits on the up

Cruise control
Otis Daniels
Twelve passenger vessels already visited the port of Walvis Bay since the start of the year, with another eight vessels expected to call in February.

Twenty two passenger vessels called at the Ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz for the months of November and December 2022.

According to the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) the frequency of passenger vessel visits have increased since the commissioning of the dedicated passenger liner terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay in August 2019.

Passenger vessels can sojourn in the Port of Walvis Bay for longer periods thanks to the dedicated passenger liner jetty. These vessels bring holiday makers to the harbour towns who contribute significantly to the local tourism industry by spending money at local shops, making use of the public transport system, going on day excursions as well as purchasing souvenir items from vendors who specialise in local arts and crafts.

The provisional port log provided by the Namibian Port Authority (Namport) indicates that five passenger vessels are expected to dock at the Port of Walvis Bay between 25 January and 2 February.

The MSC Sinfonia which is on a 5 days, round-trip South Africa, set sail from Cape Town on 23 January and is scheduled to arrive on 25 January in the Port of Walvis Bay. The 274,9m vessel with 13 decks accommodating 980 cabins including five for guests with disabilities, can carry 2546 passengers and 721 crew members.

The MSC Sinfonia which was christened by actress Sophia Loren, pays homage to the symphonies of the great composers in a thoroughly modern reinterpretation of the classic cruise experience. Stylish designer interiors combine clean lines and every modern comfort with the warmth of traditional natural wood, brass and marble.

The AIDAmira will dock on 26 January. The 216 m vessel with 12 decks is a comfortable medium size ship which was extensively refurbished to meet the company’s high standards. The ship which was built in 1999, offers space for 1,800 passengers. The vessel features two large pools and two whirlpools, as well as is beach lounge on the sun deck. There are a total of six restaurants including a buffet restaurant and five restaurants with on-site service.

The AIDAmar will visit on 1 February followed by the arrival of the MSC Sinfonia on the same day. AIDAmar is currently on a 117 days, round-trip "Weltreise" 2022, themed as "New Year". The itinerary which will see the vessel and its passenger visit more 40 ports, started on 26 October 2022 in Hamburg Germany and will end on 20 February 2023 in the same port. The vessel will arrive from Cape Town and will leave for the Port of Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde.

The 253 m in length vessel with 14 decks was constructed at a cost of USD 420 million. The vessel have 1096 cabins and can accommodate up to 2686 passengers and 609 crew members.

The AIDAaura which is on a 14 nights South Africa and Namibia Cruise will arrive in the Port of Walvis Bay on 2 February from Lüderitz. The vessel set sail from Cape Town on 23 January.

With 12 decks and 633 staterooms, the 202 m in length AIDAura can accommodate around 1,260 passengers. Guests who do not want to miss out on sporting activities during their cruise can enjoy a golf simulator, a fitness studio, a jogging course and volleyball.