Kenya Ports Authority has announced completion of the KSh. 350 million cruise ship terminal at the Port of Mombasa.
“The ultra-modern cruise terminal is ready to be officially handed over to the Port of Mombasa management on December, 16 and ready to receive cruise ships before Christmas,” said KPA Managing Director Daniel Manduku.
Work on the terminal which began in December 2016, was scheduled for completion in August 2017, but was pushed to 2018 then further to November 2019 citing “unavoidable circumstances”.
The terminal will feature an immigration office, passengers lounge, reception counters for cruise operators, restaurants and souvenir shops, office space and top range security devices.
The first cruise ship transporting high-end tourists is expected to dock at the world-class terminal in the next two weeks on 22nd December. The tourists will visit various tourist sites at the coast before proceeding to different countries in the Indian Circuit.
The cruise terminal construction is funded by KPA (KSh. 250 million) and TradeMark East Africa (KSh. 100 million).
The new terminal with cement Mombasa’s popularity as a tourism hub as cruise ships will now be able to dock at the port. Kenya lost around 2,000 tourists in February 2019 when 2 cruise ships destined for Port Mombasa were redirected to other destinations after a security alert by the US government.