The Eastern Cape can expect a bumper 2016-17 cruise season, with a fleet of luxury cruise liners ferrying thousands of domestic and international tourists preparing to make 17stops in Algoa Bay after the season gets under way next week.
Bay ship enthusiasts will, however, have to wait until the cruise season is almost over to catch a glimpse of one of the season’s two flagships, the majestic MS Queen Elizabeth, which will dock on April 17.
The 249m-long MS Queen Elizabeth can carry up to 2 092passengers.
It is the second-largest ship constructed for Cunard Lines and is exceeded only by sister ship the Queen Mary 2, which will be visiting Cape Town National Ports Authority corporate affairs general manager Lunga Ngcobo said South Africa’s ports were gearing up for a busy season, with 14cruise lines and 20 vessels of various sizes filling up the itinerary.
“The MSC Sinfonia – the largest and most popular cruise ship on the local cruise calendar – will be a highlight when she arrives in her homeport of Durban on Tuesday November 1, on a journey from Venice, Italy,” Ggcobo said.
The first ship to arrive in Port Elizabeth this season will be the MS Europa 2, which docks on November 6.