Posted: 20 Nov 2017 2017/18 Cruise Season Underway at SA Ports

More than 20 luxury cruise ships operated by 17 international cruise lines will call at South Africa’s ports during the 2017/18 cruise season.

cruise season launch

Declaring the 2017/18 Port of Durban cruise season officially open with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on 30 October were (left to right) Ross Volk, MD of MSC Cruises South Africa, Moshe Motlohi, Port Manager at the Port of Durban and Councillor Sqiniseko Shezi, representing Her Worship the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Councillor Zandile Gumede.

Operators that have included the country on their routes this year – a number of them with multiple vessels – are: Costa Crociere, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Lines, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Noble Caledonia, Oceania Cruises, Phoenix Reisen, Polar Quest, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises and Transocean Tours.

Transnet National Ports Authority’s Chief Executive, Shulami Qalinge said: “As the South African Port Authority we have positioned Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports while Richards Bay, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth and East London continue to receive their share of cruise ships.

“We are making progress in our efforts to introduce new and modern cruise terminals with safe, reliable and efficient marine services that will provide an ideal gateway to a unique South African experience. World-class cruise facilities in our ports will continue to attract global operators, which has economic spinoffs for tour operators, hotels, game reserves, lodges and tourist attractions in our port cities,” she said.

 cruise season launch

Phoenix Reisen’s ALBATROS is regarded as the first true cruise ship of the season to call at the country’s other cruise ports, apart from Durban.

On 30 October MSC SINFONIA became the first international cruise liner to arrive at the Port of Durban for the 2017/18 cruise season, carrying around 2300 mainly European and South African passengers and ending off a 23-day itinerary from Venice in Italy.


While Semester at Sea’s ‘floating college campus’ WORLD ODYSSEY made a return to Cape Town early last month, it is Phoenix Reisen’s ALBATROS which is regarded as the first true cruise ship of the season to call at the country’s other cruise ports. Her South African leg kicked off on 8 November in Cape Town and her other ports of call are Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban and Richards Bay.

TNPA is at the tail end of negotiations and will shortly finalise its Terminal Operator Agreement with Kwa Zulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) for Design, Financing, Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Transfer of the new Cruise Terminal Facility for a 25 Year Concession Period in the Port of Durban.

In Cape Town the V&A Waterfront (Pty) Ltd was granted a concession from TNPA in 2015 for operation, maintenance and transfer of ownership of the Cape Town passenger terminal back to TNPA after a period of 20 years. The operator has a three-phase growth plan in place for the facility.

cruise season launch

Cunard Lines has both its largest ship, QUEEN MARY II, and its second largest ship QUEEN ELIZABETH calling at Cape Town and Port Elizabeth this season.

These Durban and Cape Town passenger terminal projects fall under the Section 56 allowance of the National Ports Act 12 of 2005 which mandates TNPA to enter into agreements with private companies to design, develop, construct, maintain and operate facilities to ensure the provision of port services. TNPA’s intention is for the terminals to be integrated with their cities and to allow secondary uses such as for events, meetings and conferences.

Typically running from October / early November to late April / early May, the South African cruise season will include the following calls in 2017/18, although dates may be subject to change. Calls to neighbouring countries’ ports are not reflected in TNPA’s information below.

Vessel

Cruise Line

Calls

WORLD ODYSSEY

Semester at Sea

Cape Town – 7-12 October

MSC SINFONIA

MSC Cruises

Durban – 30 October 2017
Durban – 3 November 2017
Durban – 6 November 2017
Durban – 13 November 2017
Durban – 15 November 2017
Durban – 17 November 2017
Durban – 20 November 2017
Durban – 25 November 2017
Durban – 27 November 2017
Durban – 1 December 2017
Durban – 4 December 2017
Durban – 8 December 2017
Durban – 11 December 2017
Durban – 15 December 2017
Durban – 18 December 2017
Durban – 26 December 2017
Durban – 6 January 2018
Cape Town – 9 January 2018
Cape Town – 13 January 2018
Cape Town – 15 January 2018
Cape Town – 19 January 2018
Durban – 22 January 2018
Durban – 27 January 2018
Durban – 29 January 2018
Durban – 2 February 2018
Durban – 5 February 2018
Durban – 9 February 2018
Durban – 12 February 2018
Durban – 16 February 2018
Durban – 19 February 2018
Durban – 23 February 2018
Durban – 26 February 2018
Durban – 2 March 2018
Durban – 5 March 2018
Durban – 9 March 2018
Durban – 12 March 2018
Durban – 16 March 2018
Durban – 19 March 2018
Durban – 23 March 2018
Durban – 26 March 2018
Durban – 2 April 2018
Durban – 6 April 2018
Durban – 9 April 2018
Durban – 13 April 2018
Durban – 20 April 2018

ALBATROS

Phoenix Reisen

Cape Town – 8 to 11 November 2017
Mossel Bay –  12 November 2017
Port Elizabeth – 13 November 2017
East London – 14 November 2017
Durban – 15 to 17 November 2017
Richards Bay – 18 November 2017
Durban – 12 to 13 January 2018

SEA ENDURANCE

Polar Quest

Cape Town – 15 to 16 November 2017
Cape Town – 25 to 26 January 2018

NAUTICA

Oceania Cruises

Richards Bay – 2 December 2017
Durban – 3 December 2017
Cape Town – 5 to 6 December 2017
Mossel Bay – 7 December 2017
Richards Bay – 9 December 2017
Durban – 11 to 12 December 2017
East London – 13 December 2017
Port Elizabeth – 14 December 2017
Cape Town – 20 to 22 December 2017
Port Elizabeth – 24 December 2017
Durban – 26 December 2017
Richards Bay – 27 December 2017

CRYSTAL SYMPHONY

Crystal Cruises

Durban – 18 December 2017
Port Elizabeth – 20 December 2017
Cape Town – 21-23 December 2017
Richards Bay – 27 December 2017
Durban – 28-29 December 2017
East London – 30 December 2017
Port Elizabeth – 31 December 2017
Cape Town – 7-8 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 10 January 2018

VOYAGER

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Durban – 30 to 31 December 2017

SILVER SPIRIT

Silversea Cruises

Richards Bay – 29-30 December 2017
Durban – 31 December 2017
Port Elizabeth – 2 January 2018
Cape Town – 5 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 7 January 2018
Richards Bay – 10-11 January 2018
Durban – 12 January 2018
East London – 13 January 2018
Cape Town – 15 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 17 January 2018
East London – 18 January 2018
Durban – 19 January 2018
Richards Bay – 20-21 January 2018
Cape Town – 25 January 2018
Cape Town – 4 February 2018

BOUDICCA

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Richards Bay – 5 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 7 January 2018
Mossel Bay – 8 January 2018
Durban – 8 to 9 January 2018
Cape Town – 9 to 11 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 13 January 2018
Richards Bay – 16-17 January 2018
Durban – 18 to 19 January 2018
Cape Town – 22 to 25 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 27 January 2018
Richards Bay – 30 to 31 January 2018
Cape Town – 5 to 9 February 2018

SERENISSIMA

Noble Caledonia

Durban – 21 January 2018

MS EUROPA 2

Hapag-Lloyd

Cape Town – 15-16 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 23-24 January 2018
Durban – 26 to 27 January 2018
Mossel Bay – 28 January 2018
Cape Town – 29 January to 1 February 2018
Port Elizabeth – 2-3 February 2018
Durban – 4 to 5 February 2018
Richards Bay – 6-7 February 2018

QUEEN MARY II

Cunard Lines

Cape Town – 26-27 January 2018
Port Elizabeth – 29 January 2018

INSIGNIA

Oceania Cruises

Port Elizabeth – 2 February 2018
Cape Town – 7 to 9 February 2018
Port Elizabeth – 11 February 2018
East London – 12 February 2018
Durban – 13 February 2018
Richards Bay – 14 February 2018

SEABOURN SOJOURN

Seabourn Cruise Line

Cape Town – 10-12 February 2018
Mossel Bay – 14 February 2018
Port Elizabeth – 15-16 February 2018
Durban – 18-19 February 2018

COSTA NEO CLASSICA

Costa Crociere

Cape Town – 20 March 2018

SILVER CLOUD

Silversea Cruises

Cape Town – 20 to 21 March 2018

LE LYRIAL

Ponant

Cape Town – 23-25 March 2018
Port Elizabeth – 27-28 March 2018
Richards Bay – 30 March 2018
Durban – 31 March to 1 April 2018

ASTOR

Transocean Tours

Cape Town – 28 to 29 March 2018

SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Richards Bay – 3 April 2018
Durban – 4 April 2018
East London – 5 April 2018
Cape Town – 7-8 April 2018

AMSTERDAM

Holland America Line

Cape Town – 3 to 5 April 2018

QUEEN ELIZABETH

Cunard Lines

Port Elizabeth – 21 April 2018
Cape Town – 23 to 24 April 2018

RMS ST HELENA

(Cargo liner)

 

Cape Town:

14-12 October 2017
8-11 November 2017
29 November – 1 December 2017
27-29 December 2017
22-24 January 2018
11 February 2018