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Date published 20.11.2017

AT LEAST 21 different international cruise lines will call at South Africa’s ports during the 2017/18 season, according to the Transnet National Ports Authority, which marked the start of the 2017/18 season last week.

The season typically runs from the end of October/beginning of November to late April/early May.

On October 30, MSC Sinfonia was the first international cruise line to arrive in Durban, carrying 2,300 mainly European and South African passengers after a 23-day itinerary from Venice.

TNPA is in the tail end of negotiations and will shortly finalise its agreement with KwaZulu Cruise Terminal for the design, financing, construction and maintenance of the new cruise terminal facility in Durban for a 25-year period.

In Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront has been granted a concession to operate the city’s passenger terminal.

Chief Executive Shulami Qalinge said: “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.”

• See the December issue of TIR for more on the 2017/18 international line-up – available at www.tir.co.za from December 1.

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