Queen of the seas makes 4th visit to PE
27 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917270
THE MS Queen Elizabeth, the flagship of the luxury Cunard line, returned to Port Elizabeth for the fourth time recently, her 1 896 passengers greeted with traditional song and dance at the quayside.
“Being part of Queen Elizabeth’s voyage is specifically important to NMB,” said Port Manager Rajesh Dana. “She is one of the most prestigious cruise liners and this time around, she called at only two ports in South African - the Port of Cape Town and the Port of PE, before sailing off to Reunion in Mozambique on Friday evening. This in itself reiterates the appealing nature of our city to international visitors.
“The increase of cruise liner tourism to NMB is particularly exciting. As with the growth in the number of vessel calls to the Port of PE, we start to achieve higher economic growth and position NMB as a destination of choice for cruise liner tourism.”
Dana added that the Queen Elizabeth’s visit alone has resulted in 40 pre-booked tours ranging from explorations of the Sunday’s River valley, Addo Elephant National Park, Kwantu Game Reserve, the PE Highlights tour, township tours and many others.
“These will ensure our visitors are able to enjoy every inch of our city and culture.
“The fruits of our NMB Cruise Line strategy are starting to bear, with the key intentions of driving demand, working better together, supporting what we have as a city as well as increasing recognition of the value of our tourism. This is further supported by the increase of cruise line visits from 18 in 2016/17 to 39 visits in this current season ending in April 2020,” Dana said.
Another Cunard luxury liner, Queen Mary 2, is expected in the port in March 2020.