The Star (Nairobi)

25 January 2013

Kenya: Cruise Ship With 322 Tourists for Lamu Port

The cruise ship that will dock in Lamu tomorrow will have 322 passengers and 243 crew members on board, the Kenya Tourism Board has said.

KTB customs relations officer Cynthia Kinyeru said the arrival of MV Astor is a boost to tourism and confirms Lamu as a safe tourist destination.

"KTB is really excited with the arrival of the vessel in Lamu and wants to make a difference through publicising such events," Kinyeru said.

She said the visitors will have "a unique experience" using boats to Lamu. "The government initiative of developing the Lamu port will enable more vessels to dock in the area in the future," she added.

This is the first time a cruise vessel docks in Lamu. Most of them dock at the port of Mombasa. The cruise ship, which was built in 1987, is from Germany. They will be in Lamu for one day.

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