Kenya could fail to reap maximum benefits from the Sh350 million cruise ship terminal in Mombasa, due to active US and United Kingdom travel alerts over the coastal waters.
“The threat of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean remains significant,” the UK says on its foreign travel advice to Kenya.
On the other hand, the US has asked travellers to exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism and kidnapping.
“Pirates are active in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia,” the US notes in one of its travel advisories.
This, even as the first cruise ship for 2020 docks at the Port of Mombasa today, where the government has invested in a modern state-of-the-art terminal.
MS Marco Polo, owned by the Global Maritime Group under charter to UK-based Cruise and Maritime Voyages, brings in 500 passengers (both tourists and crew), Kenya Tourism Board confirmed yesterday.