The arrival of the MS ASTOR cruise liner at the Port of Mossel Bay on Thursday, 28 March brought the port’s 2018-19 cruise season to a stunning end. The vessel is owned by the Germany-based Premicon, under charter to the Germany-based Transocean Tours and is one of four vessels to have visited Mossel Bay this season.

She arrived with 500 passengers mainly from Germany en route from Durban to Cape Town.

The vessel was welcomed by Mossel Bay Harbour Master, Captain Vania Cloete who presented a plaque to the ship’s captain Andrey Lesnichiy aboard the vessel. MS ASTOR has a length of 176.5 metres and a width of 23.6 meters, with 289 cabins and a guest capacity of 578.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port Manager for the Mossel Bay, Shadrack Tshikalange, said: “We are always delighted to welcome the beautiful ASTOR back to Mossel Bay as a regular to this port. She is one of the most luxurious cruise vessels in the world and it is an honour that Transocean Tours shows such confidence in this region and returns each year with its international guests. These passengers spend time taking in the Garden Route coastline and activities such as foot tours around Mossel Bay and bus tours to neighbouring cities like George and Plettenberg Bay.”

TNPA is working closely with the Mossel Bay Municipality and Mossel Bay Tourism to develop the Port of Mossel Bay as a tourist port.