MSC Cruises Durban Cruise Terminal.
MSC Cruises Durban Cruise Terminal.
  • MSC Cruises will be building a R200 million cruise-ship terminal in Durban. 
  • The company has also added a second cruise ship, meaning it will be moving 50,000 new passengers through the Durban and Cape Town harbours.
  • Last year’s cruise season saw a 25% increase in guests compared to the same period in 2017/2018.
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South Africa’s largest cruise liner, MSC Cruises, is planning to build a R200 million cruise terminal in Durban.

The plan for the terminal coincides with the company adding a second liner, which will see thousands more passengers moving through the Durban and Cape Town harbours.

MSC Cruises Durban Cruise Terminal.
MSC Cruises Durban Cruise Terminal.

The new Durban Cruise Terminal will be built by the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Consortium (KTC).

“This multi-user terminal will make Durban an even more desirable destination for cruise ships from all over the world,” said Ross Volk, MD for MSC Cruises South Africa.

This follows “significant growth” in demand, Volk said. Last year’s cruise season saw a 25% increase in guests compared to the same period in 2017/2018.

Cruises, he says, are increasingly becoming an appealing holiday choice for South Africans as they offer an affordable all-inclusive vacation.  

MSC Cruises Durban Cruise Terminal.
MSC Cruises Durban Cruise Terminal.

The planned terminal is a vast improvement from Durban port’s N-Shed, which had served as a makeshift cruise terminal for several years. 

MSC Cruises N-Shed Passenger Terminal
MSC Cruises N-Shed Passenger Terminal. Google Maps.

"All the partners in the initiative will shortly sign off the final design of the terminal and ground-breaking is scheduled to begin in November this year,” said Volk.

Volk said the design phase took a little longer than anticipated, but it now expected to be operational by January 2021.

MSC Cruises also said it was in conversations to improve traffic flow from Cape Town’s harbour terminal entrance, located in the V&A Waterfront.

“The terminal is the visitor’s first introduction to the city, and an opportunity is to create a positive impression of Cape Town and South Africa. To that end, all stakeholders have a role to play and considerations are focused on how to plan for and manage traffic access on cruise dates and improved scheduling for disembarkation and boarding. That will be the focus going forward ahead of what is confirmed to be increased visitor numbers for the start of the season in October this year,” said Donald Kau, V&A spokesperson.

From December 2020, MSC will be bringing two ships to South Africa’s shores: the MSC Opera (which can host 2,500 guests at a time), which will be homeported in Cape Town, will join MSC Musica (3,200 guests) homeported in Durban.

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