The queen of the ocean, Queen Victoria will grace Nelson Mandela Bay with her presence when she docks at berth 10 in the Port of Port Elizabeth on 19 April 2016 at approximately 06h00. She will be officially welcomed to the port by the Executive Mayor, Dr Danny Jordaan and Transnet National Ports Authority executives.
The MS Queen Victoria is a British passenger cruise ship operated by Cunard Lines, named after the late British monarch, Queen Victoria. The Queen Victoria is of the same basic design as other Vista-class cruise ships, Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen Victoria is 294 meters long, weigh 90 000 Gross ton, has a beam of 32,3 meters, a height of 62.5 meters and a draft of 8 meters. She has a total of 16 decks, 12 of which are dedicated to passengers and she can accommodate 2014 passengers. The Queen Victoria is propelled by Sulzer ZA40 diesel engines and has a maximum speed of 23.7 knots.
The MS Queen Victoria’s facilities include the following:
- Seven restaurants
- Thirteen bars
- Three swimming pools
- A ballroom and theatre
The MS Queen Victoria’s visit completes the “three sisters” visit to the Port of Port Elizabeth, with Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth having previously called the port. Her visit to the Port of Port Elizabeth is part of a World Cruise with her last port of call being Reunion Island and followed by the Port of Cape Town. The Port Manager, Rajesh Dana said “Transnet is extremely honoured and privileged to be able to host the Queen Victoria in the Port of Port Elizabeth. This visit affords the Port of Port Elizabeth an opportunity of showcasing its efficient, safe and reliable marine services and world class port infrastructure. The port has long prided itself as being one of the premier gateways for tourism to our beautiful city. These passenger liner calls contribute positively to the local economy and allow the city to share its rich diverse culture and its friendliness with the world.”
The Queen Victoria’s visit to the Port of Port Elizabeth is particularly significant, in that it comes on the back of a Presidential visit to Nelson Mandela Bay, in which the President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma provided an update on the country’s progress in exploiting the Oceans Economy through Operation Phakisa. One of the cornerstones of Project Phakisa is tourism and the visit by the Queen Victoria demonstrates the city’s potential in attracting and growing international and local tourism in Nelson Mandela Bay. Transnet National Ports Authority is extremely pleased to have the Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan welcome the Captain, passengers and crew of the MS Queen Victoria to the City.
A number of passengers will be disembarking to enjoy various excursions in and around the City before setting sail at 19h00 tonight. The queen of the ocean, Queen Victoria will grace Nelson Mandela Bay with her presence when is docks at berth 10 in the Port of Port Elizabeth on 19 April 2016 at approximately 06h00.