Cruises in Mombasa

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As the main seaport for Kenya, it is no surprise that Mombasa offers a great experience for tourists stopping by while on commercial cruises or those in the city opting for a luxury evening cruise. Packed with stunning views and serene waters, Mombasa’s tranquil setting make it a great place to spend some time on the water. 

Situated just south of the equator, Mombasa offers 2 options for visitors wishing to explore on the open water. Both serving different needs--local cruises and commercial cruises can both make a trip to Mombasa a memorable occasion while serving up a healthy dose of history and culture aboard the high seas.

Local Cruises

If you love the feeling of being on the open water, an evening cruise around Mombasa Island will be a great treat while on your trip to this southern beach town. Luxury dhow cruises are a great way to see Mombasa and feature some really stunning views of the harbor, Fort Jesus and Old Town.

Experience cruising on an authentic Arab dhow for a look at the old port of Mombasa from a spectacular angle. Once aboard, these luxury cruises spare no expense to make their guests feel great. Greeted by a live band and cocktails, these cruises culminate in a world-class meal and dancing.

The dhow cruises will take you around Tudor Creek and provide you will a breathtaking view of Fort Jesus and Old Town Mombasa. The dhow will moor in a sheltered bay for dinner, setting the stage for a romantic evening on the water. If you prefer a lunch cruise, these are also available.

Commercial Cruises

Mombasa is a popular stop on many cruise lines sailing the east side of Africa. Cruises highlighting the historical spice routes most certainly will include Mombasa on their agenda. As the main seaport of Kenya, Mombasa serves as a launching off point to the rest of east Africa. Cruise ships dock at the Klindini port, a modern deep water harbor that serves primarily as a container port. 

Cruise guests will enjoy a stop in Mombasa and are generally offered a day trip city tour package that will take them to all the city’s main attractions, including Fort Jesus, the arching elephant tusks to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth, a tour of the city’s Arab Quarters, and a wood carving studio.
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