Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of the African continent having been created by volcanic activity. Its land area is 1,864.8 km2. The island is surrounded by white sandy beaches and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world’s third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island.
Mauritius has emerged as a regional hub for Cruise Tourism in the South Indian Ocean since the year 2007. In total, 7,900 cruise passengers came to Mauritius between January and February 2015 against 6,500 in the same period in 2014, an increase of about 15%.
Mauritius is regularly being scheduled on the circuit of world renowned cruise ships such as Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
Accordingly, Mauritius Tourism minister forecasts an increase in cruise passengers to 20,000 in 2015, 50,000 in 2020 and 100,000 in 2025.
Costa Croisières started home-porting at Port-Louis as from 2007 and total cruise traffic peaked to 27 calls with more than 27,000 passengers in 2010.
The cruise company Fred Olsen chose Mauritius as a hub for its combined flight/cruise packages starting on the 15th November, ending on the 28th December 2017. The 5-star ship Boudicca, that will operate these cruises, can accommodate up to 800 persons. For the last seven years, Mauritius has been welcoming Fred Olsen’s ships for a one-day transit, and as from now on, will be positioning itself as the hub for this company. After this first cruise in the Indian Ocean, Fred Olsen might consider developing further this product for the next five years.
Phoenix Reisen Cruise Company began operating cruises under its own brand in 1988. Amadea cruise ship is one of the chartered vessels, together with Albatros.
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