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Harbour to welcome cruise liner

2 Apr

Harbour to welcome cruise liner

The Easter weekend is upon us, and it usually attracts thousands of visitors to Hermanus.

On Saturday, Hermanus will receive another financial boost when the Silver Cloud, with 254 passengers on board, will drop anchor in Hermanus.

This small cruise ship, operated by SilverSea, was the fleet’s first to take service in 1994. Since her maiden voyage there have been extensive upgrades, including the reconfiguration of an observation lounge.

The ship primarily sails on expedition cruises, which include the polar regions. The Silver Cloud stands out as one of the highest crew to guest ratio cruise liners with 20 inflatable boats (zodiacs) and 10 kayaks on board.

From 26 March to 15 April 2024, the Silver Cloud will be berthed in Hermanus and seven other South African ports. After stopping in Cape Town the ship will arrive in Hermanus and anchor offshore to bring passengers to Hermanus New Harbour with the on-board zodiacs. Anchoring is weather-dependent.

Overstrand Executive Mayor Dr Annelie Rabie stated that the Silver Cloud’s arrival has been much anticipated, with months of planning

“The economic spin-off for the local economy is good news and this arrival will provide the experience to benefit future visits. There have already been enquiries from other cruise liners about visiting the Overstrand with its quality and variety of tourism products that international travellers favour. Our natural beauty is renowned, and the cruise-liner visitors are eager for new experiences.”

She said a number of itineraries have been designed for the passengers, who will be on shore from about 08:00 until 17:00 on the day. “Exploration is not limited to Hermanus only and includes attractions in neighbouring villages. These options will be extended to ensure experiences comprise the whole of the Overstrand.

“We need to make the most of this new opportunity afforded by cruise-liner visits to create more jobs and support business growth.”


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