Cruise Passenger Terminal

Port Louis Harbour is increasingly playing an important role in the growth of the island’s tourism industry through the development of facilities to accommodate cruise vessels. Statistics show that Cruise liners are showing a keen interest for the Indian Ocean destination.  Mauritius not only aims to position itself as a world class cruise destination but also as a hub for the Vanilla Islands in the Indian Ocean region.

The cruise business segment is bringing substantial benefits to the local economy in terms of direct employment opportunities for Mauritians on board cruise vessels and other benefits linked to the supply of stores, water, bunker and inland tourism etc.

Presently, cruise vessels are provided with berthing facilities at either the dedicated 125 metres long Cruise Jetty located at Les Salines or at the Multipurpose Terminal, depending on the availability of the Jetty and size of the vessel. The port facilities can accommodate a plethora of cruise vessels which cater for different market requirements.  Port Louis accommodates both homeporting calls and transit calls made by Round the World Cruise vessels. The length of homeporting vessels is typically between 250 to 300 metres with 1,800 to 2,200 passengers onboard, whilst for the Round the World Cruise segment, vessel with maximum length of 345 metres can been accommodated.

Despite the fact that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had an impact on the cruise business, it is projected that the Cruise Segment will undergo a quick recovery with the reopening of the frontiers.  For the cruise season 2022, 15 cruise vessel calls have been scheduled.

In order to enhance the handling of the projected increase in cruise passengers, the MPA has embarked on a project for the construction of a Cruise Terminal Building of an extent of 7,500 square metres adjacent to the Cruise Jetty located at Les Salines. This state-of-the-art facility will be capable of accommodating up to 4,000 passengers, including the inter-island traffic.  The works for the construction of the Cruise Terminal building are scheduled for completion by end 2022.

The construction of a new Cruise Terminal Building and the development of the cruise business segment will undoubtedly firm up the position of Port Louis Harbour and the region as an attractive cruise destination in the Indian Ocean. 

Cruise Timetable 2022

MPA is providing the information below with a view to helping Shipping Agents and other stakeholders. The list is subject to change.

  Cruise Vessels Expected Arrival Details Expected Departure Details  
  MV Europa 2 09 November 2022 07:00 hrs 10 November 2022 18:00 hrs  
  MSC Orchestra 13 November 2022 08:00 hrs 14 November 2022 17:00 hrs  
  MS Hanseatic Spirit 19 November 2022 07:00 hrs 19 November 2022 18:00 hrs  
  MS Hanseatic Spirit 02 December 2022 07:00 hrs 02 December 2022 20:00 hrs  
  MSC SINFONIA 07 December 2022 09:00 hrs 08 December 2022 18:00 hrs  
  Norwegian Jade 13 December 2022 10:00 hrs 13 December 2022 21:00 hrs