The cruise business segment has witnessed a major boost in its activities following an intensive marketing campaign under the Cruise Vanilla Islands initiative, which comprises of Mauritius, Reunion Island, Madagascar and the Seychelles. Mauritius, which is already a world-renowned tourist destination, welcomes over 1 million tourists annually and efforts have been undertaken to develop the cruise business segment.
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.
A dedicated cruise jetty located at Les Salines is operational since 2009. Port Louis has home port calls, in addition to transit calls made by cruise vessels on world cruises. Indian Ocean cruise itineraries are seasonal.The port is expected to have a total passenger traffic of over 40,000 passengers by 2025.
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.