Fancy a Mauritius cruise with a difference?
May 24, 2006
Fancy a cruise with a difference from Durban to Mauritius in late June? The arrival in Durban on 2 June of the cargo/passenger ship Mauritius Pride has made this a very real possibility as the operators are keen to have a few passengers join them on the return trip later in the month.
Mauritius Pride, which normally operates a mixed passenger and cargo service between Mauritius and the other Mascarene islands of Reunion and Rodrigues, is coming to Durban for a routine maintenance dry docking.
On completion of the docking on 23 June the ship will load cargo before sailing back to Port Louis on 24 June, with space for up to 12 passengers in the ship’s first class section.
The vessel normally carries up to 20 people in first class in nine cabins and 248 other passengers occupying aircraft type seats – the latter being suitable for the short inter-island hops but not the longer cruise from Durban to Port Louis.
Mauritius Pride, together with another vessel named Mauritius Trochetia offers the only inter island passenger service and also makes occasional calls to Madagascar. The 99.5m long ship can carry up to 79 TEUs including 16 reefers, as well as bulk and breakbulk cargo. The ship is also equipped with tanks for fuel oil, diesel oil and edible oils.
On the accommodation side the first class section has a lounge, bar, cafeteria, reception area, boutique for passenger use and is fully air conditioned.
The ships agent in Durban is Alpha Shipping.
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