Holiday Bazaar announced on July 29, the launch of Cruise and Travel Planners, which is going to be the first fully-fledged and flagship cruise shop in Kenya.
The opening was attended by Helen Beck, the Vice President of International Sales and Marketing from Crystal Cruises and Thoyabah Ahmed Khan & Seymour Brugger, the Sales & Marketing representatives from Royal Caribbean. Also in attendance were Directors of Holiday Bazaar and Cruise and Travel Planners Nishma and Jinal Shah.
The tailored offering will provide cruise travel packages specifically targeting the Kenyan traveler, from some of the most renowned cruise liners globally.
Cruise holiday bookings have been on the rise locally over the years.
Holiday Bazaar has been selling cruise packages for the past 20 years, and has seen exponential growth in the last four years;
While initial cruise bookings in the first 20 years did not exceed 20 guests annually, Holiday Bazaar cruise bookings now exceed 1000 guests every year.
Cruises make for an attractive travel offering for the upper-middle-class Kenyan as one can have an all-inclusive holiday without having to worry about managing accommodation, meals, and entertainment.
Further, guests can travel to more than one destination at one go and can be accommodated in multiple generations with so much ease.
Some of the more popular destinations with Kenyans include the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and an increasing trend towards sailing around the Indian Ocean to exotic islands such as Seychelles and Mauritius.
“We see a huge demand for cruise tourism domestically. Kenyan travelers cannot get enough of the experience. With a 99.9% satisfaction guaranteed, it makes for an attractive holiday package regardless of age,” said Nishma Shah of Holiday Bazaar.
“With our expertise in understanding the local market coupled with our unique partnerships with the likes of Royal Caribbean and Crystal Cruises, we are able to offer an unparalleled cruise booking service not currently available in Kenya,” he added.
Seymour Brugger of Royal Caribbean said that cruises come in a host of packages and price points which cruise planners can comfortably accommodate.
“From the affordable and value-for-money starting at US$150 per person per day for a seven-night cruise to a $500 per person per day luxurious option. Cruise and Travel Planners are able to accommodate all of these options,”
Cruise tourism is reportedly becoming more popular in East Africa and especially in Kenya as it is the second major African destination for cruise ships after Egypt.
The construction of a cruise terminal in Mombasa is ongoing and is expected to be officially opened in 2020.