Algeria Cruise Services is the only ground operator in Algeria specializing in shore excursions from all ports along the 1200km Mediterranean coastline. Having worked with several port agents in Algeria, we are now in an excellent position to recommend port agents depending on the ports being visited. Our business language is English and we communicate swiftly with both principals and on-board shore excursion staff. We have international insurance cover of $2 million issued by AON Risk Services in Miami and underwritten by the State of Pennsylvania.
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Algeria Cruise Services is a joint venture between a Maltese company run by Ivan Mifsud, Managing Director of Mifsud Brothers Ltd (est. 1860) and an established Algerian company, run by Mourad Larbi, Managing Director of Magic Tours. They joined forces in 2005 with a mission to design and operate quality shore excursions from the major ports stretching from Ghazaouet on the West bordering with Morocco all along the vast Algerian coast to Annaba on the East bordering with Tunisia.
Algeria, which is an emerging cruise destination, had no track record of cruise calls until 2005. We entered the market in early 2006 and successfully handled Phoenix’s Amadea on the 4th May 2006 carrying 400 German-speaking guests and later on the 23rd October 2006, we handled the first ever American ship to call in Algeria – Silversea’s Silver Cloud. Fast forward to 2017 and we were handling several calls of Viking Sea.
Several milestones were reached, firstly because it was the first ever presence of Viking Cruise Line ships in Algeria, secondly because, at 227m, they are the longest cruise vessels to berth in Algiers and thirdly because the largest ever number of guests disembarked for shore excursions organized by Algeria Cruise Services. At one point out of over 800 passengers, only a few remained on board.
To mark this special occasion a plaque exchange function was organized on board between the Master, the Port Agent and us as Ground Operators. This call crowned 10 years of continuous shore operations by Algeria Cruise Services.
December 2018 and January 2019 saw us handling the calls of the new Viking Sky and in both cases, the glass ceiling of 1000 guest on tour was broken. These were very satisfying moments!
2020 is looking very promising with some new cruise clients calling in Algiers and Oran.