Cruise Ship in South Africa
The MSC Cruises have been offering passenger luxury cruises in South Africa since November 2009 (mostly from Durban and with a couple of cruises from Cape Town). Good news the MSC cruise ships returns for the 2014/2015 season. The MSC Opera arrive again in South Africa this summer, South Africans are once again looking forward to another fun-filled local summer cruise season.
MSC Cruises’ South Africa cruise is designed to stimulate the senses as you take in everything from the beautiful Portuguese Island to the bustling port city of Durban, all under the magical African sun. Be amazed by the majestic skyline of Cape Town and the dramatic Table Mountain that rises above the city’s pretty harbour.
Alongside competitive pricing, kids under 18 cruising free and all-inclusive meals, cruising is well known to be one of South Africa’s favourite holiday options. The reason is simple – an exceptional on board entertainment choice, so no matter what your age or taste you will be sure to find something to suit your style.
MSC Opera will thrill and delight with the vast and varied on board entertainment options on offer for the 2014/2015 South African summer cruise season. Shows, shops, restaurants, bars, sports and fitness facilities, swimming pools and spa treatments; both ships offer endless variety and choice
Well known for the evening dinner theatre extravaganza shows, hosted in great glamour and style by international casts, MSC Opera will again this year be under the helm of Cruise Director Derrick Van Wyk and will play host to shows including Solstice - a hymn to life; Icons – a tribute to the greatest American musical history and Bollywood, a wonderful show dedicated to Indian’s Bollywood and it’s dances, colours and distinctive music.
Just as important are the kids! A major focus for the MSC family, the Buffalo Bill Club (MSC Opera) offer daily entertainment programmes tailor-made for different age groups, from the age of 3 up to 13. The entertainment extends into the evenings with kiddie discos, parties and a host of theme events. During the Christmas school holidays, additional family entertainment will be added to existing line-up including pantomime, magicians and clowns.
Teens will love the pool, Jacuzzis, teen disco and variety of sports activities on offer, not to mention the duty free shopping selection featuring unique fashion items and the latest in electronic gadgets.
Who’s for a cruise?
Cruising today is the choice of those who wish to see the world in a relaxed and fun way, enjoying surroundings that are as gorgeous as the destinations they visit. As our lives become ever more hectic and fast-paced, holidaymakers are choosing cruising as a wonderful alternative to stressful airport travel, multiple hotel bookings and the uncertainty of not knowing exactly what you’re getting. MSC Cruises prides itself on its traditional heritage and ensures that each one of its fabulous cruise liners pays testament to the style and hospitality that Italy is renowned for.
As cruising changes, travellers change. Today, cruise ships welcomes a diverse array of passengers on board. Honeymooning couples take advantage of all our extra services, from in-cabin chocolates to aperitifs and à la carte dining. Active families make the most of the Kids Go Free programme and the day-long schedule of children’s activities with qualified supervisors. Groups of friends can get together and relax or join in excursion packages. Solo travellers are guaranteed to make friends as they meet like-minded passengers on a themed cruise or on a friendly group day out. With all-inclusive packages and full board, a cruise holiday, surprisingly, is ideal for those seeking style on a budget. BOOK HERE
Cruise ships have a range of accommodation to meet your budget and specific requirements. Some of the rooms can accommodate more than two people, making it easier to have your family share a cabin with you. The lowest cost rooms are the standard inside rooms.
Ship cabins range from a standard cabin, perfect for solo travellers to a sumptuous suite for those special occasion voyages. All cabins have the following amenities as standard: spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower (deluxe suites have bathtub ), interactive TV, telephone, internet connection (payable), mini bar, safe, air conditioning. Room sizes range from 11 metres, up to 52 square metres.
The daily onboard programme is both relaxed and structured. Passengers can choose to do as little or as much as they like. It is quite possible to spend a full day on ship relaxing onboard, with a swim and a sunbathe, a book, a dinner and a show. Others will be up with the dawn, ready to take on the day with an action-packed itinerary of activities. Cruise… your way.
Start the day
Breakfast is served from 7am – 10am, or you can call on room service to deliver a continental breakfast to your cabin.
Excursions – full day, half day, short visits
To take full advantage of your cruise holiday, we heartily recommend you join MSC cruise on a number of awosome shore excursion. These take the form of full- or half-day visits or shorter trips of a couple of hours. Join a luxury cruise in a discovery of art and architecture, archaeology and adventure, shopping or sightseeing. As well as guided tours and city visits from a huge array of exciting activities such as diving, snorkelling, 4x4 jeep safaris, visits to artist ateliers and botanical gardens, foundations, museums and galleries, local villages and global landmarks. These are not to be missed! Please consult the dedicated Excursions Section for more details.
Choose to spend your morning in one of the many onboard facilities, such as (depending on your ship) swimming (adults-only and kids-only pools available), aqua park, gym, bowling, mini-golf, the games arcade, 4D cinema, browsing in the library, catching up in the Internet café, a moment in a Spa, or joining in one of the general activities which are free and open to all.
Lunch is served in one of four onboard restaurants; please note that serving times vary depending on ship and geographic location, but all offer broad timetables for relaxed dining. You can choose the full-board options or to dine in our specialty or à la carte restaurants.
Why not relax in the beauty salon, or take a class. Stroll the decks or enjoy a game of tennis or badminton. Participate in an art auction or try your luck in the casino. Take tea in one of many delightful onboard cafés, catch up with new friends, and treat yourself to a holiday gift in one of the Italian boutiques or artisan stalls.
The kids’ clubs occupy children all day, with dedicated activities from tots (aged 4) to teens (aged 17).
Enjoy a gourmet supper prepared by cruise ship master chefs; whether you choose Italian cuisine, French bistro gastronomy, old time American favourites, TexMex all that can be said is buon appetito!
Into the night
Evenings are given over to cabaret and dance, theatre, music and spectacular shows. Dance the night away in our glamorous nightclubs and join the crowds on the disco dance-floor. Open until late.
The price of your cruise includes stateroom accommodation with all home comforts:
Opulent Casino | Enjoy free access to the casino, slot machines and gaming areas.
Onboard Activities | Fun activities may be organized throughout the day, from quizzes to hobbies. These are open to everyone.
Kids Club programs | Kids under 18 travel free with MSC. There is an exceptional programme of activities for children, which run from early morning to early evening. These are free of charge.
24-hour Room Service | All passengers can use the Room Service facility to order extra snacks and drinks or to request information or assistance.
Fitness Facility | Most of luxurious cruise liners are equipped with a fitness facility. Access to the gym is free of charge.
Library and Card Room | Enjoy a quiet game with friends or sit in our tranquil onboard library with its porthole ocean views and collection of books.
Nightclubs and disco | There is no entrance charge for any of the nightclubs or discos on board ships.
Broadway Style Shows | All the evening shows, from musical medleys to dramatic theatre productions are open to everyone, at no extra cost.
Some charges apply to additional activities onboard, these include:
Access to Aurea Spa and Spa treatments | Please consult the Spa brochure for a list of treatments and prices.
Internet Café | There is a small charge to use the facilities in the internet café.
Beauty Salon | A comprehensive list of hair and beauty treatments at attractive prices.
Shopping | All cruise ships have a range of fantastic boutiques on board as well as a small shop for ‘essentials’.
Art Auctions | It is possible to bid or purchase works of art in sales, and these must be transacted on board.
Shore Excursions | The shore excursions and activities offer the best way to view the top sights and attractions in the ports. Please contact your travel agent for more details or request full excursion details including pricing and programmes, once on board.
Bar Drinks | Drinks are not included in the full board package.
Personal Fitness Trainer | Passengers can choose to have a one-to-one session with a personal trainer, for a small fee.
Exercise Classes | Special exercise classes, such as aerobics, pilates, yoga etc are payable on a class-by-class basis.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 794 1619