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Cruise Ship Family Vacations

Family cruises - South Africa

MSC Cruises offers the perfect affordable family vacation as kids 17yrs and younger cruise and eat free. A maximum of 2 children UNDER 18 at the time of completion of travel, sharing a 4 bedded cabin with 2 fare paying passengers. Book Now!!!

In addition, cruise ship also offer a complimentary kids program filled with entertainment, fun, and games. Dedicated entertainment and activities are arranged for children over 3 years old in the Children’s Center. The daily activities are divided into age specific groups with themed activities displayed daily in the onboard program. Children’s entertainment is organized into three different age categories:

• Mini Club: Children 4 to 8 years old
• Junior Club: Children 9 to 12 years
• Teenager's Club: Guests 13 up to 17 years of age

Kid’s club leaders organize lots of great activities, shows, and games such as treasure hunts, a mini-Olympics, painting courses, dancing, arts, and crafts. Each ship has a cheerful, spacious and safe playroom. Knowing your children are with our expert cruise staff, you can relax and enjoy the pool or unwind with an aromatic massage.

When parents are on excursions ashore, the Mini Club and Juniors Club will remain open for children 4 - 12 years of age, allowing parents’ peace of mind. If parents are ashore or involved in other activities, the kids club leaders will also take youngsters to the buffet or the ship’s restaurant for children’s meals (from a dedicated Children’s Menu).

Note: Infants aged from 12 - 24 months old are not permitted in the child care centre as there are no sleeping facilities separated from playing areas.

You’ll also find lots of family activities onboard MSC Cruises, such as miniature golf, tennis and basketball. MSC Opera offer dedicated indoor areas for the kids including a video game room. All entertainment activities, both for younger guests and adults are conducted in all languages to cater to the needs of every guest. As ships vary in size and facilities, kid’s activities are not restricted to the Mini Clubs. When parents are on excursions ashore, the Mini Club will remain open, allowing parents’ peace of mind. If parents are ashore or involved in other activities, the kids club leaders will also take youngsters to the buffet or the ship’s restaurant for children’s meals (from a dedicated Children’s Menu). And for families who want to share a shore excursion experience, this affordable family vacation also includes discounts on shore excursions for children (ages vary by destination)!

Galaxy video games Mini golf Tennis and Basketball Court

Mini Club: Children 4 - 6 Years Old
On all the ships of the MSC Cruises fleet there is a special area exclusively dedicated to children – cheerful and colorful. Safe and equipped play areas offer daily entertainment and plenty of space for running, exploring, diving, swimming and, most important of all...playing! The Mini Club is also available during excursions.

Junior Club: Children 7 - 12 Years Old
Offering dedicated activities, sports, parties, games and shows the Junior Club provides plenty of opportunities for kids to have fun while Mom and Dad relax and vice versa.

Childrens’ Menu
Moms will be delighted with our cuisine designed just for kids. There are special menus (Stellar, Polar, Jungle, Farm) designed to keep kids healthy and above all happy, whether they’re eating with their parents or in the care of their club supervisors, without mentioning the thousands of tantalizing pastries and desserts.

Teen's Club for Kids over 13 Years of Age
Teen's Club provides specialized entertainers to organize fun activities for teenagers. Treasure hunts and kids’ missions, talent shows, the Virtual World Arcade, trivia and dance contests…there’s even a newspaper in which they can write and draw about their preferred activities. There’s so much to do we’re sure they’ll want every day to be twice as long just to fit everything in. The program changes daily to keep it all endlessly entertaining.

Teens Disco
After the day-time fun is finished we get the evening parties going while the Teens Club Live holds events that include music live shows, Hip-Hop, Latin and group dancing, plus much more. There’s even a disco just for teens, a place they can call their own.

Teen’s Card
This personalized credit card will provide children aged 12 to 17, with more freedom of movement and allow them to spend small sums on board. These can be used on board like a proper credit card as well as a cruise card. When you board the ship you’ll be given a flyer describing all the benefits and an order form. This way, your Teens’ Card will be delivered directly to your cabin.

Video Games Arcade
Our video games arcade has a wide range of games for all ages. Teens and adulds will enjoy familiar amusements while grownups can challenge themselves on multi-player machines.

Kids’ Pool
Just as adults deserve their own swimming area, so children merit their own fun place for waterplay, too!

Acqua Park
Its 150 fountains provide endless fun during the day and an astonishing spectacle when lit up to music at night.

Sports Amenities
Onboard ships sports amenities are equally extensive, with tennis, squash and basketball courts, shuffleboard, a jogging track and four swimming pools, including the amazing mini-golf.

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Following the announcement of the new regulation put into place by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding travelling with children in and out of South Africa, please take urgent note of the below summary and the extract from the Publication of the Draft Immigration Regulations 2014 in regard to documentation required when travelling with children under 18 years.

New travel regulations relating to travel with children  

- Both parents travelling with child(ren) under the age of 18 years have to produce a full/unabridged birth certificate for the child (both parents’ details must be on the birth certificate).
- One parent travelling with child(ren) must have consent from other parent in the form of an affidavit or custody agreement confirming permission to travel with child(ren)
- One parent travelling with child(ren) and other parent passed away, must produce death certificate of deceased parent.
- Guardians travelling with child(ren) must provide affidavits from parents giving permission for child(ren) to travel. 

Failing to provide these documents will result in being denied boarding. 

Questions relating to any of these changes should be directed to the South African Department of Home Affairs.