Cruise to Maputo & Pomene in Mozambique
Enjoy a cruise from Durban to Maputo & Pomene in Mozambique on board MSC Orchestra. Portuguese Island is a small, uninhabited, sandy island situated at the edge of Maputo Bay, very close to Inhaca Island. This is one of the most affordable and popular destinations to visit if you're looking to travel to an island on a cruise from South Africa.
Discover this big cruise ship, which offers the very best in relaxing and in cruising comfort: steaming sauna, bubbling whirlpools, well-equipped gym as well as the elegant wine-tasting room, the original sushi bar and the tone is set on the welcoming atmosphere. Most of the cabins have balconies, ideal for relaxing and enjoying your memorable holiday.
Come and cruise at the very best time to sail as the seas are calm and the weather sunny, ensuring the best possible setting for the best possible experience.
Cruise Ship: MSC Orchestra
Departing from: Durban
Ports of call: Durban, Maputo & Pomene (Mozambique)
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Boarding dates to choose from:
*Information subject to change as a consequence of final berth or anchorage effective availability
When you disembark at Maputo, you will find a lively port city where intense flavours of the continent are seasoned with a hint of Portugal. In the architecture and every-day life in Maputo, a strong influence of Portuguese colonization, which only came to an end in 1975, can still be felt.
While strolling through the city, such as the heart of the central and extremely busy Baixa neighbourhood – which has been defined by some as the Paris of Africa for its busy day and night life – you will encounter large Rationalist-style buildings. A short distance from Baixa, there is a marvellous railway station, designed in the beginning of the 20th century by Gustave Eiffel (yes, the one that is also responsible for the famous Paris tower), full of marble and wrought iron, decorated columns and beams.
It is decorated with clocks, enormous ceiling fans, azulejos tilework, carved wooden doors, wrought iron benches, large bells and two antique steam railway engines displayed on the tracks. To get your strength back, stop by the fashionable Kampfumo bistro. Avenida Samora Machel hosts the famous Casa do Ferro, a building constructed entirely of iron plates, designed by the same prolific French engineer for the city’s Portuguese governor.
A visit to one of the public markets during your stroll through the city cannot be avoided. The characteristically busy Mercado Central, with stalls heaving with exotic fruits and vegetables; Or, the incredible fish market, located slightly farther from the city centre in Caminho da Costa do Sol.
Come here mid-morning, when the fishmongers are yelling their offers for all to hear and the market is overflowing with fresh fish: an impressive array of seafood, including large crabs, sea snails and lobsters. Behind the market, there is a locale where the daily catch is cooked. The peri-peri shrimp, with their unique spicy aroma are a must-try. Finally, visit the FEIMA Curio Market, where you will find rarities and interesting artisan products. Lovers of relaxation, on the other hand, will have the chance to go on an off-roading excursion to the beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean.
Explore one of Mozambique’s best-hidden treasures, Pomene Bay, an unspoilt area just 170km south of Vilanculos and 600km from Mozambique’s capital Maputo. Think clear blue water, powdery white sand, palm trees lining the beach - Pomene Bay something straight out of a movie. There are 2000 kilometres of coastline, characterised by stretches of white sand that blend into the horizon, blue lagoons and unexplored coral reefs. Here one can sunbathe at their pristine beach or explore Pomene through a range of exciting, and educational, tours. Those who prefer some peace and quiet should head down to the beach. The crystal clear water, coupled with the white sand, is heaven.
Smiling and hospitable people, magical beaches, colonial cities and hut villages, baobab and mangrove forests, unspoiled islands and some of the most stunning beaches on the African continent.
During your cruise holiday you can disembark in Pomene Bay, one of the most picturesque sites in Mozambique. The lagoon that protects this extraordinary bay, set between the blue Indian Ocean and the waters where the mangroves grow – these extraordinary plants appear to float on the surface of the water, like a forest in a fairy tale – is part of the Pomene Nature Reserve, a protected marine area that has managed to preserve its authentic and wild beauty thanks to its remote location.
An excursion to this sun-kissed place offers you the opportunity to relax with long walks or horseback riding on the beach, to explore the surrounding nature with the help of a guide, immersing yourself in lush leafy vegetation, with an abundance of different species, or watch the sunset while lying on the fine sand of Pomene Bay. Your MSC cruise ship will take you to an African paradise that is also famous for diving and snorkelling, perfect for lovers of the underwater world. Mozambique is a land full of natural beauty spots that never cease to surprise and amaze.
On Board | Combining spacious, elegant interiors with the variety for which our Musica Class is renowned, MSC Orchestra promises your dream cruise includes spacious staterooms and suites; superb Body and Mind Spa, with pampering Turkish baths, saunas and a myriad of magical massages. Active types have a Sports Centre with Gym, 5 stunning pools and even a jogging track. MSC Orchestra also takes you on an exciting culinary journey, ranging from the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant with authentic Dim Sum specialties to the Four Seasons gourmet Italian dining experience and La Piazzetta, where you can discover the finest pizza outside Naples. The designer venues on this ecological ship make every moment a special occasion, whether dancing to the live music in the leopard-style Savannah Bar, tempting lady luck in the Palm Beach Casino or catching a spectacular show in the equally spectacular Covent Garden Theatre. Kids can go wild to their heart’s content in the Jungle Adventure playroom, while teens get their own Teen’s Club. Whatever your age and dreams, you can be sure they’ll come true for you, your friends and family on a cruise like no other with MSC Orchestra.
Cabins have the following amenities: a double bed that can be converted into two single beds (on request), spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower, interactive TV, telephone, Internet connection (payable), mini bar, safe, air-conditioning.
Children are welcome. Up to 2 children under 18 sharing a cabin with their parents or responsible adults, cruise free but only pay for the applicable Port, Baggage and Service charges of R1,326 per child (12-17yrs) or R1,090 per child (2-11yrs). This offer is subject to the availability of 4 sleeper cabins.
CHANGES IN THE CRUISE, TRAVEL ROUTE OR PORTS:
ZAR4,100 per person sharing
Price based on 2 adults sharing a 2-sleeper cabin. Single supplement applies.
On Request Booking (we will get back within 24 hours)
THE PRICE LISTED WAS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PUBLISHING ON THIS WEBSITE, HOWEVER MAY CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. ONLY THE PRICING GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR CONSULTANT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED THE FINAL CORRECT PRICING APPLICABLE TO YOUR BOOKING.
The above COST IS PER PERSON based on 2 adults sharing a cabin. Your cruise fare includes accommodation, all meals, snacks and activities onboard. Single supplement applies.
Port & Baggage Fees, Mandatory Insurance and Service Fees (Standard charges at R1,451 per person) & as well as currency adjustments. Subject to availability. Prices are quoted in South African Rands.
Please note that all prices are subject to currency fluctuations and fuel surcharges and may change without notice unless paid in full. Offer is subject to availability and and based on double occupancy.