Cruise to Pomene and Portuguese Island in Mozambique
Enjoy a 6-day cruise from Durban to Pomene and Portuguese Island in Mozambique on board MSC Splendida. 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 Splendida
Departing from: Durban
Ports of call: Durban, Pomene (Mozambique), Portuguese Island (Mozambique)
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
*Information subject to change as a consequence of final berth or anchorage effective availability
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.
Set between the African coast and the Indian Ocean, Portuguese Island is a small, uninhabited island. It is located at the external limit of Maputo Bay, host to the capital of Mozambique, under the cover of Inhaca Island, the chosen location for some of the most luxurious resorts of the entire continent.
During your holiday, take some time between dips in the warm, crystalline ocean waters to stroll around this island. It is six kilometres long, about an hour walk on sand that caresses the soles of your feet (during the central hours of the day, it is best to wear open sandals because the sand becomes very hot), with only the blue of the water and the green of the low vegetation for company.
The mild effort involved will be repaid in kiosks serving refreshing beverages and local food. If you like rum, try the Tipo Tinto, which is distilled from local sugar cane. There is also no lack of beach activities: in addition to all the services available for those who just want to lay in the sun undisturbed, such as beach umbrellas, deckchairs and sunbeds, there is equipment for playing beach volleyball and beach tennis.
However, a piece of advice for all: don’t stop as soon as you get off the tender t that brings you to the island, look for a more secluded bay; they are just a short, pleasant stroll away. For those who wish it, it is also possible to circumnavigate the island and admire the coast and the bay of Maputo in a traditional dhow: boats with a triangular sail of Middle-Eastern origins that have sailed the waters of the Indian Ocean for centuries.
From Portuguese Island, it is possible to reach the nearby main island of Inhaca, where, in addition to fantastic beaches, there are restaurants, bars, a market and even a Marine Museum and old lighthouse.
On Board | Eco-ship MSC Splendida carries you in comfort, style and luxury to the most desirable cruise destinations in the world, while at the same time being a beautiful destination in her own right. With so much to see and do on board, every day on MSC Splendida promises travellers of all ages a world of new discoveries, before they even step ashore.
You’ll love the live music and the extraordinary variety of themed bars and restaurants with many gourmet choices to explore. Complete the night with a world-class show in The Strand Theatre, a winning streak in the Royal Palm Casino or dancing in the Club 33 Disco
Sports facilities on MSC Splendida include four swimming pools, a jogging track, a squash court and an ultramodern gym.
After exercising, you can relax with a massage in the MSC Aurea Spa or sunbathe in the peace and privacy of the Top 18 sun deck.
Guests on MSC Splendida can enjoy an eclectic range of restaurants with many different gourmet choices to explore, from authentic Mediterranean specialities to American steakhouse beef cuts, not forgetting the dedicated restaurant for MSC Yacht Club guests. On board you will have the possibility to taste the exclusive dishes created excusively for MSC Splendida by the German chef Harald Wohlfhart.
Feel like a mid-morning cappuccino, a pre-dinner glass of wine or a late-night cocktail? The extraordinary variety of designer-themed bars on board means you’ll always be able to find the perfect venue to match your mood and satisfy your desires.
MSC Splendida is like a floating luxury resort and boasts all the recreation and entertainment options you’d hope to find on holiday, from the Broadway-style theatre, glamorous casino and designer disco to the sports arena, high-tech 4D cinema, MSC Formula Racer simulator and dedicated areas for kids and teens.
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 R1,616 per child (12-17yrs) or R1,260 per child (2-11yrs). This offer is subject to the availability of 4 sleeper cabins.
CHANGES IN THE CRUISE, TRAVEL ROUTE OR PORTS:
For all cruises cancelled by MSC, you will be offered a future cruise credit voucher equal to the value of the amount for the cancelled cruise, to be used for any future sailing as per Terms and Conditions detailed in your voucher. If you wish not to continue on with your booking you will only be charged an administrative fee.
Booked Guests that found themselves not to meet any of the requirements of the MSC Health and Safety Protocol (e.g missing vaccination) and therefore that they are prevented from boarding, are asked to send written communication not later than 15 days before the scheduled departure of their cruise in order to request their voucher or reschedule their cruise according to the MSC Flexible Booking Program.
ZAR5,900 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)
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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 R2,161 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.