RSG Oppiwater Arts Festival Cruise | 5 nights | Cape Town to Walvis Bay & Luderitz (Namibia) and back (21 - 26 April 2021)
NB! The cruise operator has officially postponed the 25th January 2021 Oppiwater Cruise. The cruise is now scheduled for 21st April 2021. The itinerary will remain the same.
Get on board a luxury cruise ship and join RSG FM & Lefra Productions as they proudly present the first truly African Arts Festival onboard the MSC Orchestra cruise ship. This nice Oppiwater Arts Festival Cruise will depart Cape Town harbour on the 21st of April 2021 heading to Walvis Bay and Luderitz in Namibia for a 5-night cruise. The rest of the time enjoy African Arts Festival for the connoisseur of the leading artists, productions, theatre, comedy, cabaret and music productions. It's unique - a festival on a floating hotel with its magnificent theatre and several smaller venues. On board you will find the very best highly qualified staff, 5-star cuisine and a comprehensive array of fitness equipment, spa treatments and more.
NB: 2019 RSG FM Oppiwater Arts Festival Cruise was sold out so don't delay! BOOK NOW before it is too late!
*Information subject to change as a consequence of final berth or anchorage effective availability
On your cruise you can admire Walvis Bay, which, thanks to its rich marine life, is one of the places of most outstanding natural beauty in Namibia. Its gourmet delights are not to be missed either.
Before leaving the port you have to eat homegrown Walvis Bay oysters in one of the many restaurants that have sprung up in recent years. Today, maybe it’s harder to see whales in these waters but the highlight of Walvis Bay (aka Whales Bay) is still its natural lagoon with its abundance of seabirds, including flamingos and pelicans, which are joined every year by thousands of migratory birds.
As this is an area of outstanding natural beauty, there are many options for spending your time away from the ship. Due north of Walvis Bay along a coast road, the Atlantic harbour town of Swakopmund is just waiting to be discovered on an MSC South Africa excursion.
Offering a vivid reminder of Namibia’s colonial past, the older architecture is Germanic in style, German is widely spoken and the restaurants delight in serving bratwurst. There’s even an annual Oktoberfest, a jolly knees-up featuring locally brewed lager and Bavarian-style bands in lederhosen. Swakopmund is a safari and backpacker hub with some great shops selling souvenirs including beautiful, locally made jewellery, crafts and curios.
This is also Namibia’s extreme sports capital, with several operators offering quad-biking, dune buggy racing and sandboarding. Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are the southern point of the Skeleton Coast where, on nature trails across the sands and gravel plains, you can observe ancient desert-adapted plant species such as welwitschia (an endemic, trunkless tree which sags raggedly on the ground and can live for over 2500 years), lithops and delicate lichens.
During your cruise to Southern Africa, you will be surprised to discover the city of Lüderitz, along the Namibian coast. It will seem like someone had teleported a typical German town from early 20th century Europe to Africa.
The view of the barren profile of the Huns Mountains behind the town’s brightly or delicately coloured houses and the large amounts of sand on its streets produces a strange feeling. Once disembarked from your cruise ship, the obvious point from which to begin a land tour is the small Felsenkirche (1912), a Lutheran house of worship located close to the imposing Goerke Haus, a prestigious residence dating to 1910 designed by the architect Otto Ertl.
Today, it belongs to a mining company. German colonists were drawn to Namibia for its diamonds, which are also responsible for the city’s a railway station (now closed), a post office complete with a clock tower and commercial buildings such as the Krabbenhoft und Lampe. In Lüderitz, you will be able to visit the town and linger in the seaside locales overlooking the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the fishing boats sheltering in the small port, or go on one of the excursion inland.
Just ten kilometres from Lüderitz, there is a ghost town: Kolmanskop. If Lüderitz seemed odd to you, nothing will surprise you more than this group of buildings reclaimed by the desert. Everything is surreal, starting with the sign bearing the name of this town without inhabitants. It is an ideal setting for dramatic photo shoots or apocalyptic films.
Before being abandoned over fifty years ago, this population centre, which was active during the Namibian diamond rush, was bigger than Lüderitz itself. The houses of Kolmanskop, now overrun by dunes, have become a tourist attraction that will make your cruise unforgettable.
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 R1,445 per child (12-17yrs) or R1,150 per child (2-11yrs). This offer is subject to the availability of 4 sleeper cabins.
CHANGES IN THE CRUISE, TRAVEL ROUTE OR PORTS:
ZAR6,820 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.
EXCLUDED: Port & Baggage Fees, Mandatory Insurance and Service Fees (Standard charges at R1,595 per person), Miscellaneous entertainment fee of R750 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.