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We are now taking bookings for the new cruise season from November 2012 to April 2013.

Cruise news: SI030 is now sold out (it's the 17 Feb Sinfonia cruise to Portuguese Island)

2012/2013 cruise bookings

Click here to book your cruises at MSC Sinfonia (the MSC Melody sadly has been sold by MSC, but the MSC Opera now cruises South Africa's shores)

If you lost out on the current season now's your chance to move fast & secure the cabin of your choice on the cruise of your choice for the next season. We are offering 30% discounts for almost all cruises from Nov 2012 to April 2013 (regular readers know that these discounts are withdrawn once the cruises are filling up).

Sinfonia cruises 2011/2012/2013

For completeness we also list the current season's cruises (prices take into account discounts):

 SI 005 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban. 18 Nov 2011 to 21 Nov 2011 - Prices from R4,380 per person sharing 

 SI 006 - SOLD OUT 

 SI 007 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Durban - 25 Nov 2011 to 27 Nov 2011 - Prices from R2,960 per person sharing 

 SI 008 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Inhambane, Portuguese Island, Maputo, Durban - 27 Nov 2011 to 2 Dec 2011 - Prices from R6,260 per person sharing 

 SI 009 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 2 Dec 2011 to 5 Dec 2011 - Prices from R4,380 per person sharing 

 SI 010 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Inhambane, Durban - 5 Dec 2011 to 9 Dec 2011 - Prices from R5,610 per person sharing 

 SI 012 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 12 Dec 2011 to 16 Dec 2011 - Prices from R6,630 per person sharing 

 SI 013 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 16 Dec 2011 to 19 Dec 2011 - Prices from R5,690 per person sharing 

 SI 014 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 19 Dec 2011 to 22 Dec 2011 - Prices from R5,690 per person sharing 

 SI 015 - SOLD OUT 

 SI 016 - BALCONIES SOLD OUT Durban, Pointe des Galets, Port Louis, Durban - 27 Dec 2011 to 7 Jan 2012 - Prices from R19,892 per person sharing 

 SI 018 - Durban, Durban - 7 Jan 2012 to 9 Jan 2012 - Prices from R3,830 per person sharing 

 SI 019 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 9 Jan 2012 to 13 Jan 2012 - Prices from R6,150 per person sharing 

 SI 020 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 13 Jan 2012 to 16 Jan 2012 - Prices from R4,380 per person sharing 

 SI 021 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Bazaruto, Durban - 16 Jan 2012 to 20 Jan 2012 - Prices from R5,110 per person sharing 

 SI 022 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 20 Jan 2012 to 23 Jan 2012 - Prices from R4,380 per person sharing 

 SI 023 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 23 Jan 2012 to 27 Jan 2012 - Prices from R5,110 per person sharing 

 SI 024 - 4 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 27 Jan 2012 to 30 Jan 2012 - Prices from R4,380 per person sharing 

 SI 025 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 30 Jan 2012 to 3 Feb 2012 - Prices from R5,110 per person sharing 

 SI 027 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 6 Feb 2012 to 10 Feb 2012 - Prices from R5,610 per person sharing 

 SI 029 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Inhambane, Durban - 13 Feb 2012 to 17 Feb 2012 - Prices from R5,610 per person sharing 

 SI 030 - SOLD OUT  

 SI 031 - Durban, Inhambane, Portuguese Island, Maputo, Durban - 20 Feb 2012 to 25 Feb 2012 - Prices from R6,890 per person sharing 

 SI 032 - Durban, Durban - 25 Feb 2012 to 27 Feb 2012 - Prices from R3,240 per person sharing 

 SI 033 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 27 Feb 2012 to 2 Mar 2012 - Prices from R5,610 per person sharing 

 SI 035 - Durban, Bazaruto, Durban - 5 Mar 2012 to 9 Mar 2012 - Prices from R6,150 per person sharing 

 SI 037 - Durban, Maputo, Portuguese Island, Durban - 12 Mar 2012 to 16 Mar 2012 - Prices from R6,150 per person sharing 

 SI 039 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Bazaruto, Durban - 19 Mar 2012 to 24 Mar 2012 - Prices from R7,560 per person sharing 

 SI 040 - Durban, Durban - 24 Mar 2012 to 26 Mar 2012 - Prices from R3,550 per person sharing 

 SI 041 - Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town - 26 Mar 2012 to 30 Mar 2012 - Prices from R5,110 per person sharing 

 SI 042 - BALCONIES SOLD OUT Cape Town, Genoa - 30 Mar 2012 to 17 Apr 2012 - Prices from R8,260 per person sharing 

  SI 01 - Genoa, Toulon, Valencia, Lisbon, Funchal, Mindelo, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 09 Nov 2012 to 28 Nov 2011 prices from R 22,990 per person sharing  

  SI 02 - Cape Town, Durban - 28 Nov 2012 to 01 Dec 201 - Prices from R 4,360 per person sharing 

  SI 03 - Durban, Nowhere(South Africa),Durban - 01 Dec 2012 to 03 Dec 2012 - Prices from R 2,910 per person sharing 

  SI 04 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 03 Dec 2012 to 07 Dec 2012 - Prices from R 5,920 per person sharing 

  SI 05 - Durban,Portuguese Island,Durban - 07 Dec 2012 to 10 Dec 2012 - Prices from R 5,330 per person sharing 

  SI 06 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 10 Dec 2012 to 14 Dec 2012 - Prices from R 6,720 per person sharing 

  SI 07 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 14 Dec 2012 to 17 Dec 2012 - Prices from R 6,050 per person sharing 

  SI 08 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 17 Dec 2012 to 20 Dec 2012 - Prices from R 6,050 per person sharing 

  SI 09 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Maputo, Inhambane, Bazaruto, Durban - 20 Dec 2012 to 26 Dec 2012 - Prices from R 11,280 per person sharing 

  SI 10 - Durban, Pointe des Galets, Port Louis, Durban - 26 Dec 2012 to 06 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 18,480 per person sharing  

  SI 11 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 06 Jan 2013 to 09 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 6,050 per person sharing  

  SI 12 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 09 Jan 2013 to 12 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 6,050 per person sharing  

  SI 13 - Durban, Nowhere(South Africa), Durban - 12 Jan 2013 to 14 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 3,560 per person sharing  

  SI 14 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 14 Jan 2013 to 18 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 5,920 per person sharing  

  SI 15 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 18 Jan 2013 to 21 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 5,330 per person sharing  

  SI 16 - Durban, Bazaruto, Durban - 21 Jan 2013 to 25 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 5,920 per person sharing  

  SI 18 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 25 Jan 2013 to 28 Jan 2013 - Prices from R 5,330 per person sharing  

  SI 19 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 28 Jan 2013 to 01 Feb 2013 - Prices from R 5,920 per person sharing  

  SI 20 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 01 Feb 2013 to 04 Feb 2013 - Prices from R 4,360 per person sharing  

  SI 21 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 04 Feb 2013 to 08 Feb 2013 - Prices from R 4,840 per person sharing  

  SI 22 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 08 Feb 2013 to 11 Feb 2013 - Prices from R 4,360 per person sharing  

  SI 23 - Durban, Bazaruto, Durban - 11 Feb 2013 to 15 Feb 2013 - Price from R 4,840 per person sharing  

  SI 24 - Durban, Nowhere (South Africa), Durban - 15 Feb 2013 to 17 Feb 2013 - Prices from R 2,910 per person sharing  

  SI 25 - Durban, Maputo, Anakoa, Durban - 17 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013 - Prices from R 7,260 per person sharing  

  SI 26 - Durban, Nowhere (South Africa),Durban - 23 Feb 2013 to 25 Feb 2013 - Prices from R 2,910 per person sharing  

  SI 27 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 25 Feb 2013 to 01 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 4,840 per person sharing  

  SI 28 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 01 Mar 2013 to 04 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 4,830 per person sharing  

  SI 29 - Durban, Bazaruto, Durban - 04 Mar 2013 to 08 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 5,360 per person sharing  

  SI 30 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 08 Mar 2013 to 11 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 4,830 per person sharing  

  SI 31 - Durban, Maputo,Inhambane, Durban - 11 Mar 2013 to 15 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 5,360 per person sharing  

  SI 32 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 15 Mar 2013 to 18 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 4,830 per person sharing  

  SI 33 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 18 Mar 2013 to 22 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 5,360 per person sharing  

  SI 34 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 22 Mar 2013 to 25 March 2013 - Prices from R 6,050 per person sharing  

  SI 35 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 25 Mar 2013 to 29 Mar 2013 - Prices from R 6,720 per person sharing  

  SI 36 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 29 Mar 2013 to 01 Apr 2013 - Prices from R 6,050 per person sharing  

  SI 37 - Durban, Bazaruto, Durban - 01 Apr 2013 to 05 Apr 2013 - Prices from R 5,920 per person sharing  

  SI 38 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - 05 Apr 2013 to 08 Apr 2013 - Prices from R 5,330 per person sharing  

  SI 39 - Durban, Maputo, Inhambane, Durban - 08 Apr 2013 to 12 Apr 2013 - Prices from R 5,920 per person sharing  

  SI 40 - Durban, Cape Town - 12 Apr 2013 to 15 Apr 2013 - Prices from R 5,330 per person sharing  

  SI 41 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Dakar, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal, Malaga, Civitavecchia, Genoa - 15 Apr 2013 to 03 May 2013 - Prices from R 21,780 per person sharing  

Melody cruises 2011/2012/2013

 MY002 - Cape Town, Cape Town - 6 Dec 2011 to 8 Dec 2011 - Prices from R1860 pps 

 MY003 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Cape Town - 8 Dec 2011 to 11 Dec 2011 

 MY004 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 11 Dec 2011 to 15 Dec 2011 

 MY005 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Cape Town, Durban - 15 Dec 2011 to 18 Dec 2011 

 MY006 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Port Louis, Durban - 18 Dec 2011 to 28 Dec 2011 

 MY007 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Fort Dauphin, Durban - 28 Dec 2011 to 3 Jan 2012 

 MY008 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Durban, Cape Town - 3 Jan 2012 to 6 Jan 2012 

 MY009 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Cape Town - 6 Jan 2012 to 9 Jan 2012 

 MY010 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 9 Jan 2012 to 13 Jan 2012 

 MY011 - 4 & 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Cape Town, Cape Town - 13 Jan 2012 to 15 Jan 2012 

 MY012 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 15 Jan 2012 to 19 Jan 2012 

 MY013 - Cape Town, Durban - 19 Jan 2012 to 22 Jan 2012 

 MY014 - Durban, Ile Sainte Marie, Pointe des Galets, Port Louis, Durban - 22 Jan 2012 to 2 Feb 2012 

 MY015 - Durban, Fort Dauphin, Durban - 2 Feb 2012 to 8 Feb 2012 

 MY016 - Durban, Cape Town - 8 Feb 2012 to 11 Feb 2012 

 MY018 - Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Cape Town - 11 Feb 2012 to 14 Feb 2012 

 MY019 - 5 SLEEPERS SOLD OUT Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 14 Feb 2012 to 18 Feb 2012 

 MY020 - Cape Town, Cape Town - 18 Feb 2012 to 20 Feb 2012 

 MY021 - FULL SUITES SOLD OUT Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Jamestown, Dakar, Arrecife de Lanzarote, Cadiz, Palamos, Genoa - 20 Feb 2012 to 9 Mar 2012 

 MY01 - Genoa, Toulon, Malaga, Casablanca, Agadir, Dakar, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 24 Nov 2012 to 12 Dec 2012 - from R15,415 pps 

 MY02 - Cape Town, Cape Town - 12 Dec 2012 to 14 Dec 2012 - from R2,047 pps 

 MY03 - Cape Town, Durban - 14 Dec 2012 to 17 Dec 2012 - from R2,993 pps 

 MY04 - Durban, Port Louis (Mauritius), Durban - 17 Dec 2012 to 27 Dec 2012 - from R9,916 pps 

 MY05 - Durban, Fort Dauphin (Madagascar), Durban - 27 Dec 2012 to 2 Jan 2013 - from R6,135 pps 

 MY06 - Durban, Cape Town - 2 Jan 2013 to 5 Jan 2013 - from R2,993 pps 

 MY07 - Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Cape Town - 5 Jan 2013 to 8 Jan 2013 - from R2,993 pps 

 MY08 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 8 Jan 2013 to 12 Jan 2013 - from R3,519 pps 

 MY09 - Cape Town, Cape Town - 12 Jan 2013 to 14 Jan 2013 - from R1,690 pps 

 MY10 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Jamestown (St Helena), Cape Town - 14 Jan 2013 to 25 Jan 2013 - from R7,078 pps 

 MY11 - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban - 25 Jan 2013 to 29 Jan 2013 - from R2,903 pps 

 MY12 - Durban, Ile Sainte Marie (Madagascar), Pointe des Galets (Reunion), Port Louis (Mauritius), Durban - 29 Jan 2013 to 10 Feb 2013 - from R7,671 pps 

 MY13 - Durban, Fort Dauphin (Madagascar), Durban - 10 Feb 2013 to 16 Feb 2013 - from R4,077 pps 

 MY14 - Durban, Cape Town - 16 Feb 2013 to 19 Feb 2013 - from R2,461 pps 

 MY15 - Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Cape Town - 19 Feb 2013 to 22 Feb 2013 - from R2,461 pps 

 MY16 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - 22 Feb 2013 to 26 Feb 2013 - from R2,903 pps 

 MY18 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Jamestown, Dakar, Arrecife de Lanzarote, Granada, Cagliari (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Trieste (Italy) - 26 Feb 2013 to 18 Mar 2013 - from R16,750 pps 

festivities on the MSC Melody

 

 

Southern Sun are now offering guests complimentary shuttle services between the Sandton Gautrain station &:

  • Garden Court Morningside

  • Garden Court Sandton

  • Garden Court Sandton City

  • Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

  • The Sandton Sun

The transers are available between 06h00 & 09h00, and 15h20 & 18h40

Note that BA Comair do not offer special meal requests on its Johannesburg-Nelspruit, Lanseria-George or Lanseria-Maputo flights.

O.R. Tambo sucks! The cheapest Velvet Sky flight price is R343 for a one-way flight from O.R. Tambo to Durban. Of the R343, 50% is airport taxes (R172).

BA has introduced a new bronze tier into its Executive Club. Bronze tier members benefit from business-class check-in, earning a 25% tier bonus & seat selection 7 days before departure.

The Purple shall rule! "I have flown on business to Zurich and also Frankfurt 5 times since last year October. As South African Airways does not fly to Zurich any more, I have had no option but to fly with either Lufthansa or Swiss. Ever since, I have not received one single Voyager point, even though I was advised that I should still get points (not the same %) I have been requested to give copies of boarding passes, which I did. (No feedback) after following up, I was advised that copies are not good enough, they require the originals. I did this. (No feedback) After following up, I was told that some had unfortunately expired (max. 3 months after flying) the other will be looked at. Off coursee no feedback, thwerefore the next two have probably expired too. I was considering getting a Voyager card, but not with this type of (Service)????? Not even the manners to come back to the client. All I require is an explanation, but can you expect this from this organisation. I fly to Cape Town at least 5-7 times a year and Durban the same and will no longer fly with them either, as they don"t care about customer service." Martin

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The Bottom Line:  "The charges a financial planner charges are exorbitant and the man in the street earning a "normal" salary just cannot afford to pay these hefty charges ranging from the lowest R1000 upwards, and then there are follow up consultations. This is only for the rich so the rich get richer and the poor get left out. I wrote to one and he looked at my situation. After completing a form stating my financial situation and asking where to invest etc, - the reply came back and said "sorry but the charges we charge will be far too high for you for us to take your case on - goodbye". That's the answer we get from the financial planners these days. I also do not expect the advice to be completely free, but could they not consider our circumstances and reduce it accordingly! At the end we are left to make our "own" decisions which can be detrimental in the long run.
The FSP should be taken to task and there should be legislation to help the lower income person asking for help with their financial investments.
I hope you get registered soon by the FSP. Emily"