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Cruise news: We always suggest you travel to Durban/Cape Town before your cruise, to reduce the risk of missing your cruise due to delayed/cancelled/overbooked flights. Contact our dream team at cruises@southafrica.to or 021-531-7453

Having a couple of kids in our family, I love it that when we go on a cruise, we don't pay much more than if it were just my partner & I.

Kids cruise and stay for free!

You're probably familiar with the "kids cruise free" special where no cabin fee is charged for kids if they share with 2 adults. Now they can stay for free as well at selected hotels booked with your cruise. Availability is limited, so to avoid disappointment book now.

Cruise + 2 night stay (Durban) + transfers + uShaka


Durban, Portuguese Island (Easter Weekend)

18 to 21 Apr 2014

R13 248*


Durban, Portuguese Island

6 to 9 Dec 2013

R13 488*

* Could change, get up to date quotes and book at MSC Opera (click link) - we can also quote for some other dates. Includes 2 nights at the Tsogo Sun - 3 Star Garden Court South Beach Hotel in Durban.

Cruise + 2 night stay (Cape Town) + transfers






Durban, P.E., Cape Town (one-way)

9 to 13 Jan 2014

R12 238*


Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Cape Town

7 to 10 Mar 2014

R12 508*

* Could change, get up to date quotes & book at MSC Sinfonia (also can get quotes for some other dates). Includes 2 nights at the Southern Sun - 4 Star Waterfront Hotel in Cape Town.

*The prices above are for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (below the age of 18 years) sharing a category 3 inside cabin and includes insurance, port fees, service fees, meals, accommodation and entertainment on board the ship; 2 night stay in a family room at the hotel indicated; Transfers to and from hotels, ports and airports; and Tickets to uShaka Marine World - Durban cruises only. Excludes flight prices.

view of the Durban beachfront from the Garden Court South Beach

Extend your stay : pay for 2 nights & stay for 3

Want to extend your hotel stay? Ask us about our free night offers - pay for 2 nights and stay for 3 / pay for 3 nights and stay for 4 - for selected dates through out the cruise season. Contact cruises@southafrica.to to check whether these deals are available on your dates.


Are you flying to Europe or the US and worried about your cellphone costs? Check out this international roaming deal.

From 1 January 2014, Emirates are switching to the big A380s on its Dubai - Zurich flight route.

Last minute specials:

  • All Suite On 14TH from R950 per apartment per night.

  • Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa from R950 pppns

  • Glenburn Lodge from R450pppns

  • Askari Game Lodge & Spa from R980pppns

• Last Minute specials will only be sold from Thursday morning 8h00 to Friday 15h00
• Available through Central Reservations only. Contact 08611 48866 / cro@guvon.co.za
• Applicable to Leisure guests only, not available to group or conference bookings
• Max 3 rooms per surname (reservation)
• Children under 6 sharing with adults stays for free.
• Children 6-17 sharing with adults a room half price of normal rates.
• If children stay alone in a room adult rates apply.

Three websites for weather prediction: Windguru.cz, yr.no & weathersa

Email us a write-up of your trip & we'll give you a travel voucher (write more & share pictures for bigger vouchers):
4’Oclock in the morning, how can anyone be up so early and be so happy (me thinking this of my hubby Eddie Pillay).  It was not long and I started smiling and thinking how awesome this trip was going to be after the year he'd had - he really needs to relax and take it easy…lol not my hubby. By 9’O clock we had landed in Durban airport and were waiting for the transfer. I couldn’t wait to show Eddie my gift to him, you see Eddie was in hospital for 1 week in July and 2 weeks in September… all I have to say is he made it, by the grace of God he is still here today and this trip was to celebrate life!

This was my 3rd cruise & the 1st for Eddie, and believe me, I knew I would get sea sick like I did before this but nothing could stop me from being on the ocean, I just love it. The excitement in the air at the airport as we wait for the transfer, the people and the stories they tell you, of how many of trips they had gone on, makes it just so much more exciting. Seeing the excitement in Eddie eyes as he is taking in everything like a child in a candy store made getting up early worthwhile hehehe. As we entered the port, this beautiful big ship standing there waiting just for us to explore her, to have fun and be happy on for 3 awesome days, this would be our home with no care in the world just us on this beauty. As I watched my hubby looking at this ship in wonder as if it was the most beautiful thing he has ever seen, I knew this was the perfect gift. When we went to our suite it was awesome, I dropped our bags and we made our way outside to go explore the boat, so many things were happening at that time out there, they were dancing on the 12th deck making everyone feel welcome, and the entertainment went on till the next  morning. On our first night I got sick, yes & I got it bad, like stay in bed bad, but this did not stop me at all - we went to dinner, took in a show, we stayed entertained by all the things going on around us and we walked around on the boat. Our night was great!

boat on Portuguese Island

Portuguese Island with its warm blue waters and tropical fish swimming in the waters - it was like being in a semi-warm bath - you just wanted to stay in it. Watching Eddie, how he enjoyed himself, was priceless - talking to the locals, making friends, getting to know all about the island, taking in everything he could step by step. We took a very long walk on the white hot beach exploring every dune and checking out everything we could in the short time we had to do so. The unspoiled beauty of the island made me think how lucky most of us are, at being able to enjoy this - so blessed, to afford to come here. I know God is close to us and seeing this place so beautiful just made me more aware of how blessed we are. This is one of the most memorable trips we ever took, doing things together - the experience and memories will last a life time.

Our last day onboard this beauty, sad but yet existed, knowing it will not be our last.  Anchored in the deep blue sea, sitting on our balcony just enjoying being by ourselves with these awesome surroundings is what peace is all about, no stress just total peace.

As we disembarked I still felt the excitement of being on the trip - the next phase of which would be to share with all our great experience and to plan our next boat trip. As we set foot on SA ground we found Eddie's bag was lost hehehe - ok it was not lost just misplaced for an hour and a half. I can truly say after a hard year behind us this was a great and awesome trip, oh yes, all was well, bag was found and we continued on with the other part of our holiday a week in PMB. 

No matter how hard you have it, God always has a place in mind where you can go and have peace, be at one with what He has created for his people to enjoy,  we just came from such a place the “MSC Sinfonia” and its adventures. ;-)

Ingrid & Eddie

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Video of life on board the MSC Divina - children's entertainment, line dancing, theatre and disco.