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Cruise news: Most popular cruise being booked this week is the 3rd March 2014 MSC Opera cruise from Durban to Portuguese Island & Maputo, from R7618* for 2 adults sharing.

A great thing about getting older is you start to qualify for a bunch of discounts - cruises are no exception. Also your time is your own so you can choose the cheaper cruise times. Enquire today about these great discounts.

Seniors Cruise Discount + R200 Credit

Better find Granny & Gramps fast, and include them in your cruise plans! Until Sunday the 25th August 2013 only, in addition to the usual seniors cruise discounts, we're throwing in R200 onboard credit per cabin booked with a senior citizen in it.

To book email cruises@southafrica.to or go to MSC Opera or MSC Sinfonia (email us to find out about Mediterannean cruise specials for senior citizens).

MSC Senior Club Discount

If you are 60 years or older, then you are eligible for this special. In addition to any discount already on offer for the cruise, you can get a further deduction as follows: 5% for an inside cabin booked; 5% for an oceanview cabin booked; and 10% on a balcony suite booked. This discount is only applicable to the cabin fare of the person who is 60 years or older, not the entire cabin.

MSC Anniversary Discounts

If you are lucky enough (or unlucky enough - depending how you view it!) to have been married for 25 or 50 years, celebrate this wonderful milestone by going on a cruise and getting either R250 per person off the fare available (for Silver anniversaries - 25 years) or R500 per person off the fare available (for Golden anniversaries - 50 years). This offer is combinable with any other discount already being offered on the cruise. It is only applicable when you sail within 6 months of your anniversary date and to the couple whose anniversary it is.

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Cruise Prices

Here are some sample prices of cruises including the Senior Club discount. These prices are the total for 2 adults sharing one cabin and already include the discount. Please note that these prices are based on both passengers being 60 years or older. Contact us for different dates or international cruises.




Priced from:

SI12 - Cape Town, Nowhere, Cape Town

25 - 27 Jan 2014

MSC Sinfonia

R5 228*

OP22 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Inhambane, Durban

27 - 31 Jan 2014

MSC Opera

R7 349*

SI13 - Cape Town, Durban (one way)

27 - 30 Jan 2014

MSC Sinfonia

R4 269*

SI18 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Anakoa, Fort Dauphin, Durban

22 Feb - 1 Mar 2014

MSC Sinfonia

R13 479*

OP32 - Durban, Maputo, Portuguese Island, Durban

3 Mar - 7 Mar 2014

MSC Opera

R7 129*

OP45 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban

18 - 21 Apr 2014

MSC Opera

R8 115*

MSC Sinfonia leaving Cape Town

*The prices above are for the inside cabin category and include specials applicable, insurance, port fees, service fees, meals, accommodation and entertainment. Prices only guaranteed once a booking has been made and terms and conditions pertaining to the booking are met.  Prices are subject to availability of cabin category and change. Specials may be withdrawn at any time without notice. (E&OE.)


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I agree with a previous client (see Purple section of Kulula September flights newsletter) who expressed his dismay that there are so few flights up the coast – he suggested Ct-Grg-PE-EL-Dbn – even GRG-Dbn are few and far between – think there is one a day and a return ticket is over R4,000 – this is ridiculous if you think you can almost fly to London for that price.  And George is the heart of the Garden Route – am sure many folk would like to fly that route and skip the Transkei.  Its a monopoly by SA Airlink at the moment – need some competition. Sheila

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Cathay Pacific Johannesburg to Hong Kong flight loads (of passengers) are 6.4% up in July 2013 over July 2012 (although July 2012's number were distorted by Hurricane Vincente).

Fastjet Tanzania plans to retrench 12% of its staff as a result of it taking longer than expected to get regulatory approvals to launch flights on international routes. Fastjet is launching its first international flight route on the 27th September 2013, from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam.