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Test your Travel Knowledge : Why is Portuguese Island called Portuguese Island? (see answer in the purple section)

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2 Adults, 2 Children
Departs 20 Jan 2014. Cruise with your family to Maputo and Portuguese Island on the luxurious MSC Opera.
Discount-46% |Save R4,618 per cabin.
4 night cruise departing Durban.
2 Adults, 2 Children
Departs 24 Jan 2014. Cruise with your family to Portuguese Island on the luxurious MSC Opera.
Discount-50% |Save R4,778 per cabin.
3 night cruise departing Durban.
2 Adults, 2 Children
Departs 31 Jan 2014. Cruise with your family to Portuguese Island on the luxurious MSC Opera.
Discount-50%|Save R4,778 per cabin.
3 night cruise departing Durban.

Party time on the MSC Opera
MSC Opera at sea
Portuguese Island

R8,100* per cabin - Inside
R9,100* per cabin - Outside

R7,130* per cabin - Inside
Sold out - Outside cabin

R7,130* per cabin - Inside
R8,130* per cabin - Outside

*For 2 adults and 2 children. Subject to change. Limited availability. Price includes port charges, service fees and insurance.

*For 2 adults and 2 children. Subject to change. Limited availability. Price includes port charges, service fees and insurance.

*For 2 adults and 2 children. Subject to change. Limited availability. Price includes port charges, service fees and insurance.

January Cruise Sale now Open to Families

We've extended our January Cruise Sale to families! But we must warn you that there are not a lot of 4-sleeper cabins available. Take advantage of these January 2014 cruise specials to take your family on holiday - they'll love you for it! Don't leave the kids at home when they can cruise for free with South Africa Travel Online and MSC Cruises. (Children under 18 don't pay any cabin fare when sharing with 2 paying passengers).

How to Book

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Availabilty

Cabins that sleep 4 are becoming a rare treasure indeed! They are selling out extremely quickly, so to avoid disappointment, book yours as soon as possible.

Ask us about adding on a soda and icecream package for only R144 for the children to enjoy up to 10 sodas, fruit juices or ice-creams.

Best Price Guarantee

If you see a better cruise price elsewhere it's because they've left out port charges and service charges. We include mandatory charges in our cruise fares - always have, and always will. These prices are the cheapest cruise fares - if you find cheaper elsewhere within a week of booking on a like for like basis (ie same people, same cabin category, same ship, same cruise), we will refund the difference to you.

The Purple Shall Rule!

Portuguese Island is a small uninhabited island situated at the edge of Maputo Bay, very close to Inhaca Island. There are numerous cruises from Durban to Portuguese Island on the MSC Sinfonia & Opera. Email cruises@southafrica.to for assistance with a quote. Portuguese Island is sandy with light vegetation. The beachsands are great for going for a walk on, but do wear shoes, as the sand can get very hot in summer.

inlet in the interior of the Portuguese Island

Portuguese Island was previously known as "Portuguese Elephant Island", because of its role as a spot for storing the ivory of elephants. Elephant trade is no more, and the name of the island has been happily shortened.

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