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During the 2017/2018 cruise season one cruise departs from Cape Town to Durban. This is a great way to see the South African coastline and this also means that you won't require a passport to travel.
19 - 22 January 2018, MSC Sinfonia SX23 - Cape Town, Durban (one way cruise)
20 - 24 January 2019, MSC Musica MU22 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town
(see Durban to Cape Town cruises, if you're sailing in the opposite direction)
You may need to book a flight to Cape Town or from Durban - here are some pages to assist you:
2017-12-07 : "MSC Sinfonia. What a wonderful experience.
My wife and I decided in 2016 to do something different and special in 2017. The idea of a cruise holiday came about. We booked the cruise from Cape Town to Durban in January 2017. BEST DECISION EVER....Period.
From the time we boarded this beautiful ship we experienced 5 days of high energy fun. We loved the way everybody on deck were put in a happy mood with the fantastic party at the pool just before departure. Then off to deck 11 for a late lunch. Compliments to your staff. They were awesome. Always friendly and nice the entire cruise. Thanks to the Dream Team for keeping us going all the time. Thank you for the evening shows especially to Mr Steven Cloete - Simply hilarious. After the evening shop our mandatory stop was the Manhattan bar. My MSC Sinfonia holiday was an absolutely fascinating experience with some pulsating and lively disco parties. What can we still say about the food. WOW. One can only eat so much. We most certainly enjoyed the dinner times. Real fine dining at it's best. Oh the Italian Evening is the best with the highlight of my evening being - Meeting the Captain. All in all well done kichen staff. Also ship were kept spotless at all times.
Being our first time and not knowing better we booked in a 4 sleeper cabin( No 9266) which were a bit cramped at times. We will next time (Jan 2019) book the balcony cabin for 2.
Thank you MSC for bringing these pleasures to South Africa. Be sure we will be on the MSC Musica come January 2019 where I will celebrate my 60th birthday on board" Jerry Arendse
2013-05-09 :We did the cruise to Durban from Cape Town, what an experience. A must for anyone especially those with children. So cost effective - all entertainment and meals included! You get 5 star treatment and all staff are so friendly. They go all out to make it an unforgettable experience.
It's so worth booking a window cabin, the views are breathtaking as you travel up the coast. Make sure that you are on the side of the ship that is facing land most of the time (on the cruise from Cape Town to Durban that is the port side of the ship).
Do the day trip, we didn't at Port Elizabeth and we regretted it! We would have been happier to go to the elephant park than roam around aimlessly in PE at a mall - next time, we will take the bus, join the excursion...
Don't be put off and do the conversion from rand to $ - its not that bad when you think about it - cocktails are only like R30 - less than most places... So let your hair down and just enjoy it!! It is sooo worth every penny...
I took my husband and daughters- 11 and 1yrs (had to leave my son-16yrs behind) but I am sure he would love it so next time, he's in DEFINITELY!