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Two MSC cruiseliners and a tropical island beach

Passengers on a speedboat departing from an MSC cruiseliner

A view of the MSC Sinfonia's new spray park

Waterpark on the deck of the MSC Sinfonia

Bartender on the MSC Sinfonia and mojito cocktail

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Cape Town Cruise Specials - Currently there are up to 40% discounts on early bookings for the 2017/2018 season. Kids go free, senior discounts, group booking discounts, etc.

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Cruises from Cape Town 2017/18

Durban has the warm water, but imagine gazing upon Table Mountain from aboard a ship with a cocktail in the hand! :) You have the choice of seven ships that you can book a cruise from Cape Town on : Silversea Silver Spirit, Seven Seas Explorer, Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Queen Mary 2, Crystal Cruises Symphony, Oceania Nautica and the MSC Sinfonia.

We have said goodbye to the MSC Opera which has left local waters, and the MSC Sinfonia is here during 2017 and 2018. Silversea's The Silver Spirit cruise ship is an ultra-luxury vessel for those that prefer a smaller number of passengers. The Cunard Queen Elizabeth provides cruises to international destinations

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14 June 2017 - The price for MSC cruises from Cape Town varies. The Cape Town to Nowhere cruise is the most affordable option, at R7,950* for two adults sharing a cabin. At the other end of the spectrum is the Cape Town to Durban cruise, from R8,610* for two adults sharing a cabin. *Prices are subject to change.

Cruise for 2 from Cape Town to Nowhere
ZAR 7950*

Cruise for 2 from Cape Town to Durban
ZAR 8610*

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Cruise Routes

There are Cape Town cruises to Namibia (Walvis Bay & Luderitz), Durban, Italy, Southampton, East Africa, Asia and Mossel Bay. Popular routes are:

Mossel Bay from the air
Walvis Bay lighthouse
Ludertiz Church
Cape Town to Mossel Bay
Cape Town to Walvis Bay
Cape Town to Namibia (Luderitz)
Durban pier
MSC Sinfonia at anchor off St Helena Island
4x4 on dunes near Walvis Bay
Cape Town to Durban (sometimes via Port Elizabeth)
Cape Town to St Helena Island.
Cape Town to Walvis Bay & Luderitz

Positioning Cruises

cruise itinerary from Cape Town to Southampton
Cruise itininerary from Cape Town to Genoa
Cape Town,Walvis Bay, Dakar, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal ,Lisbon,Vigo, Cherbourg, Southampton
Cape Town to Walvis Bay, Dakar, Las Palmas, Casablanca, Palme de Mallorca, Ajaccio, Civitavecchia & Genoa

Cruise tip: Make 100% certain that you attend the sailaway party on your departure from Cape Town, as it offers the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain.

Here's the view you can expect when cruising to Cape Town:


If your ship is in Table Bay at dawn, this is the view you can enjoy as you sail from Cape Town:


Melody cruise from Cape Town gets going

MSC Sinfonia leaving Table Bay, with Table Mountain in the background


  • 19th January 2015: The MSC Opera is unable to enter the port of Cape Town, due to strong winds.

  • 17th March 2014: The MSC Sinfonia sails from Cape Town for the last time, on her way to Genoa. She is not returning to South Africa's shores for the 2014/2015 cruise season, instead she's heading to the dry dock to be stretched and have 200 cabins added.

  • 28 Feb 2014: With only a few weeks left before the Sinfonia leaves the Cape waters to go back to Italy, people are still trying to find cabins onboard this old favourite. There are still some open spots. Pop us a mail or fill in the form above to enquire.

  • 27 Jan 2014 : The Queen Mary 2 arrives in Cape Town in the morning, docking at the Eastern Mole. It's great that she's here, but a pity that she couldn't dock at the V&A Waterfront. No surprise that Alan Winde (toursim MEC for the Western Cape) said that he was hoping that construction on Cape Town's dedicated terminal begins this year. The Queen Mary 2 leaves Cape Town for Durban on Wednesday the 29th January 2014.

  • 17 March 2014. The MSC Sinfonia embarks on her last cruise from Cape Town, a repositioning cruise to Genoa, Italy. For the 2014/2015 season, MSC Cruises are sending only the MSC Opera to Cape Town's waters.

  • 11 November 2013. The MSC Opera arrives in Cape Town to being the 2013/2014 South African cruise season.

  • December 2012. It's reported that the Transnet National Port Authority will, in 2013, proceed with a "request for proposals" to build a permanent cruise liner terminal at E-Berth in Cape Town harbour.

  • 7 March 2011 The last time the MSC Melody sailed from CT

  • March 2012 South Africa's Department of Home Affairs moves aheads with its January directive to stop cruise ships from docking at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront. “For twenty years, security and immigration procedures have been managed without incident at Jetty Two. Out of nowhere, Home Affairs suddenly enforced a ban without an alternative tourist-friendly facility within the port. Tourists now have to dock amongst containers at a cold storage yard. This is no way to receive guests to our province.” says Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Development & Tourism. Tariq Mellet, Director: Immigration Services, Western Cape, says that “There has been no recent decision to ban anything. A long-standing problem of non-compliance with the Immigration Act required the department to take steps in November to ensure compliance.”

V&A Waterfront from the SA Agulhas II ship


  • 2 Feb 2014 "We've recently returned from a fantastic holiday / cruise on the MSC Sinfonia – we were on the ship for a 3 night cruise, 17 to 20 January 2014 to Mossel Bay and enjoyed every minute. We were made to feel extremely welcome by the crew and they were so helpful with everything. The entertainment as well as the food were great, it was very relaxing and everything was awesome including the lovely restaurants and shops. There was lots to do including the club, sauna and gym and we thoroughly enjoyed it all! Hoping to return later in the year or next year for the 5 night cruise.......Can’t wait!" Jayne Rayner

  • 2013. Amanda wrote a review of her CT to Durban cruise, which she did with the rest of her family. She recommends taking an official excursion into PE, booking an outside cabin and not to be put off by the pricing in US Dollars.

  • 2013. Catharina sails from CT to St Helena Island : "We were amazed at the rich history the island has and the tourist highlights we managed to see in the short time we had available."

Cruises from Singapore

P&O Cruises offers cruises from Singapore to the Cape.

Tugs & pilot boats

Key an eye out in the harbour for the tugs & pilot boats. Always interesting to watch them bend into the wind & the waves crash onto their decks, as their brave crew assist ships in and out of the harbour

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A CT travel agent wrote to tell us : "My client told me that many passengers disembarked in Cape Town and went straight to the airport to fly out again – without spending any time here at all! There was a small group that was spending just the day here and flying out in the evening. This is very strange." So if you're on a flight to Cape Town for the cruise, do spend some time touring around the city, or else you're missing out on half the adventure - see our CT day trips page, if you're short of ideas.

Port of Cape Town

Cruise ships generally dock at E-Berth in Duncan Dock (see map below). There is parking in the vicinity, although it gets pretty full on the day of a cruise, so you are advised to arrive early.

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The Transnet National Ports Authority has budgeted R3billion to build a new passenger terminal in 2014, which is better located. On the 23rd September 2013 the Chief Executive of the Waterfront, David Green, said that they are preparing a bid for the new Cape Town cruise terminal to be at the Waterfront - they're submitting their bid in October 2013, after which Transnet Ports Authority were meant to spend 5 months deciding which bid to go with. The Waterfront believe they can increase their contribution to South Africa's GDP by 51% if they're allowed to develop a cruise terminal at the Waterfront.

On 1 July 2015 Transnet National Ports Authority announced that the V&A Waterfront was the preferred bidder for the Cape Town cruise terminal. The V&A Waterfront will be responsible for operations, maintenance, and will transfer ownership back to the Transnet National Ports Authority in 2035. The cruise terminal is expected to be completed by Dec 2017.

South Arm jetty viewed from a cruise from Cape Town

The Port of Cape Town is situated in Table Bay and is managed by the Transnet National Port Authority. The port manages the most fresh fruit in South Africa. It has an impressive backdrop of Table Mountain and the Cape Town city, and part of it forms the Cape Town Waterfront, a major tourist attraction. There are some impressive hotels in the harbour area, like the nearby Cape Grace (the closest hotel to E-Berth), and these are well worth a visit before or after your cruise. Because of the strong south-easterly win in summer months, the harbour is sometimes closed to ships entering and exiting - which poses obvious challenges to passenger liners. The port is also home to the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

The establishment of the harbour in Cape Town dates back to the 6th April 1652 Jan van Riebeeck & co arrived in Cape Town to set up a resupply station for ships travelling from Europe to the East. In 1882 the Robinson Dry Dock was completed, and is today the oldest functioning dry dock worldwide.

"Welcome to the bottom of this article :) We hope you found it informative, and now have enough information to book your cruise from Cape Town. If not, please drop a note in the comments section below (in fact leave a note anyway, we love to hear from our readers). Wishing you blue skies and calm seas. Ciao." Rob Baker, Chief Executive of South Africa Travel Online

MSC Sinfonia's pool on the deck

A view of Maputo's skyline

Venice's harbour

A pink fruit cocktail with a green straw

Fruit cocktail with a yellow straw

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