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MSC Melody set sail party

The party you do NOT want to miss on a cruise is the set-sail party. It's outdoors, it has the most people taking part and everybody's in a vibey mood (nobody sea-sick yet!) - looking forward to a great cruise. Departing from Cape Town means the set-sail party has the unbeatable background of Table Mountain.

Melody cruise from Cape Town gets going

Who says white men can't jump? Here's our crusie director, Derrick, getting airborne, jumping nearly the height of Table Mountain!

Melody cruise with Table Mountain in the background

There is a certain formula to these set-sail parties that is conducted on both the MSC Melody & Sinfonia cruise ships - because it works! It goes like this: (1) the dancing girls and crew dance on their own, (2) a Congo line is formed with the crew persuading passengers to join in, (3) the Congo line ends on the dance floor, and (4) line-dancing moves which everybody joins in on. Even if you don't want to join in the dancing, I recommend going to watch and feel the vibe. I've got 2 left feet, & even I join in a bit.

sail-away party on the MSC Melody, with Table Bay Harbour in the background

I spy a Congo line

Congo line on the MSC Melody, in Table Bay harbour

Lyrics of Kaptein

On our MSC Melody cruise the line dancing was performed to Kurt Darren's famous "Kaptein, span die seile". Here's some footage of Kaptein being danced to on the Melody. Just after the footage are the lyrics of Kaptein, Span die Seile. I've also translated it into English (would welcome corrections anybody might have).

 

Kaptein - span die seile.
Kaptein - sy is myne,
daar waar die son opkom,
daar oor die horison wag sy vir my.
Kaptein - span die seile
Kaptein - sy is myne
daar waar die son gaan lê,
het sy gesê sy wag oh oh oh oh oh oh sy wag vir my. 
Eendag lankgelede in my drome
was daar 'n girl soos jy
en sy was ver te mooi vir my.
Daar was 'n eiland vol meisies in bikinis
en almal lyk soos jy
en dit was ver te veel vir my.
Eendag op 'n reëndag ons alleendag
dit was net ek en jy
ons het mekaar in 'n droom gekry.
Daar was 'n eiland vol kinders by dosyne
en almal lyk soos jy en dit was mooier as mooi vir my.
Kaptein ek wens jy wil my hoor.
Kaptein ek wens jy wil ek gaan my droom verloor.
Kaptein - span die seile.
Kaptein - sy is myne,
daar waar die son opkom,
daar oor die horison wag sy vir my.
Kaptein - span die seile
Kaptein - sy is myne daar waar die son gaan lê,
het sy gesê sy wag oh oh oh oh oh oh sy wag vir my.
Kaptein - span die seile.
Kaptein - sy is myne,
daar waar die son opkom,
daar oor die horison wag sy vir my.
Kaptein - span die seile
Kaptein - sy is myne
daar waar die son gaan lê,
het sy gesê sy wag oh oh oh oh oh oh sy wag vir my.

Captain - span the sails.
Captain - she is mine,
where the sun rises,
there on the horizon she waits for me.
Captain - span the sails.
Captain - she is mine
where the sun sets
she said she waits  oh oh oh oh oh oh she's waits for me.
One day long ago in my dreams
There was a girl like you
She was far too good for me.
There was an island full of girls in bikinis
and everyone looks like you
and it was far too much for me.
Once on a rainy day together
it was just me and you
We got together  in a dream.
There was an island filled with dozens of children
and everyone looks like you and it was nicer than nice to me.
Captain, I wish you'd like to hear me.
Captain, I wish you would I'm going to lose my dream.
Captain - span the sails.
Captain - she is mine,
where the sun rises,
there on the horizon she waits for me.
Captain - span the sails
Captain - she is mine, where the sun sets
she said she waits  oh oh oh oh oh oh she's waits for me.
Captain - span the sails.
Captain - she is mine,
where the sun rises,
there on the horizon she waits for me.
Captain - span the sails
Captain - she is mine
where the sun sets
she said she waits  oh oh oh oh oh oh she's waits for me.

Here's the dance move to the "Kaptaine, span die seile" part of the lyrics:

dance moves on the MSC Melody cruise ship

Get into the groove

MSC Melody departure party from Cape Town departure party on the MSC Melody cruise from Cape Town

It's not just the sail-away party that rocks!

celebrating our wine cooling down

And it's not just the daytime parties that rock!

Partying at the Junkanoo Club the crew having some off time

Last shot of the sail-away party

dancing girls on the MSC Melody at the sail-away party from Cape Town


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