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.
Who says white men can't jump? Here's our crusie director, Derrick, getting airborne, jumping nearly the height of Table Mountain!
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.
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.
Captain - span the sails.
Here's the dance move to the "Kaptaine, span die seile" part of the lyrics: