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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

Passenger posing on the top deck of the MSC Musica

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MSC Orchestra Cruise Bookings for South Africans

As her name suggests, the MSC Orchestra brings together safety, luxurious comfort and design in seamless harmony. She was the second ship in the MSC fleet in the Musica design (the others are the MSC Musica and MSC Poesia). In fantastic news for South Africans, the Orchestra will be arriving in Durban on the 17th November 2019; offering cruises from Durban and Cape Town until the 18th of April 2020. The ship is 294 metres in length and has a beam of 32 metres. Her gross tonnage is 92,409 and she can carry 2 550 passengers at full capacity.

You can check availability by filling in the form below (email cruises@southafrica.to if you're experiencing difficulties).

MSC Orchestra Cruises
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Please select your cruise. *Pricing and specials change continously. Pricing below is indicative only and may no longer be available. Prices are per person sharing, including mandatory port & service charges & insurance
18 Oct 2019 to 16 Nov 2019 - OR01 - Genoa (Italy), Civitavecchia, Chania (Greece), Suez Canal Transit (Egypt), Eilat (Israel), Aqaba (Jordon), Salalah (Oman), Male(Maldives), Port Victoria (Seychelles), Port Louis (Mauritius), Pointe des Galets (Reunion), Durban (South Africa) - from R 42,315 pps*

17 Nov 2019 to 21 Nov 2019 - OR02 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - Sold out

21 Nov 2019 to 24 Nov 2019 - OR03 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - Sold out

24 Nov 2019 to 29 Nov 2019 - OR04 - Durban, Portuguese, Durban - from R 8,385 pps*

29 Nov 2019 to 02 Dec 2019 - OR05 - Durban, Portuguese, Durban - Sold out

02 Dec 2019 to 06 Dec 2019 - OR06 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - Sold out

06 Dec 2019 to 09 Dec 2019 - OR07 - Durban, Portuguese, Durban - Sold out

09 Dec 2019 to 13 Dec 2019 - OR08 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 8,051 pps*

13 Dec 2019 to 16 Dec 2019 - OR09 - Durban, Portuguese, Durban - Sold out

16 Dec 2019 to 20 Dec 2019 - OR10 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 8,251 pps*

20 Dec 2019 to 23 Dec 2019 - OR11 - Durban, Portuguese, Durban - Sold out

23 Dec 2019 to 28 Dec 2019 - OR12 - Durban, Portuguese, Pomene, Durban - from R 11,385 pps*

28 Dec 2019 to 08 Jan 2020 - OR13 - Durban, Port Louis, La Posession, Durban - from R 26,559 pps*

08 Jan 2020 to 12 Jan 2020 - OR14 - Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town(One Way) - from R 6,051 pps*

12 Jan 2020 to 17 Jan 2020 - OR15 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, Cape Town - Sold out

17 Jan 2020 to 21 Jan 2020 - OR16 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - Sold out

21 Jan 2020 to 24 Jan 2020 - OR18 - Cape Town, Durban(One Way) - from R 5,007 pps*

24 Jan 2020 to 27 Jan 2020 - OR19 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 5,117 pps*

27 Jan 2020 to 31 Jan 2020 - OR20 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 5,851 pps*

31 Jan 2020 to 03 Feb 2020 - OR21 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - Sold out

03 Feb 2020 to 07 Feb 2020 - OR22 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 5,851 pps*

07 Feb 2020 to 10 Feb 2020 - OR23 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 5,417 pps*

10 Feb 2020 to 14 Feb 2020 - OR24 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Pomene, Durban - from R 6,051 pps*

14 Feb 2020 to 17 Feb 2020 - OR25 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 5,617 pps*

17 Feb 2020 to 21 Feb 2020 - OR26 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Pomene, Durban - from R 6,051 pps*

21 Feb 2020 to 24 Feb 2020 - OR27 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - Sold out

24 Feb 2020 to 28 Feb 2020 - OR28 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 5,851 pps*

28 Feb 2020 to 02 Mar 2020 - OR29 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 5,517 pps*

02 Mar 2020 to 06 Mar 2020 - OR30 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 5,851 pps*

06 Mar 2020 to 09 Mar 2020 - OR31 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 6,067 pps*

09 Mar 2020 to 13 Mar 2020 - OR32 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 5,851 pps*

13 Mar 2020 to 16 Mar 2020 - OR33 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 5,417 pps*

16 Mar 2020 to 20 Mar 2020 - OR34 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 5,851 pps*

20 Mar 2020 to 23 Mar 2020 - OR35 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 5,667 pps*

23 Mar 2020 to 27 Mar 2020 - OR36 - Durban, Pomene, Durban - from R 5,451 pps*

27 Mar 2020 to 01 Apr 2020 - OR37 - Durban, Portuguese Island, Durban - from R 8,485 pps*

01 Apr 2020 to 05 Apr 2020 - OR38 - Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town(One Way) - from R 5,951 pps*

05 Apr 2020 to 10 Apr 2020 - OR39 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, Cape Town - from R 10,125 pps*

10 Apr 2020 to 14 Apr 2020 - OR40 - Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Cape Town - from R 7,951 pps*

14 Apr 2020 to 18 Apr 2020 - OR41 - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban - from R 6,351 pps*

18 Apr 2020 to 13 May 2020 - OR42 - Durban, Pointe des Galets(Reunion), Port Louis(Mauritius), Port Victoria(Seychelles), Aqaba(Jordan), Suez Canal Transit(Egypt), Katakalon(Greece), Kotor(Montenegro), Split(Croatia), Venice(Italy) - from R 33,774 pps*

Number of cabins required:
If you would prefer not to share one cabin, please indicate the number of cabins you require. Cabins on the Sinfonia sleep a maximum of 4 people.
Cabin position: *
Inside (no window)
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Balcony Cabin
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Are you on honeymoon?
Cruise must fall within 6 months of wedding date. Proof of wedding must be provided
Are you 60 years or older?
A valid drivers license, ID or current passport will be required for validation at the pier
If yes, how many adults are 60 years or older?
Senior discount only applies to those 60+ in the cabin
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MSC Orchestra's pool deck thronged with passengers; island in the background


There is practically non-stop entertainment on the MSC Orchestra, "orchestrated" by the Cruise Director. You will see what's on in the daily program which is placed into your cabin - be sure to take a pen along on the cruise with you, to mark off where you want to be when. Here's a photo from a snow party on the Orchestra:

Snow party on the MSC Orchestra


Be sure to get family photographs taking to remind you forever of this special occasion. Professional photographers on board the ship will be only too happy to do this for you. Otherwise, of coure, it's a lot cheaper to ask fellow passengers to take the photographs for you.

Family photos on a cruise

Sunset is the perfect time to take pictures from the deck of the Orchestra:

Sunset from the top deck of the MSC Orchestra

View of a sunset from a porthole of the MSC Orchestra


Live webcam of the MSC Orchestra's pool deck, right now.

Live webcam image of the top deck of the MSC Orchestra


  • 2017-11-05 A 21 night repositioning cruises on the Orchestra from Genoa to Buenos Aires stopping at Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Cadiz, Lisbon, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Recife, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro.

  • 2014-03-13 : The MSC Orchestra becomes the first MSC Cruises ship to arrive in Australia, as it visits Cairns on its way to Fremantle. The vessel sets sail from Dubai on the 21st February 2015 and on the way will stop at inter alia Mumbai and Kochi.

Slot machines on the MSC Orchestra

Inside the MSC Orchestra

The MSC Orchestra has 18 decks that host all its exciting facilities. This includes 5 restaurants, serving cuisine of Italian and even Chinese descent. Below are some pictures of the Shanghai Restaurant and the 4-Seasons Restaurant onboard the Orchestra:


This cruise ship has bars and lounges for all tastes, with each having its own theme. You can enjoy the feeling of being anywhere in the world, with the African-themed Savannah Bar, Hollywood-style Zaffiro Bar, the stylish La Cantinella Wine Bar, the Barracuda Bar, Amber Bar, Purple Bar, L'Incontro Bar and The Shaker Lounge.


Alternatively, the lower dining room is the Villa Borghese. Note that water, tea and coffee are not free at dinner time, but drinks are reasonably priced.

Guests can enjoy some rest and relaxation time at the MSC Aurea Spa, which along with a spa also hosts a meditation room and a fitness centre, which has beautiful views from the front of the ship. Entertainment comes in the form of live shows at the Covent Garden Theatre, gambling at the Palm Beach Casino, dancing all night at the disco, watching movies at the open air movie theatre or playing basketball or tennis at the Orchestra's very own courts. There are also two pools on the upper deck of the ship to choose from on those perfect sunny days.


The ship has several swimming pools and jacuzzis.

Three ladies in a jacuzzi on the MSC Orchestra

Cabins and Suites

There are a variety of cabins to choose from on the MSC Orchestra:

Interior Staterooms - These cabins are 14 square metres, have single beds that can be converted into a double bed (on request), as well as a spacious wardrobe,a bathroom with a shower, interactive TV, telephone, availability of internet connection by your own laptop (on payment), mini-bar and safe.

Ocean View Staterooms - These cabins are 17 square metres in size and have all the same features as the interior staterooms plus a window with a view to the outside.

Balcony Staterooms - These cabins have the same amenities as mentioned above, plus they have a balcony. There are two kinds of balcony staterooms, the standard one, which is 18.5 square metres, and the superior balcony stateroom, which is 22 square metres.

Balcony suites - 29.5 Square metres big, these suites are lovely and spacious, have a balcony to the outside, as well as all the amenities of the other cabins.


Reviews of the MSC Orchestra

May 2011 - The Irish Naval Association cruised from Copenhagen and wrote this about the MSC Orchestra: "The ship was stunning and top of the range in luxury" and "Our over-all impressions: the ship was terrific, scenery was amazing, food was great, shows were great".

August 2011 - A passenger on a cruise in the Mediterranean describes his experience of the MSC Orchestra: "The ship itself was magnificent and when we (my wife and I) first saw it in Copenhagen we were impressed".

Watch a video review of the MSC Orchestra:

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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

Red cocktail with a black straw

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