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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

Boarding the Sinfonia in Durban Harbour

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We boarded the MSC Sinfonia at Durban harbour on the 1st February 2010. The previous day we'd caught an SAA Cape Town - Durban flight and stayed the night at Belaire Suites on North Beach. From Belaire Suites it cost us R50 (prices will have changed since) to catch a taxi to Durban Harbour (the taxi driver had dropped many passengers off there before and knew exactly where to go). Here's a photo of where the taxi driver dropped us off - it's where you leave your baggage (make sure it's clearly marked with your cabin number), and is exactly the same procedure which we followed in 2009 when we went on a Rhapsody cruise.

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baggage dropoff for the MSC Sinfonia in Durban harbour

As you enter the passenger terminal you get assigned a number, which will determine when you can board. We got number 327 (boarded around 1pm), so had to wait until they got to the range 300-400 before we could board.

boarding hall at Durban Harbour for the MSC Sinfonia cruise

But before I entered the hall I snuck around the corner to get a full view of the magnificent MSC Sinfonia.

MSC Sinfonia moored at Durban Harbour port

As we entered the passenger terminal, this is what we saw:

boarding hall for our cruise ship in Durban

In the boarding hall there was the same lady singing as the previous year when we'd boarded the MSC Rhapsody here. I don't know her name but she did a fine job entertaining us with her beautiful voice. Speaking of jobs, click here if you'd like to find out how to apply for a cruise shipi job.

entertainment whilst waiting to embark on the MSC Sinfonia at Durban Harbour

When it finally came to our turn we queued for MSC employees to check our passports against our tickets, we got given a sweet pineapple juice and then we had our photos taken (same procedure as last year on the Rhapsody). The MSC will sell you a copy of this photo for US$14.

passenger photo taken whilst boarding the MSC Sinfonia in Durban

And then we queued for border passport control.

border control at Durban's passenger terminal

Before boarding the MSC Sinfonia for our cruise to Maputo and the Portuguese Island.

MSC Sinfonia at Durban harbour ready for embarkation

Finally, here's a photo of the Durban harbour passenger terminal (with Durban city in the background) from the viewing deck of the MSC Sinfonia.

photo from the MSC Sinfonia of the Durban Harbour passenger terminal

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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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