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South Africa Cruise

  • Departure DateSun 9th Jan 2022
  • MSC Cruises MSC Musica
  • 4 Night Cruise From Durban
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Itinerary

  • Durban
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Cape Town

Highlights

    • Cape Town: A visit to Table Mountain National Park is an absolute must. Take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for breathtaking views of Cape Town. 

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

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Day 1 - Durban

Arrive: Sun 09 January 2022 / Depart: Sun 09 January 2022 at 18:00

When you alight from your MSC cruise in Durban – South Africa’s third-largest city and the continent’s largest port – you will be captured by its tropical colours and holidaying people. A shore excursion on your MSC South Africa cruise can be the opportunity to discover Durban’s second-largest ethnic group, its Indian population, whose mosques, bazaars and temples are juxtaposed with the Victorian buildings of the colonial centre. The pulsing warren of bazaars, alleyways and mosques that makes up the Indian area around Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street is ripe for exploration, and there are some excellent restaurants around Durban’s photogenic harbour area. Durban’s city centre grew around the arrival point of the first white settlers, and the remains of the historical heart are concentrated around Francis Farewell Square. Durban’s expansive beachfront on the eastern edge of the centre has one of the city’s busiest concentrations of restaurants, a surfeit of tacky family entertainment. Durban’s beachfront, a high-energy holiday strip just east of the centre, is South Africa’s most developed seaside. MSC South Africa cruises also offer excursions to the 6km-stretch of the beach from the Umgeni River in the north to the Point in the south, traditionally called the Golden Mile. The big draw of Addington Beach – and the only really worthwhile attraction along the beachfront – is instead uShaka Marine World. This impressive water adventure wonderland is a tropical African theme park, complete with palm trees, fake rock formations and thatched bomas. The most appealing section is uShaka Sea World, designed in and around a superb mock-up of a wrecked 1920s cargo ship. The complex also includes a dolphin stadium and a seal pool, where daily shows (three a day) feature these creatures, as well as uShaka Wet ’n Wild, a series of pools and water slides, including The Drop Zone, the highest water slide in Africa.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Arrive: Tue 11 January 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 11 January 2022 at 18:00

At the western end of Algoa (aka Nelson Mandela) Bay, your MSC cruise ship will await your return in Port Elizabeth, normally visited for the Addo Elephant Park. So it may come as a surprise as you sail on your MSC cruise to South Africa that this has long been a popular holiday destination for families – but then the town beachfront, stretching for several kilometres along Humewood Road, has some of the safest and cleanest city beaches in the country. As a city, Port Elizabeth is pretty functional. Although the town has been ravaged by industrialization and thoughtless modernization, one or two buildings do stand out in an otherwise featureless city centre, and a couple of classically pretty rows of Victorian terraces still remain in the suburb of Central, sliding into a revamped street of trendy cafés and restaurants. Holidaymakers head for the beachfront suburbs of Humewood and Summerstrand where there are places to stay plus bars and restaurants. There is little to draw you away from the beachfront, but further afield in New Brighton, you’ll find Port Elizabeth’s most important museum, the Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle, housed in an award-winning building, and there are also some excellent tours around Port Elizabeth and into the townships. A Big Five reserve, Addo Elephant National Park is just 73km north of Port Elizabeth, and should top your excursions list. Addo is currently undergoing an expansion programme that will see it become one of South Africa’s three largest wildlife reserves. Elephants remain the park’s most obvious draw-card, but with the reintroduction in 2003 of a small number of lions, in two prides, as well as the presence of the rest of the Big Five – buffalo, rhino and leopards – it has become a wildlife reserve to be reckoned with.

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Cape Town

Arrive: Thu 13 January 2022 / Depart: Thu 13 January 2022

When your MSC cruise brings you to Cape Town, it’s easy to see that, more than a scenic backdrop, Table Mountain is the solid core of this port city. It divides the city into distinct zones, with public gardens, wilderness, forests, hiking routes, vineyards and desirable residential areas trailing down its lower slopes. Standing on the tabletop, you can look north for a giddy view of the city centre, its docks lined with matchbox ships. When you are on holiday in South Africa, to appreciate Cape Town you need to spend time outdoors, as Capetonians do: they hike, picnic or sunbathe, often choose mountain bikes in preference to cars, and turn adventure activities into an obsession. Cape Town’s rich urban texture is immediately apparent in its diverse architecture: an indigenous Cape Dutch style, rooted in northern Europe, seen at its most diverse in the Constantia wine estates, which were influenced by French refugees in the seventeenth century; Muslim dissidents and slaves, freed in the nineteenth century, added their minarets to the skyline; and the English, who invaded and freed these slaves, introduced Georgian and Victorian buildings. Strand Street marks the edge of Cape Town’s original beachfront, and all urban development to its north stands on reclaimed land. To its south is the Upper City Centre, containing the remains of the city’s 350-year-old historic core, which has survived the ravages of modernization and apartheid-inspired urban clearance, and emerged with enough charm to make it South Africa’s most pleasing city centre. The entire area from Strand Street to the southern foot of the mountain is a collage of Georgian, Cape Dutch, Victorian and twentieth-century architecture, as well as being the place where Europe, Asia and Africa meet in markets, alleyways and mosques. Among the draw cards here are Parliament, the Company’s Gardens and many of Cape Town’s major museums.

MSC Musica From MSC Cruises

As soon as you step on board MSC Musica you are met by the stunning central foyer’s three-tier waterfall and it’s transparent piano, suspended above the water on a crystal floor. The designer venues on board are equally as stunning, whether you’re dancing to a band in the dazzling Crystal Lounge, enjoying a cigar in the stylish Havana Club cigar lounge, treating yourself to a wine tasting, trying your luck in the Sanremo Casino or enjoying a superb live show in the stunning La Scala Theatre. The cuisine on the ship is all freshly prepared allowing you to indulge in Italian specialities in Il Giardino, treat yourself at the Kaito Sushi Bar or work your way through a range of delicious, authentic Italian pizzas. Children and young adults enjoy special treatment with indoor and outdoor play areas, a pool of their own and separate Kids and Teens Clubs for their own social life on board.

Ship Cabins

Inside Bella

Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 14 to 21 sq.m.** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Inside exp. Aurea

Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 14 to 21 sq.m.** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Inside Fantastica

Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area and hairdryer Surface approx. from 14 to 21 sq.m.** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Outside Bella (Partial Views)

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. 16 sq.m. Available Experience: Bella

Outside Fantastica

Window with sea view Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Relaxing armchair Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 16 to 18 sq.m.** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experience: Fantastica

Balcony Aurea

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 15 to 28 sq.m.** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Balcony Bella

Double bed that can be converted to two single beds (on request) Cabin for guests with disabilities or reduced mobility has only single beds.* Bathroom with shower. Wardrobe. Interactive TV, telephone, wireless internet access (for a fee), mini bar, safe. Air conditioning. Surface approx. from 20 to 32 sq.m. *This is not apply to cabin 15025.

Balcony Fantastica

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Comfortable double or single beds (on request)* Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. from 15 to 28 sq.m.** Choose the experience that best suits you for added benefits! Available Experiences: Bella, Fantastica and Aurea

Family 2 connecting balcony cabins

Combination of 2 connected balcony cabins Can accommodate up to 4 people Available Experience: Fantastica

Suite Aurea

Balcony Sitting area with sofa Spacious Wardrobe Comfortable double or single beds (on request) Interactive TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar Bathroom with bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer Surface approx. 30 sq.m. Available Experience: Aurea

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Excellent!

Faizal Khan has been wonderful to deal with. He is very knowledgeable and has excellent customer services skills. He made the booking process very smooth and managed to get us a competitive deal.

M Lewis / June 2021

excellent !

I received excellent customer service from both Ryan Duggan and Beth Higson , they went the extra mile to ensure our trip was exactly as we had wished it. Many thanks

Mr Steve McQuade / June 2021

Fantastic service

My consultant was Amy Darbyshire and I feel like I won the jackpot. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of ideas, options, price cues etc The service was incredible. If Amy promised to call or email information it happened. I am incredibly grateful to all the help she gave me and I’ve now booked my dream holiday thanks to her.

Toni / June 2021

Read All Reviews

Speak to a Cruise Concierge

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