Durban Harbour lit up with colour, music, and glamour as MSC Cruises, the leading cruise brand in South Africa, celebrated the arrival of MSC Musica, the largest and most luxurious cruise ship to do a seasonal tour in South African waters.
Almost 1500 people were treated to a lavish gala dinner on board, followed by an awe-inspiring show in the ship’s 1200-seater theatre, and entertainment by SA acts, Jeremy Loops and Mi Casa.
“MSC Cruises is thrilled to celebrate the arrival of this elegant lady to our shores to mark the start of her six-month seasonal tour in the region,” says Ross Volk, Managing Director for MSC Cruises South Africa.
MSC Musica has a passenger capacity of 3223, which is around 550 more than MSC Sinfonia, the ship that South Africans fell in love with on her many tours in the region over the past few years.
Over 16 decks, this luxurious ship offers something for everyone.
Dining options include
On the activity side, MSC Musica offers mini golf, tennis, basketball, virtual games, bowling lanes, children’s activity clubs, a gym, a power walking track, and a Balinese spa.
MSC Musica also has an exciting nightlife, boasting a casino, bars, dance floors, a cigar lounge and a wine tasting bar.
Mr Volk continues, “As well as welcoming MSC Musica to our shores, we will also be building
a R200-millioncruise terminal at the Port of Durban as part of the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) consortium. MSC Cruises will also be opening a hospitality school in the Durban Harbour in the near future, which will train young South Africans who are keen to be part of the hospitality industry.”
Although it took aeons to embark, due to the torturous queues and muddled staff directions, my first experience on an MSC cruise ship was surprisingly delightful.
The excitement was infectious as wide-eyed passengers wheeled their luggage to assigned cabins on the first day.
I got lost often, forgot my cabin number constantly and managed to annoy cabin inhabitants when I insisted that it was my cabin, not theirs. I often found myself in the midst of a reprimand,
Admittedly the ship’s interior is impressive and its labyrinth unleashed my inner adventurer.
The allure of
I’m severely tempted to book a week-long cruise vacation to South America, simply to eat doughy Margherita pizza in the wee hours of the morning.
All photography by Saajida Francis