I’m a reader, a writer and a traveller, and my two current loves are cruising and Mozambique. So when I was invited by MSC Cruises to visit their newest Mozambiquan destination, the gorgeous Pomene, my year was made!
We left Durban on 27 November aboard the much-loved MSC Sinfonia, on a four-night cruise to Pomene – a group of media people and a full ship of passengers ready to party and be pampered by the gracious, ever-smiling MSC crew of over 700.
This is the last SA season for the MSC Sinfonia, incidentally. That’s because cruising has become so popular among South Africans for its convenience, value for money and relaxed way to travel, that a bigger ship is needed.
Next year’s 2018/2019 season will see the MSC Musica visit our ports – a bigger and more entertainment-filled experience for South African families.
But now for more about Pomene (which really is as breathtaking as the pictures show)
Mozambique is my all-time favourite African destination: every visit is a magical experience in this country of friendly, smiling locals, warm, calm waters, colonial cities and hut villages, baobab and mangrove forests, unspoiled islands and some of the most glorious beaches on the African continent.
Pomene offers a blend of the best of Mozambique scenery and famous MSC hospitality
Think enchanting mangrove forests, a bay of fine sand, a breathtaking underwater world…
Add a swimming pool, a spa, three beach bars and private cabanas, and you have paradise on earth and an experience to rival most international exotic island destinations.
Pomene Bay is one of the most picturesque sites in Mozambique
The lagoon that protects this extraordinary bay – set between the blue Indian Ocean and the waters where the mangroves grow like a forest in a fairy tale – is part of the Pomene Nature Reserve, a protected marine area that has managed to preserve an authentic and wild beauty, thanks to its remote location.
Pomene is an African paradise that is also famous for diving and snorkelling, perfect for lovers of the underwater world. Pomene Bay, 605 km north of Mozambique’s capital Maputo, is destined to become a star MSC destination, with its palms and powdery white sands, its crystal blue waters and unexplored coral reefs.
For those who just want to relax and soak up the sun, MSC Cruises has added some stylish beach club facilities
MSC Cruises has added its own beach club, the MSC Pomene Safari Beach Club, exclusively for MSC Cruises guests. The MSC Pomene Safari Beach Club offers a range of facilities, including a stylish club house complete with swimming pool, three beach bars and spa services from the MSC Aurea Spa in two private cabanas.
The private cabanas provide the ultimate luxurious beach experience
I chose the private cabana experience from the list of excursions on offer that included snorkelling and a mangrove forest tour. The private cabanas can be hired by groups of up to six people – or book one for a romantic spa experience.
Sundecks with loungers, thatched roofs and reed walls, beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, bottled water and fruit skewers, make this the most civilised way to experience this Indian Ocean paradise.
The pool was close by and so was the buffet lunch – a meal to satisfy the most discerning of South African braai masters – steak, fish, chicken, veggie patties and endless salads and puddings.
Pomene is a destination that offers everything – for active adventurers and beach babes, children and grandparents, teenagers and honeymooners and is my favourite destination so far on the MSC Cruises, Durban – Mozambique route. Coupled with the fabulous food, international entertainment and superb service on board, a cruise to Pomene is the most enjoyable way to spend summer in Southern Africa!
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