On Saturday, MSC Cruises celebrated the arrival of ‘MSC Orchestra’ with glitz and glamour, and All4Women was there to celebrate the arrival of this newest cruise liner on the SA travel route

MSC is a household name among South African cruise fans – couples, families and single party animals alike – because there’s something for everyone on their decks.

With food and entertainment included in the fare, and children under 18 cruising free of charge (two children per two adults), it’s an affordable way to have an Indian Ocean holiday.

MSC Orchestra features two pools, four Jacuzzis, a tennis court, basketball hoops, a two-story theatre, a wine car, eight bars, a spa… the list goes on. So, whether you want to party with the masses on deck at night, or enjoy a quiet coffee while listening to the resident pianist, there’s space for everyone and activities to cater for all tastes and ages.

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We were guests of MSC for the launch of the Orchestra on Saturday, and experienced a buffet lunch on the pool deck, cocktails in one of the lounges, and a three-course gala dinner. The show in the theatre, featuring international dancers, singers and trapeze artists, was spectacular as always, and Mi Casa and DJs Pascale & Pearce – together with a steady flow of complimentary cocktails – kept guests on the dance floor until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Our balcony cabin offered us a magical view of the lights of the Durban harbour and provided a comfortable night’s sleep after a day of eating, drinking, dancing and enjoying all that the MSC Orchestra has to offer.

“This is the first time MSC Orchestra is visiting South African shores and we are proud to welcome her to Durban,” says Ross Volk, Managing Director at MSC Cruises South Africa. “South Africans have shown us how much they enjoy cruising, and we know that this beautiful ship will not disappoint.”

In its last cruise season, from November 2018 to April 2019, MSC Cruises saw a 25% increase in guest numbers compared to the same period in 2017/2018

Cruising is becoming an increasingly popular option for South Africans, and local cruises last anywhere from three to 11 nights, accommodating all kinds of holiday budget.

MSC Orchestra can host 3 225 passengers, and will be doing 39 cruises in Southern African waters over the next six months, travelling to destinations such as Pomene, Cape Town, Portuguese Island, Mauritius and Walvis Bay.

The concept of growing demand from consumers for cruise holidays has also led to MSC Cruises deciding to bring two ships to South African shores for next year’s 2020/2021 cruise season. This marks the first time that two different classes of MSC Cruises ship – ‘MSC Opera’ and ‘MSC Musica’ – will be deployed in the country at the same time. This means an additional 50 000 people can discover why cruising is such a great holiday option. MSC Opera will be home ported in Cape Town, while MSC Musica will call Durban her South African home.

So, if you can’t make it to Italy this year, why not enjoy some Italian hospitality on board the MSC Orchestra this summer?

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