Hop aboard, mateys! Cruising is no longer reserved for the rich and famous – or those dodgy newly-weds that wake up on their honeymoon with the blushing bride suddenly ‘gone’. We watch too many B-grade budget films – we know!
Bad movie narratives aside, we would go as far as to say that the MSC Cruises group has levelled the playing field when it comes to cruising. It’s incredibly competitive pricing has allowed South Africans and tourists alike the chance to enjoy being on a vessel in the middle of the ocean without having to take out a second mortgage on the house.
For anyone that wants the pleasure of a stint on the sea, without the enormous time investment (that diaries don’t often allow), then this is the cruise line for you.
The MSC group has 12 ultra-modern ships in its fleet that have been designed to deliver a superior holiday experience. Each ship has been designed and decorated by master architects. Here’s something we didn’t know – MSC is said to offer the leading percentage of sea-view balcony cabins per ship, worldwide. Perfect for those special pictures!
So we had to check it out. We were all aboard the MSC Sinfonia earlier this year, and we loved it enough to write home – and then some – about it. From the accommodation, to the food, service and entertainment, who knew that a few days at open sea was all we needed to make it through the first quarter of 2017.
The suites have everything you need for the ultimate ‘chill out’. From the double bed (which can be converted into two singles on request), air conditioning, space for all those clothes you didn’t need, a bathroom with indulgent tub, TV, telephone to wireless internet… all creature comforts are taken care of.
When it comes to hospitality, the MSC Sinfonia’s attention to detail makes their cruise experiences worth raving about. Cabins are cleaned twice daily and there is multilingual staff to cater to various languages and guests.
The MSC Sinfonia prides itself on its high staff per guest ratio and personal approach to guests needs.
Without a doubt, one of the most popular routes is the 4 night Durban trip to the Portuguese Island journey, with a variety of excursions available on the other side from sea kayaking and snorkelling in coral gardens to rocketing across the water on an 8 rider. Then of course, there’s the option to stay on the ship and drink cocktails by the pool – which is equally adventurous.
All that activity and lounging around can work up an appetite. Believe us when we tell you that there was no shortage of food. From casual dining on the deck to a variety of formal dining options, plush tablecloths and all, to a seriously stuff your face buffet
There’s also entertainment for days. Broadway and Las Vegas style theatrical performance, live music and dancing will keep you humming on board throughout your stay.
For those that might want to kick things into health gear, MSC Cruises offers a wide choice of sports facilities and a very comprehensive sports centre too– with the most magic views that will inspire you to work out – for real!
Carly has a decade of wild, weird and wonderful experience in the media industry. After graduating from Rhodes University with an honours degree in journalism and politics, she tried to change the world as a journalist. She helped launch the country’s first integrated newsroom at Times Media (then called Avusa). After getting bored of politics and news, she joined forces with a brand activations and event company before joining a global PR agency – WE Worldwide as a Senior Account manager. This is her dream job but she still loves to be fancy with words and interview cool people so she writes for Hello Joburg.