Itinerary: MSC MUSICA 2018-2019 Cruise Season

Sailing: Durban – Portuguese Island only

“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.”Ralph Washington Sockman


Durban to Portuguese Island

To enjoy this Durban to the Portuguese Island cruise you will need passports!
Children under the age of 18 will also need UNABRIDGED birth certificates.
Note: Going ashore by tender boat is subject to sea and weather conditions.

The Durban to Portuguese Island cruise leaves port and sails up the Kwa Zulu Natal coastline to Mocambique for 3 nights and 4 days. On this cruise, you will ‘get to know your ship’ and experience what every seasoned traveler is raving about! Exceptional entertainment, world-class cuisine and fun-filled days you will never forget!

Please note: Landing on the island with the tender boats depends upon the sea and weather conditions at the time. The Captain will evaluate the situation and make a ruling, thereby keeping your safety first and foremost! If you are unable to access the island for whatever reason, the Cruise Director will revise the entertainment program for the day. Listen to the announcements on board!

Here are the sailing dates for this cruise to the Portuguese Islands

16 NOV 2018
30 NOV 2018
07 DEC 2018
16 DEC 2018
19 DEC 2018
01 FEB 2019
08 FEB 2019
15 FEB 2019
22 FEB 2019
01 MAR 2019
08 MAR 2019
15 MAR 2019
22 MAR 2019
29 MAR 2019
05 APR 2019
12 APR 2019
23 APR 2019

Book this cruise now! 

“Every person is an island in the sea of humanity.”Anthony T. Hincks


Day 1 : Durban – Our last shuttle bus leaves the airport at 12h00. Harbour Terminal closes at 13h00. Depart Durban at 15h00.
Day 2 : At sea – 09h00 Tender boats will take you to the Portuguese Island subject to sea and weather conditions. 15h00 Return to ship for overnight.
Day 3 : At sea – Depart Portuguese Island at 07h00.
Day 4 : Docked in Durban at 05h00. Please note that our first shuttle bus departs at 07h00. The last shuttle bus to the airport departs at 09h00. You might experience some waiting time between 08h00 and 09h00.
Busses at the harbour depart on a ‘fill up and go’ basis.


The Cruise Director has put together a nice selection of optional excursions. These are bookable via the TV screens next to the lifts or at reception.

You will start your day around 09h00 with an exhilarating transfer aboard one of MSC’s four new 80-seater MSC Zodiac ship-to-shore tender vessels. This tender transfer is included in your cruise price.

Upon your arrival on the pristine Portuguese Island beach, you will find the Portuguese Origins Market selling local wares. (You will need cash to purchase from them). Shaded beach areas, a Fun Zone, the renewed Beach BarKids Zone, the extended and shaded deck with live music and dining area are all there for your enjoyment.

The complimentary buffet is open from 12pm to 2pm and passengers can enjoy a beach braai (barbeque) with all the usual trimmings. An exclusive Beach Lounge is available for guests looking for something a little quieter. On offer are sun bedsumbrellas and a dedicated bar service.

For the more adventurous, visit the new excursion centre on board to book one of MSC’s excursions. These include a visit to Inhaca Island, snorkelling at Santa Maria, sea kayaking, dhow cruises, dolphin watching or fun water sports such as the Snipe Tube.

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails”
William Arthur Ward

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