“I’d rather go by bus” – Prince Charles
AIRPORT TRANSFERS & SHUTTLES
In 2022 we celebrate 30 years of service to the cruise ship industry. During this time we have transported well over 1 million passengers safely and without a major incident, to cruise ships in both Durban and Cape Town.
Airport Transfers are regulated by the department of transport in South Africa with each vehicle requiring an operating permit by the transport court and every vehicle needs to pass an annual roadworthy test, the drivers need to have a public driving permit with no police record, and the operator to ensure a minimum R1 million passenger liability insurance. We ask the question: “How much is a life worth”? To us it is priceless, but what we offer is a whopping R30 million cover which comes at a huge cost, which we include in our shuttle price.
Airport Transfers should be a seamless connection between the airport and the ship and to ensure that you get there safely we, as responsible operators, employ luggage porters at both the airport and harbour. Why do we say that you may ask? Well if a driver has to load and offload luggage he becomes tired and worn out and the chances of him having an accident are thereby greatly increased so hence we have since the very beginning, always employed luggage porters. We have YOUR safety foremost in our minds.
Airport Transfers can be done in a multitude of ways. There is the shuttle bus, which leaves usually once every hour. Then for those who do not wish to wait for the bus, we offer a private transfer service at a cost much higher than the shuttle. We do not permit passengers in wheelchairs to board our shuttle bus and instead we suggest that they make use of our dedicated transport service with a wheelchair lift and a dedicated driver who is knowledgeable and caring for the disabled.
Checking of your travel documents and passports.
This shortens your check-in times and if there is a problem you
will have time to resolve it.
Free sanitizing stations and all covid 19 protocols adheared to.
Luggage porters to load and offload your luggage at the bus.
Passenger Liability Insurance. Depending on the size of vehicle we
insure your life from R10 million up to R30 million in an accident.
Taxis are required to have R1 million and e-hailing drivers usually have
zero as they operate outside of public transport law.
Peace of mind.
When you travel with us, you are guaranteed to make the ship on time.
From the early days of Starlight Cruises, now with MSC Cruises, we have
enjoyed 30 years of transporting guests to and from ships. Thank you.
We do our best to prevent delays. That said though, we are subject to
instructions from the port authority and MSC Cruises. Flights from
Cape Town are usually delayed. When making to flight reservations
please try to arrive in Durban as early as possible and to leave Durban
as late as possible. Booking a flight home before mid-day is a NO NO!
We prefer it when groups travel together as a group.
To this end, we offer coaches with various seating arrangements
from 13 (combi), 22 (sprinter) and 32, 44, 52 and 60 seats in a bus.
eMail us for a quote.
MSC ORCHESTRA SHIP INFO
Discover true Italian warmth and hospitality aboard the stylish MSC Orchestra. This shining gem of a cruise ship offers you the perfect blend of modern design, luxurious comfort, and world-class entertainment. Pamper yourself at the spacious Body and Mind Spa, or work up a sweat at the fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ship’s bow. Cool off at one of the two swimming pools.
Dine with a worldwide flair including authentic Italian and Chinese cuisine at one of the five onboard restaurants. Catch nightly shows, sample different Italian wines at the wine bar or dance the night away at R32 disco. After a fun-filled day retire to your comfortable accommodations to dream of all the fun and excitement that tomorrow will bring aboard the MSC Orchestra.
Launched on 14 May 2007, the spectacular MSC Orchestra is one of MSC Cruises’ newest ships. The second of the ‘Musica-class’ line of cruise ships, MSC Orchestra offers the perfect blend of design, comfort and safety. Airy open spaces and MSC Cruises’ signature Italian style make MSC Orchestra a stylish pioneer for future cruise ship projects and designs. Onboard the luxury MSC Orchestra cruise ship you will be enthralled by the wide spectrum of entertainment facilities – jog on a dedicated track, indulge in a rejuvenating Turkish bath, dine at the Shanghai Chinese restaurant, relax in the exotic animal-print Savannah Bar, sumptuous Purple Bar or enjoy Hollywood-style glamour in the chic Zaffiro Bar. Try your luck at the Palm Beach Casino, dance the night away in the disco or take in a show at the Covent Garden Theatre, with a programme packed with entertaining shows with music. MSC Orchestra boasts a total of 16 decks, with sauna and whirlpool facilities, a wide choice of restaurants and cosy family pizzerias. Kids can go wild in the Jungle Adventure playroom whilst teens will quickly feel at home in the Teen’s Club.
Builder: Aker Yards
Country Built-In: France
Ship Construction Completed Date: 6/2/2007
Christened By: Sophia Loren
Total Passengers: 3220
Crew members: 1054
Number of cabins: 1275
Gross tonnage: 92,409
Length / Beam / Height : 323m / 41m 72m
Maximum speed: 23 knots
Terms and Conditions
Prices are per person sharing in twin-share cabin, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. MSC, Cruising SA and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may all be found on our website. Offer can be removed at any time. All cruise offers are capacity controlled and offer selected cabins at a specific price in line with MSC Cruises Dynamic Pricing Policy. These packages are based on the CASH price. E&OE.
Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: All Guests (2 years old and over) need to provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of the day of embarkation. All Guests (12 years old and over) have to be fully vaccinated with an approved Covid-19 vaccine with the final dose administered at least 14 days before the cruise departure date. Guests aged 12 – 17, having received a single shot a minimum of 14 days before the date of embarkation, will be accepted as fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated guests (2 years to 11) will additionally have to undergo an antigen lateral flow test at the embarkation port at a cost of R300 per person. Please pre-register for your antigen test https://app.inceptionbio.co.za/register. All vaccinated guests to present original COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or Digital Government Issued Vaccination Certificate, which must contain: Personal identifiers (at a minimum: full name and date of birth) that match the personal identifiers on the passport, name of official source issuing the record, vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination. Guests over 18 years old that recovered from Covid-19 and received only one shot of the vaccine are not considered as fully vaccinated.
Make sure that you print all the required certificates and have them ready for inspection on arrival.
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"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky, and all I ask is for a tall ship and a star to steer her by." - John Macefield
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Head Office: 33 The Crescent, Hillary, Durban 4094. The Republic of South Africa. Tel: +27 31 463 1681 Fax: +27 86 609 3778
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