“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus
Destination: The Portuguese Island, Mozambique
The island and its natural harbour were used by Arab merchants as a maritime trading centre from the 10th to the late 15th century. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who landed on the island in 1498, claimed it for Portugal.
Set between the African coast and the Indian Ocean, Portuguese Island is a small, uninhabited island, one of the enchanting destinations of an MSC Cruise from South Africa. It is located at the external limit of Maputo Bay, host to the capital of Mozambique, under the cover of Inhaca Island, the chosen location for some of the most luxurious resorts of the entire continent.
During your visit, take some time between dips in the warm, crystalline ocean waters to stroll around this island. It is six kilometres long, about an hour walk on sand that caresses the soles of your feet (during the central hours of the day, it is best to wear open sandals because the sand becomes very hot), with only the blue of the water and the green of the low vegetation for company.
The mild effort involved will be repaid in kiosks serving refreshing beverages and local food. If you like rum, try the Tipo Tinto, which is distilled from local sugar cane. There is also no lack of beach activities in addition to all the services available for those who just want to lay in the sun undisturbed, such as beach umbrellas, deckchairs and sunbeds, there is equipment for playing beach volleyball and beach tennis.
However, a piece of advice for all: don’t stop as soon as you get off the tender boat that brings you to the island, look for a more secluded bay; they are just a short, pleasant stroll away. For those who wish it, it is also possible to circumnavigate the island and admire the coast and the bay of Maputo in a traditional dhow, boats with a triangular sail of Middle-Eastern origins that have sailed the waters of the Indian Ocean for centuries.
From Portuguese Island, it is possible to reach the nearby main island of Inhaca, where, in addition to fantastic beaches, there are restaurants, bars, a market and even a Marine Museum and old lighthouse.
This cruise is by far the most popular amongst South African Holidaymakers.
3 nights 4 days onboard the MSC Orchestra 2022-2023 season
All meals and entertainment (not casino) onboard
All mandatory port charges and taxes
Mandatory cruise insurance
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Drinks (Free Coffee, Water & Tea available in Buffet Restaurant)
All items and services of a personal nature (e.g. hairdresser)
All add-ons, excursions, internet, laundry, mini bar in rooms
The Casino and other premium entertainment like Bingo
DAY 1: Depart Durban, South Africa. (Usually at 15h00 but covid timing is 20h00)
DAY 2: Portuguese Island, Mocambique. Arrive late afternoon.
DAY 3: Portuguese Island, Mocambique. Take the tender boat for a fun day at the beach but note that this is weather and sea conditions pending!
DAY 4: Arrive Durban, South Africa. (Usually at 07h00 but covid timing is 09h30)
November 2022: 25th
December 2022: 02nd, 09th, 16th
January 2023: 13th, 20th, 27th
February 2023: 03rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
March 2023: 03rd, 10th, 17th, 23rd
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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
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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.
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