This weekend MSC Cruises, the leading cruise line in South Africa, celebrated the arrival of MSC Orchestra the only way they know how – with glitz, glamour and absolute grace. The over 2 000 guests who attended the launch were treated to an awe-inspiring show in the ship’s beautiful Covent Garden theatre, followed by a sumptuous gala dinner, culminating in performances by world-class South African acts, Mi Casa and Pascal & Pearce.
“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, as it is an all-inclusive and affordable vacation for all types of holidaymakers. Food, accommodation, and almost all activities are included in the cruise fare, which greatly appeals to the constrained budgets of many South Africans. A cruise holiday offers something for everyone, from the adventurous sporty types to people who prefer a more relaxed vibe. Children under the age of 18 cruise for free if they stay in the same cabin as their parents, and there is a range of free kids’ clubs to entertain them. Local cruises can last anywhere from 3 to 11 nights, accommodating all kinds of holiday budgets.
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. MSC Orchestra boasts a diverse mix of facilities and activities, including 5 restaurants, 8 bars, a theatre, 2 pools, a gym and a spa.
The concept of growing demand from consumers for cruise holidays has also led to MSC Cruises’ decision to bring two ships to South African shores for next year’s 2020/2021 cruise season. This marks the first time that two different class MSC Cruises’ ships – namely 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.
“MSC Cruises is committed to investing in the South African market, and we aim to continue to bring more diverse itineraries and activities to our country’s holidaymakers. We look forward to welcoming over 100,000 South Africans onboard MSC Orchestra over the next six months, and we know they will enjoy their time with us,” concludes Volk.