FOR THE NEW 2013/2014 SEASON (MSC OPERA FROM 11 NOVEMBER 2013 – 28
APRIL 2014 & MSC SINFONIA FROM 30 NOVEMBER 2013 – 17 MARCH 2014) ARE
NOW AVAILABLE!! Please contact us for more detail.
THE 2009/2010 CRUISE SEASON SAW THE ARRIVAL OF THE FINEST FLOATING HOTEL THAT SOUTH AFRICA HAS EVER SEEN - THE MSC SINFONIA.
She will be returning to South Africa for a 4th time during the
2012/2013 season (replacing the MSC Melody) for 30 local cruises (28
NOVEMBER 2012 to 15 APRIL 2013) ranging from 2 to 12 nights. Cruises
will operate from Durban as well as Cape town to destinations such as
Mozambique, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Namibia & Mossel Bay and
will include a Whale Watching cruise along the SA coast and, for the
first time, a cruise to St Helena. The Liner hosts 777 cabins, of which
135 are suites with private balconies. The ship also boasts 3
restaurants, 7 bars, 2 pools, spa, business and conference centre,
internet café, casino, cigar room, disco, fitness centre, golf
simulator, library, card room, mini club, teen’s club, exchange office
and medical centre. The Southbound (19 nights) & Northbound (18
nights) cruises between Italy and South Africa now follows a West Africa
itinerary (to completely remove any threat to its passengers from
Somali pirates), departing from Genoa in Italy and Cape Town in South
Africa. The new West Coast itinerary has been expertly designed to offer
a stimulating and varied combination of city life, ancient sites,
wildlife, beaches and beautiful landscapes.
A brand new vessel for SA waters – the MSC OPERA – will also be
visiting our shores. The MSC Opera was built in 2004 (2 years after the
MSC Sinfonia) and is the sister ship of the MSC Sinfonia. She is
slightly larger with 79 more cabins (856 in total) of which 172 are
Balcony Cabins and a further 28 are Balcony Suites. Inter-leading cabins
are available for families of up to 4. She will be offering 27 local
cruises (20 NOVEMBER 2012 to 05 MARCH 2013) including a selection of
Cape Town cruises from 21 February 2013, a Madagascar cruise over
Christmas and a Mauritius cruise over New Year. Cruises will also
operate to destinations in Namibia and Mozambique. The Southbound (19
nights) & Northbound (18 nights) cruises between Italy and South
Africa follows a similar route to the MSC Sinfonia.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO LOCAL CRUISES FROM 31 MARCH 2012 UP TO 20
NOVEMBER 2012. DURING THIS TIME CRUISES TAKE PLACE IN EUROPEAN WATERS
BEFORE RESUMING ONCE AGAIN FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN SUMMER SEASON.
THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SPECIALS AVAILABLE ON ANY CRUISES OVER CHRISTMAS OR NEW YEAR.
MSC OPERA & MSC SINFONIA 2012/2013 SPECIALS Specials
are offered on selected cruises and may be withdrawn at any time
without prior notice. They are NOT applicable to Peak Season (Christmas
& New Year) and North & Southbound Cruises unless stated
differently (but this could be reviewed at any stage). Selected
discounts may be combined from time to time and can be withdrawn at any
time without prior notice. Children under 18 and sharing with 2 parents
travel for free on all cruises unless stated differently and pay only
port & service charges. ALL DISCOUNTS EXPRESSED AS A PERCENTAGE ARE
PER PERSON, AND APPLY ONLY TO THE CRUISE FARE AND NO OTHER CHARGES. Partner Less 50% Special (Partner pays half price) Book and pay in Full 3 MONTHS
Prior to Departure after initial deposit. All passengers pay full Port
taxes, service charges and Insurance. Cannot be combined with any other
specials. Buy 2 get 2 Free Special (First 2 Passengers pay the Full cruise Fare & Second 2 Cruise Free) All
passengers pay full Port taxes, service charges and Insurance. A 4
Berth cabin is required – as 4 passengers share the same cabin (Bunk
beds). Book and pay in Full 60 days Prior to Departure after initial
deposit. Can only be combined with the Senior Citizen offer. Valid on
selected cruises only. Prima Price Special (Up to 30% off per person) Book and Pay in full 3 MONTHS
prior to departure after initial deposit. Discount only applies to
passengers 1 & 2 in a cabin. All passengers pay full Port taxes,
service charges and Insurance. The percentage discount is dependant on
how full the cruise is and is reviewed on an on-going basis. Senior Citizens (Age 60+) Discount 10%
Off Per person on all cruises 4 nights or less & 5% Off Per person
on all cruises 5 nights or more. Book and Pay in Full 60 days Prior to
Departure after initial deposit. All passengers pay full Port taxes,
service charges and Insurance. Can be combined with the Honeymoon offer
(without the upgrade) as well as with the Buy-2-get-2-free offer. Honeymooners Special 10%
Off per person with a One Cabin Category Upgrade (subject to
(availability). Book and Pay in Full 60 days Prior to Departure after
initial deposit. All passengers pay full Port taxes, service charges and
Insurance. Please note that no upgrades are possible from an Inside
cabin to an Outside cabin or from an outside cabin to a suite. No
upgrades above a Cat 10 on the MSC Sinfonia or above a Cat 9 on the MSC
Opera. Can be combined with the Senior Citizen offer.
SINFONIA MSC Sinfonia has taken
from the classical symphonies and blended the notes with contemporary
tunes to deliver a unique cruising experience. MSC Sinfonia is a
distinctive ship in terms of design and comfort as it offers excellent
value and an extensive range of on board facilities. On board MSC
Sinfonia you'll be able to practice one of the most pleasant and
fashionable sports of our day... golf! Indeed, the ship comes with a
cutting-edge Virtual Golf Simulator that allows players to practice
their swing while sailing. But there's much more.. MSC Sinfonia will
never leave you short of something to do. Sun, sea and heaps of fun,
for an unforgettable holiday on board MSC Sinfonia!
MSC Sinfonia 2012/2013 South Africa Cruise Seasons During the
2012/2013 season, The MSC Sinfonia will be cruising the South African
waters from 28 November 2012 to 15 April 2013 for just under 5 months
before returning north to Europe. 30 Local cruises are scheduled
(excluding the southbound and northbound cruises and including a
10-night Mauritius cruise cruise over Christmas and a 6-night Madagascar
cruise over New Year). Other highlights include an 11-night cruise to
St Helena in January 2013 as well as a 12-night Island-hopping cruise in
February 2013. Apart from these several cruises from Cape Town as well
as Durban are available, ranging from 2 to 7 nights.
Suites with balcony:
Air-conditioning, double bed, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with bathtub,
TV, telephone, radio, internet connection, minibar, safe
Family-size suite without
balcony: 2 separate rooms, one of which for children, bathroom with
shower, TV, telephone, radio, minibar, safe
Inside & Outside
cabins: Single beds convertible to double bed, bathroom with shower,
minibar, TV, telephone. radio, safe
4 staterooms equipped for
All cabins have
air-conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, safe, radio & 25-hour room
cabins fall under categories 3, 4, 8, 9 & 11.
Availability in other categories is very limited.
CAT 1 INSIDE
CAT 2 INSIDE
CAT 3 INSIDE
CAT 4 INSIDE
CAT 5 INSIDE
CAT 6 OUTSIDE
CAT 7 OUTSIDE
CAT 8 OUTSIDE
CAT 9 OUTSIDE
CAT 10 OUTSIDE
CAT 10 OUTSIDE
CAT 11 BALCONY
Video Games Room
Opera hosts 856 cabins of which 172 are balcony cabins and 28 are
balcony suites. The ship has four restaurants, eleven bars, two pools,
and two whirlpools. The liner boasts the MSC Aurea Spa and Solarium, a
disco, video games room, internet cafe, casino, team building facilities
and a medical centre. The ship has a wonderful array of duty free
shopping and caters for kids with the Buffalo Bill children's play area.
Additional facilities include the 'Cotton Club' bar and a stage on deck
for outdoor entertainment.
The MSC Opera is slightly larger than her sister ship and can
accommodate over 1,700 guests. The 'Lirica Class' ship brings a new
elegance to local cruising and South African guests will enjoy the
glamorous decor of the stately ship, with public areas enhanced by a
sweeping marble reception area and magnificent open spaces with glass
walls for the most spectacular ocean views.
MSC Opera 2012/2013 South Africa Cruise Season
For the first time ever, the MSC Opera will be offering local South
African cruises during the 2012/2013 season. She will be cruising the
South African waters from 20 November 2012 to 05 March 2013 for just
under 3 months before returning north to Europe. 27 Local cruises are
scheduled (excluding the southbound and northbound cruises and including
a 6-night Madagascar & Mozambique cruise cruise over Christmas and
an 11-night Mauritius cruise over New Year. Other cruises will be 2 to 5
night cruises - mainly from Durban but with a small selection of Cape
Town cruises towards the end of February 2013.
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INCLUDED Accommodation, travel insurance (R10 to R25 per adult per day), port
charges (R300 to R500 per person), service charges and all meals as
well as all entertainment onboard, library, games, popular movies and
the use of gym and fitness equipment.
EXCLUDED Flights, medical services, beauty centre treatments, drinks, tips,
gambling, video games, golf simulator (Sinfonia), Internet, phone calls
& shopping money as well as cost for optional airport shuttles
(Durban only) and on-land excursions and purchases. 24-Hour room service
is excluded except for breakfast.
An e-ticketing system is used to send all documentation via e-mail.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A COMPULSORY TRAVEL INSURANCE OF R11 PER
PASSENGER (OLDER THAN 12) PER DAY ON ALL CRUISES OF 7 NIGHTS OR LESS.
ON CRUISES OF 8-NIGHTS AND LONGER THE INSURANCE AMOUNT IS R22 PER
PASSENGER (AGED 12 OR OLDER) PER DAY. THIS IS PAYABLE IN FULL TOGETHER
WITH THE INITIAL DEPOSIT.
MSC STARLIGHT TERMS & CONDITIONS
Rates exclude port charges & travel insurance. A non-refundable
deposit of R1,500 per person (passengers 1 & 2) plus the mandatory
travel insurance (all passengers older than 12) is payable within 48
hours of making a reservation. Outstanding payments must be made no
later than 60 days before the cruise departure date. Rates are to be
used as a guide only and does not always reflect current availability
regarding cabin types - full quotes based on availability will be
provided when enquiries are received. Fares are subject to currency
fluctuations and fuel surcharges. Contact us to make arrangements to
pay for your cruise in monthly instalments.
For single travellers requiring their own cabins there is a 50%
surcharge on the normal rate (selected cabin types only, 100% in
suites). Single passengers prepared to share a cabin with someone of
the same sex qualify for the standard sharing rates, even if no
suitable sharing partner is found by Starlight Cruises (selected cabin
types only and not available on peak season cruises).
A single adult cruising alone with their child or children in the same
cabin pays the normal twin sharing rate. The first child will pay 50%
of the normal twin sharing rate. The 2nd or 3rd child pays the normal
3rd/4th person rate. At least one child must be 12 years or under to
qualify for the above.
• A maximum of 2 children UNDER 18 at the time of
completion of travel, sharing a 4 bedded cabin with 2 Fare paying
passengers cruise FREE and pay only the applicable port charges and
• A maximum of 2 children UNDER 12 at the time of
completion of travel can be accommodated with 2 Fare paying passengers
in the Balcony Suites on both Sinfonia and Opera and pay only the
applicable port charges and service fees
• MSC Opera Inter-leading cabins are available to
accommodate families in Category 10 Outside Balcony cabins; however
children will NOT cruise free when accommodated in the adjoining cabins -
each will pay 50% of the Published Adult rate as well as the applicable
port charges and service fees. A minimum of 2 children under 18 will be
permitted in the adjoining cabins paying 50% of the Adult rate each or a
single child paying one FULL adult fare (plus applicable port charges
and service fees).
• Infants are classified from 0-1.99 years of age and
may share the existing bedding in the cabin. A release will need to be
signed agreeing to these conditions of travel. If you need a cot for
your infant please ensure that it is requested at the time of booking as
there are limited cots on board. Alternatively you may bring your
infant's camp cot on board with you.
3RD AND 4TH PERSON RATES
Rates for 3rd and 4th persons (adults) sharing a cabin with 2 full fare
paying passengers are available in selected categories at approximately
one third of the normal rates. All passengers pay full port &
baggage handling charges & service charges while all passengers
older than 18 pay full travel insurance.
Detail of available specials are included further up on this page.
Ticket and name changes can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior
to the departure date but normal ticket delivery charges will apply to
tickets already delivered. Changes after this time will incur a cost of
R300 to R500 PER CHANGE. Cruise changes can be made free of charge up
to 60 days prior to the departure date but normal ticket delivery
charges will apply to tickets already delivered. Changes after this
time will incur a cost of R500 to R1,000 PER CHANGE depending on the
number of days from departure. No changes whatsoever can be made within
7 days of the departure date.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Most cruises depart around 13:00 and arrive back around 08:00. For
flight purposes, boarding commences two to three hours before departure
and disembarking again takes two to three hours before all passengers
have disembarked. A shuttle service is available between the airport
and the harbour on all departure and arrival days at an additional
cost. NOTE THAT ALL CRUISES (EXCEPT THE 2-NIGHT NOWHERE CRUISES AND
CRUISES THAT ONLY VISIT SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS) REQUIRE A VALID PASSPORT
FOR ALL PASSENGERS, IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE.
from cruise to cruise and also depending on departure dates and
duration with 11 different price categories per cruise. In order to
provide a quote we require:
the cruise number and/or date
the number of
cabins as well as a breakdown of the adults & children per cabin
(max 4 people per cabin irrespective of age – MSC Opera offers
inter-leading cabins for larger families but only in category 10)