Get Ready for an Exciting South African Cruise Season with MSC

MSC Cruises is planning for a thrilling 2023/24 South African cruise season…with an eco-friendly ship. 

MSC Splendida will head to our shores in November 2023. Travellers can expect “bigger and better in class and luxury” with the cruises departing from Durban and Cape Town. 

The cruise company recently announced its ambitious plan towards net-zero operations by 2050. This bodes well for those who love to cruise and those who are passionate about the impact of cruising. 

MSC’s “Discover the future of cruising” campaign showcases the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability. 

The MSC Splendida

MSC Splendida will take holidaymakers on a journey of discovery to picturesque Mozambique and the white sandy beaches of Namibia. 

The vessel boasts a capacity of 4 363, seven restaurants with exclusive dishes created by award-winning German Chef Herald Wohlfahrt, a variety of uniquely themed bars, spacious cabins and suites, fitness and relaxation facilities, and endless world-class entertainment. 

MSC Yacht Club

Focussing on a “ship within a ship” concept, the MSC Yacht Club, is available for the first time in South Africa. This private club offers guests a premium, private yacht experience. 

The suites, created by world-renowned architects De Jorio Design International, flaunt exclusivity. Guests can expect priority embarkation and disembarkation, 24-hour concierge and butler services, fine dining in a private gourmet restaurant, elegant suites with opulent décor, an exclusive lounge with complimentary gourmet treats and drinks, exclusive access to the Thermal Suite in the MSC Aurea Spa, and a sun deck with pool and whirlpools. 

Additionally, MSC Yacht Club guests can book private, out-of-hours shopping and exclusive viewings onboard and have the unique opportunity to design their own excursion packages, to better suit their preferences. 

Convenience of smart ship

The MSC For Me App, exclusively available on all the smart ships in their range of fleet, is convenient for guests. Zoe, the first-ever virtual cruise assistant, helps guests with a seamless, connected holiday. With exciting new features, guests can access important information at a click of a button. 

Big plans

MSC will deliver MSC Euribia in June 2023 and MSC World America in 2025 to further advance its sustainability ambitions. The global company “places sustainability right at the heart of everything that we do” and they are “excited about what the future of cruising looks like.”

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