MSC Cruises To Increase Capacity For South Africa Market

Italian cruise line MSC Cruises has announced it will increase cruise capacity to meet increased demand with the deployment of a second ship to South Africa during the upcoming 2010/2011 season. The 2,223-guest MSC Sinfonia will return to South Africa for a second season and will be joined by the 1,064-guest MSC Melody, a ship familiar to South African cruisers.


Currently sailing its maiden season in South Africa, MSC Sinfonia will continue to offer itineraries out of Durban to the Indian Ocean from December 2010 to May 2011, calling at ports such as Inhambane, Maputo, Pointe Des Galets, Port Louis and Portuguese Island. The smaller MSC Melody will offer South African and international cruisers itineraries from Cape Town and offer longer cruises from Durban to Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Island and the Seychelles. To further improve the cruising experience, MSC Cruises will also make infrastructure investments to improve embarkation facilities at the Port of Durban and the Indian Ocean islands.


Constructed in 2002, the MSC Sinfonia marries distinct Italian style with world-class service. The 777 cabins onboard offer luxurious accomodation, including 135 suites with private balconies boasting panoramic ocean views. Guests will also be spoilt for choice with the ship providing an array of dining and entertainment options including 3 restaurants serving gastronomic gourmet meals, 8 themed bars, 2 swimming pools, 600-seat Teatro San Carlo, San Remo Casino and the signature MSC Aurea Spa.


The smallest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, the 35,143-GRT MSC Melody offers guests an intimate cruising experience while its graceful public areas and grand high ceilings give it a sense of openess and space. 4 accomodation types lets guests cruise in comfort whilst enjoying the onboard dining at the 2 restaurants and 7 lounges, as well as entertainment facilities, including the all-weather, Magrodome-covered swimming pools and whirlpools.


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