MSC Musica comes to Durban
Despite the long registration process (the queuing process took 2 hours), the MSC Musica still ticks all the right boxes.
The Managing Director for MSC Cruises South Africa, Ross Volk, described the 92-ton ship as the next evolution of South African cruising.
She offers more space, balcony cabins, restaurants, bars and designer venues than the Sinfonia- a South African favourite for many years.
It is quite easy to get lost in this 293, 80 metre sized ship, and it’s hard to rely on the rather small sized elevators to get from one floor to the next.
It has a passenger capacity of 3,223 and 16 decks. However getting lost means you may stumble on many hidden gems.
Like the solarium on deck 16, a shopping centre on deck 7, and the Aloha Beauty Farm on deck 13.
On a league of its own, Musica offers a glamorous experience.
Whether it’s the grand piano suspended on water or the theatre that seats more than a thousand guests, the Musica is the epitome of class and elegance.
Here’s what you need to know before you go:
Arrive early: If you are not one for queues then its best to arrive an hour or two early. The registration process can get cumbersome, so its best to get the embarkation process out of the way.
Eateries: All meals are prepared fresh by some of the finest chefs in the world. Whether it’s Italian cuisine at Il Giardino, a sushi tasting at Kaito Sushi Bar, or authentic Italian pizzas at Gli Archi Cafeteria, there’s something for everyone. The meals are a slight improvement from Sinfonia.
Teatro La Scala: If you, like me, love watching the stage performances, you are in for a treat. Teatro La Scala will offer seven new stage productions on the Musica. One to look out for is Wonderland that merges dancing and singing in complete unison.
There’s plenty for children: While the adults laze around at the pool, why not let your children take part in a few of the ship’s activities. There is a LED wall, games room, swimming pool and outdoor games like mini golf, tennis and volleyball.
Plan your day on the ship: With so many activities available, spread them across a few days. Ask one of the MSC staff to help you create an itinerary. There are also shore excursions at additional costs that travellers can book. With the ship disembarking on the Portuguese Islands and Pomene, there are many daily activities on offer. From snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking- travellers will not be bored.
Price: Cabins start from R6000, depending on the Dynamic Price Policy. The price includes all meals, 22-hour buffet, entertainment, activities and mandatory and port charge. Drinks are not included in the price.