http://www.starlightcruises.co.za/Starlight Cruises, South Africa’s only operator of regular cruises from and around the South African coast, has announced that the Liner, MSC SINFONIA, will from November 2009 operate cruises from Durban to destinations in the Indian Ocean and Mozambique Channel. At 58600 tons and close to 2100 passengers, the MSC SINFONIA will be the largest and most modern ship to have ever operated from a South African port.
The MSC SINFONIA is a new liner hosting 778 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 facilities and onboard activities allow for travelers to tailor make their own experience whilst in the luxurious surroundings.
“The market appears to be calling out for a world class liner in the region,” says Starlight director Allan Foggit, “the South African economy suggests to us that our timing is exactly right. We believe the SINFONIA represents most excellent cruising at the best value, and offers the most exciting local holiday in these trying times. This is definitely the biggest single development in the local cruise industry in South Africa since we first pioneered leisure cruising off this coast.”
From daytime activities to evening entertainment, all tastes and needs are catered for. Children are more than welcome with relevant facilities offered. Children up to the age of 18 travel free.
Interesting points to note on the MSC SINFONIA visiting South Africa include – it will effectively increase annual capacity near 70,000 in the 2009/2010 season. Revenue to the Port of Durban in the form of Port Charges and taxes will be around R20,000,000 per annum. Local hotels, transport and ground service providers in Durban will see huge increases in demand. Food and beverage suppliers too are looking at a very substantial increase in ships victualing, of a similar percentage to those of the hotels and other ground service providers. Local airlines will enjoy increases of similar magnitude in catering for “upland” cruise guest who travel from their home cities to and from Durban.
Length: 963 ft (293.52m)
Breadth: 105 ft (32.07m)
QE2 to sail for Cape Town, Nakheel confirmsI'm hearing rumours that its almost go go go for the QE2 in Cape Town, with the 18 months period starting December 2009 ...possibly.
At the moment I would even go as far as saying that I'm optimistic about the outcome.
But remember this is only TEMPORARY,The main pear looks suspeciously like the planned terminal in DubaiQE2 will be berthed at the harbour not the waterfront where that cruise ship is.
Its quite silly because its quite obvious there would be an accommodation shortage in terms of hotel rooms. Durban had the British Lions and people could hardly find a hotel room to sleep. Cape Town has a conference and hotel rooms are all booked.Let them sleep on ships - Blatter
July 20 2009
Bonn - Fifa president Joseph Blatter believes cruise ships could be the solution to the problem of a lack of hotel beds for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"Cruise ships, which offer places for around 2 000 people, could be brought there," Blatter said in an interview with the Deutsche Welle TV station.
However, the idea could only be a partial solution as Durban and Port Elizabeth are the only host cities that could accommodate such large ships and World Cup organisers are facing a shortfall of up to 15 000 beds.
The World Cup takes place in South Africa June 11 to July 11, 2010. - Sapa-dpa
well theres my idea shot downI know when QE2 should visit they should offer a package to travel with them till CT. Would love to go on the QM2.
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Regrettably the ships are not offering the short sectors around the SA coastline. The shortest sectors offered are Sydney to Cape Town or Cape Town to Fort Lauderdale.
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