All year cruising on the cards as Starlight seeks to expand operations

Oct 13, 2005
Author: P&S

STARLIGHT Cruises managing director Allan Foggitt told travel agents at a function in Durban this week that he was highly confident of having a cruise ship stationed in Durban on an all year round basis in the near future.

Foggitt was hosting a function to introduce this year’s summer season, which features the return of MSC Rhapsody for its second season. Rhapsody arrives in Durban on 28 November and later that day begins her summer season cruising from Durban to destinations off Mozambique and to Indian Ocean Islands.

He said that advance bookings for the coming season with Rhapsody were already several thousand passengers ahead on a day to day basis compared with last year, which augured well for everyone concerned. There were also an increasing number of corporate bookings and he expects commissions alone to earn the travel agents between R8 and R9 million rand this summer.

Foggitt reminded agents that many people cruising on Rhapsody also take an additional separate vacation. A lot of people cruise on Rhapsody just to have a few days away, he said, and some even return for a second or even third time later in the season. He advised travel agents to view cruising on Rhapsody as something incremental to their business and not as competition to other holiday packages they might want to sell.

Earlier Foggitt told Ports & Ships that the ship to be stationed all year round in Durban would possibly be the Monterey, which had proved to be extremely popular with the South African public when she cruised here previously for a number of years.

Rhapsody sails from Genoa on Monday, 7 November on her positioning cruise to Durban via the Suez Canal, Seychelles and Mauritius and is expected in Durban on Monday 28 November. Her first cruise from Durban is a three-night cruise to Portuguese Island later that same day.

The full schedule is available on the Ports & Ships Cruise page under Cruise Schedules. Brochures can be obtained from most travel agents or one of the Starlight offices.



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