MSC SINFONIA sets sail for South Africa

Oct 27, 2009
Author: Terry Hutson

She’s on her way! At 11am on Saturday, 24 October MSC Sinfonia departed Livorno, Italy, on a 20 day maiden cruise to Durban, South Africa, for the start of her first ever cruise season in the Indian Ocean.

MSC Sinfonia’s southbound course will take her from the Mediterranean Sea, into the Atlantic and finally to the Indian Ocean on a classic route which will include 10 ports of call and 12 full days at sea.

The ship stops at the European cities of Monte Carlo in Monaco and Valencia in Spain and then into the Atlantic to cruise down the west coast of Africa with stops in Casablanca and Agadir in Morocco, Dakar in Senegal and Walvis Bay in Namibia.

The magnificent nine storey, 58,600 ton MSC Sinfonia’s first port of call in South Africa will be Cape Town on Tuesday 10 November where the ship docks for one day only. The ship will leave the same day en route for Durban where she will dock for the first time on 13 November.

In Cape Town a traditional Crest Exchange ceremony will be held at a special evening reception on board ship to signify MSC Sinfonia’s first visit to South Africa and the port of Cape Town.

In Durban a gala onboard function for almost 2000 guests from around the country will be held to celebrate the ship’s arrival at her final destination in South Africa and the start of the summer cruise season.

MSC Sinfonia departs Durban for her opening cruise of the summer season on Saturday 14 November.

Captain Ciro Pinto, who took the helm of MSC Sinfonia for the first time last week (16 October) reports great excitement onboard among both the crew and passengers for the ship’s maiden voyage to Southern Africa.

Captain Pinto, who is well known in Southern Africa as a former Captain of MSC Melody and several MSC container ships for some 30 years, said some passengers will disembark in Cape Town and more will embark for the last leg of the cruise to Durban.

Described as the finest floating hotel ever to visit South Africa, MSC Sinfonia, will operate out of Durban for the entire summer cruise season. A full schedule of long and short cruises to Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Comores, Mauritius and Reunion continue through to April 2010.

Sailing details are available on PORTS & SHIPS Cruise Schedule page HERE or else visit: or for more information.



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