MSC SINFONIA arrives in SA tomorrow
Nov 09, 2010
Author: Terry Hutson
It’s only a day before MSC SINFONIA arrives in Cape Town tomorrow morning and less than a week before she reaches her final destination, Durban.
The 58,714-gt ship is on a 20-night positioning cruise from Italy, bound for Durban where she will take up residence for her upcoming summer season schedule of cruises to Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands which continue through to April 2010.
Those on board the ship for this maiden voyage to South Africa have so far enjoyed not only cruising in the Atlantic Ocean but visits to Monte Carlo, in Monaco, Valencia in Spain, Casablanca and Agadir in Morocco, Dakar in Senegal and Walvis Bay where she arrived yesterday (Sunday).
Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain is likely to give passengers their first view of South Africa early tomorrow morning (Tuesday 10 November) while still some 40 kilometres or more out to sea!
MSC Sinfonia’s arrival at Africa’s southernmost port and her first ever visit to South African shores will be celebrated at a special evening reception on board the ship during this brief but important one day stop-over in Cape Town.
In keeping with maritime custom, a traditional Exchange of Crests ceremony will be carried out by officials of the South African government and port authorities and the ship’s Captain Ciro Pinto to signify the occasion.
Guests will include key officials of the National and Western Cape Provincial government, the city of Cape Town, the media, travel agents and special invited guests who will also have the opportunity to tour the luxury ship and enjoy some of her facilities.
MSC Sinfonia departs Cape Town late at night on Tuesday 10 November to continue her cruise along the country’s southern shores to Durban where she will dock for the first time on Friday, 13 November.
In Durban a gala onboard function for almost 1,500 invited 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 her maiden summer cruise season in the Indian Ocean.
Described as the finest floating hotel ever to visit South Africa, MSC Sinfonia’s summer cruise schedule of long and short cruises to Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Comores, Mauritius and Reunion continue through to April 2010.
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