Destinations to discover on your next South African cruise

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Destinations to discover on your next South African cruise

17 October 2018

Are you ready to set sail? A local cruise is considered one of the best value-for-money getaways for South African holidaymakers. It is also a great way to test the cruising waters before embarking on an international cruise. Discover new destinations and exciting onboard activities - without needing to book an international flight!

Divan Viljoen, Marketing Campaign Manager at Cruiseabout, shares his favourite destinations in local waters:

Pomene, Mozambique
With mangrove forests and 2,000km of sandy beaches, lagoons, coral reefs and an underwater world that’s perfect for diving and snorkelling, a cruise is one of the best ways to see Mozambique.
There is much excitement around the deployment of MSC Cruises’ newest South Africa ship, the MSC Musica, arriving on November 8, while the cruise line has added Pomene as a new destination for the upcoming season.

Pomene is wild and unspoilt. It forms part of the Pomene Nature Reserve and is a protected marine area.
Visitors can relax on the beach, tour the mangrove areas, enjoy sea kayaking, stand-up paddling, pedalo boats, quad biking, deep sea fishing and horseback riding on the beach. There is an excursion for everyone.

While MSC’s popular December cruises generally fill up fast, you haven't missed the boat, so get booking.

Portuguese Island, Mozambique
Portuguese Island is South Africa’s favourite playground, and MSC invested in major upgrades to the area ahead of the 2018 season. Visitors can enjoy a cooler spray system, visit the market selling local goods, relax in shaded beach areas, sit at the Beach Bar and BBQ. There is a Kids’ Zone, as well as an excursion centre, offering dolphin watching, dhow cruises, Inhaca Island visits, snorkelling and sea kayaking, with other fun water sports, such as the Snipe Tube.
MSC's most popular itinerary is the four-night cruise to Portuguese Island and Pomene, from R6,150 per adult. See here:

MSC’s Namibia sailings are also extremely popular, especially with the Cape Town market, and sell out in advance.

Walvis Bay is an adventure and nature lover’s paradise. Walvis Bay boasts a natural lagoon with birdlife including flamingos, pelicans and thousands of migratory birds. The interesting town of Swakopmund has plenty to see, do and eat, and there is still a robust Germanic culture. There is even an Oktoberfest festival held here each year.
Extreme sports lovers can choose from quad biking, dune buggy racing and sandboarding, while nature lovers can enjoy birdwatching and nature walks.

Passengers disembark in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. It is a fascinating city. See the old cannons at the Caudan Waterfront, view traces of the island's colonial past at Place D’Armes; and don't miss the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, famous for its giant waterlilies.
Mauritius has many beautiful beaches. Don't miss Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius’ private island. Other excursions include swimming with dolphins, quad biking, a lobster braai and see the giant tortoises at La Vanille Nature Park.

Réunion Island
One of the Indian Ocean’s best-kept secrets (unless you’re a seasoned cruiser), Réunion Island is an increasingly popular cruise hotspot.
40 percent of the island has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and the diversity of landscapes is breathtaking. Summit the island's active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise and explore the lush landscapes and waterfalls of the Cirque of Salazie. Enjoy the views from Piton Maïdo at 2,200 metres above sea level. Cirque de Mafate can only be accessed by foot or air. If you can, splurge on a helicopter flip, the only way to see all of this beautiful island in one go. It will be an experience you will talk about for years.
Ring in the new year on board the MSC Musica on this season's 11-Night New Year at Sea Cruise, visiting Mauritius and Réunion.
Two children under 18 years cruise for free when sharing a family cabin with two adults. Book it now click here

With another bumper line-up of sailings from Cape Town and Durban, don’t delay; southern Africa’s many treasures await.