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Cape Town - Cruising is gaining popularity across the board as travellers look for summer holiday fun that won't break the bank.
In a recent MSC Cruises survey, the world’s largest, privately-owned cruise line says that what South Africans want most in their travels and holiday experiences is "more sun, sea, and sand".
And they’re essentially looking for summer fun on a friendlier budget. According to the MSC survey, budgets are a big concern for local travellers.
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MSC says that s 52% of the survey’s respondents said that budgets influenced their travel and holiday decisions.
'Cruising can be one of the most value-added and affordable holiday'
"While many people have the perception that you have to be wealthy to be able to escape to a far-flung island on a luxury cruise liner, it turns out that cruising can be one of the most value-added and affordable holiday options in SA,” says MSC Cruises South Africa Managing Director Ross Volk.
Volk says that what many don't realise is that for less than R1 500 a day cruising offers “stylish accommodation, more food than you could possibly eat, non-stop entertainment, activities for adults and kids of all ages and yes, access to some of the most breathtaking, Mozambique islands you can imagine”.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a land-based holiday with all these frills and thrills for the same value.”
Longing to lounge on the beaches of Mozambique?
The survey also shows that more than half of its respondents would like to "hit the fine white beaches of Mozambique any chance they could get".
In March this year, MSC announced that as part of its annual cruises to Africa’s warm east coast, the luxury cruise liner would be including Pomene Bay in Mozambique.
Just 605km north of Maputo, Pomene Bay is praised as one of Mozambique’s hidden jewels.
“MSC offers over 30 cruises during the summer months to some of Mozambique’s most unspoilt, beautiful destinations. Portuguese Island and Pomene, where you can look forward to pristine palm-lined beaches, ‘forever’ walks, world class snorkelling, idyllic swimming, spas, and the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest beach braais,” says Volk.
The picturesque destination is a bookable MSC Cruises’ itinerary for the 2017/18 season from October.
‘Majestic beauty of the Mediterranean’
And while South Africans love all the Indian Ocean has to offer, MSC says 74% of South Africans would love to enjoy and explore the majestic beauty of the Mediterranean.
“Venice, Barcelona, Greece, Cannes, Morocco, Ibiza and the Canary Islands, it’s all the grandeur, romanticism, glamour, culture, beauty, and heavenliness you can handle,” says Volk.
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Glittering start with MSC Musica
MSC Cruises has also announced that a new ship, boasting “ground-breaking developments”, is heading for South African shores in 2018/2019. Named Musica, MSC promises that this cruise ship “is set to get the 2018/2019 South African summer off to a glittering start”.
The MSC Musica is able to accommodate over 2500 guests, and boasts a wider a-la-cart menu, more swimming pools, and greater entertainment facilities and lounges than the Sinfonia. “In fact, Musica’s double story theatre is bigger than any theatre we have on land in South Africa,” says MSC.
New flagship MSC Meraviglia launched
The MSC Meraviglia, launched in June 2017 as the company’s new flagship is a “next-generation mega-ship” that has been dubbed “the ship for all seasons”. Take a look:
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