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Following the official inauguration of the state-of-the-art Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal on 22 November by SA President Cyril Rhamaposa, MSC Cruises is delighted to welcome MSC Splendida to South Africa, making her maiden call to the port to open the Durban cruise season.

Over the next six months, MSC Splendida will offer south African guests 35 sailings to destinations including Portuguese Island (Mozambique), Pomene (Mozambique), Walvis Bay (Namibia) and Port Louis (Mauritius).

Ross Volk, Managing Director, MSC Cruises South Africa said, “We’re delighted to be welcoming MSC Splendida to our shores. It’s one of our largest and most luxurious vessels and will offer South Africa’s growing population of cruisers a completely new experience this summer. This season, we will also give our South African customers a chance to experience the improved service offered by the terminal—a fitting start and end to what is sure to be a wonderful cruise experience.”

MSC Splendida offers six dining venues including two speciality restaurants serving refined international cuisine. Full-scale shows grace the stage of the magnificent 1 603 seat Strand Theatre, while the Royal Palm Casino and the Club 33 Disco offer gaming and dancing respectively every evening.

For the sports enthusiasts, the ship offers swimming pools, a jogging track, a squash court, and an ultramodern gym. Those looking to recharge and replenish can opt for the MSC Aurea Spa, offering a sanctuary to enjoy relaxing massages and a range of other treatments.

In a first for South African cruisers, MSC Splendida offers the MSC Yacht Club – MSC Cruises’ ship-within-a-ship concept, providing personalised luxury in a private 71-suite enclave located on the foredecks of the ship. MSC Yacht Club offers serenity, added exclusivity and privacy, while also offering all the amenities of a large ship. From their luxurious suites, guests can dine in their own private restaurant offering classic Mediterranean cuisine along with a selection of local favourites.

Every detail aims to provide an unforgettable, personalised experience, and a dedicated team of culinary experts, butlers and a concierge is available 24/7 to attend to guests’ needs. The MSC Yacht Club package includes priority check-in, Unlimited drinks throughout the ship, Complimentary access to the Thermal Suite in the MSC Aurea Spa, free Wi-Fi package and much more.

“South Africa’s cruisers have a real treat in store for them— MSC Splendida takes luxury cruising to a whole new level. If you haven’t tried cruising yet, the arrival of this vessel is a heaven-sent opportunity to do so.” Concludes Volk.

Photo Credit: Micheal Stewert & DUrbanTV

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