MSC Sinfonia in African waters
On October 25 , MSC Sinfonia departed Livorno, Italy, on a 20-day maiden cruise to Durban, for the start of her first-ever cruise season in the Indian Ocean.
MSC Sinfonia’s south bound course will take her from the Mediterranean Sea, i nto t he Atlantic and finally to the Indian Ocean on a classic route that will include 10 ports of call and 12 full days at sea.
The ship stops at the European cities of Montecarlo in Monaco and Valencia in Spain 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 docked in Cape Town on Tuesday and Durban on November 13.
MSC Sinfonia departed Durban for her opening cruise of the summer season on Saturday.
Captain Ciro Pinto, who took the helm of MSC Sinfonia for the first time in October reports great excitement onboard, among both the crew and passengers, for the ship’s maiden voyage to southern Africa.
Captain Pinto is well known in southern Africa as a former captain of MSC Melody and MSC container ships for about 30 years.
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.
MSC Crociere currently has the most modern fleet in the world, comprising 10 ships: MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia (the largest ships ever built for a European ship owner), MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. MSC Magnifica will be launched in 2010.
The fleet cruises year around in the Mediterranean and seasonally in northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, North America and Canada, South America, the Indian Ocean, South and West Africa.
MSC Crociere is the only company in the world to receive the “6 Golden Pearls ” award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental protection.
MSC Crociere cares about t he welfare of children, and as a responsible market leader, it believes in making a positive impact in the regions where it operates. To this end, the company recently forged partnership with UNICEF to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a high-quality education.
Visit www.msccruises.com or www.starlight.co.za for more information.