MSC Sin­fo­nia in African wa­ters

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

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