Recipe for a local cruise surprise
Cruisinghastakenonanewmeaningas RobinBrowndiscoverswhileaboardthe luxurySinfoniaonhermaidencruisein SouthAfricanwaters
IMAGINE an entire suburb of about 600 homes taking a holiday and all ending up at the same destination.
Last week, when we sailed out of Durban’s harbour on the Sinfonia, which is the newest and most luxurious ocean liner to be cruising in South African waters for the summer season, this seemed as though it was the case.
With the farewell blasts from the ship’s horn echoing across the water and the more than 2 000 passengers waving from the upper deck to friends, she set sail out into the blue for three days and two nights of cruising fun.
I can well remember the days when the Union Castle line was welcomed in South African ports then, seen off weekly to much pomp and ceremony.
Unfortunately, those days have passed, and South Africans have experienced the approximation of a ship holiday drought, apart from the MSC ships arriving from Italy and spending the summer in South African waters.
Last Saturday, the vibe in Durban’s harbour, the excitement of the passengers clearing customs and boarding, and the departure as the large ship set sail, brought back many memories of boarding with my parents and setting off for the UK.
The big difference today is that whether one books the most expensive suite or the cheapest cabin, all the facili- ties on board are free for all to use.
In the past, ships all had two or three classes, and we always sailed in third class, which had extremely basic facilities.
Today cruising is a completely different affair and a ship, such as the Sinfonia, offers all passenger a destination of fun in the sun. While on board there is nearly every imaginable activity, from bingo through to a spa, a wellequipped gymnasium, casino, an entertainment deck with hot spas, two swimming pools, many bars all with ongoing entertainment, and a theatre offering dazzling shows.
If all this is too much for the person who just wants to chill out, there is space where you can be left in peace to read or just relax. After two superb days of fun, great entertainment, good dining and mingling with newfound friends, I finally discovered the cruising recipe.
Ingredients: One luxury ship 2 000 passengers Top-quality cuisine Amazing crew Exciting colourful entertainment A touch of sea air
Method: Blend for several days and enjoy a with Sinfonia cocktail.
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