Recipe for a lo­cal cruise sur­prise

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Starlight Cruises at info@starlight.co.za

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