As the Traveling Tribe prepares for our immense adventure exploring Asia & the Far East, we’re inviting some of our friends to keep on doing travel in the Eastern Cape, South Africa & Africa, making contributions as honorary Tribe-members, so that you can now get information on South African travel, as well as our explore of unseen Asia, right here in one place.
In this article Xandre van der Berg & her husband Danie joins our Tribe, as they take a trip on the MSC Opera, cruising our stunning Oceans.
Website for more Information: www.MSCcruises.co.za
“Life should be measured in moments, not minutes”
This statement not only captures the introduction to the MSC Opera’s brochure, but lingered in my mind – capturing my thoughts, forcing me to slow down, re-measuring my two days spent, as a guest on the luxury vessel.
It was in these moments, that somewhere between embarking in Cape Town, and disembarking in Port Elizabeth, I was transformed from stepping on as a guest, to leaving as a friend.
Luxurious she is, by all measures and opinions.
But beneath all the glamour and glitz, I found a village on the MSC Opera. A village which invites everyone to become one with their fantasy world. Embracing’s differences, opening opportunities to explore and enjoy their finest moments.
Moments to reflect on life are ample, as you cruise along –creating the space I needed to reconnect and focus.
When you are surrounded by miles and miles of gentle waves, you can only focus on the eminent.
The being of your soul.
I will not be able to describe the swell of the ocean, the gentle rocking when you lie down, the ever moving horizon and the realization that this is it.
You are captured in another world.
A world beyond time.
And it is only then, realizing that you have escaped from reality, that you start looking around, taking the surroundings in, and start to blend with this new world.
MSC has explored the seas for over 300 years. With 450 vessels under their wing, they have mastered her – the ocean.
Their expertise, passion and professionalism are evident in everything they do.
Tina joined the family from the Philippines, seeing to all my needs in my room, Miguel came from Peru, serving our coffee with dedication, Annia from Cuba waiting at the spa and Rinthing from India, eager to be of assistance.
The South African cruises developed at such a rapid pace, that they had to include South Africans crew members. With 98% or the passengers on South African cruises being from South Africa, this is truly a home from home.
The MSC Opera, a masterpiece on the seas, lives up to her name – a classy, grand lady, a world class resort. Five star cuisines, 9 bars, shows, lounges, a theater, shops, casino, disco, pools, spa baths and fitness equipment.
Don’t imagine for a moment that a cruise on the MSC Opera is only for adults.
This is an amazing adventure for children as well. Some cruises end up with 40% of passengers below the age of 18.
Pools, Play areas, Discos, movies, Virtual game rooms, outside deck games & indoor activities, are all utilized, under the watchful eyes of a very capable crew component. Children are issued with security bracelets the moment they become part of the cruises – assuring that they can be traced at all times.
Do not be fooled by the luxury and splendor of this adventure – this is truly a South African Holiday – affordable for everyone.
While fares published would want you to reach for your saving account number – actual fares are mind blowing.
The MSC family, want everyone to be able to enjoy and share what they have captured. Specials and promotions available allow us all to be part of their dream world.
Keeping in mind that all meals and most of the entertainment is part of the package, you will be able to freely enjoy the theater and all shows brought to you, from side splitting comedy to Italian Opera.
For the more serious ‘gastronomix’ amongst us, you will have opulent opportunities to experience different menus, steaming hot pizza from the oven – Italian pasta, homemade ice cream and the finest pastries.
Their promotion packages covers everything you could imagine. For newlyweds, family, single travelers, anniversaries and special celebrations – they have it all covered.
And although I joined the cruise along the South African Coast – this is not where it stops.
Take you imagination on a wild cruise, and join them to explore the coral reefs, exotic landscape and cultures of the Southern African coast and islands.
Always wanted to explore the Portuguese Islands?
The Island of True contrasts – Reunion?
Mauritius and Namibia?
This is the opportunity – join the MSC family and explore alongside them. They will spoil you with beach braais while you discover the hidden secrets of a Portuguese Island, snorkeling.
They will show you the best places to shop in the Cosmopolitan Maputo and invite you to Inhambane, one of the oldest settlements in Southern Africa.
Join them and explore the active volcano and black sandy beaches of Reunion. Extend the adventure to the home of legendary figures like Captain Kidd or stop at the beautiful turquoise waters of Mauritius.
Traveling with the MSC Cruises, give wings to your wildest dreams.
For us anyway.