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MSC Cruises to Nowhere from Durban or Cape Town

MSC Cruises offers two unique options for cruises to nowhere in South Africa. Departing from Durban or Cape Town, these round-trip journeys take passengers on a voyage without having to worry about where they're going or passport requirements - an ID card is all you need!

  • No passport needed
  • All meals & entertainment included
  • Have an experience of a lifetime
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Loved it - 5 star rating by Grace Biko - We had an amazing time on our 2-day cruise to nowhere from Cape Town. The staff was wonderful and the food was delicious. We will definitely be booking a longer cruise in the future!

Experience the Magic of a quick getaway with MSC

  • All your meals & entertainment are included*
  • A cabin steward will clean your cabin daily
  • Delight your senses with world-class dining and entertainment
  • Relax in style and enjoy all the amenities a cruise has to offer
  • Sip cocktails on the deck while enjoying the amazing views

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What is a cruise to nowhere?

A cruise to nowhere is a trip on a ship where you go out at sea (nowhere) for a couple of nights. You can relax and enjoy the ship without having to worry about where you're going. MSC Cruises offers two unique options for cruises to nowhere in South Africa.

Departing from Durban or Cape Town, these round-trip journeys take passengers on a voyage without having to worry about where they're going or passport requirements - an ID card is all you need!

Why do a 2 nights cruise to nowhere?

Nowhere cruises are the perfect weekend getaway experience for first-time cruisers. This quick escape is the ideal opportunity to experience life on board or get to know the cruise lines. Even though the cruise ship is not heading to a specific destination, there are still plenty of daily activities to do onboard, including watching live music on the deck or in the various lounges, enjoying the sun and water activities on deck, or spending quality time with your family at the restaurants.

Cruises to nowhere are also ideal if you do not have all your travelling documents in order. The cruise ship will only sail in local waters and you will not disembark at any port in a different country. Therefore, you do not need a passport to embark on all cruise ships with a cruise-to-nowhere itinerary. This also allows you to book your cruise without much planning beforehand.

There is no better place to celebrate any special occasion than on a cruise ship. Whether you are planning milestone birthdays, bachelor parties, or weddings your cruise line will help you plan a glamorous event. The crew onboard promises that you experience your perfect fun-filled break while enjoying your own personal occasions.

Your MSC Cruises Ship for a cruise to nowhere in South Africa

MSC Orchestra:

The MSC Orchestra offers a unique and memorable cruise experience, with excellent entertainment options. The ship has a diverse range of restaurants, so you can find something to your taste. From the delicious Dim Sum at the Shanghai Chinese Restaurant to the mouth-watering pizza at La Piazzetta, you will never go hungry on the MSC Orchestra.

But the entertainment doesn't stop there! The ship also has a casino, a theater, and several bars and lounges where you can relax and enjoy a drink. So if you're looking for an exciting and fun-filled cruise, be sure to book your trip on the MSC Orchestra!

MSC Orchestra - During the South African 20222023 Season will be based out of Durban for most of her cruises - including the South African local cruises  Favorite to Portuguese Island the uninhabited island  in the indian Ocean - MSC Cruise

MSC Sinfonia:

MSC Sinfonia is an MSC Cruises cruise ship that first entered into service in 2002. In March of 2015, the ship underwent a refit that extended its length by 25 meters and added 194 new cabins. With a passenger capacity of 1,950, the MSC Sinfonia is perfect for those looking for a classic cruise experience with fewer people.

In addition to its great passenger capacity, the MSC Sinfonia also offers a wide variety of entertainment options. From shows in the main theater to casino games and concerts in the atrium, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this ship. Plus, with all of the new cabins added during the refit, there is sure to be a room that fits your needs and budget. - More on MSC Sinfonia

MSC Sinfonia - In Portuguese Island

MSC Splendida:

MSC Splendida offers guests an array of onboard entertainment options, from Broadway-style theater shows and a glamorous casino to designer discos and dedicated areas for kids and teens. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from, with different cuisines to explore ranging from Mediterranean specialties to American steakhouse fare.

Guests can also enjoy exclusive dishes created exclusively for MSC Splendida by the German chef Harald Wohlfahrt. The ship is home to the MSC Yacht Club, a luxurious “ship within a ship” area that features 71 suites, private concierge and pool.

MSC Splendida - will start in 2023/2024 for the first time in South Africa
Cruise Passenger dancing on the beach of an uninhabited island in the Indian Ocean on a Portuguese Island Cruise
Cocktail on Portuguese Island Inhaca- During a cruise on MSC Orchestra
African man ready to go paddle boarding
Arial photography of a group of cruise traveller on the sandy island situated very close to Inhaca island in the Maputo bay
Loved it - 5 star rating by Grace Biko - We had an amazing time on our 2-day cruise to nowhere from Cape Town. The staff was wonderful and the food was delicious. We will definitely be booking a longer cruise in the future!

What is included in your Cruise to nowhere Fare

  • All meals in the two main dining rooms, the buffet and selected other eateries.
  • All shows in the theatre and other venues are included!
  • Speciality Restaurant ($/€) for a unique dining experience!
  • Shop ’til you drop in the duty-free shopping gallery ($/€)!
  • Get your reading on in the library & game room
  • Keep the little ones entertained with our award-winning kids club for all ages
  • Service fees /gratuities are included so you don’t have to worry about a thing
  • Accommodation in well-appointed cabins - as a crusie vacation is all about spoiling yourself
  • Water, coffee and some juices are included in certain areas of the ship
  • Most on-board activities such as group games, competitions, quizzes, and crafts classes are included - something for everyone to enjoy
  • No entrance fee for the disco / nightclub - let's get this party started!
  • All evening shows are free to enjoy
  • All drinks beyond water, tea, coffee and selected juices in the buffet
  • Shore Excursions
  • SPA treatments & access to SPA area (Subject to experience)
  • Wifi (unless specified otherwise)
  • Casino, photos, shops
  • Service fees (please check - it is INCLUDED in some markets)
  • Aditional Kids activities

Cruise to nowhere - an ideal quick getaway

Some question you might have on your cruise to nowhere with MSC

Will I need my passport for a cruise to nowhere?

No you don't. A passport is only necessary if you plan on leaving the country. 
A cruise to nowhere typically stays within South African waters so you will not need your passport. Enjoy!

What is included in all MSC cruise Cabins?
In all cabins the below are included:
  • Private Air Conditioning
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Bathroom with Showers or Bathtub
  • Interactive TV
  • Telephone (€)
  • Mini-Bar (€)
  • Wi-Fi Connection (€)
  • Safe-deposit box
  • Double bed / twin bed on request

Further on all MSC ships feature:

  • MSC Aurea Spa
  • Spray park for kids
  • Inside, outside, balcony and suite cabin type
    MSC Splendida features MSC Yacht Club as well
Are drinks and dining gratuities included in a cruise-to-nowhere fare?

Dining is included in the price of your cruise - drinks are not. So if you're looking to enjoy a few cocktails or glasses of wine with your meal, be sure to bring your credit card along with you, or buy pre-paid packages.

Enjoying a drink or two while enjoying dinner is definitely a popular pastime on cruises, so don't let the extra cost keep you from indulging. Just be aware that you'll need to budget for it upfront. And who knows - maybe you'll even find yourself sipping cocktails while watching the sunset over the open sea!

What kind of weather can I expect on a cruise to nowhere?

All kinds of weather can be expected on a cruise to nowhere - it just depends on when you go.

However, no matter when you go, the ship will definitely have all kinds of weather covered so don't worry! You'll be able to enjoy your cruise to nowhere regardless of what the weather is like outside.

How long are cruises to nowhere?

While there are a variety of different cruise durations out there, cruises to nowhere are typically only two nights long. This is because they depart from and return to the same port, so there's not as much need for a longer voyage. Plus, it's the perfect amount of time to get a little relaxation and luxury without having to commit to a week-long trip.

If you're looking for a quick and easy escape, consider booking a cruise to nowhere from South Africa – you won't regret it!

Where does the ship depart Cape Town harbour?

All the cruise departs Cape Town from the Cruise terminal in the V&A Waterfront. 

Where does the ship dock in Durban?

All the cruise departs Durban harbour from the KZN cruise terminal next to the Durban harbour. 

Read this blog post for more on the Durban Terminal

Which other itinerary does MSC have in SA?

The number 1 destination is Portuguese Island out of Durban on a typical 3 nights cruise.

The second one is Pomene, Mozambique on a 4 nights cruise. 

Currently, the MSC Orchestra has her base in Durban and will travel to Portuguese Island and Pomene. 

From Cape Town and only during the 2022/2023 season, the MSC Sinfonia will also travel to Mossel Bay.

The ship has stops in Port Elizabeth on a coastal cruise during some of the previous season. 

What is included in my Cruise Fare?

When booking, port charges / port fees, mandatory charges, insurance, service charges / fees. And a reminder that Kids cruise free - they only pay the mandatory charges when travelling with 2 paying adults.

Where do I book my cruise to nowhere?

We'd love to help you book your cruise to nowhere! With Hupla, your online travel agency, we can make sure that your trip is perfect in every way. We have a wide variety of cruises to choose from, and our experienced staff will be happy to answer any questions you have about booking your cruise.

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MSC Cruise to Nowhere in South Africa

Get ready for the trip of a lifetime with MSC Cruise! MSC offers cruises to nowhere from both Durban and Cape Town, so you can choose the departure point that's closest to you. (All cruise fares are per person sharing)

28 Jan  -  
30 Jan, 2023
R 2,378
MSC SINFONIA
Blue Friday
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* Per person Sharing | Mandatory Charges Included | Ins excl
15 Apr  -  
17 Apr, 2023
R 3,188
MSC ORCHESTRA
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* Per person Sharing | Mandatory Charges Included | Ins excl
24 Nov  -  
26 Nov, 2023
R 3,138
MSC SPLENDIDA
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