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Oh Ship Cruise 2023 – 72 hours of non-stop entertainment with SA’s Hottest DJ’s

Oh Ship 2023 is the ultimate party cruise, a spectacular summer weekend event on a luxury cruise liner in the middle of the Indian Ocean! A 3-night cruise from Durban to Portuguese Island and back.

  • All your meals, accommodation & entertainment included
  • Have the time of your life and let loose
  • A NEW ship and an all NEW  Oh Ship thats BIGGER and BETTER
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Oh Ship - THE ultimate party cruise

  • Feel like a VIP for 3 nights partying
  • Cruise to an amazing uninhabited Island in Mozambique.
  • Be part of an incredible party atmosphere
  • All meals and entertainment are included on and off the ship.
  • Dance the night away with your friends.

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The most exciting cruise you will ever go on, in the Indian Ocean

What makes Oh Ship the ultimate party cruise is the combination of its luxury setting, top DJ's and entertainers, and its inclusive atmosphere.

The cruise sets sail in the middle of the Indian Ocean, providing a breathtaking backdrop for the party-goers on board.

And with world-renowned DJ's spinning tracks all weekend long, as well as comedians and other entertainers keeping the crowd amused, there's never a dull moment on Oh Ship.

Add to that the fact that all the entertainment is included, and you've got yourself 72 hours of non-stop fun and partying!

Whether you're looking to let loose and have some crazy fun, or simply want to kick back and relax with your friends, Oh Ship 2022 is the ultimate party cruise.

DJ lineup on the 2022 Oh Ship

DJ line up - Oh ship 2022 - Bekzin Terris |  De Mthuda | Dino Bravo | Dj Kilm | Dj Thulz | Euphonik | Dj Fresh | Dj Hudson | Kyotic | Mac G | Miss Pru | Njelic | Oscar Mbo | Ryan The DJ | Sol PHenduka | Tenoceans | Thulli P | Twins on Decks

Typical 3 nights / 4 days to Portuguese Island itinerary

A map of the itinerary that the MSC Orchestra will take from Durban, South Africa to her enchanting destinations of Portuguese Island Cruise
Day 1
Friday - Departure from Durban

Ship leaves at 20:00 PM
Checkin closes at 17:30

Day 2
Saturday - At Sea
Enjoy the MSC Orchestra
Day 3
Sunday - On Portuguese Island
From 08h00 to 16:00
Day 4
Monday - Return to Durban
Ships arrives at 10h00 AM

Where is Portuguese Island?

Portuguese Island is off the coast of Mozambique, in Maputo Bay between Maputo and Inhaca Island. It is situated in the Indian Ocean about 600 kilometres from Durban.

Portuguese Island was discovered by Vasco da Gama in 1498 during his second voyage to India. The island was named Ilha de Santa Cruz - the Christian Holy Cross Island - and was the first territory in Africa to be colonised by Europeans.

The history of Portuguese Island is a rich one, with many interesting facts about its discovery, settlement and development. Vasco da Gama himself spent three weeks on the island whilst he replenished his water supplies before continuing on his voyage back to Europe.

A Map of the location of the uninhabited island of Portugues Island in the bay of Maupto outside the Southern Africans country of Mozambique - in the Indian Ocean on the African Coast

Your MSC Cruise Ship: MSC Orchestra

The MSC Orchestra is 92,409 tonnes, 2,550 passengers with 1,014 crew members. She is owned by MSC Cruises and is sister to the MSC Magnifica, MSC Poesia and MSC Musica. The Orchestra was in SA during 2019/2020 & replaced the MSC Musica during the 2021/2022 season.

  • 2 Main Restaurants (L'Ibiscus & Villa Borghese)
  • 1 Buffet Restaurant (La Piazzetta)
  • 1 Speciality Restaurant - Shanghai ($/€)
  • 1 Theatre
  • 2 Lounges
  • 16 Bars
  • Casino
  • SPA with treatments rooms
  • Boutiques
  • Card Room & Library
  • Children Playroom
  • Mini-Golf

What is included in your Cruise 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

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Learn more about your cruise to Portuguese Islands - [FAQ]

No, you don't need to be vaccinated for a Oh Ship 2022, destination - Portuguese Island, Mozambique Cruise. However, if you're not vaccinated, you will be required to take a PCR test before boarding the cruise ship. If you are vaccinated you will need an Antigen test. Both tests within 48 hours of departure.

Read more in the FAQ about what is required to embark on an MSC Cruise from South Africa

Do I need a Passport for Oh ship?

Even if Portuguese Island is a tender and not an actual port, you still need a passport as you are exiting the Republic of South Africa. Immigration in the port of Durban will check your passport details and give you an exit stamp.

Do I need a Visa for Portuguese Island?

South African citizens and most SADC nationals will not need a visa for Portuguese Island, Inhaca Island or for Pomene.
For those travellers that do, the cruise ship will take care of the visa for you. The cost of the visa is normally about USD 50.- and will be settled with your onboard cruise spend at the end of your holiday.

What is the currency on Portuguese Island?

All your drinks can be purchased with the ship's cruise card. The drinks packages can also be used on the island. For any purchases you want to make in the local market, the vendors will accept South African Rands and US Dollars. If you have local currencies (such as Meticais) they will accept them too.

How long do we stay on the island?

The cruise vessel will anchor off Portuguese Island in the early hours of the morning. The last transfer is in the late afternoon. (Check the return time in the ship's gangway or ask the crew for the information)

Do I need to bring my own towels?

You can take the towels that are provided in your cabin onshore, so you don't have to bring your own. Just don't forget to bring them back.

What about umbrellas & loungers?

You can rent loungers & beach umbrellas as part of packages sold onboard the cruise ship. Ask reception or check the daily program for any more details and for things to do.

Yes, the cruise is only for +18. Younger cruises should enjoy another date, as the non stop entertainment and party is definitely not recommended for little ones. 

Your cruise fare includes accommodation, meals, non stop entertainment and DJ.

The age limit is 18, the non stop party is not for little ones even if accompanied by family members. 

MSC onboard safety protocol is above board. The ship security has been looking after cruisers and partygoers for a very long time and has a lot of experience with those parties.

You can not use any cash to pay onboard, you will use your cruise card. When boarding, you will have to link your cruise card to your credit card. Alternatively, you will have to bring cash and deposit it at the reception when boarding. 

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