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MSC Opera to join MSC Sinfonia for South African summer season 2012/2013  

MSC Opera to join MSC Sinfonia for South African summer season 2012/2013  

MSC Cruises is sending MSC Opera to join her popular sister ship MSC Sinfonia in South Africa, introducing additional voyages for the region’s 2012/2013 summer season.
MSC Sinfonia will replace MSC Melody and take over the cruises departing from Cape Town while, for her first season in the region, MSC Opera will operate out of Durban.

New ports of call during the season have also been added, and guests can now enjoy the stunning wildlife, rugged shores and unparalleled scenic beauty of Hermanus, South Africa, Anakao, Madagascar and Luderitz, Namibia.

MSC Opera
On 1 November 2012 the 251 metre MSC Opera will depart from Venice, Italy for a 20-day/19-night southbound cruise. MSC Opera’s course will take her from the Mediterranean sea through the North Atlantic Ocean to the South Atlantic Ocean, with scheduled stops in Valletta, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco, Dakar, Senegal and Walvis Bay, Namibia, with MSC Opera arriving in Cape Town, South Africa for the first time ever on 20 November 2012. With a total of 12 full days at sea, this cruise provides guests with the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the many impressive facilities on board this luxury ship.

Following two ocean cruises from Cape Town to Durban and from Durban to Cape Town, MSC Opera will then operate out of Durban from 26 November 2012 until 21 February 2013, with a full schedule of 19 three and four-night Mozambique cruises with calls at Maputo, Portuguese Island and Inhambane, where guests will savour locally caught seafood, snorkel, and admire pristine beaches, dense vegetation, and pleasant lagoons.

A special seven-day/six-night cruise departing from Durban on Friday 21 December 2012, with scheduled calls at the beautiful fishing village of Anakao, Madagascar and Portuguese Island, Mozambique, and returning to Durban on Thursday 27 December 2012 means guests can spend an unforgettable Christmas on board.

For those searching for something special to welcome in 2013, a 12-day/11-night New Year’s Eve cruise departing from Durban on Thursday 27 December 2012, with scheduled calls at breath-taking La Possession, La Reunion, and vibrant Port Louis, Mauritius is the perfect answer.

Durban will say goodbye to MSC Opera on Sunday 17 February 2013, when she will make her way to Cape Town on a five-day/four-night cruise, with a scheduled call in Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s beloved second oldest city and the commercial capital of the Eastern Cape.

Departing from Cape Town on 21 February, MSC Opera will then complete her season with three cruises to Mossel Bay, South Africa, or Walvis Bay and Luderitz, Namibia.

South Africa will say goodbye to MSC Opera on 5 March 2013, when she starts her northbound return cruise from Cape Town, South Africa to Genoa, Italy. Scheduled stops are Walvis Bay, Namibia, Mindelo, Cape Verde, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Lisbon, Portugal, and Valencia, Spain.

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