MSC Cruise Ships Come To South Africa For 2022/2023 Cruise Season

MSC Cruises will be bringing two ships to South Africa’s shores for the 2022/2023 cruise season.


  • MSC Sinfonia (Cape Town) will join MSC Orchestra (Durban) in South Africa for 2022/2023 cruise season.
  • MSC Cruises will be offering cruises for both unvaccinated and vaccinated guests, with vaccinated guests no longer needing to be tested.
  • MSC Sinfonia will sail from homeport Cape Town from December 2022 to March 2023 whilst MSC Orchestra will sail from homeport Durban from November 2022 to April 2023.
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The 2022/2023 South African cruise season will see two MSC Cruises ships of different classes, the MSC Orchestra – which is part of the Musica class and MSC Sinfonia – which is part of the Lirica class, be deployed in the country simultaneously, for the first time, providing additional cruise capacity to cater for the local demand for cruise holidays.


The MSC Cruises fleet currently comprises 16 ultra-modern, highly innovative and elegantly designed ships. Image: MSC Cruises

The 2021/2022 local cruise season saw MSC Cruises carry in excess of 40’000 guests to various destinations with new Health & Safety regulations to ensure the safety of all guests. The 2022/2023 local cruise season, will see both unvaccinated and vaccinated guests able to cruise:

  • Vaccinated guests are no longer required to provide a COVID-19 test before departure.
  • Un-vaccinated guests 5-years and older are still required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test, 48-hours prior to departure in accordance to local government regulations in South Africa.
  • Children under the age of 5 are not required to provide a COVID-19 test.


MSC Orchestra, a well-known vessel to local cruisers, will return to South African waters in November 2022, with approximately 40 sailings to Mozambique and to local destinations.


Alongside MSC Orchestra is MSC Sinfonia that will operate approximately 22 sailings out of Cape Town to Namibia and other various local destinations. The itineraries will vary from two to seven-night cruises, offering guests a wider choice of options to book their cruise holiday. The ships will alternate routes, providing South African cruisers with a wider choice of options to suit their holiday needs with more cruise destinations and packages on offer.

MSC Sinfonia will be permanently positioned in Cape Town for the duration of the cruise season and will serve our guests seeking a more cultural experience with our cruises to Namibia. For guests wanting to explore more of our South African destinations we have cruises to Mossel Bay and for guests simply wanting to take time to rest and relax, our “no-destination” cruises at sea provide the perfect getaway to enjoy the Indian and Atlantic Ocean sunrises and sunsets.

// MSC Cruises South Africa Managing Director, Ross Volk


A game-changer in the world of cruises, MSC Cruises has selected eye-catching escalator branding at Sandton City to communicate their latest campaign. Image: The Sandton Times

According to MSC Cruises, cruises are increasingly becoming an appealing holiday choice for South Africans as a hassle-free, safe and all-inclusive vacation with food, accommodation and most activities included in the cruise fare. The diversity of the offerings appeal to holiday makers of all ages, both local and international tourists alike.


We continuously strive to bring bigger and better offerings to this country, enriching our itineraries and making cruising more accessible, to more South Africans who are realising that a cruise is an affordable, convenient and exciting holiday option.

// MSC Cruises South Africa Managing Director, Ross Volk


For more information, visit the MSC Cruises website.


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