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Streblo

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    Durban, South Africa
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    Only MSC at this stage

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  1. MSC Musica docked in Durban, at exactly 12.00 Monday 28 January, 6 or 7 hours later than expected. Captain Pinto had the pedal-to-the-metal. I'm sure to the relief of many cruisers.
  2. I would suggest you consider joining a Facebook Group called Friends Of MSC which is set up in South Africa. It has loads of feedback from members who sail in SA waters. There, you will find all the info you need on how Orchestra is doing, in real time in local waters.
  3. MSC Musica departed Cape Town for Durban at 13.30 Saturday. She made two unsuccessful attempts to dock during the early hours. The winds finally calmed enough at 07:15. She is reported to have excluded a stop at Port Elizabeth and is heading, full steam for Durban to arrive on Monday in the afternoon. Captain Pinto is the man in charge having previously captained MSC Sinfonia over the years that she was in SA waters.
  4. Due to high winds, the cruise from Walvis Bay, Namibia by MSC Musica has been unable to safely dock in Cape Town, South Africa port. She arrived Thursday 24th January around 07:00 and has been bobbing off Green Point ever since. Latest reports say she will most likely only dock in the early hours of Saturday morning. Unless you're a retired Cape Town resident, with nothing else to do and no connecting flights to catch, the free extra days on board must be wearing patience thin by now. I also feel for those who were supposed to board yesterday for the trip up to Durban for her last portion of her South African positioning. She returns to European waters in April. The real kicker is that this happened this time last year too. The Cape Doctor, as the winds are called, always come knocking to blow the ills away this time every year. In November, Musica's sister ship, MSC Orchestra will position in SA waters. I wonder how MSC regards future Cape voyages?
  5. Did you speak rugby (union) at all? I'm a die hard Springbok fan myself but confess am in awe of the skill, composure and dedication to the code shown by the All Blacks. Much deserved respect. We did beat you guys at The Cake Tin though. I'm hoping we can get our act together in time for the world cup next year and give you another run for your money. We are two of the greatest rugby nations with the strongest rivalry. But, lets see what happens this weekend first!
  6. Hi, 2 adults on MSC Divina this Oct/ Nov. Doing Ocho Rios - Cartagena - Colon - Puerto Limon - Costa Maya - Nassau. We'd love some good quality snorkelling at one of these ports of call. Which would ya'll recommend? It would be a bonus if you knew of a reliable operator to use too. We'd hate to take our gear half way round the world for nothing. Thanks a bunch.
  7. Streblo

    Halloween

    We are on MSC Divina on Halloween too. I don't think the Italians are as into Halloween as the Americans. I do recall seeing a vlog where Divina was 'decorated' one year during the night on Hallow-eve, but that was about it. It would be awesome if there was a Halloween theme night especially since it falls on a sea day for us!
  8. My friend is sailing soon on Meraviglia soon from Hamburg and I'd like to ask him to buy me a new MSC peak cap. Anybody who sailed on her recently have any idea how much they cost in Euro?
  9. Thanks everybody for the advice. So far the best deal I have found is a 99c Sim, 30 Minute airtime at $9.99 and then 1GIG data pre paid plan @ $10 from TracFone through Walmart, valid for 21 service days. I can buy it when we arrive in Tampa on the 23rd October and it will expire on 11th November. I can buy more airtime and data at the same rates if I need. Verizon was significantly more costly with limited options. Their smallest plan was a $20 sim and $40 4GIG data pre paid.
  10. We will disembark at POM Thursday November 8th and have a full day to get to FLL for a flight back to South Africa via Dubai at 8.30pm. Can anyone recommend a cost effective way to get SIM/DATA combo for at least one day's use? We want to be able to check online for tours, bookings etc. Uber, GPS etc. Budgetary pricing would be a big help. Some, if not most usage will be on the go, so free WiFi is not really doable. Thanks.
  11. THANK GOODNESS! :tropical-drink::wine-glass::cocktail::beer-mug::beer-toast:
  12. So, if I'm on the all inclusive package and have a few cocktails and beers before sailaway, will it be detailed on my onboard billing at the end of the cruise?
  13. In South African waters on board Sinfonia, there was no real class separation or experiences on offer as such, other for those who could afford the suites over standard cabins. They enjoyed access to the reserved restaurant, but were served the same meals as MDR. My first cruise (Mozambique) was a cabin with a window which was nice for the 4 days onboard. My next was longer, 11 days to Mauritius in an inside cabin, which sucked because I battled not being able to orientate to a horizon. What these experiences did for me, was to decide that each cruise will be better / bigger than the previous. This October on Divina - 12 days Caribbean, I have a balcony cabin and Fantastica experience. The next one will have to be in at least Aurea or maybe YC - once I've saved enough!
  14. Thanks Riclop, but I'm still unclear which you mean. Do you mean just the Garden Pool? Or all the places I mentioned in my OP.
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