All aboard

Cruising is not just for the elderly (as our week aboard the MSC proved) when you do it Passports and Pérignon style.

The age old adage ‘It’s not in the destination, rather in the journey’ does not apply to a cruise on the MSC Sinfonia. We started our journey out of Durban and like everything we do, vowed to do it our way – in style.

While this hotel at sea has families flocking to secure their trips (a child’s dream vacation) our idea of a break involves mimosas and birth control pills. So while the Symphonia is often advertised as a family destination, we found lots to do for us ‘footloose and fancy free’ adults. Our suite (book long in advance as these rooms book up fairly quickly) was the perfect home base for our four night trip from Durban to Mozambique.

As the ship set sail (and we were on our third cocktail), we found our spot on the 13th level adults only solarium to wave goodbye to the ever shrinking Durban harbor on the horizon. Cuddled up with a book, we allowed the lull of the ocean to put as to sleep for an afternoon nap under the shade of the cabana beds.

After our siesta, we made our way back to our suite for a bubble bath before we dressed to dine at the ‘Il Covo’ restaurant aboard the ship. This adult only restaurant is recommended for guests who wish to have a leisurely dinner with a glass of wine before heading upstairs to watch one of the MSC’s world class shows. After-show rituals include nightly bingo or a nightcap in one of the numerous cocktail lounges where the day’s sun and soft sounds of an Ed Sheeran cover had a yawning before midnight. For those wilder party animals, the MSC Pacha nightclub is a hit with over 18’s who are ready to dance their way to dawn.

The next morning we skipped the craze of fellow travelers queuing for bacon and eggs by ordering breakfast to our room. And believe us when we say there is nothing better than enjoying a cup of morning tea on our balcony overhanging the Indian Ocean. Having landed at the Portuegese Islands, we were ferried ashore to enjoy lunch on the beautiful Mozambique sand. With a cocktail in our hand and the day’s activities at our disposal, exploring the blue waters of Mozam could only be described as picture perfect. Our tip? Make the excursion by boat to Inhaca Island for a seafood lunch or traditional Mozambican beer.

We headed back to the ship sun touched and exhausted after a day frolicking with our toes in the sand. The only thing to combat exhaustion from a day at the beach? A blow wave and massage in the ship’s world class spa. Another Passport and Pérignon tip? Make sure to check out the relaxation room after your treatment. It’s the perfect place to watch the ship make its way over the waves in pursuit of the horizon.

Gym bunnies have no need to fret because somewhere between breakfast, lunch and high tea, we managed to fit in a Pilates class in the gym (because life is all about balance, right?). Our attempt at fitness didn’t help much to combat the small bellies we had acquired on our four days at sea, thanks to the unlimited pizza (which is said to rival the best in Jozi) and ice cream onboard the Sinfonia. So it was with slightly tighter jeans and a suntan we returned to Durban, with only one regret… we should have booked a longer trip.

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