Cruises from Durban

Cruises from Durban

Durban is a traveler’s paradise with so many  cruises from Durban on offer, apart from the large cruise liners that pick up passengers and sail the high seas, there are many interesting smaller operations that offer shorter cruises for various occasions including day trips. Educational School group Tours and outings.Sports and recreational charters, Sailing and  Harbour Tours are offered , accommodation can be offered in Durban at The Fig Tree

Allen Gardiner

Allen Gardiner


Accommodation :  The Fig Tree

The ideal accommodation stop over can be found at The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree is situated on the South Coast not far from the Durban Harbour which offers Affordable – Family Holiday , Business as well as large group accommodation bookings  for school’s such as educational and sports tours : Contact details

The Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant.

This is a dining experience not to be missed; the Allen Gardener has a license for 50 passengers, there is an elegant dining saloon, which accommodates 20 passengers and the balance are accommodated on deck.   The cruise is a gastronomic delight of freshly prepared foods that will sit well on the palate.  The bar is fully stocked for those who wish to drink.  The Allen Gardener offers private charter or for individuals who will independently share with other passengers.

The breakfast cruise departs at 9am through to 11am (boarding at 8.30), full breakfast is served then passengers may wonder round the deck relax and enjoy the cruise.

The lunch served a la carte, or a fork lunch between 12 noon and 3pm

Candle light dinners or fork dinners are accommodated between 7pm and 10pm

Special occasion Midnight cruise between 11pm and 1pm

The cruises are medium priced and highly enjoyable.

A playground for total enjoyment

Durban offers excellent luxury shorter cruises that will please most people:

  • Luxury fishing charters for those who enjoy fishing, either special occasion rentals or day outings for the whole family
  • Sunset Champaign and snack cruises
  • Birthday celebration cruises
  • Special occasion cruises such as Valentine’s day, Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Eve
  • Dolphin and Whale watching cruises
  • Engagement parties
  • Weddings
  • Companies can hire a cruise ship for a staff party
  • To please clients you can hire a cruise for lunch or dinner

There are different types of boats that can be hired from sailing catamarans, motorized catamarans, fishing boats.  Many of these are full equipped with sleeping accommodation, fully equipped kitchens, braai facilities on board, have sound systems such as CD players, PA systems, TV’s and projection screens.

Because Durban has a very temperate climate many of these cruises are available all year round.  Some cruises you will need to book upfront, but if you just want to be casual then you could go to Wilson’s Wharf, find something to eat while you wait for the next trip.

Enquiries about boat trips can be obtained online, many companies today advertise their  Cruises from  Durban services on the internet.  In many cases you will be able to do the whole transaction with the company online.  Travel agents also have a vast repertoire of cruises, from day trips to weekly trips; many of them have special arrangement with the sailing companies and can offer competitive rates.

Melody Cruise Ship

Melody Cruise Ship

    The ideal Accommodation stop over can be found at The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree is situated on the South Coast not far from the Durban Harbour which offers Affordable – Family Holiday , Business as well as large group accommodation bookings  for school’s such as educational and sports tours : Contact details:

On board the Melody Cruise Shipis an exceptional experience, there is so much to do on board, and you will never be bored. It has been likened to a hotel or amusement park on the high seas

MSC Melody

MSC Melody

, certainly there is enough entertainment to please everyone.

The staff complement is a mix of many different cultures, from Balinese, Russians, Italians, Ukrainians, Filipinos, other nationalities and South African staff.  This means that people of different countries will be able to find someone who can help them in their own language.

Although the ship is not one of the newer ones, it has been kept in good order and the entertainment is top notch. There are plenty of shops to buy that duty free perfume.  

Recreational Experience at Its Best on the Melody Cruise Ship

Although the ship stops at interesting destinations where people can experience life in another country, the ship board life is quite entertaining and certain to keep everyone happy.

Some of the ships amenities

  • The Riviera Terrace designed for relaxation and slaking your thirst, relax and be served by the international waitrons. In the background is a Latin band for your enjoyment.
  • The Galaxy Restaurant has two sittings, first sitting will find the young people and elderly and second sitting the middle aged groups, the food is world class Italian fare.
  • The Club Universe, this is a public venue where you will find a variety of entertainment as well and ship announcements, Karaoke sing-alongs, raffles,  quiz competitions, magic demonstrations, comedy routines, and go-go dancing an excellent place to meet new people. 
  • The Jazz Club, where talented pianist and Saxophone players entertain the guests with some fine Jazz.
  • The Discotheque late evenings for those who want to get energetic and dance the night away with the Spanish Duo’s entertaining pop hits.

Accommodation and facilities 

In total there are 532 cabins of various categories each has air conditioning, TV, Radio, phone and Wardrobes:

There are 6 suites that consist of double bed or two singles, all cabins have a minibar.

Seventy Two mini suites that have double bed or two single beds,

Three hundred and three outside cabins and 4 of these are designed for disabled persons, with accommodation for wheelchairs, facilities to help the disabled.  The cabins have single beds that can be made into double beds, and bathrooms with bath or shower.

One hundred and fifty one inside cabins, single beds, that can be changed to double beds, and bathrooms with bath or shower.

In addition to the above the ship has 2 Swimming Pools, 2 Jacuzzis, Library, Card Room, Cinema, Gym, Beauty Salon, Jogging Track, Massage, Conference Facilities, Hospital and Medical Facilities, Children’s Play Room, Laundry Services.

Places to Visit at Exciting Destinations

The ship calls at many destinations outside of South Africa, such as Genoa, Cadiz, Barcelona, Santa Cruiz de Tererife, Dakar, Walvis Bay, Durban to Cape Town, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Isle Mozambique, Arrecife de Lanzarote, Palamos.  There are various packages to certain destinations, check your travel agent for specials.

All round the Melody Cruise Ship offers first class entertainment, a holiday experience of a life time, good memories of an excellent holiday and opportunity to meet so many interesting new people.

The Sinfonia Cruise Ship

The Sinfonia Cruise Ship Experience Creating Memories of a Lifetime

The MSC Sinfonia Cruise Shipwas inspired by the great composers of Europe, it has a wonderful ambiance, with highly polished woods, excellent art works, and so much more, it is designed for comfort and is very elegant. Service on the ship is world class, and everything done is with full attention to detail. The crew on the ship offers hospitality that is available all round the clock for your convenience

Sinfonia Cruise

Sinfonia Cruise


The amenities on the ship are second to none

There is so much to do on the ship, if you choose to participate in everything, or you can relax and take it easy. There is no pressure to join in but if you do you will derive great pleasure from the many interesting amenities.

  • Swimming give you a choice of two pools
  • Relax in the spa on board, it is fully equipped with every possible thing that land based spas are able to offer
  • Learn Italian while enjoying the sea
  • Golfers and beginners will enjoy the Virtual Golf Simulator; this state of the art equipment allows players to practice their swing.
  • Jog around the jogging track and keep yourself in fine trim
  • Enjoy the state of the art gym – with trainers to help you crunch your abs
  • Other activities include video arcade, basket ball, libraries and the video libraries, aerobics, card games, skid shooting and so much more daily
  • Teens will enjoy the games room with interesting video games to play
  • Ladies can enjoy the beauty centre, hair salon so you look good for the evening entertainment
  • There are shows to see, disco to enjoy, casinos to try your luck, and plenty of music plus much more.

Why you should consider a Sinfonia Cruise Ship holiday

The price you pay for a Sinfonia Cruise Ship holiday is fully inclusive this includes 1st class accommodation, all your meals, plenty of entertainment, travel insurance, port fees, all service fees on board, which means you will not be surprised having to pay for room services, incidentals and extra meals.  You will need to pay for drinks, tips, your shore excursions, and items that are of personal nature.

Daily activities are many and varied and each day you will wake up to a new country, or island, that needs to be explored, watch the dolphins at play.  You can choose to go on the organized excursions or go your own way. Remember to be back in time before the ship sail again.

Food a gastronomic delight

You will not be disappointed with the wonderful cuisine on board the Sinfonia Cruise Ship is world class, all food is of highest quality and fresh, International and Mediterranean dishes to choose from, even the bread is freshly baked.  Two main restaurants and for a quick lunch the Caffè del Mare buffet restaurant.

Places to visit

There are different packages and different places to visit, the choices are many and varied, including trips in South Africa, and some of the wonderful places are:

  • Livorno
  • Valencia
  • Casablanca
  • Dakar
  • Villefranche
  • Italy
  • Agadir
  • Walvis Bay
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • The Portuguese islands
  • Maputo
  • Barra Lodge
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Funchal
  • Malaga
  • Civitavecchia