Essential tips you need to know before booking your MSC Cruise travel

The city is welcoming MSC Cruises season which is on the horizon. Calling all Urban Adventurers, to add up in their bucket list a cruise experience to make travel goals this year. And with cruise season it’s just a couple of months away that you start planning your dream trip today.

Dreaming of sailing away into an African sunset or indulging in delicious cuisine in the middle of the Indian or Atlantic Ocean, look no further than an MSC Cruise.

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Interior of MSC Cruise
Interior of MSC Cruise

Before setting to sail from Cape Town or Durban for of the exciting ports of call you need to prepare to maximise the fun. While cruising is a perfect romantic break, it is also an ideal trip for a group of friends and families – there is plenty to do for different types of travellers.

For which a guide has been compiled featuring essential tips for the first-time MSC cruisers. So let’s list them out in our catalogue:

Bookings

The first and foremost thing we need to take care of is bookings. When you book your cruise, you don’t have to pay the full amount. Paying a deposit will secure your bookings and allows you to select a cabin of your choice.

photograph of a Cabin available in MSC Cruise
photograph of a Cabin available in MSC Cruise

If there’s a need of more space and want some fresh air, go for a cabin with a balcony, if you’re not planning to spend much time in your cabin with a balcony and if you’re not planning to spend much time in your cabin or one on the lower decks will suffice.

There are also some cabins that can accommodate families of up to four and as well as wheelchair friendly options. Please ensure that you don’t have any outstanding balances for your cruise at least three months before you set to sail.

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Baggage

Before you cruise a set of documents will be emailed to you. It includes your bag tags with your cabin info attached. Make sure you attach these to your baggage which will then serve as an identifier. When you drop your bags pre-boarding the day you cruise. Keep all your essentials such as phone chargers, purse and medication with you.

Interior of MSC Cruise
Interior of MSC Cruise

Another suggestion with this is to Pack Smartly for South African Sunshine and Adventure

Remember that you will be in a compact space for a while so pack smart. Versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched are great. Don’t forget that the essentials like swimwear, sunscreen and a hat for those glorious days at sea.

Along with this pack a couple of dressier outfits for specialty restaurants and night time shows. There are usually theme nights onboard, some of them are more popular ones including Tropical, White and Italian.

Also Remember to check the weather forecast for your specific itinerary, as some ports might have cooler evenings.

Interior of MSC Cruise
Interior of MSC Cruise

Pre-book the Extras

Enhance your MSC Cruise experience with pre-bookable extras. Consider a beverage package for hassle-free drinks throughout the voyage. It is great for Movie buffs that they can explore specialty cinema packages if available on the ship.

For ultimate relaxation, book spa treatments in advance and pamper yourself at sea. Spa treatments at sea are highly recommended as it just adds a n extra luxurious touch to your cruise.

MSC Me App

Download the MSC for Me App which is handy and should be your on-board best friend. Explore daily cruise ship schedules, book restaurants, discover entertainment options and secure shore excursions, all just at your fingertips.

MSC Cruise
MSC Cruise

Explore The MSC Ship

MSC Cruises boasts a fleet of magnificent vessels, each with its unique personality. Head over to the official MSC Cruises and explore the interactive deck plans for your specific ship.

Familiarise yourself with the location of pools, restaurants, theatres and kid’s clubs which is perfect for families. This way the visitors can hit the ground running or can take a deck walk as soon as they board.

Embrace the CASHLESS Life

Onboard MSC Cruises, a convenient cruise card acts as your Keycard, ID, and method of payment. The travellers just need to simply load funds onto their card using South African debit or credit card for a secure and hassle-free experience.

Finally, these handy tips you’re well on your way to an unforgettable first-time MSC cruise experience in South Africa. So, pack your bags, grab your sense of adventure and get ready to set sail for an incredible voyage filled with sunshine, delicious food and unforgettable memories.