The Fagan 4 of South Africa had a blast on board the MSC Opera from 29 November to 2 December 2013. It was so awesome that we're planning our next one. I was very apprehensive due to us never been on a shi that size in the open water.
We started queing at Durban Harbour at about 9.30am and got on board at about 11.30am and thats when it started - the Feeding Frenzy. Fresh pizza, coffee, tea and iced water. This continued all weekend!
We got to our cabin, on the Norma floor, room number 9062. Small with a double bed and two bunk beds coming off the wall. Ample cupboard space, tv wih various channels and a shower and toilet. It was all we needed for the 4 of us. We got into our swimming costumes and hit the deck!
The pool was felt as if we were swimming in a buckets of ice water! But this water was pumped from the sea (without the fish and seaweed). As a mom it was great cos the seawater got rid of my chidlren's sinus problems!
Just before we left the port, we had the emergency drill. It was quick and efficient. Make sure you don't miss it otherwise you'll have to do it the following day after being repimanded by some crew members.
As we were heading out of Durban Harbour, a helicopter pilot flew next to us waiting to fetch the harbour pilot. This was so interesting to see.
We hit the pool again and had a few cocktails, yummy! Those in SA who have been on the boat said that the bar prices are quite pricy. But we didn't find it that true. A cocktail cost the equivilant of R48 each and a tin of Coke was R19. Souveniors on the other hand, were pricy. A fridge magent cost R58.
We had dinner in a restaurant the first night and we found it strange as it's an upmarket restaurant and with 2 active boys, we were scared that glass on the table would go flying. thankfully, all was safe!
We hit the buffet dessert table afterwards. It was very tasty. The main buffet also look tasty.
We stayed up late that ight exploring the ship befre the fresh air knocked us out!
We awoke the following morning to a gorgeous day and the day where we head to Portuguese ISland. After a huge breakfast,, we board the Zodiacs and head 4km towards the beach.
It was the perfect day. Not a breath of wind. Fully equipped beach bar, food on demand and loads of curios. Remember to take SA Rand as the locals like the currency.
We spent the whole day snorkelling, eating, suntanning, eating, drinking, swimming..... It was magical. Late afternoon, we got back on the ship, hit the deck, ate some more, had a few more cocktails. Heaven!
Some things yo must remember: make sure you take motion sickness tablets with and have hem often. Start the night before you leave and again an hour before the ship leaves the port. THe shower: the bottoms lever controls the temperature and he top turns it on and off (trut me, you won't want to forget this). DO NOT take bath and swimming towels. These are provided. Shampoo and soap is also on tap in the bathrooms.