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Portuguese Island (Photo: MSC Cruises)

About Portuguese Island

Portuguese Island is an off-the-beaten path destination off the coast of Mozambique that is ideal for a low-key day of swimming in the warm sea and relaxing shoreside. The island can be traversed on foot in about an hour and is dotted with stands offering visitors dishes of local cuisine and cold beverages. Sailing, fishing and other boating excursions are also options on Portuguese Island.

--By Shayne Thompson, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Portuguese Island

    Leaving:
    Durban
    Visiting:
    Portuguese Island, Fort Dauphin ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Portuguese Island Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Durban
    • Day 2
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Fort Dauphin
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Seychelles
    • Day 8
      Seychelles
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Port Louis
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Durban
    Ship Details

    MSC Musica - MSC Cruises

    International passenger mix means a fun time

    L'Enoteca Wine Bar offers terrific antipasto

    Supersized pool-side movie screen

    Reviews

    MSC Musica Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service3.0
    Value3.0

    When MSC Crociere's Musica launched in mid-2006, there was a sense of breathless expectancy abo...

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    robb s
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Poor Quality Food; Management Have No Idea
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    Traveler-14344
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Great Itinerary Cruise
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Portuguese Island

    Leaving:
    Durban
    Visiting:
    Maputo, Portuguese Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    5 Night Cruise to Portuguese Island Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Durban
    • Day 2
      Maputo
    • Day 3
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 4
      Pomene
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Durban
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    MSC Musica - MSC Cruises

    International passenger mix means a fun time

    L'Enoteca Wine Bar offers terrific antipasto

    Supersized pool-side movie screen

    Reviews

    MSC Musica Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service3.0
    Value3.0

    When MSC Crociere's Musica launched in mid-2006, there was a sense of breathless expectancy abo...

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    DIROY
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Organised Chaos!
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    Kelmari
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    The worst cruise we have ever had!
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      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 3 Night
    Cruise to Portuguese Island

    Leaving:
    Durban
    Visiting:
    Portuguese Island, Durban ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    3 Night Cruise to Portuguese Island Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Durban
    • Day 2
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 3
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 4
      Durban
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    MSC Opera - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Fun-filled ship with top-notch entertainment, great food and great kids' facilities

    Cons

    Limited dining options

    Bottom line

    With two nights and two days in Havana, this is a real opportunity to discover the Cuban capital

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    MSC Opera Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 2,150-passenger MSC Opera is one of four medium-sized Lirica-class ships, dating from 2004 ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Kenwootton
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Just a good value cruise
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    cruisecriticanonymus
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Dirty, bad service and quite low cost running ship
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 3 Night
    Cruise to Portuguese Island

    Leaving:
    Durban
    Visiting:
    Portuguese Island, Durban ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    3 Night Cruise to Portuguese Island Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Durban
    • Day 2
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 3
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 4
      Durban
    Ship Details

    MSC Musica - MSC Cruises

    International passenger mix means a fun time

    L'Enoteca Wine Bar offers terrific antipasto

    Supersized pool-side movie screen

    Reviews

    MSC Musica Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service3.0
    Value3.0

    When MSC Crociere's Musica launched in mid-2006, there was a sense of breathless expectancy abo...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Angiekimurphy
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Excellent value for money
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    The Archers
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Not a Luxury experience in anyway!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Portuguese Island

    Leaving:
    Durban
    Visiting:
    Portuguese Island, Pomene ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    5 Night Cruise to Portuguese Island Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Durban
    • Day 2
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 3
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 4
      Pomene
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Durban
    Ship Details

    MSC Orchestra - MSC Cruises

    Captivating port-intensive itineraries

    Wine Bar has a terrific antipasto

    Supersized pool-side movie screen

    Reviews

    MSC Orchestra Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    MSC Orchestra, which joined MSC's fleet in 2007, is the line's eighth ship. Like MSC Musica, it...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    ndileka
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Almost great experience but A trip
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    Nadsb1977
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Best time of my Life
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Portuguese Island

    Leaving:
    Durban
    Visiting:
    Maputo, Portuguese Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    4 Night Cruise to Portuguese Island Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Durban
    • Day 2
      Maputo
    • Day 3
      Maputo
    • Day 3
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 4
      Portuguese Island
    • Day 5
      Durban
    Ship Details

    MSC Opera - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Fun-filled ship with top-notch entertainment, great food and great kids' facilities

    Cons

    Limited dining options

    Bottom line

    With two nights and two days in Havana, this is a real opportunity to discover the Cuban capital

    Reviews

    MSC Opera Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 2,150-passenger MSC Opera is one of four medium-sized Lirica-class ships, dating from 2004 ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Gazzetta
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Terrible
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    David Watt
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    You get what you pay for, hard working crew....
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

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More about Portuguese Island

Why go to Portuguese Island?

Pros: Portuguese Island has some of the most picturesque beaches on Africa's southern coast.

Cons: The island is rather remote and not a frequent cruise stop, so your options may be quite limited.

Bottom Line: A visit to secluded Portuguese Island is all about beautiful views and seaside relaxation.


Portuguese Island Cruise Reviews

MSC Musica
dearbaskar
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Inhaca, not many might be interested, but if you are keen for something excursions there, then you can go, otherwise you may not be interested, just do Portuguese island....Read More
MSC Musica
The 7 Dwarfs
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Portuguese Island is really well set up by MSC....Read More
MSC Musica
tonib1
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We did the eco-tour to the marine research center, had lunch on Portuguese Island and then spent the early afternoon browsing the market on the beach. A most enjoyable day!...Read More
MSC Musica
Deniselary
Sail Date: Feb 2019
We transferred from Portuguese island to inhaca...was fantastic.....Read More
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