7 Durban Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

Trying to find the perfect gift is always daunting, luckily i decided to gift my husband a cruise with the Msc Musica, Upon Arrival at the harbour, There was a que to get into check in and to leave your luggage, each step was even more ... Read More
Trying to find the perfect gift is always daunting, luckily i decided to gift my husband a cruise with the Msc Musica, Upon Arrival at the harbour, There was a que to get into check in and to leave your luggage, each step was even more exciting as its just one step closer to boarding, When we reached check in and all was in order my two kids, husband and i literally ran to the boarding area, We stopped quickly at the refreshments area to grab a drink and off we were ( this was so though full after waiting in the ques, a thirst quench was just what we needed) The music and the friendly staff outside just set the mood, Finally we arrived inside the ship, our passports was taken and immediately we were sent upstairs to get a wrisk band for my 7 year old, so basically this as to be worn by the child throughout the cruise, as it makes it easy to locate which cabin the child is,incase they get lost. As we explored we bought our drinks package and went on the 13th deck for our buffet lunch, this was my favourite spot throughout the cruise haha hence the weight gain, everything was perfectly set up, different types of food, bread rolls, salads, dessert, tea coffee and water is always served. We sat at a table and indulged in our scrumptious lunch btw the buffet is open 20 hours, breakfast lunch and supper, And the pizzas is thee best tasting pizzas ever, Everything is always in order as soon as u done eating theres always someone to clear up ur table. Making it easier for the next person to come in, After eating we went to our cabin to change up and went on deck to do the drill, Finally we set sail, the experience of just leaving was absolutely amazing. Everyone was filled with excitement. We had abit of a confusion with our cabin and illena from reception was the absolutely best, so friendly and she even sent up a bottle of champagne and some yummy snacks for my husband on his birthday. Theres so much to do on the ship but we mainly hung out on the deck as the kids wanted to be in the pool, there is a kiddies and teens club aswell, my 7 year old loved it and still talks about his teachers, they provide activities the entire day for the kids and believe me its so safe. They even take the kids for dinner and it's so exciting for the kiddies, Again the level of quality and security is absolutely amazing these ladies and gents are so patient and caring with the kids, Everything is always in a order, at 8pm every night we were allocated a restaurant which we could dine in, the food is absolutely amazing and our waiter was so friendly and welcoming, the manager if this restaurant was extremely rude and to be honest he was the only bad experience throughout our cruise, The shopping is a must, my husband bought me the most beautiful jewellery and the 4.5 liter drinks is absolutely well worth it, Island day: Day of island was amazing such beautiful experience, u have to get a ticket on board which will tell u what boat number u are, u go to the 4th floor and a boat awaits u, nothing to be scared about again everything is always in order and safe, when we arrived at the island the blue waters and music and views was just breathtaking. There's alot of locals selling stuff so carry some cash, it was extremely hot so we went straight to the buffet, freshly caught grilled fish and the delicious water melons and mangoes was my favourite, A dj and also a live band makes u feel so blessed just to experience this.We spent the day in the water and then finally decided to leave early as we didn't want to wait long with the kids, The boats started loading up and we finally entered the ship again, As we entered there was a gentleman handing us an ice face clothe again very well thought of as coming out from the heat, this ice cloth was a bit of heaven for us, Back to sail and after refreshing up we went on board for some activities. What amazed me was everything was always in order, the staff are all very hard working, A few are abit rude but majority are so welcoming, oh please be careful when buying drinks on the deck, if u not using ur drinks package, we paid 45 dollars for two jack Daniels and two cans of coke, yet at the bar across is was 5 dollars. So always ask the price before you purchase. The theater the night before we left was absolutely amazing we got to see the captain break some moves, so friendly so creative and overall it was definitely the best experience ooooh i forgot to mention i felt sea sick for two nights so make sure u take something and they also provide some tabs at the reception area. Would i recommended this cruise? I will be off my head not too, A lifetime experience, My Kids are still talking about it and my husband says he doesn't no how to top this for my birthday hahahah. Overall I'll be back again Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have been cruising with msc for many years, actually since 2009. This specific cruise was the first of three back-to-back cruises, as we only disenbarked on the 19th of december 2018. This cruise was the most exhausting experience ... Read More
We have been cruising with msc for many years, actually since 2009. This specific cruise was the first of three back-to-back cruises, as we only disenbarked on the 19th of december 2018. This cruise was the most exhausting experience ever. Embarkation took 3 hours 45 minutes. Once we passed customs, the ship served warm juices on the side, what a welcoming drink, after all the time in the shed to get through customs. Then another queue to collect vouchers. More qeues to activate the cabin account. The ship is beautiful, the staff tried to be helpful, but some of the guests behaved like barbaric pirates and this resulted in everything being hectic. The cabin was neat & clean, yet as a black voyager guest, apparently the only one on the ship, i did not feel welcome at all, i became my duty to inform the voyager desk, who was rarely available, that my cruise card need to be updated. We eventually, four days later started to receive the voyager welcome drink and platter in the cabin. After the 3rd cruise embarcation was completed on the 16th of december, i was horrifically embarressed by the hotel staff, after confirming the night before, that the seating arrangements for the second seating for the final cruise will remain the same. This was confirmed and after being seated, as arranged, we were moved around like chess pieces. I have never been this embarresed on any cruise, for that metter, not ever in even the average african restaurant. I then wrote a note to the customer service desk, indicating the situation and stated that i am not happy with the situation and the treatment from staff. The customer relations manager, chanel, the f&b manager, the spa manager, the casino maneger and other staff had a meeting and i was requested to have a meeting with them. Several issues were recitfied and we were treated with dignity and sincerely appologised to for the inconvenience and lack of acknowledgement. The main aim for this cruise, was to scatter the ashes of my partner, whom cruised with me since 2009, every single cruise, last in december 2016. We had booked a cruise for december 2017, but due to jason's medical state, he was not able to partake and we decided to cancel. Jason passed on 20 may 2018, and his wish was to scatter his ashes during a cruise. I've made all the arrangements, took all possible actions into consideration, arranged for all the documentation, made the relevant arrangement on the ship, to ensure everything is done legally and without consequinces, but eventually cancelled the request, as this was suppose to be a memorable experience, and not coupled to horrific memories. Therefor jason is back at home. I will cruise again, it's the most relaxing and practical holiday for me, as im a event planner, the head chef of my company and the owner of a venue in gauteng. I've refered hundreds of my clients and guests to msc, always tell people of this super experience, the most awesome service and amazing shows. To cruise is the only holiday for me, as it was for jason. Therefor i will not consider the last cruise i took as an indication of cruising experience, as there is so much more, i have experienced it in over 15 cruises since 2009. The portuguese islands and pomene was done and developed in great taste, well arranged and really confortable settings, but not really africa friendly, as the guests have proofed to other more sifisticated guests, that manners and etiquete lacks and can create chaos even in the best of planned events. Thank you again for a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Had the most wonderful time onboard. Food, service everything was just best quility. Weather bit bad but great. Staff Maria at reception was wonderful. She made us feel at home. Ice crean section wow the best we drank cocktail and was ... Read More
Had the most wonderful time onboard. Food, service everything was just best quility. Weather bit bad but great. Staff Maria at reception was wonderful. She made us feel at home. Ice crean section wow the best we drank cocktail and was awesome. Food was the highlight of the cruise. Good prepered. The staff are great friendly and helpfull. My dream will for filled if We can cruise wit Misica. Sinfonia was awesome with lot to do and shopping " omw" to much to buy. Weldone MSC hope to see you next year. Entertaiment was great and RSG overdo a bit but yeah hope the we will see the staff do the shows next time. To me we will cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because I needed a break and because of the itinerary. On the whole the cruise was really good and I would recommend it if you are a family with children, couple, friendship group, or are looking for a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I needed a break and because of the itinerary. On the whole the cruise was really good and I would recommend it if you are a family with children, couple, friendship group, or are looking for a 'booze/party' cruise. First of all the staff were flawless, nothing was too much trouble and all the crew I came into contact with were friendly, helpful and just a pleasure to engage with. For me embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The ship was lovely, clean and well maintained with good facilities. My cabin (8129) was perfect for my needs, my only minor gripe was that I found a item of women's clothing under the bed from a previous passenger and an old ships programme (from October 2017) in a drawer. But apart from that the cabin was good. The food on board was good. I did the 'behind the scenes' tour and met the executive chef and got to appreciate what goes into food preparation on board and how challenging this can be. I was a solo gay passenger and I felt that all of the entertainment was geared up for heterosexual couples and families with children and there was nothing really aimed at those who were travelling on their own or gay. I think that some sort of meet and greet for solo passengers may have been a good idea. Despite notifications being placed in the ships programme about the evening entertainment in the theatre being aimed at adults only there were lots of young children present. The theatre in the evenings was overcrowded and this was made more frustrating as people saved chairs for others, despite being instructed not to do so. The formal evening was a bit of a 'damp squid' (why bother having it) as there was some confusion on its advertising in the ships programme (dress for the evening indicated with formal logo with the words 'informal' written) so a small number of us dressed formally for the evening. Our itinerary was changed when we boarded and we spent two days anchored off Portuguese Island which left me feeling disappointed as I had looked forward to seeing Pomene. I felt that two days at PI was overkill if you're not into beaches and beach activities. Whilst there the services, entertainment and activities were moved to the island and very little happening on board for those who decided not to go ashore. For example, all the shops were closed during these days. Another minor gripe was the Baroque coffee shop only opening at 4pm which I think was very restrictive for those of us who enjoy a good cup of coffee during the day (although you could get coffee in the buffet during the course of the day). I've noticed that the cruises from Durban (I've done 3) are very much aimed at families and children. With the focus on parties and alcohol (I'm not judging), because this is not what I look for in a cruise I do not think I will do another cruise from Durban. However, I would cruise with MSC again in the Med or Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I'm 31 yrs of age and I took my 59yr old mummy on a cruise for the first time.She turned 59 yrs on board. What a surprise birthday she had.She didn't know,I kept it as a surprise. I knew she was going to enjoy herself for this ... Read More
I'm 31 yrs of age and I took my 59yr old mummy on a cruise for the first time.She turned 59 yrs on board. What a surprise birthday she had.She didn't know,I kept it as a surprise. I knew she was going to enjoy herself for this was my second cruise.She still can't close her mouth.Her highlight was the food and the hospitality.The best treatment ever. The stuff made it really special. I'm so glad I chose taking her on a cruise for her birthday.I'll go on a cruise anytime of the day. Anytime is cruise time. Everyone needs to go on this cruise...I can go on and on and on about this cruise.I love you guys,keep up the good job. I'm definatly taking my brothers on the next cruise which has to be very soon. and obviously my future husband has to go with me again,I mean everyone in my life have to know about this cruise,I know it's sounds funny. Experience value for money. Oh the dance ,what an entertainment. I dance my lung out.I had too much fun.The best place for socializing,good time I had wow. We also enjoyed Portugues Island,best weather ever. My mum had the best time ever.She swam literally the whole day.She was just having fun.Even when we got there,the service was still on point. I'm just all over the moon about this cruise. what a smooth embarking and disembarking on this.fast moving lines well controlled,took the best pictures in the process. Oh I must say,perfumes,bags and watches are very cheap there. I always have extra cash to spoil myself with. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had done the cruise from Cape Town to Durban the previous year which was a very nice experience therefore, we decided to do the cruise from Durban to the Portuguese Island and Pomene. However, due to a technical problem with the ship, ... Read More
We had done the cruise from Cape Town to Durban the previous year which was a very nice experience therefore, we decided to do the cruise from Durban to the Portuguese Island and Pomene. However, due to a technical problem with the ship, we were not able to complete the itinerary to visit Pomene and was compensated with 20 dollars which I thought was totally inadequate. The shows on board were nice. We were 7 adults traveling together and had requested to have second seating for dinner but was split into a first and second seating at the Il Covo. However, The manager Luigi managed to accommodate us at 9 pm for dinner. He was really accommodating and his staff was really good. We were invited for a cocktail to welcome us for the second cruise. Just thought that if they had provided nice snacks and perhaps a T ship or a small momentum, it would have made it very special. I am looking forward the new ship coming and hopefully, it will be a better experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was me and my daughter's first time on a cruise ship and it was an absolutely fabulous experience on board. The ship was always, always neat, everywhere you go and the cabin was clean every day even the public rooms was also ... Read More
This was me and my daughter's first time on a cruise ship and it was an absolutely fabulous experience on board. The ship was always, always neat, everywhere you go and the cabin was clean every day even the public rooms was also neat and tidy. The service and food was excellent and so many to choose from. There were a lot of entertainment and activities to enjoy throughout the day and night. As well as the security checks and safety drill that was done. So there were really no dull moment on the cruise. The Port and shore excursions was done smoothly and fast, it proceeded with efficient flow and in a speedy manner. We had a great time on Maputo, the Portuguese island and Pomene. It was absolutely exiting and spectacular. Every crew member was friendly and always smiled. Everything was Excellent and I will definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017

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