Sinful fun aboard

2011-01-07 10:51

I’m not much of a water person. After three hours of watching the Titanic sink, I had no intention of stepping aboard any boat.

But, as I’ve been accused many times by friends and family alike, I “like things”, so when I was offered to go on Miller’s yearly Rock The Boat party cruise in December, I agreed.

This was a trip of many firsts for me: first time on a cruise ship, first time in Maputo and first time conquering my fear of Titanic-sized boats.

There was no way I was going to be left behind on the four-day-long party to Maputo and the Portuguese Island with cool people like DJ Fresh, DJ Black Coffee, HHP, JR, Tamara Dey and many fun and funky party animals.

So, I said goodbye to everyone I love and off I flew to Durban where the ship was docked.

The cruise ship MSC Sinfonia is an intimidating masterpiece with 13 storeys.

The ship’s interior resembles that of a plush hotel, and the decks are named after legendary classical composers such as Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky to carry out the musical theme of the ship’s name.

While most people rushed off to the solarium up on the Schubert deck to tan or enjoy the music provided by the DJs, I went off to explore the rest of the boat.

The overall interior decor theme is a European Moderne motif, with a reception decorated with plush, comfortable couches upholstered in teal and beige.

Next I discovered the Le Terme on the Debussy deck where there’s a sauna, massage parlour, and a gym and fitness centre.

For food, there are about four beautifully furnished restaurants serving delicious meals and wine. All meals are free and you get four square meals per day, but drinks are on your account.

Much to the delight of the party animals aboard, there are about eight bars to choose from.

The cabins are comfy with double beds big enough for even the most finicky sleeper. If you’re not prone to motion sickness, you’ll enjoy being lulled to sleep.

The bathrooms are decent-sized but if you prefer yours bigger, you’ll have to fork out more moolah for a suite with a balcony.

The all-night parties took place at the 600-seater Teatro San Carlo, where musicians and comedians gave live performances; the futuristic Pasha Club Disco was the popular party spot; while San Remo Casino kept the gamers occupied.

The third day of the trip saw the ship anchor near the deserted Portuguese Island located in southern Mozambique. It has a magnificent beach and a lagoon perfect for water sports like snorkelling and wind surfing. Most people took inflatable rubber beds from the ship to the island to relax in the water. The local vendors (who are from the nearest island of Inhaca) come by boat to sell their wares comprising anything from crafts, kangas and umbrellas to cold beverages.

We stayed on the island for about three hours before the heat and humidity caused everyone to scramble back to the
­­air-conditioned ship, which then set sail back to Durban.

The cruise is available for bookings throughout the year.

» Seabi was a guest of Miller’s

Cruise check-list

Credit card/Cash: Cruise ships charge most things that you buy to your cabin, which you have to pay for when it is time to leave.

Travel documents, i.e. Passport, cruise tickets: You leave them behind, you might as well come back. Photocopy your travel documents and leave them with a trusted family member or friend.

Motion-sickness medication: Even people who have been on boats before can get sea-sick so be prepared for anything.

Copy of prescriptions and list of all medicines:Accidents happen and sometimes you just run out. There are pharmacies on board the ship where you can replenish your medication if anything happens to it.

Medical insurance cards and medical history: In case anything happens to you, the doctors on the ship will be able to trace your medical history.

SPF: Protect yourself from the sun with sun block.

Flip-flops

A sun hat

Sunglasses

A raincoat

Swim wear

A beach towel


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