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Floating hotels heading to Dbn

2010-03-01 22:30

Durban - The main port of call for two luxury "floating hotels" which will bring tourists from around the globe for the FIFA World Cup spectacular will be Durban.

At a special media tour on board the MS Amsterdam, which is similar to the MS Westerdam and MS Noordam which are charted for the event, Werner von Moltke, founder of One Ocean Club (OOC) said that Durban with its "superb winter climate" was the place to be during the World Cup.

The MS Amsterdam made a quick stop over during its 114 day cruise to show media, businesses and port authorities what it had to offer international tourists.

He said that South African soccer enthusiasts and businesses stand to gain just as much from the One Ocean Club experience as overseas visitors.

With its warm climate and the best pick of the World Cup matches, Von Moltke said the guests would enjoy the World Cup in a South African winter.

He said the ships would add an extra 4 600 beds to the World Cup and will have a full-scale premium hospitality programme.

This will include full and half-day excursions to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Ushaka Marine Park and other local attractions.

On-board attractions include big-screen match viewing, pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres, libraries, cinemas, casinos, sport courts, gyms, spas and conference hosting centres.

Both ships feature 11 bars, four restaurants, casinos, libraries, kids club and luxurious spas.

He said that three years had gone into planning the concept.