Durban main port of call for luxury floating hotels

2010-03-02 00:00

DURBAN will be the main port of call for two luxury floating hotels, which will bring tourists from around the globe for the Soccer World Cup spectacular.

At a special media tour on board the MS Amsterdam, which is similar to the MS Westerdam and MS Noordam chartered for the event, Werner von Moltke, founder of One Ocean Club said that Durban’s “superb winter climate” is the place to be during the World Cup.

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

Von Moltke 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 will enjoy the World Cup in a South African winter.

He said the ships will 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 and conference hosting centres.

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

Von Moltke said that three years have gone into planning the tourism concept.

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