Today the beautiful Verushka from Spice Goddess is taking my over my blog a bit and sharing her fun cruise ship holiday with us! I
I think I was born with the blood of a gypsy traveler. As a young child my parents traveled with us through South Africa. My brother and I were given interesting experiences of culture, history and food. Since returning to South Africa in 2010, I have been exploring my country as a tourist.
Having never been on a boat cruise, my cousin and I decided to tick this of our Travel List. We decided on going to the Portuguese Islands on the MSC Opera Cruise Ship. What I loved was that we could pay a deposit and the balance before we traveled thus making it rather affordable. Being the social media addict I am I found a Mystery Cabin deal which meant a great price but we didn't know our cabin. But the God's of Cruise's was kind and we ended up with a Cabin with a window above sea level.
The Cruise cost us each R3500 which included all our meals. It was a 4 day cruise to the Portuguese Islands. We had to pay for our drinks, ice creams and trips off the ship. Entertainment on board was great and each night there was a Theatre Productio, a nightclub, a pool party and activities all day. Every night we got a "menu" of activities for the next day including the Cocktail of the day which included non alcoholic versions as well.
The staff were from around the world and on their name badges they had a flag from their country on there. The first few hours on board I felt like I was drunk and what made it worse was I was walking around armed with a map so I would not get lost on the ship. But after having a bite to eat in the 24 hour eatery on the Top Deck and a cocktail I felt much better. The food was yummy and such a variety of cuisines. Friendly staff were always on hand to help and sometimes guide us back to our rooms. The ship is a no cash zone as you have to convert your Randelas into dollars and then put that onto a swipecard to pay.
We did keep some cash dollars for when we went to the island. We put 300 Dollars onto our cards for both which was enough for our time at sea. After my first cruise experience I knew i wanted to go cruising again and on longer trips. Cruises with MSC are during the summer months only with destination to Madagascar, Mauritius, Portuguese Islands and Cape Town. On my Travel To Do List I have added Madagascar....