The MSC Opera is a medium-sized four-star ship. Refurbished in 2015 with new cabins, enlarged dining and updated spa facilities, it is sure to impress. Popular dining venues and bars include the Aroma Coffee Bar, the Gelateria Italiana and the Sottovento Pub. Entertainment abounds in the Teatro dell’Opera, the Piano Bar and the Cotton Club. Why not have a massage or treatment in the Aurea Spa or relax by the pool? A voyage on the MSC Opera is an experience to be remembered.
DAY 1 Tuesday 2 February, 2021 Depart Australia
Today we depart Australia on our flights to Victoria Falls.
DAY 2 Wednesday 3 February, 2021 Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
On arrival into Victoria Falls today, we are transferred to Hwange National Park and our Safari Lodge, where we will stay for the next three nights. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 3 Thursday 4 February, 2021 Hwange National Park
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe, occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometers. It is located in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the mighty Victoria Falls. It became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th century and was set aside as a National Park in 1929. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. We will hopefully see the ‘Big 5’ – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo. We’ll also see many varieties of colourful birds. Our experienced guide will help us spot hard-to see animals, so we make the most of the safari. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Friday 5 February, 2021 Hwange National Park
A free day for you to explore Hwange National Park. You may like to take a morning or afternoon safari or enjoy have a rare opportunity to experience life in an African village with a cultural tour of one of the local villages. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 5 Saturday 6 February, 2021 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This morning we depart the safari lodge and travel to Victoria Falls. On arrival in the afternoon, we will check into our hotel. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 6 Sunday 7 February, 2021 Victoria Falls
A free day to explore the Falls area. Victoria Falls are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Monday 8 February, 2021 Victoria Falls
A free day to explore the Falls area. Perhaps try riding the rapids down the Zambezi River or try bungee jumping off the bridge over the Zambezi River. Or go into town and explore and meet the locals. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 Tuesday 9 February, 2021 Cape Town, South Africa
This morning we check out of our hotel and fly to Cape Town. Known as the “Mother City”, Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa. Perched between the ocean and Table Mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 Wednesday 10 February, 2021 Embarkation
The morning is free for you to explore Cape Town. Perhaps take a ferry to visit the famed Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27 years imprisonment. Early afternoon we are transferred to the port to board the MSC Opera for our cruise up the west coast to Namibia. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 10 Thursday 11 February, 2021 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 11 Friday 12 February, 2021 Walvis Bay, Namibia
Walvis Bay is small port on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and the gateway to the Namib Desert. Sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit, its tidal lagoon is home to abundant birdlife including flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns. The harbour is busy with fishing boats and ships. Dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals inhabit the Atlantic waters around the Pelican Point Lighthouse. Take a tour into the desert or explore the curio markets, craft shops, art galleries, museums and the beachfront. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 12 Saturday 13 February, 2021 Luderitz, Namibia
This German village huddled on the coast of the vast Namib Desert is a surreal relic of German colonial rule. The village was founded by the Bremen merchant Adolf Lüderitz who, being a tobacco merchant, was interested in planting tobacco in Africa. Speculating on mineral deposits in the area and establishing colonial territory in Africa, persuaded Bismarck to place South West Africa under German control in 1884. Diamonds in the desert made it all happen, and it is as if a German village was suddenly plucked from Europe and set down on the African coast, caught between the icy South Atlantic and the burning desert. The Atlantic waters off Lüderitz are home to seals, penguins and other marine life. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 13 Sunday 14 February, 2021 At sea
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Perhaps take a dance class or just relax by the pool. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 14 Monday 15 February, 2021 Disembarkation
On arrival back into Cape Town we disembark the MSC Opera. We then join our local guide, who will take us on a sightseeing tour to see many fabulous sights such as the imposing brick and stucco Houses of Parliament, the Victoria and Alfred dock area, and the Bo-Kaap area, where the Cape Malays live in brightly-coloured cube houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. We take the cable car up Table Mountain for wonderful views of Table Bay, the city and the sea (weather permitting). Later we check in to our hotel. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 15 Tuesday 16 February, 2021 Departure
Today we are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 16 Wednesday 17 February, 2021 Australia
This evening we arrive in Australia and the tour concludes. Meals included: Breakfast
|CABIN||CATEGORY||TWIN FARE PP||SINGLE FARE|
|Included port & handling charges||$175||$350|
|Included air taxes as at 14/12/19||$874||$874|
Included port & handling charges
Included air taxes as at 14/12/19
All cabins are subject to cabin availability. Please call 1800 630 343 for details on fares and information on other cabin categories.
You can stay longer in southern Africa for minimal cost. Please contact Value Holidays on 1800 630 343 for more information.
Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.
Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd – ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser.
The tour costs are based on airfare, shipping, general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rates at 14 December 2019. Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements.
Deposits and Payments:
A deposit of $1,500 per passenger is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 121 days before departure of the tour from Australia. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged for payment made by credit cards.
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are valid as at 14 December 2019. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to charge additional amounts.
Cancellation Conditions: Number of days before sailing.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|Over 121 days||$1500|
|121 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.
Minimum Tour Numbers and Conditions:
The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 121 days prior to departure. Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost.
Cruise Offers Value Holidays reserves the right to change advertised entrances if necessary, for the smooth operation of the tour.
The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilized after the tour has commenced.
All passengers will require a valid passport with at least six months validity from your return date. Visas will be required for Zimbabwe for Australian passport holders. Details will be provided by Cruise Offers Value Holidays.
All passengers qualify for the 20kg free baggage allowance.
GROUP AIRLINE SEATING:
Please note; you will be booked as part of a group booking with the airline, this means we are unable to confirm any seating requests. Pre purchasing of flights and payment of airline seat booking fees allows allocation of specific seats. Additional costs will apply.
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.
Cruise Offers Value Holidays (a division of Travelrite International) is the tour organiser. Cruise Offers acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the MSC Musica/Opera cruise passage contract with MSC Cruises, detailed on their website www.msccruises.com.au. If you do not have a copy of this form please contact Cruise Offers Value Holidays and we will send one to you.
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HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1,500 per person to:
Cruise Offers Value Holidays
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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ABOUT CRUISE OFFERS:
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