Cruise liners offer 2010 experience

TWO huge luxury cruise ships will dock in South Africa's harbours during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, bringing tourists to experience Mzansi's culture and passion for soccer.

TWO huge luxury cruise ships will dock in South Africa's harbours during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, bringing tourists to experience Mzansi's culture and passion for soccer.

The MS Noordam and MS Westerdam, each with more than 950 cabins, will dock in Durban and Port Elizabeth harbours respectively from June 11 to July 11.

The unique cruise experience will give passengers a chance to live aboard the ship and experience harbour life, while enjoying the soccer matches in the cities they dock at.

Munich-based company Moltke Promotion has partnered with Cape Town-based tour operator iKapa Tours and Travel to provide day tours for ship passengers during their stay.

Chartered by One Ocean Club, a subsidiary of Moltke Promotion, the two cruise liners will complement the current luxury accommodation in the three coastal World Cup host cities of Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

They will provide a safe and controlled environment for passengers.

The MS Noordam, the vessel that will be based in Durban's harbour, will also visit Port Elizabeth's harbour twice - for a quarter-final match and for the playoff for third and fourth place.

The MS Westerdam will be moored in Port Elizabeth harbour for the first 14 days of the tournament and will then cruise between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town for the rest of the tournament.

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