MSC Cruises through KCT (Kwazulu Cruise Terminal) on Saturday, November 16, broke ground on the building of the new Durban Cruise Terminal in South Africa. The world-class terminal is expected to be operational from January 2021.
The increase in interest in cruising in South Africa led to MSC Cruises’ decision to deploy a couple of ships to South African shores for the 2020-2021 winter cruise season with MSC Musica to homeport in Durban and MSC Opera to homeport in Cape Town.
MSC Cruises’ commitment to South Africa was recently recognized at the South African Investment Conference, where the cruise line received a special acknowledgment from the President Cyril Ramaphosa for the investment in local tourism infrastructure.
MSC Group has invested in the skills development in South Africa with the opening of Shosholoza Ocean Academy, via a partnership with the government’s Department of Trade and Industry. This academy will provide free 3-month training courses for young South Africans. Those who successfully complete the course become eligible for employment on board MSC Cruises’ liners around the world.