Sinfonia Cruise To The Portuguese Islands (Part 1)

Ever since our highly enjoyable cruise to Mauritius, I’ve been looking for an excuse to go on another one. So, with my daughter Michelle graduating at the end of 2015, I knew what the perfect graduation gift would be!  And, since we could cruise around my birthday, we would have a double celebration.

All the planning for this trip started months ago and to make it different from other trips, I wanted us to make use of as many modes of transport as we could.  What follows is our journey …

Friday February 12

The first leg of our journey started when we were picked up at home by an Uber driver.  After battling through Friday afternoon traffic, we got to Park Station, Johannesburg from where we were traveling on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe Deluxe overnight train.

DSC00001While relaxing in their comfy waiting room, having snacks, we were informed that our train was “lost” but we would be notified the moment it was found!  Michelle and I had quite a giggle, but were rather relieved when we heard our train had indeed arrived and we could board.

DSC00002On board we were welcomed with a glass of bubbly and more snacks!

Soon after boarding we were directed to the dining carriage, where we had a gourmet dinner.  Then it was off to bed …


Although waking up once or twice during the night, I felt refreshed when I got up just after 5h00 on Saturday morning.  We were traveling through the green fields of KwaZulu Natal and the air was fresh and invigorating.

The Green Fields of KwaZulu NatalSaturday February 13

Durban is a beautiful city with lovely beaches, but believe me, it can get very hot and humid.  After another trip with an Uber driver, we left our luggage at the apartment we booked, and went in search of sustenance.

After lunch at a delightful little beach restaurant, we were very happy to get into the air-conditioned apartment and just relax for the rest of the day.

From the 8th floor we had an amazing view of Ushaka Marine World as well as Ushaka beach. DSC00004DSC00005






Sunday February 14

When you visit Durban you have to go to Ushaka Marine World.  It’s just one of those things 🙂  They do such a great job of looking after our marine world and educating people! So after a leisurely breakfast Michelle and I wandered over to the shipwreck where this amazing park is situated.

Ushaka Marine WorldI won’t even try to tell you about all the wonderful things you can see, I’ll  let these pictures do the talking:

Don’t miss the next post – The Actual Cruise on board the Sinfonia!

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