Cape Town

Whatever time of day you arrive in Cape Town on your luxury MSC cruise liner, whether early morning or late evening, passengers are always amazed by the majestic skyline of this South African city and the dramatic Table Mountain that rises above the city’s pretty harbour.

A stunning holiday destination with its majestic skyline

Whatever time of day you arrive in Cape Town on your luxury MSC cruise ship, whether early morning or late evening, you'll be amazed by the majestic skyline of this South African city and the dramatic Table Mountain that rises above the city’s pretty harbor.

Although one of the busiest ports in South Africa, this is a stunning vacation destination; explorer Sir Francis Drake described it as "...the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth," when he sailed into Table Bay in 1580.

We believe the only drawback you’ll experience in this city lies in knowing what to do first! As always, MSC Cruises has organized the best on-shore excursion packages and offers great deals on activities and sight-seeing trips in the region.

Venture out of town to South Africa’s famous historic vineyards, or experience world-class shopping in this city, ideal for walking due to its compact, tourist-friendly size.

The adventurous may enjoy a cable ride to the top of Table Mountain, the perfect spot to take in the sweeping, breathtaking views of the Table Mountain National Park.

With world-class global cuisine on the menu in many of Cape Town’s excellent restaurants, there is a lot for gourmets to enjoy, and the authentic local specialities of biltong and curried mince are worth sampling, too.
Cape Town offers a sojourn off the ship that is not to be missed – one that we guarantee will be a memorable highlight of your cruise vacation.
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Port average temperature

The Cape Peninsula has a Mediterranean climate, this climate type means the city has well-defined seasons. In winter time, which lasts from May to September, large cold fronts come across from the Atlantic Ocean with heavy precipitation and strong north-westerly winds.

The winter months are cool, with an average minimum temperature of 7°C and an average maximum of around 17°C Most of the city's annual rainfall occurs in wintertime, but due to the mountainous topography of the city, rainfall amounts for specific areas can vary dramatically. Newlands, to the south of the city, is the wettest suburb in South Africa.

The valleys and coastal plains average 515 millimetres of rain per annum, while mountain areas can average as much as 1,500 millimetres per annum.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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Average high °C252524221917161718202223
Average low °C171715131188810121416
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