Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean
(Africa's West Coast Cruise)
Embark on an epic coastal voyage from bottom to top along Africa's western shores, sailing from South Africa's renowned Cape Town, to London in the heart of Western Europe. A true voyage of contrasts, you'll experience modern megacities like Cape Town, as well as small fishing villages like Ghana's Takoradi, Britain's former slavery headquarters for over 200 years, attempting to recover and triumph over its scarred past. Visit Bom Bom Island, a beautiful sandy resort island in the Gulf of Guinea, and see the French-colonial influence of Dakar in Senegal. You can venture inland during a visit to Namibia in order to explore some of Africa's renowned wildlife. Sail to Morocco before continuing north to Portugal, where you'll stop at the nation's capital, Lisbon. The voyage comes to a close at the port of Southampton (servicing London), as you arrive at the sophisticated foot of the British Monarchy.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board, and your documents will be handed over to you. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will then be shown to your onward flight, or to your awaiting transfer vehicle. Should you be collecting a rental car, you will be shown to the vehicle rental collection office.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
The Cape Cadogan boutique hotel is quintessential Cape Town, with each of its twelve bedrooms individually decorated with touches of history blended with contemporary chic and bohemian influences. Guestrooms feature comfortable, high-quality linens and beddings, top-end bathing amenities, and most importantly a spacious sense of homeliness. Like the city, oblivious to the world rushing by, Cape Cadogan has a laidback quality, which makes you want to sink deeper into your armchair and just soak it all in. You can take a walk to the buzzing bistros, boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Kloof Street, where you can enjoy the energy of the city and truly experience Cape Town.
This half day tour of the Cape Peninsula is ideal for those with limited time. The tour starts with the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Then continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. From here, you continue to Simonstown, the naval base, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach before returning to Cape Town.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the port where you will meet up with your cruise ship.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
Known quite simply as the very best cruise ship in the world, Crystal Serenity is consistently awarded the highest accolades by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, among others.
Cape Town, a port city located on the shore of Table Bay, is the second-most populated city in South Africa. The city is famous for its harbour and natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa's most popular tourist destination.
Enjoy a full day at sea, with a multitude of onboard facilities to provide you relaxation and entertainment.
Walvis Bay is an outpost on the empty stretch of Southwest Africa they call the Skeleton Coast. It was named for the whales once hunted here. Behind the town is the Namib Desert with trackless dunes inhabited by hardy, exotic desert plants and, now and then, a hungry lion or a ghostly herd of elephants. There is only one road, and it leads to Windhoek, Namibia's capital.
Full day spent relaxingly at sea.
A history marred by slavery, poverty and almost 40 years of civil war has not prevented Angola from emerging as a travel destination, albeit one for adventurers who don’t mind witnessing—and even wish to see—the very real and sometimes disturbing conditions of west-coast Africa. This is a hot land, an equatorial destination on the Atlantic Ocean slung between Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, and Zambia to the east. Angola’s African locale is enriched by Portuguese culture. In fact, Angola was once a Portuguese colony, and to this day the primary language is Portuguese and a widely observed religion is Catholicism. For anyone who visits, Angola’s beaches and recently revived wildlife parks offer enjoyable excursions.
A small forest-covered, volcanic island tucked away in the Gulf of Guinea, Bom Bom Island is world-renowned for its fishing opportunities. Wahoo, barracuda, dorado and cubera snapper are only a few of the varieties of fish that can be trolled for should you choose to enjoy the indulgent bliss of a privately-chartered fishing boat. Bom Bom Island Resort captures the essence of an island retreat with secluded golden beaches, swaying coconut fronds, and balmy 80-degree tropical water.
This small nugget in the former “Gold Coast” of West Africa is a city steeped in the history of the former slavery and gold harvesting trades. Cape Coast Castle, which served as the British slavery headquarters for over 200 years, provides a unique peek into Takoradi’s rich past. Images of women cleaning the local catch of the day, as well as men preparing to use their dugout canoes, adds to the colorful atmosphere that this swirling and vibrant city exudes.
Dakar is the capital city and largest city of Senegal. It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city on the African mainland. Its position, on the western edge of Africa, is an advantageous departure point for trans-Atlantic and European trade; this fact aided its growth into a major regional port. Major markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Dakar Cathedral, in addition to cliffs and beaches are significant draws for tourism.
Agadir is a major city and port in southwest Morocco. It does not adhere to traditional Moroccan city structure, with an obvious focus on modernity of amenities. A long sandy beach and mild winter climate make this a popular destination for travelers.
Lisbon is the capital city and largest city of Portugal. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, outdating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. The city of Lisbon is rich in architecture; Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Modern and Post-Modern constructions can be found all over. The city is also crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares, particularly in the upper districts. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
Full day spent relaxingly at sea. Arrive to London (Southampton) tomorrow morning.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Sit back and relax on your private transfer from Southampton port to your hotel in London with personal vehicle and driver.
One of the world's great cities, vibrant London manages to shine in the greyest weather and its diversity defies a simple definition. This sprawling city has drawn people for centuries, looking for something and finding the unexpected. It's one of the world's most international cities and its influences blend to create something uniquely wonderful. Let your Guide know your particular interests and he/she will help you discover the city on your half day walking tour of central London. Learn how to take the "tube", explore the cobblestone streets, gardens, and markets, and be a Londoner for a day. Your Guide will meet you at your hotel. Please note that one should wear comfortable shoes and a hat; suitable for children. (No entrance fees included)
Enjoy wonderful sights of the city of London from the London Eye ferris wheel! The London Eye (also known as the Millennium Wheel), at a height of 135 metres (443 ft), is the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over three million people in per year. At the time it was erected, in 1999, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang (160 m) in May 2006, and then the Singapore Flyer (165 m) on 11 February 2008. However, it is still described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel" (because the entire structure is supported by an A-frame on one side only). The London Eye is located at the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. Fast track tickets for the London Eye allow you to skip the majority of the queue and check in just 15 minutes before the experience booked.
Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires is famous to the world over for its University and place in history. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty to do. You will continue onto Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history and set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside. You will continue on to Warwick, a friendly and memorable experience with an ever-growing reputation for the variety of its cafes, restaurants and other eateries. The Market Square plays host to numerous events throughout the year and is the home of the Charter Market. You will have the option to visit Warwick Castle, Britain’s Greatest Medieval experience, the Lord Leycester Hospital with its fine medieval timber framed buildings, the military museums and the Collegiate Church of St Mary famous for its Beauchamp Chapel. Return back to your London hotel in the early evening.
Meet your driver at your hotel and be taken to Heathrow Airport by a private transfer.
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