Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean
(Indian Ocean Cruise)
Embark on a true ocean voyage, as you sail across the Indian Ocean, from Perth, Australia, to Cape Town, South Africa. Journey across the sea to discover the wilds of Madagascar with its lemurs, baobabs and beaches. Explore Port Louis, capital of Mauritius, and the largest port facility on the entire Indian Ocean. Transition the coast of South Africa, with opportunities to venture inward to experience the incredible wildlife of the Dark Continent. Visit miraculous beaches, and cosmopolitan cities, explore the treasures of Cape Town, gateway to safaris and wine country adventures.
Cruise Departure Dates (2015):
You will be transferred from the city to the airport by private car and driver.
Situated in the heart of Perth, Travelodge Perth (4*) is nestled in a picturesque area, located minutes from the major business, entertainment and shopping areas. Bordered by Kings Park botanical gardens and the beautiful Swan River, visitors to Perth can take advantage of the free city bus service, found on the hotel doorstep that will deliver them to the top local attractions.
See the very best of Perth and Fremantle and experience the friendly charm and relaxed lifestyle. Enjoy views of the Perth skyline and Swan River from Kings Park. See the beautiful black swans of Lake Monger and famous Cottesloe Beach. Travel alongside the Swan River via the exclusive suburbs of Mosman Park and Dalkeith to historic Fremantle.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail in the early evening.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary.
The 68,000-ton, 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity cruise ship raises the already lofty standards of Crystal Cruises to even greater heights. She offers an expanded space-to-guest ratio (62.9) than her spacious sister ships. Her elegantly appointed staterooms are all outside, over 85% with private verandahs, and all offer completely unobstructed views, thanks to a unique recessed lifeboat design. Crystal Serenity amenities include grand lounges, five separate and distinctive evening dining venues, a Caesars Palace at Sea casino, a lavish spa, two paddle tennis courts and award-winning entertainment.
Enjoy the facilities of your ship, as you relaxingly sail westward, spending a full day at sea.
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is the largest city of the country and main port, which borders the Indian Ocean. Port Louis was already in use as a harbor in 1638. In 1735, under French government, it became the administrative center of Mauritius and a major reprovisioning halt for French ships travelling around the Cape of Good Hope. The Port is named in honour of King Louis XV. Port Louis has conserved many historic and colonial buildings through the years. One of them is a fortification named Fort Adelaide or La Citadelle, built by the British in 1835. One of the most popular attractions is the country's national derby called Champ de Mars, which is the oldest race course (1812) in the Indian Ocean and the second oldest in the southern Hemisphere.
Saint-Denis (or unofficially Saint-Denis de la Réunion for disambiguation) is the préfecture (administrative capital) of the French overseas région and overseas département of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. It is located at the island's northernmost point, close to the mouth of the Rivière Saint-Denis. The closest airport is Roland Garros Airport which is also the main international airport of Réunion. The Réunion Tram Train, scheduled to start construction in 2008, will link the city to the airport and to Réunion's second city, Saint-Paul.
If you thought Madagascar was remote, not only are you correct but you may also be interested to know that there is a place even more secluded: Sainte Marie Island, a 35-mile-long spit of land off Madagascar’s northeastern coast. Like the rest of the island nation of Madagascar, Sainte Marie boasts an incredible diversity in wildlife and a rare and wonderful absence of people. Not that there are no people at all; of course there are the locals who travel by bike across characteristically rough roads and offer fresh bananas and handcrafted textiles at the marketplace in Sainte Marie’s main town, Ambodifotatra. But in general, tourists are less commonly sighted than the humpback whales that breach these Indian Ocean waters. To best enjoy your visit, you may want to do as the locals do—hop on a bicycle and pedal your way to quiet coves and sandy, palm-shaded beaches. Or don a snorkel to explore the sea, replete with wildlife and watery home to pirate shipwrecks.
Founded by the French East India Company in 1643, Taolagnaro is also known as Fort Dauphin, the name originally given to the settlement to honor the six-year-old crown prince of France, who would later become the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. What was once a small French colony is now a gateway to the Madagascar’s famed semi-tropical landscapes, beautiful beaches and surfer’s paradise of an ocean. Several ecotourism destinations reflect the locals’ passion for conservation and travelers’ interest in discovering the island’s unique fauna and flora. At Berenty Private Reserve one can get up close and personal to a population of surprisingly tame ring-tailed lemurs. At the fascinating Spiny Forest, one discovers how erratic rainfall has created a variety of unique and interestingly shaped plants that earn their “spiny” designation.
Maputo, known as Lourenço Marques before independence from Portugal, is the capital and largest city of Mozambique. The town developed around a Portuguese fortress completed in 1787. It is known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along its avenues and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Maputo is a melting pot of several cultures. The Bantu and Portuguese cultures dominate, but the influence of Arab, Indian, and Chinese cultures is also felt.
Situated on the southeast coast of Africa just north of Durban, this KwaZulu-Natal city takes full advantage of its diverse resources and reveals a pride in its recent industrial development and expansion. A bustling business center with modern facilities synergistically coexists with a lagoon setting, giving travelers a range of interesting sights and experiences from which to choose. Perhaps most popular is the Richards Bay Game Reserve, an area established to protect lagoon animals and give visitors the opportunity to see some of South Africa’s most fascinating creatures. Hippos and crocodiles make their home here, along with an amazing variety of birds. In fact, 300 species have been recorded in these habitats, including flamingos, cormorants and the rare pink-backed pelican.
African and Oriental cultures merge harmoniously in the cosmopolitan city of Durban. Zulu rickshaw drivers beckon passengers along Durban's Marine Parade. Silks and gold-threaded saris tempt visitors at the Oriental Arcades. In addition to golden beaches, Durban offers a fascinating history. It is also gateway to Zululand, where the drumbeat of tribal dancing is testimony to the enduring traditions of the Zulus. A visit to Shakaland is an experience of tribal customs.
Port Elizabeth or The Bay is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City", stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Located at the end of the picturesque Garden Route along the Cape coast, the city is one of South Africa's major destinations for tourists, many of whom come simply to enjoy the many fine beaches in and near the city.
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.
This morning, you'll disembark from your cruise ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the port where you will meet up with your cruise ship.
The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-story Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was originally a farmhouse which was ‘Victorianised’ in 1912 and declared a national monument in 1984.
Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On our descent, we stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Depart from Cape Town international airport - end of itinerary.
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