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Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean
(Indian Ocean Cruise)
Relish the tranquility of days at sea as you follow the Calms of Capricorn across the Indian Ocean, leaving Singapore en route to discover the iconic wonder of Cape Town, and its renowned Table Mountain. Voyage in luxury aboard Crystal Serenity, consistently awarded the highest accolades by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Cruise highlights are visits in the incredibly modern cities of Singapore, and Indonesia's Jakarta, before happening upon the coastal city of Port Louis in Mauritius, an island nation that Mark Twain once described as "heaven". Conclude your voyage in South Africa, with port stops in Durban, Port Elizabeth before completing your voyage in the capital, Cape Town. Includes private pre and post tours in Cape Town & Singapore as well as private port transfers and luxury accommodations.
Cruise Embarkation Dates:
Mar 10, 2014
Meet your English speaking driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Once home to the General Post Office, The Singapore Club, and the Chamber of Commerce, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a luxury hotel with 400 rooms and suites carefully designed to provide travellers with a sanctuary of serenity and comfort in which to retreat and rejuvenate. With a dynamic central Singapore hotel location in the heart of the financial and arts districts, the hotel successfully blends rich heritage with contemporary style and personalized service to offer guests a world-class accommodation experience. Epicureans can enjoy a delectable array of dining selections. A total of 5 restaurants and bars are on offer. Aside from the dining selections, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore also features a luxury and intimate retail wing, including two prestigious jewellers – Mouawad and Raffles Jeweller. Art lovers can also visit iPreciation, a contemporary Asian art gallery.
Singapore was part of British Malaysia for many centuries. It was ruled by the Sultanate of Johor before the British came to the island and set up a port and colony in 1819. After World War II, Singapore became an independent nation and republic. Today Singapore has a diverse population of nearly 5 million people or more which is made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians, Eurasians, and Asians of different origins. Experience the various cultures come alive before your very eyes as you explore each ethnic heritage enclave by turns. At Kampong Glam, admire the quiet majesty of the Sultan’s Mosque with its unmistakable golden dome, explore colourful food eateries, and browse through old-fashioned shops selling batiks, carpets, rattan basket-ware, and exotic perfumes. Travel to the heart of Chinatown and experience the old and the new, tradition and modernity in the rows of streets, and traditional shop houses lovingly restored into tempting eateries, teahouses and shops selling Oriental arts, crafts, and souvenirs as well as traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. Little India completes the cultural kaleidoscope with its bustling streets showcasing aromatic and exotic spices, colourful flower-garland shops, vegetable vendors, and busy curry houses.
At Albert Street, the entire block comes alive in the evening as push carts gather offering a wide selection of competitive prices, hence earning its ‘Pasar Malam’ namesake, or otherwise known as Night Market. Start the evening with a ride on the three-wheeled trishaw to Little India, enjoying the sights, aromatic of exotic spices, colourful flower garland shops, and sounds of the city from a unique and different perspective. Another icon of the colonial heritage, named after Raffles, is one of the world’s finest and most famous hotels, the Raffles Hotel. The high ceilings and colonial architecture reflect the era of British rule from 1819 to 1963. Years of tender loving care and proud purpose have kept this landmark a must-see for any visitor to Singapore. Your visit is not complete without experiencing the legendary Singapore Sling at the Long Bar, invented in 1915 right here in the Long Bar at Raffles. You may also take this time to visit the Raffles Hotel Shops, which include the Raffles Gift Shop for some souvenir hunting.
Meet your English speaking driver for a transfer between your hotel and the cruise centre with a private vehicle.
Welcome aboard! Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. Your first dinner on board tonight will provide an opportunity to meet some new cruise friends.
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.
Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and sports the world's busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.
Full day spent relaxingly at sea. Your ship, Crystal Serenity, has numerous facilities offering up entertainment, social hot spots, or soothing relaxation.
The Dutch colonial influence is still found in the harbor area of Indonesia's capital. But Jakarta's present-day personality is formed by the millions of Indonesians from distant islands who have sought big-city life, creating a third-world metropolis. You can experience their varied cultures at Taman Mini, "Indonesia in Miniature," a fascinating open-air parkland where tribal houses are built to scale. Then journey back to ancient times at the National Museum, which houses the skull of primitive Java Man.
- Day at sea -
In the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, 560 miles from Madagascar – the island nation of Mauritius is easy to pinpoint, but difficult to describe. A wild outpost until the 17th century, the island has been ruled by the Dutch, French and British, gaining its independence from the latter in 1968. Languages spoken: French, English and a local form of Creole. Religions practiced: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Climate: tropical. Landscape: “heaven,” at least as described by Mark Twain and the island’s many visitors. Being one of them, you may enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming in coral-reef-laced waters and deep-sea fishing, and partake in culinary delights that mix the distinct flavors of Mauritius’s varied cultures.
With a subtropical climate and golden beaches lining its shores, Durban is one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations. It embodies an intriguing blend of Eastern, Western and African influences. Along the palm-fringed beachfront, Zulu women sell beads and baskets while colorful rickshaw pullers pose for photographs. Just minutes away from the office blocks, theaters and shops of the business center, is a world of mosques, temples oriental festivals and bazaars, fragrant with spice and incense. The city's cosmopolitan charm even extends to its many inviting restaurants, which offer mouth-watering cuisine from around the world.
Port Elizabeth’s location at the end of the Garden Route hints at what makes the town so appealing. Certainly, it has its share of cultural attractions, including the King George VI Art Gallery, which houses treasures such as 19th- and 20th-century British art and Oriental miniatures. But the real gems of the area are of the out-of-doors type. In addition to being famous for its fine beaches and mild climate, Port Elizabeth (often shortened to “PE”) is considered the water sports capital of South Africa, with scuba diving, game fishing and kiteboarding being ever-popular pursuits. The area outside of town offers exciting game-viewing opportunities, with the Addo Elephant Park being a particular highlight.
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 the 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.
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 your descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.
Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance on Monday 28 July 14 to Sunday 10 August 14.
La Splendida is ideally situated on the bustling Mouille Point promenade – Cape Town’s own “platinum mile”, minutes away from the sights and sounds of fantastic beaches and bars as well as the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The iconic hotel currently offers sea-facing and mountain-facing rooms and suites. The Café Splendida restaurant is a popular spot and the area alone offers majestic views of the one of South Africa's top cities.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
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