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CRUISE/SAFARI OF SOUTH AFRICA, THE SEYCHELLES AND MAURITIUS ISLANDS AND THE TOWERING SITES OF DUBAI
PLUS OPTIONAL THREE NIGHT PRE CRUISE STAY IN CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA
AND OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT POST CRUISE STAY IN DUBAI
 TO VISIT THE WORLD’S FAIR IN DUBAI
Where you can visit the cultural pavilions of 192 nations

Cruise dates January 26th-February 13th, 2022
Optional Pre-cruise dates: Jan. 23. Jan. 26th, 2022
Optional Post-cruise dates Feb. 13th-Feb. 15th, 2022

JOIN US FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME CRUISE AND SAFARI EXPERIENCE.
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Bull Elephant at Addo Elephant National Park

Your journey begins in South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town, where we will offer an optional three night pre cruise stay to explore this amazing region.

Our cruise features three ports of call in South Africa with opportunities for full day game reserve safari experiences to see the Big Five safari animals.

In Richards Bay, enjoy our optional group shore excursion to see Hluhluwe National Park, the oldest national park in South Africa and a great chance to witness the Big Five Safari animals (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) in their natural habitat.  Richard’s Bay also boasts a birding paradise for anyone wishing to take a bird watching excursion here

In Port Elizabeth, take our optional group shore excursion to see Addo Elephant National Park – the only park in the world where you can see not only the Big Five safari animals,(Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and  Buffalo) you can actually see the Big Seven – that is the Big Five Plus seeing Whales and Great White Sharks!

Everywhere you look there are incredible shades of blue and green.

In Mossel Bay take our optional shore excursion to see a place which is home to over 6000 seals, whales and dolphins.

Next our cruise visits three of the most stunning islands in the world – Reunion Island, Mauritius island and two full days in the famed Seychelles islands.

Lastly, our cruise ends with visits to two places of incredible culture, Muscat and Dubai, with an opportunity to enjoy a disembarkation morning tour of Dubai’s magnificent sites, featuring the World’s Tallest Building and an opportunity to enjoy not only its opulent charms but also to enjoy the incredible spectacle which is the World’s Fair! (Most flights back to the U.S. depart late at night, giving you the chance to enjoy our Dubai sites tour in the morning and the visit the World’s Fair that afternoon if you wish).

Add our optional post cruise two night stay in Dubai to see more of this amazing city and more of the incredible World’s Fair, as well as our full day tour of neighboring Abu Dhabi.  The fair runs Oct. 2021- April 2022, so it should not be overcrowded on any given week and at the fair you can visit the cultural pavilions of many of the 192 nations on display at the fair, as well as enjoy nightly fireworks displays.

Plus, on the At Sea days, during our cruise, enjoy the southern hemisphere summer sunshine, with temperatures averaging 84 degrees F.  Enjoy the pool deck lounge chairs to relax and enjoy that sunshine, two pools, six Jacuzzis, a fitness center, spa, several bars, including a champagne bar, mojito bar, Irish Pub and more.  Plus, we will have group social activities on each sea day making for more fun.



Also on many of our At Sea Days, on the sun deck, enjoy daily worldwide sporting spectacles on the huge screen televisions
atop the sun deck as we cheer on the 2022 Winter Olympics which run Feb. 4-20, 2022.


Plus: on the morning of Monday Feb. 7th, join us for a most unique
“Super Bowl Monday” Party at Sea
That’s right, due to the time difference between South Africa and the U.S.,
We Will Enjoy a Super Bowl Party –
Poolside – Under the Stars,
in the early morning hours of Monday Feb. 7th, 2022

Our 3 night pre cruise land package features an opportunity to experience the stunning beauty that is Cape Town South Africa and her surroundings.  While you’re here, an included full day tour will reward us with unforgettable views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay and a visit to Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans come together at the Cape of Good Hope. We will also enjoy a visit to Boulder Beach, where the only colony of warm weather penguins live. (For full details of the three day pre cruise tour, scroll down to the bottom of the trip itinerary)

Love wine? Cape Town is world renowned for its vineyards and you can visit them on our second full day in Cape Town, where you can choose either an optional excursion which can take you to the wine region or an optional excursion to the beautiful Aguila private wildlife preserve to enjoy a safari day, home to the Big Five animals, or enjoy an adventurous shark cage diving experience only found off the waters of Cape Town.. You can hike the lush national parks, dive the azure waters with gentle whale sharks, relish the picturesque beaches and/or shop for black pearls if you wish.

An optional half day visit to the site where Nelson Mandela was held captive on Robben Island just off the coast of Cape Town is also offered for you this day or on the final morning in Cape Town before we are taken to the cruise ship.

CRUISE ITINERARY MAP

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18-Day South African Safari, Seychelles, Dubai cruise itinerary


January 26th - Feb. 13th, 2022 

7 out of the 8 ports this cruise visits, plus both the embarkation and disembarkation ports, all are Docked ports.  This means the convenience to walk on and off the ship at your leisure, whenever you wish at each port and walk directly into awaiting shore excursion vehicles, or beach taxis, if you wish, without the need for any tender boats to take anyone to and from shore.

Day

Cruise Ports

Arrive

Depart

Wed

Cape Town, South Africa (Embark) Docked

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4:00 pm

Thur

Mossel Bay, South Africa

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Fri

Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Docked

7:00 am

8:00 pm

Sat

At Sea Relax in the sun, pool, Jacuzzi and more

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Sun

Richard's Bay, South Africa - Docked

5:00 am

11:59 pm

Mon

At Sea-Relax in the sun, pool, Jacuzzi or many shipboard options

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Tue

At Sea Relax in the sun, pool, Jacuzzi or many shipboard options

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Wed

At Sea Relax in the sun, pool, Jacuzzi or many shipboard options

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Thur

Pointe Des Galets, Reunion -Docked

8:00 am

8:00 pm

Fri

Port Louis, Mauritius –Docked

8:00 am

8:00 pm

Sat

At Sea- Relax, or attend any of several shipboard activities

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Sun

At Sea Relax, or attend any of several shipboard activities

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Mon

Port Victoria, Seychelles (Super Bowl Party 1-6:30am) Docked

7:00 am

6pm

Tue

La Digue Seychelles – Docked

7:00 am

4:00 pm

Wed

At Sea Relax in the sun, or attend any of several shipboard activities

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Thur

At Sea Relax in the sun, or attend any of several shipboard activities

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Fri

At Sea Relax in the sun, or attend any of several shipboard activities

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Sat.

Muscat, Oman – Docked

6:00 am

1:00 pm

Sun 

Dubai, UAE (Disembark) Docked

6:30am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing from Cape Town S. Africa on the first day of the cruise..
  • All times are local to the port.

PORT and OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION DETAILS

In each port, you will have the choice to either take our group’s optional shore excursion for that day, or take one of the many excursions offered by the cruise line, or, on the three islands our ship visits, you may wish to simply take a taxi to one of the glorious beaches yourself.

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Our ship is docked here from 8am until 5pm


Description: Mossel Bay, South Africa

Located along the Southern Cape, Mossel Bay is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations.

If you wish to skip our option al group shore excursion, you can choose from numerous options on your own or through the cruise line.  Sink your toes into the sands of Santos Beach. Hike up the trail to the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse where the 19th century structure provides stunning views of the surrounding area. Learn about the earliest humans at the Point of Human Origins archaeological site. Then explore the more recent cultural heritage at the Bartolomeu Dias Museum.

Our optional group shore excursion takes us on a sailing/swimming/snorkeling adventure to witness more than 4000 seals. 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Our ship is docked here from 7am until 8pm

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Bull Elephant at Addo Elephant National Park

Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa’s major municipalities and bears the nickname “The Friendly City.” If you choose to skip our optional full day safari game drive excursion to Addo Elephant national park today, you can Relax on beautiful King’s Beach. Spot some big game at the Kragga Kamma Game Park nature reserve, explore the rich history of South Africa’s Eastern Cape at the Donkin Reserve and try local dishes like potjiekos.

OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION– ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK – A CHANCE TO SEE NOT ONLY THE BIG FIVE WILDLIFE GAME SAFARI ANIMALS BUT ACTUALLY TO SEE THE BIG SEVEN, THAT IS THE BUG FIVE PLUS WHALES AND GREAT WHITE SHARKS IN THE SAME PARK.

We will be at picked up at the Port Elizabeth Cruise Terminal at 8am, following our ship docking at 7am. Our excursion will be back at the ship at 5pm, with our ship there until 8pm.

We only have Cruise Ship Clients on this tour so you are assured by our tour operator to be back in plenty of time for our cruise departure.

We will serve the guests a picnic in the Addo Park consisting of a traditional South African “Braai” - 3 meats, salads, Rooster Brood (bread cooked on the open fire) and White Wine, Beer, Tea / Coffee, Fruit Juice and Mineral Water.

Our experienced and enthusiastic Guide will do his best to locate as much SAFARI WILDLIFE in the area during your safari drive. As the safari drive covers all time periods of the day you should have the opportunity to see most species, including the big five, which are the Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant.  We will stop at lunch time when we serve a delicious South African “braai”. After lunch we continue with the game drive. We will leave the park at 17h00 and return to the Port of Port Elizabeth. Refreshments will be served throughout the drive.

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RICHARD’S BAY SOUTH AFRICA

Our ship is docked here from 5am until 11:59pm

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Richard's Bay, South Africa

 Situated on the deepest natural harbor in the Southern Hemisphere, Richard’s Bay will thrill both nature and culture seekers. Spend the day on an excursion through the Umlalazi Nature Reserve where you might see one of the rarest birds of pray in South Africa, the Palm-Nut vulture, as well as Zebras and Duikers. Or catch some sun or some waves at Aklantstrand Beach or learn about South African history and art at the Empangeni Museum.

Our optional group excursion will take us to either the Umlalazi Nature Reserve or the Hluhluwe National Park to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Lions in their natural habitat in South Africa’s national parks

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Photo of a leopard in its natural habitat and of a safari jeep, as seen from another safari jeep in one of South Africa’s national parks
 

Pointe Des Galets, Reunion Island

Our ship is docked here from 8am until 8pm

Description: Pointe Des Galets, Reunion

With its lush rainforests and beaches bordering coral reefs, Pointe des Galets, Réunion will dazzle you with its natural splendor. This island in the Indian Ocean is a French department and is known for Piton de la Fournaise, a volcano that rises to 8,635 ft.

You can choose to hike through the Bélouve Forest or just lay back on l’Hermitage beach, or you can visit the Aquarium of Réunion or stop by the Jardin de l’Etat, a botanical garden opened in 1773. There so many great options to do here on your own or as part of our optional group excursion which we will offer, as we do in each port.

 

Port Louis, Mauritius Island

Our ship is docked here from 8am until 8pm

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Black River Gorges National Park

Lose yourself in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis. Named after a former French emperor, this port city was a major point of passage for ships sailing around the Cape of Good Hope.

ISLAND SITES INCLUDE STUNNING WATERFALLS, DEEP CANYONS AND GORGES, PLUS A SITE CALLED THE 7 COLORED EARTH WHICH YOU JUST HAVE TO SEE AND BE AMAZED

 

OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION

Your day of sightseeing in Southwest Mauritius begins with pickup at you lodging. Board a comfortable tour vehicle with your guide and tour group, then set off for your first stop, Floreal. Visit some handcraft workshops, a great place to pick up souvenirs from your trip and see what types of crafts and handmade goods are made on the island. Continue to Trou aux Cerf, a massive volcanic crater that measures 656 feet (200m) across and 279 feet (85m) deep. From the edge of the crater, you can see panoramic views of Mare aux Vacoas, Rose Hill and Cureipipe.

 Visit Grand Bassin, home to a Hindu Temple and a surrounding sacred lake. This temple is the destination of the Maha Shivaretr, a yearly pilgrimage. Depart for Black River Gorges Natural Park, where you'll visit the Alexandra Fall and get views over the southern portion of the island. From Black River Gorges Waterfall, snap photos of views over western Mauritius.

Stop for a rum tasting at the Rhumerie de Chamarel, a distillery that makes Mauritius' native rum, then continue to the nearby Chamarel Waterfall and the 7 Colored Earth, one of the islands most famous sights

The Seven Colored Earth is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colors (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently colored sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped coloring. Since the earth was first exposed, rains have carved beautiful patterns into the hillside, creating an effect of earthen meringue


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The Seven Colored Earth Sand Dunes on the island of Mauritius

 

Port Victoria, Seychelles

Our ship is docked here from 7am to 6pm

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One of the gorgeous Beaches in the Seychelles islands

 Enjoy two full days in the Seychelles Islands. The first day here is in the capital of Port Victoria. Located on Mahé Island in the Indian Ocean, it’s famous for its exports of vanilla and coconut oil. Take a stroll through the Seychelle National Botanical Gardens full of flora, fauna and fruit bats. Stop by the Selwyn-Clarke Market for some street shopping. Try some local Ladob, a dish that can be served either sweet or savory. Then settle in for some sun at Beau Vallon Beach or visit the Navasakthi Vinayagar hindu temple.  The Seychelles are a collection of 150 islands making up this island nation.

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Mahé Island Beach in the Seychelles

 

Optional group excursion: - Half day Island tour

Enjoy the morning on a guided tour of the island, as we are driven to see the highlights of the island and then enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to visit one of the many incredible beaches, or explore a point of personal interest further.

Get an in-depth overview to the colonial center of Victoria on this half-day, guided introductory tour. Tick off all the top sights during a single attraction-packed outing, including admission tickets to the Botanical Garden and the Victoria Museum. Other highlights include picture-perfect panoramic views from La Misere viewpoint and stops in colorful local spice and craft markets


Stop At: Seychelles National Botanical Gardens-  Established in 1901 by a Mauritian agronomist, Rivalz Dupont, the 15-acre garden is one of the Seychelles’ oldest national monuments and is a living green heritage providing a quiet, green getaway with a 20-minutes’ walk from the busy town center. The garden has developed into one of Victoria’s main tourist attractions. The garden opens at 7.30 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.... Duration: 60 Minutes 
Admission Ticket Included

Stop At: Sir Selwyn Selwin Clarke Market

The Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market is an emblem of the Seychelles. This national landmark was built in 1840 in a magnificent early-Victorian Style and renovated in early 1999. The market is the main market in the capital of Victoria. It is the best place to buy the freshest fruits, vegetables, fish and meat.... Duration: 60 Minutes 

Admission Ticket Included

Stop At: ESA - Camion Hall & Esplanade Craft Kiosks  Visit the kiosks where the local artisans sells their made in Seychelles crafts ... Duration: 30 Minutes

Admission Ticket Free

La Digue Seychelles

  Our second day in the scintillating Seychelles islands visits the port of La Digue, which is known for its stunning beaches, as well as its amazing and unique natural rock formations.  When you arrive in La Digue, you feel like you have just sailed into a breathtaking painting.

The beaches here are spectacular, particularly Grand Anse, Anse Maron and Anse Source d'Argent beaches, the latter of which is strewn with pink granite boulders.  You easily visit one of the these beaches at your own leisure via the island taxis and just let yourself unwind in the tropical beauty of La Digue’s postcard worthy beaches and seascapes or you can take a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or, for those looking for a bit more adventure, take one of the two optional walking/trekking excursions we will offer in this port.

Description: Anse Marron, La Digue

Anse Marron Beach is located on the southern tip of La Digue. With a shallow, protected pool, beautiful white sand, and stunning granite scenery, this beach is well worth a visit, by either a taxi or a guided tour (see optional tour 2 below)

This is a great beach for:

Swimming
Snorkeling
Photo-friendly

 

For anyone interested in long scenic walks, followed by a refreshing swim, the beaches here are ideal for that.
For anyone interested in a more challenging hiking experience, followed by free time on one of the most spectacular beaches with ample time for a refreshing swim, join us for one of two optional excursions today


Optional Trek One;

The trail takes you up hill through the forest for about one and a half hours (1.5) hours to the top of “Nid d’Aigle”. This awe inspiring location provides you with a panoramic view of La Digue and the surrounding islands such as Mahe, Praslin, Coco Island, Sisters, North, Curieuse and Denis Island. Then you will enjoy a walk downhill for another one and a half hour (1.5) where in a distance, with crystal like diamonds shining in the sun, you will reach Anse Coco beach. After spending one and a half hour on the beach and enjoying the natural pools of Anse Coco, you will resume the trail along the forest where collect fresh fruits like Mangos, Oranges, Golden Apples and Custard fruits. Your knowledgeable and qualifies guide will introduce you to tropical plants like Cinnamon, Muscade and Lemongrass. Half way down we will see another panoramic view of “Petite Anse”, “Grand Anse. These are picturesque location for beautiful photos. After a refreshing lunch consisting of tropical fruits and coconut, laze around on the beach and be fascinated by its lush and serene surroundings. This is purely island lifestyle in Paradise. These picturesque locations will wow you. Be sure to take photos of these memorable moments. Finally, take a taxi ride back to the cruise pier.

  Total tour time – 5 hours

Description: Anse Cocos, La Digue

Anse Cocos Beach is a picturesque beach in the east of La Digue, offering crystal-clear water and pristine white sand. Thanks to the extensive natural shade and the shallow pools of water, Anse Cocos is a great location for a relaxing beach day on La Digue.

This is a great beach for:

Swimming
Shade
Photo-friendly

 

Or

Optional Trek 2

Explore the three most picturesque beaches of La Digue: Grand Anse, Anse Maron and Anse Source D'Argent by booking this wonderful trek with the guidance of your experienced local guide. Meet your guide to take a scenic ride in a traditional taxi truck. After your stop at Grand Anse and a short walk past the grannies of tall granitic boulders you will discover the amazing beach of Grand Anse at La Digue. After enjoying some delicious tropical fruits and coconut you will make your way through dense forest and rock cavities to the awe-inspiring beach of Anse Marron. After hearing stories of La Digue, its culture and places nearby, you will take a final trek amidst tropical plants of which you will learn its name and taste its fruits, after which you will be guided to the La Digue plateau to Anse Source D’Argent Beach, with free time here, before being taken back to the la Digue Pier..

Total tour time 6-7 hours

Description: Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue

Anse Source d'Argent Beach is perhaps the best-known beach in the Seychelles, and certainly one of its most spectacular locations. A real must-see for any Seychelles holidaymaker, the powdery sand, crystal-clear water, and imposing granite boulders make this a uniquely enchanting beach, and undoubtedly worth a visit.

This is a great beach for:

Coral reef
Swimming
Snorkeling
WC
Restaurant
Shade
Family-friendly
Parking
Photo-friendly


Description: Grand Anse, La Digue

Grand Anse Beach is often-cited as the most beautiful beach on La Digue thanks to its picturesque scenery and pristine sandy surface. The water here is rather deep, so swimming is not recommended, but the beach has plenty else to offer the potential holidaymaker, making it well worth a visit.

This is a great beach for

Surfing
WC
Restaurant
Parking
Photo-friendly


Description: Anse Grosse Roche, La Digue

Anse Grosse Roche beach offers scenery so unique that it has been used a number of times as a film location for various projects, including the 1989 film "Crusoe", starring Aidan Quinn. With shallow water, a snack bar, and the eponymous Grosse Roche, there is plenty to keep you busy here.

 

Muscat, Oman

6:00 am

To 1:00 pm

Description: Muscat, Oman

View Muscat from above by traveling on the Corniche and head out along the scenic Batinah coast. The medieval Nakhl Fort, perched on a rocky outcrop, offers magnificent views of the mountains and oasis below. The colorful Sultan’s palace and the Jelali and Merani forts are worth visiting, and if you seek to experience Omani culture, a stroll through the markets and narrow alleys is ideal. Exquisite local silver jewelry, exotic spices and handicrafts abound in the markets to tempt shoppers.

Our optional group shore excursion will hit many of these exotic sites.

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Dubai, U.A.E.

Experience the blending of traditional Arab culture and modern western culture in Dubai. Gaze skyward to see the tallest building in the world, the 2,722-feet-high futuristic Burj Khalifa tower,.

Seek out jet-set haunts or stroll through the heart of the old city, Dubai Creek, which is home to the Dubai museum as well as the labyrinth alleyways of gold, spice and textile souks, where bargaining is part of the fun and ritual.

Our optional group tour after disembarking our ship this morning, will be a half day city tour of Dubai in a private vehicle just for our group.

See the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa and much more on this half day tour of amazing Dubai, as well as taking a ride to the top of the Dubai Frame, a unique building shaped like a picture frame, and enjoy a walk along the glass floor of its 50th Story Observation Deck.

Our tour will end at the hotel for our passengers doing our optional post cruise 2 night tour to check in, while those not doing our optional two night post cruise stay can leave their luggage securely at our hotel for the remainder of the afternoon and then make your own way to the airport via a taxi called for you by the hotel staff.

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The Burj Khalifa, with its 124th story observation deck, is the World’s Tallest Building. (A visit to the observation deck is optional on our 2 night post cruise stay in Dubai, or on your free time this afternoon)

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to either visit the World’s Fair which is taking place in Dubai, showcasing the cultures of 192 nations across the globe, or visit the 124th story observation deck of the world’s tallest building, or just relax and explore Dubai further at your leisure.

As most flights back to the U.S. leave Dubai late at night, we suggest a visit to the World’s Fair this afternoon and evening, or a visit to the Burj Observation deck followed by a visit to the World’s Fair.

The World’s Fair in Dubai, is a six month long event showcasing the culture of 192 nations from around the globe, with huge pavilions for each nation to do just that.  There will be culture, music, food, technology ,art, dance, live

performances with both local and international superstars of the entertainment world.

  • 192 national pavilions
  • 200 + restaurants from around the world
  • 60+ live events each day

And the fun doesn't stop at sundown.  Once evening arrives, pyrotechnics displays (yeah that means grand fireworks every night) and concerts are among the entertainment to keep you enthralled into the early hours.

As the land of always doing things bigger and more elaborate, Dubai will not disappoint.  So many things have been built for this world expo that will amaze you.  One that will literally stand out is the world’s largest ferris wheel built for the world’s fair.  Overlooking the water, a ride to the top will provide an unrivaled panoramic view.  

Our Cruise Ship Details

After extensive upgrades, Norwegian Jade sparkles with new venues, modern décor and design, and refurbished staterooms.  Enjoy O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, a 24 hour pub serving up your favorite comfort foods. Stop by The Pit Stop, a new concept that combines poolside fun and fare. Or dance the night away in the new Bliss Ultra Lounge.

With so many bars and lounges to discover, finding your favorite may take a few days. Pop some bubbly and toast to the good life inside Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar. Kick back with a cocktail then dance it out at Spinnaker Lounge. Or work on perfecting your tan as you relax poolside at Topsiders Bar. Whether you’re looking to meet up with friends or make new ones, there’s always an opportunity to mix it up.

With pools, pool deck sun loungers, six Jacuzzis on the sun decks, plus a jogging track, full service spa, fitness center and more, there is always something to enjoy your days on the Norwegian Jade.

 

Optional Three night Pre cruise package in Cape Town South Africa


January 23-26, 2022

Join us for an amazing three night pre cruise exploration of Cape Town South Africa.

We will enjoy a full day included tour of the many breathtaking sites of this amazing and vibrant city including Cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, (enjoy a memorable photo at the sign commemorating this point).  We will also visit Boulder Beach, where 2500 warm weather penguins congregate along the beach and much more (see the full day tour description below).

You will also enjoy a full free day in Cape Town on which you can choose either a tour of the lush wine lands with wine tastings, an excursion to Aguila National Park, approx. 2 hours away, offering your first opportunity to see the Big Five wildlife, or choose an adventurous cage diving experience with the sharks found only here in South Africa.

Our final morning in Cape Town will feature an optional morning tour to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 25 years.

 

Optional Pre-cruise three night program itinerary

January 23rd, 2022

Arrive on your own flight arrangement and make your way to our hotel, the four star Doubletree by Hilton.  The Doubletree is located just 3 miles from the famed Alfred and Victoria waterfront, where an evening stroll provides great dining opportunities and great views.

We will have a group orientation this evening at our hotel and then an optional group dinner at a wonderful restaurant on the waterfront.

 

January 24th, 2022

 – Today we will enjoy a full day tour of Cape Town featuring the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, the penguins at Boulder Beach and much, much more.

Sample itinerary for day tour of Cape Town:

Pass By: Pick between 7:30 and 9:00 am. After pick up at accommodation in Cape Town we will travel through the city and see historical monuments and buildings. ... From there we will stop in the Bo-Kaap (Cape Malay Quarter) for a photo opportunity with the colorful houses, which carries great historical significance. You may even have a chance to greet some of the locals if they are in sight. Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city center, the Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous rental houses were built and leased to slaves. These people were known as Cape Malays and were brought from Malaysia, Indonesia and the rest of Africa to work in the Cape. The choice of color is said to be attributed to the fact that while on the lease, all the houses had to be white. When this rule was eventually lifted, and the slaves were allowed to buy the properties, all the houses were painted bright colors by their owners as an expression of their freedom....
Duration: 15 minutes Admission Ticket Free

We take a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, passing through Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno...

We stop at Maiden's Cove for a photo opportunity with magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles rock formation in the see as a backdrop. This cove is one of the best places in Cape Town to take panoramic photos of the Ocean, Camps Bay Beach combined with the views of Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the beautiful suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay etc... This is your first of many Kodak moments. ...
Duration: 10 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Our journey continues along the picturesque coastline and stopping in Hout Bay Harbor. Here, guests have the option to either take a boat to Seal Island to view the Seals or visit the market for some shopping. The best fish & chips in Cape Town can be purchased as a takeaway or sit down at Mariner's Wharf Restaurant at your own account. Kindly ask your tour guide for more details. ...
Duration: 1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Stop At: Duiker Island

Board an optional ferry to Duiker Island to view the seals colony. The entire boat trip duration lasts for 45-minutes and the skipper will circle around the Island where the Seals are parading and swimming.  If it is windy or raining, then we don’t recommend taking the boat ride, because the oceans tend to be rough and bumpy when it’s windy....
Duration: 45 minutes Boat Ticket Not Included for this optional boat ride (approx.. $8 to be paid on site if desiring to take the boat ride)

Stop At: Noordhoek Farm Village

We continue our coastal journey and stop in Noordhoek, with the breathtaking views of Noordhoek and Long Beach beneath us. Travellers will have the option to enjoy some of the best coffee brewed in Cape Town at the Village Roast for their own account. ...
Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Chapman's Peak

Departing from Hout Bay, we drive along Chapman's Peak and stop at the viewpoint for spectacular photos. It is little wonder that Chapman's Peak is one of the most scenic routes in the world....
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Cape Point Ostrich Farm

A quick stop at the Ostrich Farm that is run by a family from 1996. This is a breeding farm that accommodates 40 breeding birds. ...
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Cape of Good Hope

Our tour culminates with the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Lighthouse. Here we will explore the Dias & Vasco Da Gama, Crosses. These two gentlemen were the first early Europeans who arrived in Cape Town around 1487 & 1495. Should you wish to hike, please speak to your guide.  Kindly put on comfortable walking shoes, bring sun block and a jersey or jacket, hat....
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Old Cape Point Lighthouse

From the Cape of Good Hope we will have the option to either take a short walk to Cape Point or take the short Funicular cable car ride (cable car ride ticket is not included if you choose not to take the short scenic walk) .  Free time is provided for lunch at either the Two Oceans restaurant for a sit down meal or at the informal eatery for a take out. (Lunch is at your own expense). Here we will also explore the most south western point of Africa, known as the Cape Point, where the cold Benguela from Atlantic Ocean, meets the warm Agulhas current of the Indian Ocean.   
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Our next stop will be the Penguins colony in Boulders beach, where your guide will escort you to the viewing point to see some of the 2500 breeding pairs of African Penguins at close range. You may even find one or two of these enchanting creatures walking alongside you on the boardwalk....
Duration: 1 hour
Admission Ticket Free

Pass By: Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay is known for its raw beauty, interesting shops, vast selection of restaurants and stunning views. Kalk Bay is a gem on the False Bay coastline. You could easily spend a full day in this little neighborhood and still not be able to experience it all! ...

Stop At: St James Beach

As we drive past Muizenberg Beach, you will have a photo stop opportunity at the St James Beach well-known for the colorful beach huts. These huts were previously used for changing rooms by sunbathers and are still used for the same reason up until today. ...
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

Pass By: Muizenberg Beach

Our return route is past Muizenberg where you will see the colored beach huts. The beach huts are used as changing rooms. These are reminiscent to the “bathing machine” of the 1800s, which was a cart-like structure that was wheeled down to the water’s edge, allowing the ladies to change into their bathing costumes.

Drop off will be back at guests' accommodation in Cape Town at approximately 18:00 pm.

January 25th 2022

Today is a free day to take any of several optional excursions.

One of the most popular is a full day safari tour of Aguila National Park, just 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, where you can see abundant wildlife in their natural habitat and spot the Big Five animals on a safari drive in the park, as well as giraffes and hippos.
Another popular excursion is a full day exploring the wineries of the beautiful South African wine lands.

 

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The beautiful wine lands are an easy day trip excursion available for a guided tour from Cape Town on our free day today.


 For anyone interested in adventure, you can take an excursion to go shark cage diving.

 

January 26th, 2022

The morning is at leisure for one last half day optional excursion

ROBBEN ISLAND – WHERE NELSON MANDELA WAS IMPRESSIONED FOR OVER 20 YEARS

In 1964, an anti-apartheid revolutionary named Nelson Mandela was arrested and brought to South Africa’s Robben Island, just west of Cape Town. He would spend the next 18 years imprisoned in an 8x7-foot cell, forced to do hard labor, and permitted only one visitor a year. Even so, Mandela went on to become his country’s first black president, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and known globally for his significant contributions to human rights and social justice.

Robben Island—where most of Mandela’s 27-year prison sentence was served—was a place of isolation for nearly 300 years, housing many political prisoners and serving as both a lunatic asylum and leper colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy. Read on to learn more about how to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival on Robben Island, general tours start aboard a bus. Oftentimes, island tour guides are former political prisoners who can share information about South Africa’s history, as well as their own firsthand experiences. Once on the island, you’ll be able to see human rights activist and former prisoner Robert Sobukwe’s house; a 17th-century limestone quarry where Mandela and others were put to work; a leper colony cemetery; and the Robben Island Museum, dedicated to preserving the memory and contributions of the freedom fighters once held within its walls. Some tours also include access to Mandela’s cell.

Early this afternoon we will be taken to our cruise ship for boarding.

 

Optional two night post cruise land stay in Dubai Feb. 13-15, 2022

Feb. 13th, 2022

We will be picked up this morning at the cruise ship and taken on a private vehicle for a morning city tour of Dubai, featuring the World’s Tallest Building as well as a visit to a most unique building called The Dubai Frame, which is literally a tall building shaped like a picture frame and has a glass floor on the 50th story, where you can walk across the glass floor and look all the way down to the ground, 50 stories below.

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The Dubai Frame with its 50th story glass floor observation deck.

 

We will then be taken to our hotel for check in.

The remainder of the day and night are at your leisure to relax and enjoy Dubai as you wish, either exploring more of its fabulous sites, or visiting the observation deck atop the 124th story of the world’s tallest building, or devoting your time to seeing the cultural wonders of the World’s Fair and its cultural pavilions of 192 nations.

February 14th, 2022

Today we will enjoy a full day included tour to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

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Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

The world’s richest city boasts a wealth of culture, history and adventure, from the emirate’s old souks, where you can sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, to the rush of the world’s fastest rollercoaster. This 5,000-year-old metropolis is a fascinating mix of modern architecture and atmospheric back streets. Put your bargaining hat on for a friendly faceoff with the merchants at the souk to get deals on handicrafts, artwork, even spices and dried fruit for the cook back home.

Tonight we will enjoy a Dubai Illuminated Lights Dinner Cruise, where we will marvel at the beauty and spectacle of Dubai, lit up at night.

If you prefer to explore Dubai and/or the World’s Fair at your own leisure,  you can take a camel ride, or a jeep ride in the desert, watch a camel race or a belly dance show.

Tickets to the World’s Fair are available on the fair’s site for only $35 and are good for all day and night admission from 10am-1am.  If you buy a three day ticket it is only $70! (so if you wish to visit during any part of our arrival day, plus any part of the day or night on each of the days of our 2 night post cruise stay in Dubai, then the 3 day pass to the World’s Fair Dubai is a great deal, enabling you to pay for two day’s visit and get one day free.  The expo is open until 1am each night so you can visit all or any part of the day or night as you wish).

February 15th, 2022 – It is time to return home after our once in a lifetime trip.  Transfers to the airport can be arranged.

 

TRIP PRICING

CRUISE ONLY – JANUARY 26TH-FEB. 13TH, 2022

Based on an inside cabin with a roommate of the same gender assigned for you: Only $3499 per person including all taxes (You can also travel with your own roommate if you wish)

Ocean view cabin with a roommate of the same gender assigned for you

Only an additional $500 per person (That is only $28 per person per day to upgrade from an inside cabin to an ocean view cabin for the entire 18 day cruise), making the total per person $3999 per person including all taxes (You can also travel with your own friend as your roommate if you wish)

 

Cabin with ocean view and balcony

Add $1499 per person to the ocean view price, (only $83 per person per day to upgrade from the ocean view to the balcony cabin) making the total $5499 per person including all taxes.  We only have a very limited number of these beautiful balcony cabins so if you wish one, please book early for availability. (You can also travel with your own roommate if you wish)

All prices include dining at 6 traditional dining locales on the ship. We will have group dinners at the main dining room each night.

All passengers get$100 per cabin bonus ship-board credit plus additional perks based on their cabin category:

Inside cabins:  Choose 2 from the following four items:

            Unlimited free alcoholic drinks under $15 per drink for a discounted drinks package price of $138 per person
            2 visits to the specialty dining restaurants for a discounted price of $15 per person total for the two visits.
            250 free WIFI minutes
            An additional $100 per cabin of onboard credit

Ocean View and balcony cabins choose either package A or B

Perks Package A

Unlimited free alcoholic drinks under $15 per drinks for a discounted drinks package price of $355 per person (also includes unlimited sodas and juices, excluding fresh squeezed). 

Note: if your drink ordered costs more than $15, you will only pay the difference in cost, so if you order a drink which is $17, the first $15 is included and you would pay $2.   This is a great perk package to choose if you expect to drink on average at least 2 drinks per day.

and

  •  The package also includes 5 visits to the specialty dining restaurants for a discounted price of $25 per person total for the five visits.
  •  The specialty dining restaurants are Brazilian, French, Italian Japanese Teppanyaki (Japanese cooked at the table in front of your eyes) and a fabulous Steak/Seafood restaurant.)

And The package also includes

250 free WIFI MINUTES

Perks Package B

250 free WIFI minutes

and
            An additional $100 per cabin of onboard credit
and

10 free photos from the photo store on the ship

This is a great perks package to choose if you expect to drink Less than an average of 2 drinks per day.

  • Single occupancy rates:  If you do not wish us to assign you a roommate and you are not traveling with a friend, but rather you wish the privacy of your own room for the 18 night cruise:
  • On an Inside cabin: Add an additional $2499 to the Inside price of $3499 including tax.
  • On an Ocean view cabin; Add an additional $2999 to the ocean view price of $3999 including tax
  • On a Balcony cabin: Add an additional $3499 to the $5499 balcony price

 

OPTIONAL 3 NIGHT PRE CRUISE PACKAGE IN CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Includes

  • Three nights at the Doubletree by Hilton – only three miles from the victoria and Alfred Waterfront Jan. 23-26,2022
  • Full day tour of Cape Town sites on Jan. 24,2022
  • Private Group transport from the hotel to the cruise ship on Jan. 26, 2022

Cost: Only $449 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned to you (You can also travel with your own roommate if you wish)

Optional single room supplement for the pre cruise three night package is only $219  

 

Optional 2 night post cruise package in Dubai

Includes

  • 2 nights at a 4 star hotel in Dubai Feb. 13-15, 2022
  • Private Group Transport from the cruise ship to the hotel with morning city sites tour visiting the World’s Tallest Building (Burj Khalifa) and visiting the most unique Dubai Frame and its 50th story observation deck . (Entrance to the Frame observation deck is included. Entrance to the Burj Khalifa is not included)
  • Full Day tour from Dubai to Abu Dhabi with professional local guide

Cost: Only $449 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned to you (You can also travel with your own roommate if you wish)

Optional single room supplement: $199

Payments:

A DEPOSIT OF $900 IS DUE WHITHIN 7 DAYS OF BOOKING THIS TRIP

IF YOU HAVE REQUESTED THAT WE ASSIGN YOU A ROOMMATE, THEN A SECOND DEPOSIT OF $900 is due by July 1st, 2020

The balance payment is due August 25th, 2021.

Cancel policy:

CANCELATION POLICY FOR THIS TRIP:

If you have traveled with us before and are travelling in single occupancy or with your own roommate then you can cancel for a full refund if you cancel by July 25th, 2021.

If you have travelled with us before and have requested that we assign you a roommate then you can cancel for a full refund by June 25th,2021

If you have not traveled with us before and are travelling in single occupancy or with your own roommate then you can cancel for a future trip credit of your full $900 deposit good for two years from the start date of your canceled trip reservation if canceling by July 25th, 2021

If you have not traveled with us before and have requested that we assign you a roommate then you can cancel for a future trip credit of your full $900 deposit good for two years from the start date of your canceled trip reservation, if canceling by June 25th, 2021

 

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