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CRUISE/SAFARI OF SOUTH AFRICA, THE SEYCHELLES AND MAURITIUS ISLANDS,
PLUS ABU DHABI AND THE WORLD’S FAIR IN DUBAI
(where you can visit the cultural pavilions of 192 nations)

AND OPTIONAL THREE NIGHT PRE CRUISE STAY IN CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA
AND OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT POST CRUISE STAY IN DUBAI

TRIP DATES MARCH 1-21, 2021
Optional Pre-cruise dates Friday Feb. 26-Monday March 1
Optional Post-cruise dates Sat. Mar. 21-Mon. Mar. 23

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 the deepest. Wetlands make it 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 three places of incredible culture, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, including a full day and overnight in Dubai to enjoy not only its opulent charms but also to enjoy the incredible spectacle which is the World’s Fair! (and our optional post cruise two night stay in Dubai to see more of this amazing city and more of the incredible World’s Fair-Officially called Expo 2020 Dubai where you can visit the cultural pavilions of 192 nations)

And on the At Sea days, enjoy the southern hemisphere summer sunshine, pool deck lounge chairs to relax and enjoy that sunshine, 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.

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.

Description: 20-Day African Safari and Seychelles

20-Day African Safari and Seychelles cruise itinerary
                        March 1-21, 2021


Day

Cruise Ports

Arrive

Depart

Mon

Cape Town, South Africa (EMBARK)

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4:00 pm

Tue

Mossel Bay, South Africa

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Wed

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

7:00 am

8:00 pm

Thu

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

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Fri

Richard's Bay, South Africa

5:00 am

11:59 pm

Sat

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

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Sun

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

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Mon

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

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Tue

Pointe Des Galets, Reunion

8:00 am

8:00 pm

Wed

Port Louis, Mauritius

8:00 am

8:00 pm

Thu

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

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Fri

At Sea Relax, or attend any of several shipboard activities

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Sat

Port Victoria, Seychelles

8:00 am

Overnight

Sun

Port Victoria, Seychelles

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4:00 pm

Mon

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

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Tue

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

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Wed

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

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Thu

Muscat, Oman

7:00 am

3:00 pm

Fri

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

10:00 am

11:59 pm

Sat

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6:00 am

Overnight

Sun

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DISEMBARK)

8:00 am

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  • Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
  • .All times are local to the port.


PORT and OPTIONAL GROUP SHORE EXCURSION DETAILS

Mossel Bay, South Africa- Tuesday March 2nd
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-Wednesday March 3rd

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 – FRIDAY MARCH 5TH
Our ship is docked here from 5am until 11:59pm

Description: Richard's Bay, South Africa
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 – March 9th

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 – March 10th

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 March 13 And 14

Two days in paradise to revel in the gorgeous Seychelles islands
March 13th  8am until March 14th 4pm

 

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One of the gorgeous Beaches in the Seychelles islands

Enjoy two full days in the Seychelles capital of 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:  - March 13 - 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


March 14th optional group excursion – Today’s optional group excursion is designed for those who wish to be a bit more active and see things from a different view point.  We are going on an island hike.  We will be taken to one of the hiking trails on the island which ascend to offer panoramic views of the island along the way up.  The views will be amazing and the experience will be unforgettable.
Many other optional excursions will be available through the cruise line as well as the joy of simply going to one of the amazing beaches on this picture postcard island.

Muscat, Oman – March 18th


7:00 am

To 3:00 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.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-March 19th

Description: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


10:00 am until  

11:59 pm

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.


Our optional group tour today will be either a half or full day city tour of Abu Dhabi in a private vehicle just for our group.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 20th


Description: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


6:00 am

Overnight

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, or walk over to the impressive Jumeirah Mosque. 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 today will be a half day city tour of Dubai in a private vehicle just for our group. See the world’s tallest building and much more on this half day tour of amazing Dubai.  Our tour will also give each passenger the option of ending their half day tour with drop off either back at the cruise ship or at the entrance point of the World’s Fair which is taking place in Dubai, showcasing the cultures of many nations across the globe.

The World’s Fair in Dubai, or as it is officially called Expo 2020 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. And since our ship remains docked in dubai overnight, you can party all night long if you wish. (after all, you have nothing to save your strength for the next day, since you are just flying home) …unless of course, you choose to extend your stay in Dubai for our optional two night post cruise stay in Dubai, to see more of the incredible world’s fair and more of this amazing city.…

 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

It’s a new day on Norwegian Dawn. After extensive upgrades ranging from multi-million dollar renovations of existing spaces to the introduction of brand new venues, she’s a renewed and stunning ship.  Now you can enjoy Los Lobos, an authentic Mexican cantina, and O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, serving up sports highlights (and pints of beer like a traditional Irish Pub) all night. Stroll over to The Cellars – A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, and then pop into Sugarcane Mojito Bar  for a refreshing mojito.

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 Gatsby’s Champagne 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 Dawn.

Optional Three night Pre cruise package in Cape Town South Africa

Friday Feb. 26-Monday March 1, 2021

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

Friday February 26th, 2021 – 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.

Saturday February 27th, 2021 – 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.

Sunday February 28th

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.

 

Monday March 1st
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 March 21-23, 2021

After our full day and overnight in Dubai on the last day of our cruise, do you want to see more of Dubai’s amazing sites?

Do you want to see more of the amazing World’s Fair featuring pavilions from 50 nations from around the world, culture, music, dance, food, nightly fireworks and more?

We will be staying at the five star Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek hotel. 

At this five star hotel, all rooms have a balcony overlook the stunning Deira Creek.  The hotel is located right on the fabulous waterfront boardwalk with shopping and dining just steps away. The hotel has 9 restaurants of its own, plus an outdoor pool, poolside bar, 2 other bars and a nightclub, as well as a 24 hour health club and poolside bar.  Two coffee shops and a snack bar/deli are also on site.   All rooms have free Wi-Fi and satellite television, 24 hour room service and minibars.  All rooms are non-smoking.

The hotel is also just a five minute walk from the nearest metro (subway) station, making getting around Dubai easy and accessible, to avoid traffic on the roads. The hotel even offers complimentary bicycles for anyone looking to get some exercise by taking a leisurely ride along the wide and scenic boardwalk.

Itinerary for our optional 2 night post-cruise program

March 21, 2021
We will be picked up this morning at the cruise ship and taken on a private vehicle to the hotel where we will have the remainder of the day at leisure.  Standard check in time is 2pm and if the rooms are not ready when we arrive the hotel will securely store bags until the rooms are ready, while passengers enjoy the amenities of the hotel and its fabulous boardwalk location and walking access to the metro (subway).

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 devoting your time to seeing the cultural wonders of the World’s Fair and its cultural pavilions of 192 nations.

March 22, 2021
Today is a full free day 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, watch the nightly water fountain show in front of the world’s tallest building and more.

Tickets to the World’s Fair (Expo 2020 Dubai) 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 full day/overnight that the ship stays docked in Dubai, plus any part of the day or night on the 2 night post cruise stay in Dubai, then the 3 day pass to the Expo 2020 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).

March 23, 2021 – It is time to return home after our once in a lifetime trip.  Transfers to the airport can be arranged.

TRIP PRICING

CRUISE ONLY – MARCH 1-21, 2021

Based on an inside cabin with a roommate of the same gender assigned for you: Only $3999 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 $575 per person (That is only $27 per person per day to upgrade from an inside cabin to an ocean view cabin for the entire 21 day cruise), making the total per person $4575 per person including all taxes (You can also travel with your own roommate if you wish)

 

Cabin with ocean view and balcony
Add $1330 per person to the ocean view price, (only $63 per person per day to upgrade from the ocean view to the balcony cabin) making the total $5899 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 ALSO GET THEIR CHOICE OF TWO OF THE FOLLOWING PERKS (choose any two of the following three perks)

  • Choice #1 - FIVE VISITS TO THE SPECIALTY DINING RESTAURANTS ON THE SHIP FOR ONLY $5 PER VISIT.  We encourage all passengers to choose this perk, as all passengers doing so will enjoy dinner together these five nights with reservations made by your trip host for all passengers in the group who choose this perk.  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.
  • Choice #2 - Unlimited drinks of $15 per drink for $395 per person (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, beer, wine, cocktails sodas, etc.  So with this perk, you can have as many of any combination of any alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks as you wish over the course of the cruise for a total of $395 per person.  Each person choosing this perk even can order two drinks at a time and both drinks would still be included.   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.  The only drinks which cost more than $15 are those ordered specifically using specialty liquor brands rather than house liquor brands.) Note- If travelling with your own roommate rather than a roommate assigned by us, both of you must choose the same two perks, as the cruise line requires both people in the same cabin to have chosen the same two perks)
  • Choice #3 - 250 free Wi-Fi minutes per cabin
  • 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 21 night cruise:
  • On an Inside cabin: Add an additional $2979 to the Inside price of $3999 including tax.
  • On an Ocean view cabin; Add an additional $3549 to the ocean view price of $4575
  • On a Balcony cabin: Add an additional $4879 to the $5899 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 Feb. 26-March 1. 2021
  • Full day tour of Cape Town sites  Feb. 27, 2021
  • Group transport from the hotel to the cruise ship March 1, 2021

Cost: Only $389 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 $149  

 

Optional 2 night post cruise package in Dubai
Includes

  • 2 nights at the 5 star Radisson Blu Deira Creek hotel
  • Group Transport from the cruise ship to the hotel

Cost: Only $289 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: $149

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 September 25th, 2020.

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 August 1st.

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 30th

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 $750 good for two years from the start date of your canceled trip reservation if canceling by June 30th.

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 $750 good for two years from the start date of your canceled trip reservation, if canceling by June 15th

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