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18-DAY CRUISE ON NORWEGIAN DAWN
Cruise of Africa’s West Coast nations:

Visit 8 countries including South Africa, Namibia, Cape Verde, Angola, Senegal, Gambia, and Ivory Coast & Sao Tome.  Plus a day in the Canary Islands and then end your cruise in Lisbon Portugal!

Cruise from Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon Portugal

March 12-30, 2025

With Optional 3 night Pre cruise in Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA FEATURING TWO BIG FIVE WILDLIFE SAFARIS, one stargazing safari after dark, a city tour featuring Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope views and a chance to visit Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. 
Pre cruise dates March 9-12,2025


SEE LIONS ON OUR THREE NIGHT PRE CRUISE SAFARI FROM CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

 


See the Big Five on our Optional Three Night Pre cruise Cape Town/Safari Experience

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        A group of flamingos gathering along Walvis Bay, Namibia, the first port we will visit on our spectacular African cruise..


         The vibrant markets in Banjul Gambia, one of the ports on our cruise

 

Take the cruise of a lifetime on board Norwegian Dawn.

optional CAPE TOWN - PRE-CRUISE CRUISE TOUR and safari experience 

4 days / 3 nights Pre-Cruise Tour Cape Town Highlights and Safari

March 9-12, 2025

Explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan city surrounded by nature, wildlife, beaches, and vineyards. Visit a variety of popular attractions with our guided tour including Table Mountain, Adderley Street and the colorful Bo-Kaap area. 

Enjoy two WILDLIFE SAFARIS OF THE BIG FIVE WILDLIFE PLUS ONE STAR GAZING SAFARI AT NIGHT.

  • 3 nights hotel stay with breakfast
  • Airport to hotel transfer
  • City highlights tour featuring Table Mountain
  • Two Safari Game drives at Aquila Safari Game Reserve and Spa
  • Transfer to the ship

 

See the BIG FIVE WILDLIFE !

Aquila is home to Africa’s iconic Big Five animals: lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, and buffalo.  Known for their strength, power, and beauty. While Aquila is a natural wildlife reserve and sightings are not always guaranteed, full day safari guests will have the opportunity to spot all five of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Day visitors can also see giraffes, hippos, springbok, wildebeest, cape foxes, eland, zebra, ostriches, over 150 native bird species, and much more.

 


Lions at Aquila Private Game Reserve

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See elephants grazing at Aquila Private Game Reserve

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See Giraffes grazing at Aquila private game reserve

Cape Town, Africa
Scene of Table Mountain towering over Cape Town. Enjoy a scenic city tour as part of your optional 3 night Pre cruise package

Cape Town, Africa
SUNSET OVER TABLE MOUNTAIN IN CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

 

CRUISE ITINERARY

March 12,2025            Cape Town, South Africa  Embark our cruise ship

Cape Town is both the legislative capital of South Africa and one of its most vibrant cities.  Make your way to the top of the Table Mountain Cable Car for panoramic views of the surrounding city and harbor.  Visit Robben Island to see the former site of the notorious former prison that held Nelson Mandela.  Explore the manicured lawns and beautiful forest in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Then stop by the V&A Waterfront for some shopping and entertainment.

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March 13, 2025 – At Sea
              
Enjoy the many luxurious amenities onboard our ship to relax on the pool deck, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the many onboard activities.

 

March 14, 2025,        Walvis Bay, Namibia              9am-8pm

Meaning “Whale Bay,” Walvis Bay is located along a natural deep water harbor by the Namib Desert and is an ideal location for both migrating and resident birds. A birdwatcher’s paradise, more than 150 bird species have been recorded in the area with Walvis Bay Lagoon being a major hotspot. Bring your camera and binoculars for the chance to see thousands of flamingos and other species congregating. Or look to the ocean for a chance to see whales or dolphins. For some sand-based excitement, head inland into the desert to Dune 7 (a staggering 1,256 feet tall) for a hike or to enjoy an exhilarating sand boarding experience.

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        A group of flamingos gathering along Walvis Bay is a common site here.

 

March 15-16,2025– At Sea

Enjoy the many luxurious amenities onboard our ship to relax on the pool deck, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the many onboard activities.

 

March 17, 2025      Luanda, Angola              7am-5pm

As the largest and capital city of Angola, Luanda offers a wide range of activities for visitors, from touring museums and historic sites to exploring the region’s many beaches. During a guided tour of Luanda, you will come across colonial architecture and numerous new builds that have been part of the city’s revitalization following the end of the Angolan Civil War in 2002. Learn about the region’s turbulent past, recline on a warm sandy beach or simply browse shops and markets and savor the delicious Portuguese-influenced local cuisine.


  The Picturesque metropolis of Luanda Angola

 

This evening, we will enjoy a Festive ST. PATTY’S DAY CELEBRATION SPONSORED BY NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE (SO MAKE SURE TO PACK SOMETHIMG VERY GREEN FOR TONIGHT’S ST. PATTY’S DAY PARTY ON BOARD OUR SHIP!

 

 

March 18, 2025  – At Sea

Enjoy the many luxurious amenities onboard our ship to relax on the pool deck, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the many onboard activities.

 

March 19, 2025      Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe             7am-5pm

Africa’s second smallest nation, São Tomé and Príncipe is home to stunning natural beauty.  Príncipe is an almost entirely untouched island close to the equator with a population of less than 10,000. Hikers will love trekking through untouched jungle on the way to pristine beaches.  If you’re looking for a less adventurous way to see the sights, you can get some of the best views from a boat trip around the island.  The islands are also home to an incredible array of wildlife you can’t see anywhere else.  When you’re ready to relax after a day of exploring, try some of the local chocolate or a fresh cup of coffee.

Wander amidst the faded colonial splendor of Sao Tome, the capital of Sao Tome and Principe, and it’s easy to be charmed by the African city’s laid back, tropical simplicity.

Traders jostle to sell their wares at the bustling central market while fishermen laugh and joke by the large bay that swoops around the city.

Follow the promenade along the coast towards the edge of town, meanwhile, and a rural paradise of palm-lined beaches and stunning biodiversity awaits.

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Sao Tome is sometimes referred to as” The African Galapagos”.  Come here and find out why…


Sao Tome, is an island sometimes referred to as an ‘African Heaven on Earth”

March 20, 2025      – At Sea

Enjoy the many luxurious amenities onboard our ship to relax on the pool deck, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the many onboard activities.

 

March 21, 2025      Abidjan (Cote D’Ivoire), Ivory Coast       7AM-5PM

Situated along the Ébrié Lagoon and Gulf of Guinea, Abidjan is the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. A quick glance at the city skyline confirms this title.  Skyscrapers tower above unique contemporary buildings that hug a bustling harbor — all evidence of the booming success of the region before the Ivorian Civil Wars occurred. Embark on a guided tour of what has been called both the “Manhattan of West Africa” and the “Paris of West Africa” and explore museums, see historic sites and striking contemporary architecture and savor delicious local cuisine. Or journey outside the city to be immersed in the lush rainforest or take to the water on a fishing tour.

 


Scenes of the waterfront along Abidjan, Ivory Coast

 

March 22-23, 2025            – At Sea
              
Enjoy the many luxurious amenities onboard our ship to relax on the pool deck, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the many onboard activities.

 

March 24, 2025                Banjul, Gambia                      7AM-6PM

Situated on an island where the Atlantic Ocean and Gambia River converge, Banjul is the country’s capital city that’s bustling with commerce centered around the region’s natural resources.  Head to Old Town among the colonial architecture and visit the historic sites and museums.  Or journey outside the city to soak in the warm sunshine on one of the nearby beaches or explore a nature reserve that offers excellent bird watching.


The vibrant markets in Banjul Gambia

 

March 25, 2025                DAKAR, SENEGAL            7AM-4PM

As the cultural and economic heart of Senegal, Dakar is a lively city of contrasts. Visit gleaming mosques and cathedrals then browse the colorful stalls of one of the many bustling markets for handmade goods.    Tour Place de l'Indépendance and see the colonial architecture of historic buildings lining the central square. Or trade the chaos of the city for the peacefulness of one of the nearby islands and watch surfers masterfully ride the waves.  Explore the history and culture of Senegal at one of the city’s museums or simply enjoy the present with a beachside stroll.  Whatever aspect of Dakar you choose to explore, you’ll encounter the outgoing friendliness for which the locals are well-known.


The colorful dress of the people in Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar’ Senegal’s colorful waterfront

 

March 26, 2025                Santa Maria, Cape Verde

Santa Maria is located on the small island of Sal in Cape Verde. The area is known for its plentiful beaches, live music scene, colorful people, and beautiful flora and fauna. The island’s history is rooted in the salt-trade; visitors can even float on the salty lake!  The turquoise waters surrounding the island are home to many animals, including sharks and sea turtles. The region’s weather is renowned for boasting over 350 days of sunshine a year

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March 27, 2025      – At Sea
              
Enjoy the many luxurious amenities onboard our ship to relax on the pool deck, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the many onboard activities.

 

March 28, 2025      Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Located at the eastern tip of the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz is a natural cruise destination as over half of its perimeter is shoreline. The beaches are lovely at that, from the yellow sands of Las Teresitas to the black sands of the quieter, clothing-optional Las Gaviotas.  There's also plenty to do and see inland, especially if you're here during the spectacular Carnival.

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The dramatic scenery and Architecture of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

March 29, 2025      – At Sea
              
Enjoy the many luxurious amenities onboard our ship to relax on the pool deck, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the many onboard activities.

 

March 30, 2025  LISBON PORTUGAL – DISEMBARK SHIP TO FLY HOME   

 

OUR CRUISE SHIP: NORWEGIAN DAWN

Feel Free to Discover your Inner Foodie

With a wide range of complimentary and specialty restaurants, you will have more dining options than days of your cruise. Enjoy an authentic Brazilian churrascaria experience at Moderno, spend an elegant night at our vibrant Italian ristorante, La Cucina, or enjoy traditional flavors with a modern twist at Los Lobos

Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, our complimentary dining options include two main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. Plus, our Main Dining Rooms offer a menu that changes daily, Chef's Signature Dishes and carefully selected wine recommendations, guaranteeing a different culinary adventure with every visit.

Every cruise fare includes beautifully crafted menus in our two main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. From fresh-baked breads, desserts and pastries to our chefs' original dishes made with the freshest ingredients, your dining can be as fine or fun as you want.

O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill

Dine on Irish pub classics while sipping your favorite draft beer, all in a casual atmosphere open 24 hours a day. There's no charge to dig into your favorite comfort foods such as Fish n’ Chips or throw some darts while taking in a sports game.

  • Complimentary             open 24 hours every day

Bamboo- A Taste of Asia

Enjoy a complimentary Asian restaurant featuring freshly prepared noodles, delicious wok fried dishes, authentic soups and more                                  

         Complimentary

 

Bimini Grill

Enjoy casual dining to suit every taste. From grilled burgers to hot dogs, come as you are and eat as you like after a night out or before your day begins.               Complimentary

Venetian

Stunning in design with ocean views, this Main Restaurant offers traditional cuisine to please every palate.
          Complimentary

Aqua

One of our two Main Restaurants serving a variety of culinary delights with a contemporary flair.
          Complimentary

Garden Café

Whatever you’re craving, chances are you will find it at the Garden Café. This complimentary, indoor buffet restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner                         Complimentary

There are also four specialty restaurants: Cagney’s Steakhouse, La Cucina Italian, Le Bistro French, Moderna Brazilian and Tepanyaki Japanese.  These have a fee to dine at, or if you have the Specialty Restaurant Perk, you get to try two of them, for only $10 per dinner.  Also, anyone who has status with NCL will get at least one or  more specialty restaurant visits.

BARS AND MORE BARS.  – There are many types of bars on our ship.  A Champagne bar, a Mojito Bar, a Margarita bar, a wine bar and more.

Bliss Ultra Lounge
It’s electric – all night long. Go clubbing till the wee hours at Bliss Ultra Lounge. From the moment you walk through the lit tunnel and start hearing the music pumping, you’ll feel the energy. And so will the glowing walls and bar which illuminate to the intensifying beats.

 

COMPLIMENTARY ENTERTAINMENT

Elements

Come and experience ELEMENTS! From mesmerizing magic to the visual feast of flying to exciting music and dance, this dazzling show will revel in the four elements of Earth, Air, Water & Fire. This show is an incredible spectacle of wonder, enchantment and sensual delight.

Soul Rockin' Nights
Rock the night away with this high energy party that celebrates the sounds of soul to the raw force of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Kick up your cowboy boots, then chill out to the sweet sounds of folk and get thrown back with the power rock of the 80’s!

Behind The Scenes Tour

Experience the operations and crew working areas of our ships, including access to the Bridge, Engine Control Room, and so much more

Award Winning Casino

Feeling lucky? Our Casinos at Sea® offer an award-winning gaming experience for all players. Play blackjack, craps, roulette, slots, Texas hold 'em – all your favorite games on Norwegian Dawn.

 

Deal or No Deal
Enjoy an exhilarating show where contestants play & deal for cash in a high-energy contest of nerves and intuition. Just like on the television show.
Play cards will be available for purchase onboard.

The ship also has six hot tub Jacuzzis on the pool deck, a spacious swimming pool, and sun loungers, a jogging track, internet café, plenty of onboard shopping, plus a spa, for massages, other treatments and much more.

Our Lap Pool is the longest indoor pool on a cruise ship.

 

The cost of your Cruise of the Western Coast of African Nations March 12-30,2025 is:

Inside cabins category IB on decks 8 and 9 for only $3317 per person
plus tax of $249 per person

Balcony cabins in category for only $4478 plus tax of $249 per person

You can travel either with a friend or let us assign you a roommate of the same gender to save you the cost of the cruise line’s single supplement.

All cabins also receive NCL perks:

Inside cabins get choice of two perks from

$50 per port per cabin shore excursion discount
300 free Wi-Fi minutes per person
10 free photos from the photo gallery
Discounted Beverage Package price of $393 per person for unlimited drinks of $15 per drink with an order of either one or two drinks at a time. (and any drink over $15, the passenger would only pay the difference of that drink cost minus $15)

Discounted specialty restaurant package of 2 specialty restaurants for $10 per visit = $20 total per person

Balcony cabins get a package of four perks, specifically choose either

Package A:

$50 per port per cabin shore excursion discount
300 free Wi-Fi minutes per person
Discounted Beverage Package price of $393 per person for unlimited drinks of $15 per drink with an order of either one or two drinks at a time. (and any drink over $15, the passenger would only pay the difference of that drink cost minus $15)

Discounted specialty restaurant package of 2 specialty restaurants for $10 per visit = $20 total per person

Or

Package B
$50 per port per cabin shore excursion discount
300 free Wi-Fi___33 minutes per person
10 free photos per cabin from the photo gallery
$100 per cabin shipboard credit

 

OPTIONAL SINGLE OCCUPANCY CABINS:  If you do not wish to travel with a friend and you do not wish to be assigned a roommate, you can book a single occupancy cabin at the below listed prices:

Inside cabins $6384 including tax
Balcony cabins: $9292 including tax

All the same perks would apply to single occupancy cabins as with double occupancy cabins, as listed above.

 

The cost of the optional 3 night pre cruise Cape Town and Safari Package

$999 per person in double occupancy

$1689 in single occupancy

The Pre cruise package includes

2 nights at the Westin Cape Town with breakfast and a city tour featuring Table Mountain. 

1 night at the Aguila Safari Lodge with breakfast and two safaris (one in the afternoon and one the next morning)

Transport from the safari lodge to the cruise ship. 

 

Deposits/Balance payment and cancelation policy for this cruise:

A deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your space on the cruise.

The balance payment is required Monday Oct. 7th, 2024.

Cancel Policy for this trip.

If you wish to cancel your space and you have booked to share a room with a friend of your own choosing, or in single occupancy, you can cancel for a full refund of your $250 deposit, any time for five months after the date you make your $250 deposit. 
If canceling after that date, your $250 deposit is non refundable.

If canceling after the balance is paid, it is fully non refundable, unless you have purchased travel insurance (In which case you would need to file a claim with your travel insurance provider with medical documentation to support your claim.)

If you wish to cancel and you have booked, requesting we assign you a roommate, you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit, any time until two months after your deposit was paid.  Any cancelations after that will forfeit the $250 deposit.

If canceling after the balance is paid, it is fully non refundable, unless you have purchased travel insurance (In which case you would need to file a claim with your travel insurance provider with medical documentation to support your claim.)

 

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