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Cape Town to Zanzibar Cruise

  • Departure DateTue 29th Mar 2022
  • Silversea Silver Explorer
  • 18 Night Cruise From Cape Town
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Itinerary

  • Cape Town
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • East London
  • Durban
  • Richard's Bay, South Africa
  • Inhaca Island
  • Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
  • Mozambique Island
  • Nosey Be
  • Nosy Hara
  • Assumption Island
  • Aldabra Island
  • Zanzibar

What's Included

  • Ultra-luxury, all-suite accommodation on board small intimate ships
  • Multiple restaurants with diverse cuisine & open-seating dining
  • Beverages in Suite and throughout the ship, including Champagne, select wines & Spirits
  • Soft Drinks including specialty coffees & bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • WiFi throughout the ship
  • 24-hour room service
  • Full Personalised Butler Service for every Suite
  • Overseas Shuttle Service at select destinations
  • Expedition activities and on-board expert lectures on expedition sailings
  • “Cruise with Confidence” - 30 Day Cancellation & Future Cruise Credit Protection
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • All Port Taxes & Fees

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Day 1 - Cape Town

Arrive: Tue 29 March 2022 / Depart: Tue 29 March 2022 at 17:00

Sprawling across endless, staggeringly blue coastline, and watched over by the iconic plane of Table Mountain, Cape Town is without doubt one of the world’s most beautiful cities. A blend of spectacular mountain scenery, multiculturalism and relaxed ocean charm awaits in the Mother City, where you can venture out to rolling vineyards, dine in laid back sea suburbs, or spend days exploring cool urban culture. Cape Town’s natural splendour fully reveals itself as the cable car rears sharply to the top of Table Mountain. From the summit, 3,500 feet above sea level, you can let the scale of the panoramic vistas of the city rolling down towards the ocean wash over you. Another heavenly perspective waits at the top of Lion's Head’s tapering peak. A sharp hike and an early start is required, but the views of the morning sun painting Table Mountain honey-gold are some of Cape Town’s finest. Cape Town’s glorious sunshine and inviting blue rollers can be a little deceiving - these oceans are anything but warm at times, with nothing between the peninsula’s end and Antarctica’s icy chill. This cool water has upsides though, bringing a colony of adorably cute African penguins to Boulders Beach. Boarded walkways offer the perfect vantage point to see the cute creatures dipping into the sea and lounging in the sun. Nearby, journey to the end of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope, where you can stand at the bottom of this mighty continent, watching out over the merging waves of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Cape Town’s beauty is counterpointed by the ominous island form, which sits four miles offshore from the bustling restaurants and lazy seals of the lively V&A Waterfront. A living history lesson, you can sail in the ships that transported prisoners out to Robben Island, before a former prisoner tells of the traumas of life on this offshore prison. Your guide will show you the cramped cells, and render Mandela’s long walk to freedom in heartbreaking, visceral clarity.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Arrive: Thu 31 March 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 31 March 2022 at 21:00

Port Elizabeth is the third largest port and the fifth largest city in South Africa. The center is spread over steep hills overlooking Algoa Bay. Except for some interesting historical architecture, 21st-century Port Elizabeth, or PE as it is commonly known, has few attractions of note. To compensate, the town is surrounded by charming countryside; it bills itself as the Friendly City. Its origins go back to the site of Fort Frederick around which settlers from Britain established Port Elizabeth in 1820.

Day 4 - East London

Arrive: Fri 01 April 2022 at 08:30 / Depart: Fri 01 April 2022 at 12:00

As South Africa's only large river and sea port, East London is important for the export of citrus fruit, mineral ores and wool. A considerable amount of goods are imported here as well. The first documented vessel to arrive in these waters was in 1688 while searching for survivors of a shipwreck. In 1848, a proclamation annexed the area to the Cape Colony. Today, East London serves as the area's commercial centre and is a bustling town with a population of approximately 175,000. The town's small museum contains the world's only surviving egg of the extinct dodo bird, as well as a mounted coelacanth caught near East London in 1938, a fish thought to be extinct.

Day 5 - Durban

Arrive: Sat 02 April 2022 at 12:00 / Depart: Sat 02 April 2022 at 20:30

The great natural harbor of Port Natal, on whose shores the city of Durban now stands, was thought by early Portuguese navigators to be a lagoon at the mouth of a large river. They called the harbor Rio de Natal (Christmas River), as its discovery fell on Christmas Day in 1497. The name Durban was acquired in 1843 when Port Natal was renamed for Sir Benjamin D'Urban, the Cape governor who had ordered the British annexation of Natal. Durban became a municipality in 1854 and a city in 1935. Today it is one of the principal cargo ports on the African continent, a center for industry and a major holiday resort. With a population of almost one million people, Durban is a bustling, subtropical city with a warm, more often hot and sultry climate that favors the luxuriant growth of trees and gardens. It is considered to be the Asian capital of South Africa with a massive Indian population. While the downtown area is predominantly Muslim, Hindu Durban lies to the north of the city center. It was here in the Phoenix Park Settlement that Mahatma Gandhi set up his retreat center in 1903, from where moral support was drawn for the Indian demonstrations of 1913. Durban's 21st-century economy can largely be credited to the immense amount of cargo passing through its huge port, as well as to the thousands of Transvaal holiday makers who, since the 1930s, have turned the city's beachfront into a popular playground. Its most dominant landmark is the handsome Grey Street Mosque, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Day 6 - Richard's Bay, South Africa

Arrive: Sun 03 April 2022 at 06:30 / Depart: Sun 03 April 2022 at 17:00

Richards Bay was named after Frederick William Richards of the British Royal Navy. When he learned of the conflict the English experienced in Zululand, Richards arrived with 250 men in support of his fellow countrymen. He also made a survey of the coast in 1879. In 1906, development of the area got underway with the founding of the Zululand Fisheries and the first ox wagon trek to the town of Empangeni. In 1928, Richards Bay got a hotel and a store, from which it gradually developed into the economic center of Northern Kwazulu-Natal. A new deep-water port inaugurated in 1976 is the second largest port in the country after Durban. In its wake, a number of large and small industries, hotels, shops and restaurants have sprung up, causing the town to develop at a record-breaking pace. The most important attractions however are found outside Richards Bay in the game reserves and cultural villages. For many visitors Zululand represents some of the "real" Africa, an area that covers much of central Kwazulu-Natal, including the port of Richard's Bay and the adjacent Hluhluwe Game Park. The region is dominated by the Zulu tribe; their customs, historical traditions and culture are evident throughout the region. The name Zulu derives from an early chief, whose descendants were called aba-kwa Zulu, or people of Zulu. Their capital is Ulundi, located north of the Tugela River. Much of Zululand comprises a scenic, hilly interior plus some coastal areas, where it is usually hot and humid.

Day 7 - Inhaca Island

Arrive: Mon 04 April 2022 at 12:30 / Depart: Mon 04 April 2022 at 18:30

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Arrive: Wed 06 April 2022 at 06:00 / Depart: Wed 06 April 2022 at 12:00

Day 9 - Santa Carolina Island

Day 10 - At Sea

Day 11 - Mozambique Island

Arrive: Fri 08 April 2022 at 12:30 / Depart: Fri 08 April 2022 at 19:00

Day 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - Ampangorinana, Nosy Komba, Madagascar

Day 13 - Nosy Tanikely

Day 13 - Nosey Be

Arrive: Sun 10 April 2022 at 18:15 / Depart: Sun 10 April 2022 at 23:00

Trips into the lush countryside may include a ride up to Mt. Passot. At 950 feet, this is the highest point on the island. The view from the top offers an extensive panorama of crater lakes nestled between verdant hills. Most visitors make the boat trip to Nosy Komba. The tiny island is known for its lemur reserve. These arboreal primates, with their large eyes, soft fur and long curling tails, have lived unharmed for centuries in the forest behind Ampangorina village. The lemurs are a popular tourist attraction and a profitable source of income to the small local community.

Day 14 - Nosy Hara

Arrive: Mon 11 April 2022 at 06:30 / Depart: Mon 11 April 2022 at 18:00

Day 15 - Assumption Island

Arrive: Tue 12 April 2022 at 13:00 / Depart: Tue 12 April 2022 at 20:00

Assumption (Assomption) Island is a small, crescent shaped island about 4.3 square miles (11.07 sq km) in size. Considered one of the Outer Seychelles Islands, Assumption is part of the Aldabra Group, lying approximately 600 miles (960 km) southwest of Mahé, in the Indian Ocean. These outer islands are not made from granite, like their larger sisters Mahé, Praslin or La Digue, but rather are coralline formations. Once a part of the French colony Réunion, then a member of the British Indian Ocean Territories, today Assumption is governed by the Seychelles.

Day 16 - Aldabra Island

Arrive: Wed 13 April 2022 at 04:30

Day 17 - Aldabra Island

Depart: Thu 14 April 2022 at 19:00

Day 18 - At Sea

Day 19 - Zanzibar

Arrive: Sat 16 April 2022 at 09:30 / Depart: Sat 16 April 2022

Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, is separated from mainland Tanzania by a 22-mile-wide channel. The name itself evokes a romantic past that includes memories of great seafarers and explorers, and tales of famous deeds and great riches. To Zanzibar's shores came the Sumarians, Assyrians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays - all contributing to the island's turbulent history. From its shores, the great European explorers - Burton, Speke, Krapf and Livingstone - set out on their voyages of discovery to the mainland. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive at Zanzibar in the 15th century, starting a reign of exploitation including the export of slaves and ivory. The island's main town, Stone Town or Zanzibar Town, on the west coast has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center. The different nationalities that have settled in Zanzibar over the centuries have left a distinct mark on its people and architecture. Of special note are the ornate wooden doors and intricately carved balconies. Walking through the narrow streets of Stone Town the visitor catches a glimpse of the town's exotic life. A scent of cloves in the air serves as a reminder that this is indeed the Spice Island. At one time, Zanzibar supplied the world's tables with cloves. Today there are still plantations that cultivate a variety of spices, but the island's economy depends ever more on tourism. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are a major draw for vacationers, encouraging such holiday activities as swimming, sailing and exploring beneath the ocean in unspoiled underwater parks.

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Ship Cabins

Adventurer Suite

Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy suite. After spending the day on a dynamic shore excursion, unwind in the ample sitting area or rejuvenate the mind with a soak in the marbled bathroom’s tub. Here you can watch passing ocean scenes through two porthole windows. Reminisce the day’s travels by journaling at your writing desk. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television. Or fall sound asleep within the comfort of fine bed linens – with your choice of nine pillow types. One bedroom: 167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences BVLGARI bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Two portholes Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Alarm with iHome docking station Plush Etro bathrobe Champagne on arrival

Explorer Suite

Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Suites. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Explorer Suites accommodate up to two guests and exude cosy opulence, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore. One bedroom: 190 ft² / 18 m² with view window Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library View window Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Plush bathrobe Champagne on arrival

Grand 1 Suite

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. Ideal for entertaining friends while you cruise or enjoying a quiet dinner “at home”. One bedroom: 618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Balcony with patio fourniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Living room with sitting area Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Vanity table with hair dryer Writing desk Illy espresso machine Daily canape service Dinner at officer's table Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

Medallion Suite

A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line. One bedroom: 400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Vanity table with hair dryer Afternoon canapés upon request Dinner at officer’s table Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Illy Espresso machine Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

Owner's 1 Suite

The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those who seek the superlative level of space, comfort and service on board. For those who expect the finest from a luxury cruise. One bedroom: 728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors Living room with sitting area Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Vanity table with hair dryer Writing desk Illy espresso machine Daily canape service Dinner at officer's table Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

Silver Suite

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests. One bedroom: 422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Premium Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest) Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Vanity table with hair dryer Sitting area with writing desk Afternoon canapés upon request Dinner at officer's table Plush bathrobe Laundry service throughout the voyage Champagne on arrival, with special welcome chocolates and fresh fruit stand

Veranda Suite

A Silversea cruise signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony. One bedroom: 216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Luxury bath amenities Pillow menu Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Plush bathrobe Champagne on arrival

View Suite

Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day. One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with view window Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences BVLGARI bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library View window Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Alarm with iHome docking station Plush Etro bathrobe Champagne on arrival

Vista Suite

A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. One bedroom: 192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences BVLGARI bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Personalised stationery Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) 220-volt outlets Unlimited Standard Wifi Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views Twin beds or queen-sized bed Marbled bathroom with shower Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Sitting area with writing desk Hair dryer Alarm with iHome docking station Plush Etro bathrobe Champagne on arrival
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