CAPE TOWN to TEMA (ACCRA)
AFRICA & ATLANTIC OCEAN EXPEDITION
22 DAYS – MARCH 21 TO APRIL 11, 2018
Experience disparate cultures while travelling the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast. Follow the trading routes of Henry the Navigator from the west coast of Africa into the Atlantic to see some of the least visited places on Earth. This is expedition cruising at its source — a unique blend of nature, culture and history that gives truly one-of-a-kind experiences and lifelong memories.
Unique itinerary to explore Africa & St. Helena!
VISTA SUITE OUTSIDE $12,850
VERANDA SUITE $15,650
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE $16,250
Airfare & Transfer Costs Are Upon Request.
ALL CRUISE FARES ARE IN US FUNDS per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy fares are upon request. Initial deposit of 25% of the total cruise fare is required to secure your reservation. Final payment to Silversea Cruises is required by NOVEMBER 16, 2017
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CRUISE ITINERARY – An expedition with Silversea is unlike any other form of travel – thrilling, awe-inspiring and humbling all at the same time. Below please find itinerary information about this adventurous expedition.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 21, 2018 EMBARK
If you visit only one place in South Africa, make it Cape Town. Whether you’re partaking of the Capetonian inclination for alfresco fine dining (the so-called “Mother City” is home to many of the country’s best restaurants) or sipping wine atop Table Mountain, you sense—correctly—that this is South Africa’s most urbane, civilized city. Here elegant Cape Dutch buildings abut ornate Victorian architecture and imposing British monuments. In the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, the call to prayer echoes through cobbled streets lined with houses painted in bright pastels, while the sweet tang of Malay curry wafts through the air.
DAY AT SEA – MARCH 22, 2018
While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
LUDERITZ, NAMIBIA – MARCH 23, 2018 7 AM – 2 PM
The scorched desert that surrounds Luderitz means the city’s collection of German art nouveau architecture couldn’t look more unusually placed along the Namibian coastline. This quirkiness is what gives the destination its charm, however, alongside undeniably fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities. See gangs of playful penguins skipping across the waves, pink flamingos wading by the coast, and dolphins leaping into the air, as you visit a city that boasts some of the most incredible wildlife in Africa. Take a boat tour across the waves, to drop in on Penguin Island and Seal Island – where friendly seals flop about, and bark out welcomes in your direction.
WALVIS BAY, NAMIBIA – MARCH 24 & 25, 2018 OVERNIGHT
One of Southern Africa’s most important harbor towns, the once industrial Walvis Bay has recently developed into a seaside holiday destination with a number of pleasant lagoonfront guesthouses and several good restaurants—including one of Namibia’s best, Lyon des Sables. The majority of water activities advertised in Swakopmund actually depart from Walvis’s small waterfront area, and there’s an amazing flamingo colony residing in the Bay’s 3,000-year-old lagoon.
DAY AT SEA – MARCH 26, 2018
NAMIBE, ANGOLA – MARCH 27, 2018 9 AM – 5 PM
Namibe is a coastal city of baroque architecture and stately churches in southwestern Angola. The city was founded in 1840 by the colonial Portuguese administration. Namibe is perched between the edge of the expansive Namib Desert and the cold waters of the Benguela Current flowing to the north offshore. Thanks to the blend of cool water and proximity to the desert, Namibe has a cool dry climate and desert vegetation. The most famous of these desert plants is the Welwitschia mirabilis, a rare plant found only in the Namibe Provence of South Angola and the Namib Desert.
LOBITO, ANGOLA – MARCH 28, 2018 7 AM – 2 PM
About equidistant from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia on Angola’s stunning coastline lies Lobito, a small town in the Benguala Province. Long under Portuguese colonisation, the city suffered somewhat — albeit it less than the country’s capital Luanda, during the long, drawn out civil war of 1975-2002. However, Lobito has begun the rehabilitation process (primarily through funding from both China – who are implementing a railway system throughout the country and Brazil) and the grass roots of restoration have very definitely started.
LUANDA, ANGOLA – MARCH 29, 2018 8 AM – 5 PM
A study in contrasting economies, Luanda is a boisterous coastal city of haves and have-nots. As capital of Africa’s second-largest oil-producing country, it has been deemed the world’s most expensive city, and since independence in 2002, everyone seems to be gunning for a piece of the post-civil war economy. Its renaissance offers a range of experiences, from cushy hotels to a restaurant-lined oceanfront promenade to locals hawking handmade goods at crowded public markets.
DAYS AT SEA – MARCH 30 TO APRIL 1, 2018
HELENA, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 2 & 3, 2018 OVERNIGHT
Although primarily known as the island where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, the fascination with St. Helena goes back many more centuries. Its main attraction may very well be its remoteness, which enabled the Portuguese to keep their discovery of the island in 1502 a secret for the next 80 years. It was this isolated location that the British thought perfect to keep the defeated Napoleon. St. Helena, a “green gem set in a ring of bronze”, as a poet once called it, is surrounded by a magnificent coastline, with 1,000-foot-high cliffs dropping down to rocks pounded by the Atlantic surf.
DAYS AT SEA – APRIL 4 & 5, 2018
ASCENSION ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 6, 2018 7 AM – 3 PM
This speck of an island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean was discovered by the Portuguese on Ascension Day in 1501. It measures a mere 7.5 miles by 6 miles, and its closest neighbor is the island of St. Helena, some 760 miles southeast, of which Ascension has been a dependency since 1922. The island is of volcanic origin; its climate is moderated by southeastern trade winds. The annual mean temperature is 85°F at sea level and 75°F on Green Mountain, which is at 2,870 feet the highest point on the island. The island was taken over by the British in 1815, at the same time that they took a greater interest in St. Helena for the purpose of sending Napoleon into exile.
DAYS AT SEA – APRIL 7 & 8, 2018
ABIDJAN, COTE DE I’VOIRE – APRIL 9, 2018 10 AM – 7 PM
Three hours south of Yamoussoukro, nestled in between the canals and waterways, lies Abidjan the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. Considered the crossroads of West Africa both economically and culturally, Abidjan benefits from clement temperatures year round, reaching average highs of around 88˚ Fahrenheit, or 30˚ Celsius. Like much of West Africa, this city has cachet and soul, and enjoys a diversity of cultures, traditions and people, notably through the French influence (Abidjan is the largest French speaking country in West Africa), but also through the steady stream of tourists that make the city both vibrant and cosmopolitan.
TOKORADI, GHANA – APRIL 10, 2018 7 AM – 7 PM
Ghana’s fourth-largest city plays serene beaches against a bustling commercial centre. People from around the world visit the shore, both for its beauty and to enjoy the fresh seafood served right on the sands. Frantic city life awaits a short distance inland, where an economy fuelled by Ghana’s oil industry is most apparent in the maze of vendors at Market Circle.
TEMA (ACCRA), GHANA – APRIL 11, 2018 DISEMBARK
From a modest fishing port to the biggest in Ghana, Tema’s industrial activity has all but tarnished the charming, postcard scenery of the region. The neighbouring white-sanded beaches remain immaculate, still serving as a testimony of the rich variety of fishing birds that can be found in the area. In the way Mother Nature intended it, gannets, boobies and kingfishers amongst other species fish in and around the cerulean waters of the coast. A light breeze tickles the inflamed, iron-filled soil of the mainland on which the railway linking Tema to Accra lures hundreds of visitors each day.