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Grand Africa Voyage - U353A MS Zuiderdam departing 10 Oct 2023

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MS Zuiderdam
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
10 Oct 2023
Duration
46 Nights
From / To
Fort Lauderdale / Cape Town
Ports of call
Fort Lauderdale - Funchal - Lanzarote - Agadir - Casablanca

Inside from £6,365pp

Outside from £7,001pp

Balcony from £9,751pp

Suite from £22,355pp

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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 10/10/2023
Location Fort Lauderdale
In
Out 16:00

There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

Date 11/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 12/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 13/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 14/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 15/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 16/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 17/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 18/10/2023
Location Funchal
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Glide down a mountainside in a giant wicker sleigh; sip a glass of Madeira wine; browse the shops for lace and colorful flowers. Funchal is anything but ordinary.

Date 19/10/2023
Location Lanzarote
In 11:00
Out 18:00

Rugged, volcanic Lanzarote—the northeasternmost island of the Canary Islands, which are part of Spain yet lie less than 200 kilometers off the coast of Morocco—is small enough that you can travel its whole length in less than an hour. Driving between the small towns on the island, dotted with some 300 volcanic cones, visitors pass wineries around La Geria valley; its vast estates are covered by odd little lava stone pits designed to protect individual vines from the wind. (Viticulture has a long history here—El Grifo winery was founded in 1775.) All over the island, the works of celebrated local sculptor, painter and architect César Manrique can be seen in the most unexpected places.

A former fishing village, the port of Arrecife (meaning “reef” in Spanish and named after the offshore reefs that long provided protection from pirates) is now a medium-sized city. Despite its location in the Atlantic, Arrecife has a decidedly Mediterranean feel with seafront promenades lined with palms. El Charco tidal lagoon is a popular venue for strolling and photographing traditional fishing boats at anchor. On Saturdays, a food and crafts market pops up around the lagoon and the Church of San Ginés; every day of the week, small tapas bars are always welcoming.

Date 20/10/2023
Location Agadir
In 07:00
Out 13:00

Regardless of when you visit Agadir, on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast, your chances of arriving on a sunny day are pretty high. That selling point has made it a popular seaside resort for Europeans, who stroll along the promenade and surf, wet bike and ride camels on the seemingly endless crescent-shaped beach. Here, you can sip a cup of Berber tea at a café, grab a pint at a pub or dine and dance at one of the beach clubs. Beyond the beach, much of the area’s history has been erased, and all that can be seen today are modern whitewashed buildings and palm-lined boulevards. (Though it was the site of an ancient Roman port and occupied by both the French and the Portuguese, Agadir was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1960 and little of its past survived.) You can still explore the region’s heritage at the Amazigh Museum, which provides an introduction to Berber culture, and the hilltop casbah, built in the 16th century. Don’t miss the souks, with local products like saffron, olive oil, dates and Berber handicrafts, including silver jewelry, handmade slippers, carpets and pottery. Outside Agadir, red-walled towns and valleys with limestone canyons and waterfalls await.

Date 21/10/2023
Location Casablanca
In 07:00
Out 19:00

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and its most important port. While Rabat is the country’s official capital, Casablanca is its economic and cultural hub, the place where Moroccans go to make it big. There has been a settlement here since before the Romans, and although the Barbary pirates and Portuguese also left their marks, it wasn’t until the French colonial period that Casablanca truly came into its own. The modern city was the first in the world to be laid out by aerial survey, and was barely 20 years old when its name was framed forever in the Hollywood classic of the same name.

But Casablanca isn’t just a place for movie nostalgia—its tremendous Hassan II Mosque puts Moroccan tradition on a distinctly modern trajectory, while its trams whisk you past Art Deco architecture to Dubai-inspired malls and city beaches.

Casablanca’s central location on the Atlantic coast also means that day trips to the historic imperial cities of Marrakech and Rabat are an easy option. We suggest you gulp down a shot of Moroccan espresso at a street café and dive right in.

Date 22/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Out
Date 23/10/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 24/10/2023
Location La Goulette
In
Out

Stroll Tunis’ spirited medina where close-packed souks offer silver, perfumes, spices, carpets and other treasures at fire sale prices. Sharpen your haggling skills here—it’s anticipated! At the edge of the Sahara, the Phoenician city at Carthage now lies in windswept ruins, but once was the glorious rival of Rome.

Date 25/10/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 26/10/2023
Location Crete
In 11:00
Out 22:00

The port of Souda on the Aegean Sea is home to a Greek and NATO naval base and is located six kilometers (three miles) from Chania—the second-largest city on Crete, which itself is the largest of the Greek Islands. Once you’re in Chania, set your compass for the historic waterfront with its famous Venetian Harbor dating to the 14th century. Walk along the breakwater to the restored 500-year-old lighthouse for views that are particularly photogenic from late afternoon until sunset. The atmospheric tangle of streets that is Old Town is easily explored on foot, and you can stop at one of the many outdoor cafés for a bouyatsa (custard pastry) or a glass of Cretan red wine.Soúda can also be a jumping-off point for a visit to Rethymnon, located about 54 kilometers (33 miles) to the east. Shaped by centuries of invasion, namely by the Venetians and Turks, its Fortezza was built by the Venetians in the late 16th century and captured by the Ottomans in 1646. The Old Town has the same kind of architectural character as Chania, but on a smaller scale.

Date 27/10/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 28/10/2023
Location Cyprus
In 07:00
Out 17:00

On the island’s south coast, Limassol is very much in the Greek sector of Cyprus. Nearby crusaders’ castles, Greco-Roman ruins, olive groves and vineyards all speak to a lifestyle that is intrinsically Hellenic, and wizened lacemakers weave the traditions of their ancestors into their detailed work.

Date 29/10/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 30/10/2023
Location At Sea
In 06:00
Out
Date 30/10/2023
Location At Sea
In 06:00
Out
Date 30/10/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out 18:00
Date 31/10/2023
Location Sharm El Sheikh
In 07:00
Out 17:00

Beyond the clear waters of Sharm el Sheikh lie Cairo and its enduring wonders: the treasures of royal Egyptian tombs, the imposing enigma of the Sphinx, and the 13-acre Great Pyramid of Cheops, 46 centuries old and counting.

Date 01/11/2023
Location Aqaba (Petra)
In 07:00
Out

Jordan may appear at first glance like a vast, empty land, but its territory has been inhabited for 6,000 years and it is home to an enormous number of historic sites and natural wonders. Most of them are easily accessible just off of the King’s Highway, which stretches from the capital, Amman, down to Aqaba on the Red Sea. As the country’s only port, Aqaba has long been linked to the legend of Lawrence of Arabia, or T.E. Lawrence, and to the famous 1962 film by Sir David Lean. The massive Aqaba flagpole is, at 131 meters (430 feet), one of the tallest in the world and commemorates the Great Arab Revolt of 1916 against the Ottoman Empire in which Lawrence played a key role. Aqaba is a decidedly quieter place now than in the heyday of revolt, whether one comes for the deepwater dive spots, duty-free shopping or its new high-end residential and resort district. Old Aqaba, with a fort that dates from the era of Christian crusaders, continues to be a wonderfully atmospheric neighborhood. There, after a long day in the desert heat, visitors can seek out a Turkish bath for a massage and scrub or take a break from exploring at any number of cafés that overlook the port.

Date 02/11/2023
Location Aqaba (Petra)
In
Out 17:00

Jordan may appear at first glance like a vast, empty land, but its territory has been inhabited for 6,000 years and it is home to an enormous number of historic sites and natural wonders. Most of them are easily accessible just off of the King’s Highway, which stretches from the capital, Amman, down to Aqaba on the Red Sea. As the country’s only port, Aqaba has long been linked to the legend of Lawrence of Arabia, or T.E. Lawrence, and to the famous 1962 film by Sir David Lean. The massive Aqaba flagpole is, at 131 meters (430 feet), one of the tallest in the world and commemorates the Great Arab Revolt of 1916 against the Ottoman Empire in which Lawrence played a key role. Aqaba is a decidedly quieter place now than in the heyday of revolt, whether one comes for the deepwater dive spots, duty-free shopping or its new high-end residential and resort district. Old Aqaba, with a fort that dates from the era of Christian crusaders, continues to be a wonderfully atmospheric neighborhood. There, after a long day in the desert heat, visitors can seek out a Turkish bath for a massage and scrub or take a break from exploring at any number of cafés that overlook the port.

Date 03/11/2023
Location Safaga
In 08:00
Out 23:59

Luxor is essentially an open-air museum, where the remnants and mysteries of ancient Egypt rise from the desert sands in continuous breathtaking panoramas. These towering pillars, hieroglyphics and countless murals and statues all have stories to tell.

Explore the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, where limestone cliff caves once served as the sacred burial grounds for the Pharaohs and Queens of ancient Egypt. View the Karnak and Luxor Temples, which together form the largest ancient religious site in the world – a vast preserved site of sanctuaries built for the Theban gods. In the city of Luxor, the Mummification Museum explores this ancient ritual – and the Luxor Museum houses an exhibit of items from the tomb of Tutankhamen.

Date 04/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 05/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 06/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 07/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 08/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 09/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 10/11/2023
Location Victoria
In 16:00
Out

Of all the cities in Canada, Victoria may be the furthest from Great Britain, but it has the most British vibe. Between sipping afternoon tea, visiting flower gardens and castles and stopping in at pubs, one could easily forget about the Pacific Ocean lapping at the other side of Vancouver Island. The influence of the First Nations culture is also strong here in Victoria, with totem poles taking a front-and-center position on the Inner Harbour and in Beacon Hill Park. Extensive galleries are devoted to the history of the First People at the Royal British Columbia Museum, too, one of Victoria’s top tourist attractions. Other waves of immigration besides that of the English are evident in the streets of Canada’s oldest Chinatown here, as well as on the menus of the city’s many restaurants, pizzerias and tavernas.

Start your visit to Victoria’s sights and attractions at the Inner Harbour. Whale-watching cruises and sightseeing floatplanes take off and return from their excursions here and government buildings, museums, the Visitor Centre and the grand Fairmont Empress provide a dignified welcome. Just around the point, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a lively contrast with working fishing boats, barking harbor seals and busy seafood restaurants serving up the catch of the day. Take time for a jaunt to the famous Butchart Gardens, a truly stunning show garden developed on the site of a depleted quarry. Enjoy afternoon tea or a walk in the park or a shopping trip to Market Square or along Government Street. However you choose to spend your day here or decide where to go in Victoria, the city’s civilized delights will charm you.

Date 11/11/2023
Location Victoria
In
Out 17:00

Of all the cities in Canada, Victoria may be the furthest from Great Britain, but it has the most British vibe. Between sipping afternoon tea, visiting flower gardens and castles and stopping in at pubs, one could easily forget about the Pacific Ocean lapping at the other side of Vancouver Island. The influence of the First Nations culture is also strong here in Victoria, with totem poles taking a front-and-center position on the Inner Harbour and in Beacon Hill Park. Extensive galleries are devoted to the history of the First People at the Royal British Columbia Museum, too, one of Victoria’s top tourist attractions. Other waves of immigration besides that of the English are evident in the streets of Canada’s oldest Chinatown here, as well as on the menus of the city’s many restaurants, pizzerias and tavernas.

Start your visit to Victoria’s sights and attractions at the Inner Harbour. Whale-watching cruises and sightseeing floatplanes take off and return from their excursions here and government buildings, museums, the Visitor Centre and the grand Fairmont Empress provide a dignified welcome. Just around the point, Fisherman’s Wharf offers a lively contrast with working fishing boats, barking harbor seals and busy seafood restaurants serving up the catch of the day. Take time for a jaunt to the famous Butchart Gardens, a truly stunning show garden developed on the site of a depleted quarry. Enjoy afternoon tea or a walk in the park or a shopping trip to Market Square or along Government Street. However you choose to spend your day here or decide where to go in Victoria, the city’s civilized delights will charm you.

Date 12/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 13/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 14/11/2023
Location Zanzibar
In 08:00
Out

Off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar Is the Spice Island, one of the few places where saffron is produced. Explore its white-sand beaches, Jozani forest (watch for monkeys!), caves and open-air market.

Date 15/11/2023
Location Zanzibar
In
Out 17:00

Off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar Is the Spice Island, one of the few places where saffron is produced. Explore its white-sand beaches, Jozani forest (watch for monkeys!), caves and open-air market.

Date 16/11/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 17/11/2023
Location Mayotte
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Known locally as Momoju, Mamoudzou is the capital of the French overseas collectivity of Mayotte. Located in the Indian Ocean, between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique, Mayotte encompasses the largest coral lagoon in the world, more than 1,000 square kilometers in size. Enjoy world-class snorkeling and diving; discover where sea turtles come to roost; and in August and September, watch for humpback whales with their calves.

Date 18/11/2023
Location Nosy Be
In 07:00
Out 16:00

Located just off the northwest coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be is a beautiful tropical island covered with palm trees and bougainvillea. Nicknamed “the scented island” for its aromatic cultivation of coffee, cocoa, ylang-ylang, vanilla, and cinnamon, Nosy Be is a heavenly place to swim, snorkel or simply relax on un-crowded beaches. You can also tour Lokobe Reserve, a nature reserve protecting Madagascar’s famous Black Lemurs and the beautiful Panther Chameleon.

Date 19/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 20/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Out
Date 21/11/2023
Location Maputo
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Mozambique’s capital and largest city, Maputo, has finally recovered from a 15-year civil war that ended in 1992, and is now bounding toward prosperity, thanks to one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. For curious travelers, there’s much to discover here: You’ll find a fascinating swirl of cultures—including Portuguese, Bantu, Arab, Chinese and Indian—and be energized by the lively atmosphere of a young, vibrant Africa on the move. Recent investments in Maputo’s parks and museums as well as in the historic Baixa quarter have put a new shine on much of the city. A good place to start your exploration of the two main neighborhoods, uptown and Baixa, is Independence Square, the gateway to both areas. Here, architectural styles mix to surprising effect. Next, head to the central market in Baixa, the historic heart of town, for a glimpse of residents’ daily life and to visit some of the cultural highlights such as the National Money Museum, housed in one of Maputo’s oldest buildings. Don’t miss the beautiful gardens at the Natural History Museum, the elegant old train station and the underappreciated modernist architecture dating from when Mozambique was ruled by Portugal. Maputo consistently delivers surprises like these—and more.

Date 22/11/2023
Location Richards Bay
In 08:00
Out 22:00

A bustling port town with year-round warm weather, Richards Bay is home to South Africa’s largest harbor. The golden sands of the coastline stretch from the Tugela River to the border of Mozambique. These serene beaches are also home to the Richards Bay Game Reserve, a protected lagoon that is home to aquatic birds, hippos, sharks and crocodiles.

Nearby, the endless rolling hills, valleys and plains of Zululand give way to lush forests that bear witness to the land’s rich history, including the great Anglo-Zulu war. The Zulu are considered one of the great nations of Africa. Activities include wilderness adventure and exploration of the many museums and historical sites.

Date 23/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 24/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 25/11/2023
Location Cape Town
In 08:00
Out

Cape Town’s spectacular setting on Table Bay, beneath the 1,082-meter (3,550-foot) Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, seldom fails to take one’s breath away, whether you are a local or a visitor. If Johannesburg is South Africa’s New York, this port city of four million, settled by traders from the Dutch East India Company in 1652, is its San Francisco. With a rich array of restaurants, galleries, vineyards and countless beaches, as well as a Mediterranean climate, life on the Cape Peninsula, which stretches for some 70 kilometers (43 miles) from downtown to the most southerly point, Cape Point, is genteel and all about good, healthy living and staying outdoors as much as possible. The Table Bay side of the city, known for its luxurious seaview properties and bustling nightlife, is countered by equally intriguing False Bay, which lies behind Table Mountain and is home to quaint, cobblestoned fishing villages like Kalk Bay, as well as the city’s famous penguin colony. There, too, you’ll find the oldest (and some of the best) vineyards in Africa, such as Constantia Uitsig and Buitenverwachting. If you visit, though, be warned: Once might not be enough.

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