Cruise the South African Coast with Azamara - September 2019


GoCruise – 17th September 2019

 

Cruising the coast of South Africa is a special experience, and Azamara’s small ships, and destination immersive itineraries, are a great way to do it. Their three boutique style ships each carry just over 700 passengers, and many things are included in the cost of your cruise. I give further details below of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 itineraries, but just a short note about why there is a special place in my heart for cruising the South African coast.

In December 1971, aged just 16, I went to sea as a bell boy with Union Castle Line, working on the Pendennis Castle. I made 8 round trips from Southampton in just over a year, calling at Las Palmas, Madeira, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Madeira, Las Palmas and back to Southampton. Then in February 2016 I went back to Cape Town for the first time since December 1972, and had an amazing holiday with my wife. Further down the page you can see two views of Cape Town Harbour I took from the top of Table Mountain, one in 1972 and one in 2016, as well as two videos I made when I visited Cape Town in 2016. Who knows, maybe I will cruise the South African Coast again in the future, so that I can revisit Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban, some 50 years since the last time.

For more details of any of the Azamara cruises listed below, or indeed any other cruise or escorted tour, just call GoCruise with Ian on 08002922850 or 01455821770, or send me an email.

Azamara 10-Night South Africa Intensive Voyage

Itinerary: Cape Town, sea day, Port Elizabeth, sea day, Richard’s Bay, Durban, East London, sea day, Cape Town, Cape Town, Cape Town
Ship: Azamara Quest
Departure Dates: 21/01/20, 31/01/20, 10/02/20, 20/02/20
Ship: Azamara Journey
Departure Dates: 02/12/20, 12/12/20

Azamara 15-Night South Africa Intensive Holiday

Itinerary: Cape Town, sea day, Port Elizabeth, sea day, Richard’s Bay, Durban, Durban, East London, sea day, Cape Town, Cape Town, sea day, Walvis Bay (Namibia), sea day, sea day, Cape Town
Ship: Azamara Journey
Departure Date: 22/12/20

Azamara 12-Night South Africa Intensive Voyage

Itinerary: Cape Town, sea day, Port Elizabeth, East London, sea day, Maputo (Mozambique), Richard’s Bay, Durban, sea day, sea day, Cape Town, Cape Town, Cape Town
Ship: Azamara Journey
Departure Dates
: 06/01/21, 18/01/21, 30/01/21, 11/02/21, 23/02/21, 07/03/21
Ship: Azamara Pursuit
Departure Dates: 03/01/22, 15/01/22, 27/01/22, 08/02/22, 20/02/22

Azamara 13-Night South Africa Intensive Holiday

Itinerary: Cape Town, sea day, Port Elizabeth, East London, sea day, Maputo (Mozambique), Richard’s Bay, Durban, Durban, sea day, Cape Town, Cape Town, Cape Town, Cape Town
Departure Date: 21/12/21
Ship: Azamara Pursuit

There are also several longer voyages available when the ships are re-locating to or from South Africa. If you are interested, let me know when you would be looking to travel, and I can let you have further details.

What is included on an Azamara Cruise?

All passengers will receive the following benefits while onboard: –

  • Selected standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities for the crew
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • A complimentary AzAmazing Evening on most voyages

When you book a veranda / balcony cabin you receive more benefits, and then with a suite there are even more benefits added.

These voyages can be booked as ‘cruise only’, or flights and resort transfers can be added to the quotation when booking.

Shore Excursions

There will be a comprehensive selection of optional excursions which you can book and pay for, after you have booked your cruise. These could vary depending on the time of year you travel, and how long the ship is in each port, but examples include: –

  • Winelands Tour – Paarl & Franschhoek Valley
  • Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch
  • Cape Town Jazz Evening
  • Shakaland Cultural Village
  • Deluxe Table Mountain & Signal Hill
  • Tala Game Reserve
  • Addo Elephant Park 4×4 Safari
  • Thula Thula Private Game Reserve Safari
  • Port Elizabeth Arts Tour
  • Durban Coastal & High Tea

Pre and Post Land Stays

Again, these could vary by departure date, but include: –

  • Kruger National Park & Winelands
  • Victoria Falls & Chobe Game Park Safari
  • Stay Local in Cape Town
  • Stay Local Longer in Cape Town

The following photos showing Cape Town Harbour were both taken by me, one in 1972 and one in 2016.

   

The following videso were both made by me, following our 2016 holiday in Cape Town.

 
 
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