African cruises - dreaming under the African sky

It would not be far off the mark to say that no other continent offers a better or more diverse mix of gloriously coloured floral abundance and seemingly endless desert, species diversity and variety of peoples and cultures. Experience a multifaceted and unforgettable African cruise, on which all of this awaits you.

The African Cruise - where it takes place and when to go

The world's second-largest continent is about three times larger than Europe. The gigantic Sahara desert divides it into Arabic North Africa and black southern Africa. The continent is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Atlantic to the West, and the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea to the east. Africa is also home to the world's largest continuous tropical zone and second-largest area of rainforest.

African Cruises - cities and tourist attractions

The Atlantic African Cruise takes you to the so-called mother town of Africa - Cape Town - which derives its name from the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve. Just two of the things you can discover are the symbol of Cape Town, Table Mountain, with its abundance of plant life, and the Kirstenbosch Gardens which extend over an area of about 600 hectares. The trip then takes in Walvis Bay in Namibia, the country's most important port, on its way to Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo, the country's economic metropolis. The fishing and oil industries are particularly significant here. With its dense rainforests, the country itself provides habitats for Lowland gorillas and chimpanzees. The island state of Sao Tomé & Príncipe is a hidden jewel of the African cruise. With its coral reefs abounding in fish, it's a paradise for divers; however, sun worshippers will also get their money's worth on the palm-fringed beaches lapped by turquoise water. Of cultural interest is, among other things, a visit to the fortifications in Sao Tomé. If you decide for an African cruise in the Indian Ocean, the fantastic Seychelles, with their fine white sandy beaches, will be waiting for you. Here it is that the lush flora and abundant fauna will set the pulses of every nature lover racing. The tranquil harbour and clock tower, a faithful copy of an original tower in Vauxhall Bridge Road in London, provide historical insights. The island of Zanzibar is an equally rewarding destination on an African cruise. Its image defined by houses built of white blocks of coral, the old town district of the city of Zanzibar has been declared a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. You will feel an oriental touch when you visit the Sultan's palace and the Beit-el-Ajaib, which, loosely translated, means the House of Miracles. Myriad coconut palms and white sandy beaches will make it easy to let go of stress and strain.

The African Cruise - a voyage of mysteries

The African Cruise - a voyage for discoverers and nature alike Set foot on Earth's oldest continent and feel the soul of Africa.



Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.


More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.


Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer – “Kids Sail Free”. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children – the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.