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CMV Grand Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage
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  • Location
    South Africa, Africa
  • Board Basis
    Full Board
  • Duration
    79 Days
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An epic voyage of discovery. 

Escape the cold European winter season and head to the ultimate travel adventure, a breathtaking cruise visiting South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya where you will be able to discover their abundant wildlife, rich culture and desert wilderness. Continue to the Indian Ocen's iconic paradise islands of the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius, where you can enjoy peaceful days relaxing on their white sand beaches. Discover Asia's Sri Lanka and India and the Middle East's Israel and Jordan for unforgettable tours. Experience the Valley of King and the Great Pyramids of Egypt before heading back home. In Europe, you will stop for a quick exploration of Malta, Portugal, Spain and Ireland before finally arriving in Bristol. During this once-in-a-lifetime cruise adventure, you will cross the Equator twice and you will have the chance to pass through the iconic Suez Canal. 


Cruise Highlights
  • South Africa - With no less than five stops in South Africa, including day stops in Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Richard’s Bay you will sail almost 2/3 of South Africa’s coast.
  • South Africa’s Garden Route - this stunning optional tour covers over 125 miles of coastal roads which is home to a range of vegetation and wildlife nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains.
  • Mauritius - Be swept up into the idyll of tropical island paradise with the stunning Eureka plantation house and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
  • Tanzania – Discover the Spice Island of Africa with a stop in Zanzibar, home to nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper production.
  • Mombasa - Why not take an optional overnight trip to the Tsavo East National Park, home to the largest protected area in Kenya and herds of dust-red elephants, rhino, lions and hippos.
  • Seychelles – Mahé and Praslin are a nature lovers paradise boasting rare and UNESCO heritage protected plant species and unique animals aplenty.
  • India - If you’re not tempted by an excursion to the Taj Mahal, take in some of Cochin’s fascinating cultural legacy before visiting the intoxicating city of Mumbai.
  • Jordan - Visit the lost city of Petra - estimated to date back to 6,000 B.C. - and Wadi Rum, where T.E. Lawrence found his destiny as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.
  • Visit also Portugal, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Egypt, Namibia, the Maldives, Malta, Israel
What's Included
  • Delicious full board cuisine. 
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks. 
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more). 
  • Self-service tea & coffee (6 am to midnight). 
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes. 
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities. 
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more). 
  • Porterage of luggage, port to the cabin. 
  • Port Taxes.
CMV Grand Africa & Indian Ocean Voyage Itinerary

06/01/20             Day 1. Depart Bristol Avonmouth (United Kingdom)                     

07-08/01/20       At Sea                                

09/01/20             Day 2. Lisbon (Portugal)              

Wander through the maze of narrow streets in the delightful Alfama district and ride one of the famous old trams across vibrant Lisbon.

10/01/20             At Sea  

11/01/20             Day 6. Casablanca for Marrakech (Morocco)

Located on the western coast of Africa, the cosmopolitan Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city with a thriving tourism trade. Blending the modern world with the ancient, Casablanca can be accurately described as a cultural melting pot with clear African, Arabic and European influences.

12-14/01/20       At Sea  

15/01/20             Day 10. Mindelo, São Vicente (Cape Verde)

Complete with cobblestone streets, candy-coloured colonial buildings and yachts bobbing in the peaceful harbour, Mindelo, which has long been the country's cultural centre, is Cape Verde's answer to the Riviera.

16-20/01/20       At Sea. Crossing the Equator – 18th January

21/01/20             Day 16. Land by launch or tender Jamestown (St. Helena)

This fascinating former 17th century British colony is accessible only by sea and is one of the most rugged and individual outposts on the world cruise scene. Take a walk around the city or enquire for one of the optional onshore excursions.

22-24/01/20       At Sea                 

25/01/20             Day 20. Walvis Bay (Namibia)   

Walvis Bay is the gateway to the spectacular lunar landscape of the Namibian desert and is also a birdwatchers paradise home to many colourful species of birds and literally thousands of flamingos.

26/01/20             Day 21. Land by launch or tender Luderitz (Namibia)     

Lüderitz is still home to many bright and colourful buildings from its colonial past with many of the towns German influences still visible today. Once a thriving diamond spot, now the town is abandoned and looks a lot like a true ghost town.

27/01/20             At Sea                                

28/01/20             Day 23. Cape Town (South Africa) for overnight tour through South Africa’s iconic Garden Route.    

The jewel of South Africa’s coastline, Cape Town is a city with the most recognisable profile. The backdrop of Table Mountain gives it its distinct and proud signature. Enquire for optional onshore excursions.

29/01/20             Day 24. Land by launch or tender Mossel Bay (South Africa)       

              The Garden Route in the Western Cape is one of South Africa's most scenic attractions and is generally thought to stretch along the Indian Ocean from Mossel Bay to St Francis.

30/01/20             Day 25. Port Elizabeth (South Africa)     

As South Africa’s sunniest and driest coastal city, Port Elizabeth on the sunshine coast is sure to give you a warm welcome. The marine wildlife is not to be missed with dolphins and whales taking advantage of the waters all year round.

31/01/20             At Sea  

01/02/20             Day 27. Durban (South Africa)

Europe meets Africa in South Africa’s prime resort of Durban, with all the benefits of being on the Indian Ocean. Spend your day relaxing on the golden sand beaches or explore the town’s historical heritage.

02/02/20             Day 28. Richards Bay (South Africa)       

The nature reserve which sits in the lagoon is home to numerous species of birds, with the rare pink-backed pelican making the odd appearance to visitors.

03-05/02/20       At Sea  

06/02/20             Day 32. Pointe Des Galets (Reunion Island)

This French isle is another rocky volcano outcrop, with its own Volcano Museum dedicated to this aspect of island life.

07/02/20             Day 33. Port Louis (Mauritius)                  

Mauritius boasts some of the most eye-catching scenery in the Indian Ocean, as well as a wealth of fine beaches to ensure every trip ashore fully meets the ‘island paradise’ reputation.

08-09/02/20       At Sea                                

10/02/20             Day 36. Land by launch or tender Mamoudzou (Mayotte, Comoros Islands)              

Mayotte is the smallest and most-southernly of the Comoros Islands, in the world’s largest lagoon, surrounded by a stunning coral reef, which boasts a large population of turtles and whales.

11/02/20             At Sea  

12/02/20             Day 38. Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Stunning beaches, coral reefs and fragrant clove fields contrast with its labyrinth-like Old Town in picturesque Zanzibar. With its unique mix of British, Indian, Arabian and Portuguese influences, take a stroll through the old medieval quarter which is home to the famous Stone Town.

13-14/02/20       Days 39 -40. Mombasa (Kenya)

A true melting pot of history and culture, Mombasa is Kenya’s oldest city. Its deep natural harbour on the Indian Ocean makes it a key port for trade across Africa, Arabia, India and the Orient. Be sure to explore its many Hindu temples, stunning mosques and the imposing Fort Jesus or take an optional tour to Tsavo East National Park for a safari tour.

15-16/02/20       At Sea  

17/02/20             Day 43. Victoria, Mahé, (Seychelles)      

A true tropical island paradise, Mahé is the perfect stop to unwind with its sandy beached bays enclosed by lush coconut and taka maka trees. For those looking to explore Victoria, Mahé’s capital and the smallest capital in the world, a visit to the botanical gardens is a must with its coco de mer palm trees which line the main entrance.

18/02/20             Day 44. Land by launch or tender Praslin (Seychelles)    

At just a little over 14 square miles in size, Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and is the quintessential tropical island. Home to the UNESCO-protected Vallee de Mai palm trees, a visit to the Praslin National Park will delight you with vanilla orchids, the Seychelles Black Parrot, Blue Pigeon and the Bulbul.

19-21/02/20       At Sea. Crossing the Equator – 20th February.

22/02/20             Day 48. Land by launch or tender Malé (Maldives)

Male is pleasantly quirky with alcohol-free bars and restaurants that jostle with shops and lively market. Attractions include the National Museum, the imposing Islamic Centre and Grand Friday Mosque, and pleasant Sultan Park.

23/02/20             At Sea  

24/02/20             Day 50. Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka’s capital is a delightful concoction of past and present. Its busy, man-made harbour, from which tea, spices and rubber are exported, stands side-by-side with historical museums and monuments. Colombo offers an array of charms, from the Royal Botanical Gardens to the Pettah Bazaar.

25/02/20             At Sea                 

26/02/20             Day 52. Cochin for optional overland tour to Taj Mahal (India)  

Beautifully situated in Kerala, Cochin has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. If you’re not tempted by an overland excursion to Delhi or Agra and the Taj Mahal, take in some of Cochin’s fascinating cultural legacy, which includes a synagogue, churches, mosques, temples and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. Don’t miss the Mattancherry Palace or a stroll along the lovely beach, scattered with unique Chinese fishing nets.

27/02/20             At Sea  

28/02/20             Day 54. Mormugao (Goa) (India)             

Mormugao is situated a short distance from the small town of Vasco da Gama, which Portuguese influence can still be felt throughout Goa.

29/02/20             Day 55. Mumbai (India)

Your first glimpse of Mumbai, a densely populated and intoxicating city, will be the iconic Gateway of India that sits on the waterfront. A trip to Elephanta Island visits the temple carved out of rock. Visit too, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus whose exterior is a jungle of stone. Be sure to experience the furious energy of Mumbai’s markets.

01-03/03/20       At Sea  

04/03/20             Day 59. Salalah (Oman)

The second city of the Sultanate of Oman, after Muscat, Salalah is a place of antiquity with a heritage dating back to 100 B.C. and a number of natural attractions such as the nearby mountains, lush wadi areas and an attractive coastline with beautiful beaches.

05-08/03/20       At Sea                 

09/03/20             Day 64. Safaga for Luxor (Egypt)

Reached across the Eastern Desert from Safaga, Luxor, in the celebrated Valley of the Kings, is often called the world’s greatest open-air museum. Nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the ancient monuments.   

10/03/20             Day 65. Aqaba for Petra (Jordan)

The port of Aqaba has been an important strategic and commercial centre since Roman times. It presents the opportunity to visit the lost city of Petra, which lies in the surrounding desert - a city that is estimated to date back to 6,000 B.C. - and Wadi Rum, where T.E. Lawrence found his destiny as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.         

11/03/20             At Sea. Transit the Suez Canal – 12th March        

13/03/20             Day 68. Ashdod for Jerusalem (Israel)    

The ancient port to Tel Aviv, Ashdod is the gateway to the sacred city of Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world. There’s much to see and do – optional tours will give you a broad view but be sure to see the gold-plated Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and the City of David.

14-15/03/20       At Sea                                

16/03/20             Day 71. Valletta (Malta)              

As the capital city of Malta, Valetta provides the perfect balance between the buzz of hectic city life and the tranquillity found in its peaceful palace and gardens. Valetta is a rare urban treasure that has preserved nearly all of its original features and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

17-18/03/20       At Sea                 

19/03/20             Day 74. Gibraltar (BCC)

Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with it’s African counterpart, Mt Abyla, the Rock has remained under British rule for the last 300 years, despite being connected to Spain.

20/03/20             At Sea  

21/03/20             Day 76. La Coruña for Santiago de Compostela (Spain)  

A charming mix of both modern city and old town, La Coruña is capital of the Spanish province bearing the same name in the rugged and beautiful region of Galicia. Beautiful old streets and squares are found in Ciudad Vieja. The heart of this old town is the colonnaded Maria Pita Square surrounded by delightful shops, cafes and restaurants.

22/03/20             At Sea  

23/03/20             Day 78. Cobh for Cork (Ireland)

Lying at the mouth of the River Lee, Cobh has one of the best natural harbours in the world. Known as Queenstown until 1922, it was the departure point for thousands of Irish emigrants to America and the last port of call of the Titanic.

24/03/20             Day 79. Bristol Avonmouth (United Kingdom)   

About the Ship

Marco Polo Cruise Ship

Marco Polo cruise ship with her handsome traditional profile, beautiful teak decks and distinctive dark blue hull is a classic ocean liner. She can accommodate up to 800 guests in a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly intimate cruise experience. The ms Marco Polo is fully stabilised and air-conditioned and has eight passenger decks serviced by three main lobbies and four lifts. 

The Marco Polo cruise ship offers a wide range of public facilities including the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional two-sitting fixed time dining option and, as an alternative for those wishing for the more informal experience, the stylish Marco’s Bistro. There are five lounge areas and a wide range of other amenities. Out on deck, there’s a swimming pool, three whirlpools and a traditional walk around promenade.

The Magellan Deck offers the theatre-style Marco Polo Lounge while the elegant Captain’s Club is a perfect venue for pre-dinner cocktails with the resident pianist. Relaxing in the Palm Garden, with wonderful panoramic ocean views, is a fantastic way to make the most of your time on a cruise holiday and the stylish Columbus Lounge is an intimate spot where the head barman will soon get to know your favourite drink. Completing the quintet is Scott’s Bar, located on Amundsen Deck, an ideal haunt for night owls. 


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