It’s no secret that cruising is becoming an ever-more popular way of seeing the world, with countless travellers enjoying trips around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean every year. Yet these two parts of the world are just a small portion of the destinations that cruise ships visit nowadays.
Africa cruise deals are becoming all the more popular, as leading cruise lines continually release Africa cruise itineraries that make the most of this truly distinctive region. To help bring you up to speed, we’ve put together a quick overview of the top African cruise destinations being explored today, as well as which cruise lines are making the most of them.
No breakdown of top Africa cruises would be complete without mentioning the romantic and classical brilliance of Morocco. There’s no city in this north African country that shines brighter than Casablanca, with stylish architecture and bustling markets that live up to the stylish charm of that namesake film from days gone by.
The city centre is dotted with lazily wafting palm trees, as well as trams to whisk you about the sights. Of course, the coast is easily enjoyed too, and the sun is always hot. Countless cruise lines make it a point to factor Casablanca into their itineraries, including Norwegian Cruise Line and Hurtigruten.
It’s also worth seeing seeing if your African cruise itinerary factors in Tangier, the White City. With countless British and French ex-pats calling it home, your cruise can ensure you see all the sights of this hillside city in style. Camel tracks and arched shop doors are the norm here. Add the magnificent cuisine to the equation – with countless French restaurants opening their doors to welcome growing tourism trade – and you’re sure to be impressed.
Portuguese influence on the culture of Mozambique has given this proud African country plenty of its own character. It’s also becoming quite a popular holidaymakers’ hotspot, with highlights including Portuguese Island off Mozambique’s coast. It’s a nature reserve rich in wildlife of every kind, with cosy coves, white sand beaches and mangrove clusters throughout.
An African cruise is also the best way to see places like Maputo in style. Maputo is the capital, right by the coast and with stunning shores to match its captivating Portuguese architecture. Kissed by the Indian Ocean, this city also promises something fresh and new having opened its doors to tourism comparatively recently.
Cruise lines have lapped up the opportunity this brings, with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in particular offering some superb itineraries to the area – many of which conveniently depart from UK ports including Southampton and Liverpool.
As Africa’s most advanced economy, it makes sense that South Africa’s become a mainstay in terms of African cruising destinations. A combination of stunning countryside, modern cityscapes with top shopping and vast golden beaches have made the country a big component of itineraries offered by Silversea and Princess Cruises in particular.
There are some top destinations dotted across South Africa. For animal lovers and adventurous spirits, Cape Town ticks all the boxes. It’s said that around a quarter of the entire world’s shark species are found in the sea surrounding this city, so it makes sense that cage diving among those powerful predators is something that every adrenaline hound looks to do while cruising here. Snorkelling to the depths is similarly encouraged.
If you’re itching to get off the deck and stretch your legs, Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s hiking capital. Welcoming cruisers all year round, the friendly community will keep your smile broad and your wine glass full. Head a little further out and you’ll find Africa’s most majestic wildlife awaiting you at Kragga Kamma Game Reserve or Addo Elephant Park. There’s also Durban, hailed by many as South Africa’s beach capital. The stretches of shore here offer intense heat and beauty, topped by a buzzing coastal metropolis.
The gorgeous islands of Cape Verde can be found just off the west coast of Africa and are rising in popularity to become the next Canaries to some. There’s a more rustic feel to these secret treasures of the Atlantic, but not so secret that cruise lines like P&O and Thomson Cruises haven’t added Cape Verde to their African cruise plans.
You’re smart to do the same, as these 10 islands offer both traditional farmland community values and fine wines by the bottle. To top it all off, the magnificent volcanic peak of Mount Fogo is as photogenic as they come – making for a shore excursion unlike any other.
Africa’s diversity and sunny skies make it a continent rich in cruising potential, so it’s little wonder that operators are getting onboard. If you’re curious what itineraries here can offer, take some time to ponder our deals and plan your next African escape.
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