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39-Day World Cruise: Africa & India Adventure

 
 
39-Day World Cruise: Africa & India Adventure
Starting from $19,499*

Cape Town, South Africa to Singapore


Ship: Seabourn Sojourn


Departure Date :

Feb 12 2020

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Cape Town, South Africa
Departs 11:00 PM
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain and flanked by Devil's Peak and Lion's Head, Cape Town is known by South Africans simply as 'the Cape,' an acknowledgment of its uniqueness and its status as the Mother City. The first area to be settled by Europeans in the 17th century, it is today a major seaport and the legislative capital of South Africa. The feeling here is not African but cosmopolitan, and a sense of history remains.
Cape Town, South Africa
 
 
Day Passing the Cape of Good Hope
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Day At Sea

 
 
Day Durban, South Africa
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 10:00 PM
At its founding in 1835, the city was named in honor of the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Benjamin D'Urban. Sugar cane transformed Durban into a vital port city, and its attractive parks and meticulously groomed gardens continue to testify to the land's richness. Today, the city sprawls along the coast, its golden beaches hugging the ice-blue Indian Ocean.
Durban, South Africa
 
 
Day Richards Bay, South Africa
Arrives 07:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Dumazulu is a living museum of Zulu life and culture, populated by members of the group, and Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is famous for its population of rare white rhinos.
Richards Bay, South Africa
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Ilha de Mocambique, Mozambique
Arrives 10:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
This small, narrow coral island a couple of miles off the mainland in the Mozambique Channel looks unimpressive from a distance. But for centuries it was one of the most important trading ports on Africa’s Swahili Coast. The Indian Ocean dhow flocked here to trade in gold, ivory, spices and slaves. An important Arab trader, Musa al Big, gave the island, and later the country, his name when the Portuguese Vasco da Gama sailed there at the end of the 15th century. The Portuguese held it long after the opening of the Suez Canal and the abolition of slavery starved its trade. Walk the narrow streets of its UNESCO-inscribed Stone Town, lined with uniform Swahili-styled houses. The Nossa Senhora de Baluarte church from 1522 is considered the oldest European building in the Southern Hemisphere. Fort São Sebastião was built in 1608 to fend off Dutch attacks. The 1610 Palace and Chapel of São Paulo is now a museum. The turquoise waters off the beaches are plied by lateen-rigged dhows that look identical to those that arrived in centuries past.
Ilha de Mocambique, Mozambique
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Andoany (Hell-Ville), Nosy-Be, Madagascar
Arrives 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
Madagascar is a world apart. And Nosy Be, which means “large island”, is apart from that. The islands have unique wildlife and cultural traditions long separated from the African mainland. Some 90 percent of the plants and animals in Madagascar are endemic. Nosy Be’s port, Andoany, was formerly called Hell-ville, but is not really that bad. The major attractions for many visitors are the clear waters and prolific coral reefs surrounding the island. There are shops in the town selling the many essential oils, of ylang-ylang, vanilla, black pepper and other plants, that originally attracted the attention of the wider world. Outside town, near the village of Mahatsinjo, there is an immense banyan tree planted by a Malagasy queen in 1836. It is still sacred, and the current queen makes a pilgrimage to sacrifice at the tree annually. The Lokobe Natural Reserve is the place to see the endemic forest and the endearing lemurs that are the iconic wildlife species of Madagascar, along with crater lakes, waterfalls and other types of wildlife. At Lemurlandia, lemurs are captive, and the park also offers up-close access to vanilla orchids, ylang-ylang, cacao trees and other specialty plants. The island also has a distillery that flavors local rum with essential oils of all flavors.
Andoany (Hell-Ville), Nosy-Be, Madagascar
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Zanzibar, Tanzania
Arrives 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM
Zanzibar was an important island in the Swahili Coast trading network of cities in Africa. Its oldest Stone Town center dates from the period when Persian traders used it as a base for trade with the Middle East and Asia. Its products, spices such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper, combined with the cultivation of the perfume essence ylang ylang, remain important today. The Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed because of its unique hybrid culture influenced by the Arab, Persian, African and Indian peoples who traded across the Indian Ocean following the seasonal monsoon routes. Important architectural features include the Old Fort, the 18th century House of Wonders, the house where Dr. Livingstone lived, the Old Dispensary of Zanzibar and the Hamamni Persian Baths built in the 18th century in the town of Kidishi.
Zanzibar, Tanzania
 
 
Day Mombasa, Kenya
Arrives 06:00 AM
Founded on an island on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya about 900 C.E., Mombasa has been a trading hub between the riches of the continent and the far-flung empires of China, India, the Middle East and later Europe. It was one of the premier cities of the Swahili Coast, developing a unique Islamic, Arab-influenced culture that is and has always been very cosmopolitan. Domain has been contested and re-contested throughout its history, with rule by Omani, Portuguese, British, and Ottoman entities at various periods. The looming Fort Jesus guarding the Kilindini (Deep) Harbour was built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Today it houses a museum that offers some insights into the city’s past. The Old Town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and Swahili vernacular architecture, preserves the ancient character of the city, which was the first capital of Kenya until 1906, when the government was moved inland to Nairobi. Traditional local crafts are taught to disabled Kenyans at the Bombolulu Workshops, where they are produced and sold to visitors. One or two swatches of the vividly printed African fabrics worn by local women are also popular souvenirs. Outside the city, Haller Park is a nature park offering close-up contact with hippos and giraffes, among other fauna. The Shimba Hills National Park is unusual for Kenyan game parks, being set in a lush tropical ecosystem rather than savannah.
Mombasa, Kenya
 
 
Day Mombasa, Kenya
Depart 11:00 AM
Founded on an island on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya about 900 C.E., Mombasa has been a trading hub between the riches of the continent and the far-flung empires of China, India, the Middle East and later Europe. It was one of the premier cities of the Swahili Coast, developing a unique Islamic, Arab-influenced culture that is and has always been very cosmopolitan. Domain has been contested and re-contested throughout its history, with rule by Omani, Portuguese, British, and Ottoman entities at various periods. The looming Fort Jesus guarding the Kilindini (Deep) Harbour was built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Today it houses a museum that offers some insights into the city’s past. The Old Town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and Swahili vernacular architecture, preserves the ancient character of the city, which was the first capital of Kenya until 1906, when the government was moved inland to Nairobi. Traditional local crafts are taught to disabled Kenyans at the Bombolulu Workshops, where they are produced and sold to visitors. One or two swatches of the vividly printed African fabrics worn by local women are also popular souvenirs. Outside the city, Haller Park is a nature park offering close-up contact with hippos and giraffes, among other fauna. The Shimba Hills National Park is unusual for Kenyan game parks, being set in a lush tropical ecosystem rather than savannah.
Mombasa, Kenya
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Scattered across the surface of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is and archipelago of 115 islands, mixed between granitic isles, coral islands and atolls. Mahe, the largest island, is granitic and home to about 90% of the archipelago’s population. Being an island nation in the midst of a huge ocean traversed by diverse populations during the annual monsoon cycles, the population of the Seychelles is among the most genetically diverse on earth. As a result, the handsome, hardy Seychelloise reflect every color of the human rainbow, and it is not uncommon to encounter a person of a café-au-lait hue with startling blue eyes. The island’s architecture is also affected by this diversity, tempered by the demands of living in a tropical climate. Careful inspection of some antique buildings will reveal shards of Ming Chinese pottery and ancient Delft worked into the decorative mosaics. In Victoria, see the Clock Tower and the Botanic Gardens to marvel at several endemic species of flora. The island is ringed with the gorgeous beaches for which the islands are famous, and there are nature hiking trails and marine parks for snorkeling everywhere. The Victoria Market is a cultural experience, and usually holds a wide variety of colorful fishes from the surrounding seas and many varieties of tropical fruits and vegetables, as well as crafts and souvenirs.
Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
 
 
Day Praslin, Seychelles
Arrives 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM
This idyllic island in the archipelago of the Seychelles was once thought to be the mythic Eden, largely because of the Valle de Mai forest of huge and ancient Coco de Mer palms, whose immense fronds can roof an entire house.
Praslin, Seychelles
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Crossing the Equator
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The equator is an essential component of our planet’s geography—even though it’s just an imaginary line drawn on a map. In addition to being the widest spot on the planet—a full 43 kilometers (27 miles) wider than at the poles—this is also the planetary dividing line for the Coriolis effect, which explains why cyclones rotate clockwise north of the equator and counterclockwise south of it. It’s also the place best suited for launching spacecraft because the gravitational pull gives rocket ships an extra boost out of the stratosphere. And for a bit of light-hearted fun, if you’re onboard a craft where any of the crew are crossing this imaginary line for the first time, you’ll likely witness a King Neptune (or Crossing the Line) ceremony. This ancient naval tradition puts newbies, or “Pollywogs,” through a series of pranks and tests to prove themselves worthy of being a son or daughter of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.
Crossing the Equator
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Male, Maldives
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM
Known to only a few, this tropical paradise of countless tiny islands is scattered over 34,000 square miles. Tiny specks in a vast expanse of ocean, only 199 of some 1190 coral islands are inhabited. The islands form 26 natural atolls, each enclosed by a coral reef cut by several deep natural channels. A protective coral reef and shallow lagoon also surround each island. As most of the islands are no more than 7 feet above sea level, there are no hills or rivers in the Maldives. What you will see are tall palms, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and crystal clear waters. The protective reefs are home to magnificent underwater gardens, and millions of multicolored fish, corals and shells.
Male, Maldives
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Colombo, Sri Lanka
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 07:00 PM
Sri Lanka. A name that calls to mind the exotic and mysterious. This is a land of jungles inhabited by leopards and elephants, wondrous ruins of the great civilizations of ages past, and a modern city, Colombo, where western technology is superimposed on the passion of a traditional Asian metropolis. Originally known as Ceylon, the island became famous for producing the world's finest teas. Bright fragrant spices, sparkling sapphires, and the colorful trappings of a variety of ceremonies and religious festivals make this a most rewarding destination. Today, Colombo is a bustling mix of diverse races and religions, and contrasts of old and new. The tangible history of the city is a unique mix of relics from its Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences throughout
Colombo, Sri Lanka
 
 
Day Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Chennai (Madras), India
Arrives 07:00 AM
Two long full days give you time to experience one of India’s premier cities. Recognized as one of the world’s best cities to visit, Chennai has attracted a huge expatriate population, and boasts a dynamic culinary scene that National Geographic ranks with the best anywhere, a thriving and innovative wellness industry and a musical tradition that UNESCO has cited.
Chennai (Madras), India
 
 
Day Chennai (Madras), India
Depart 11:00 PM
Two long full days give you time to experience one of India’s premier cities. Recognized as one of the world’s best cities to visit, Chennai has attracted a huge expatriate population, and boasts a dynamic culinary scene that National Geographic ranks with the best anywhere, a thriving and innovative wellness industry and a musical tradition that UNESCO has cited.
Chennai (Madras), India
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Sabang, Pulau Weh, Indonesia
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 03:00 PM
Sabang is a cozy town on the Indonesian island of Pulau Weh with a sleepy yet charming old colonial atmosphere. Many old colonial buildings are still standing, shadowed by huge trees that the Dutch once imported from Suriname. Thanks to its excellent harbor and good water supply Sabang became an important coal loading station for ships en route between Europe and Asia, and at one time was even larger than Singapore. Enjoy the local restaurants and coffee shops (don't miss the traditional Acehnese coffee), the morning market and the nearby beaches. The reefs along nearby Sabang Fair are particularly nice for snorkeling.
Sabang, Pulau Weh, Indonesia
 
 
Day Phuket, Thailand
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Phuket, nestled in the balmy Andaman Sea waters, lies 536 miles south of Bangkok. Initially, Phuket derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. Located on a major trade route between India and China, Phuket was frequently mentioned in foreign trader's ship logs. Blessed with a natural heritage of stunning white-sand beaches, sapphire blue seas, exotic marine life and lushly forested hillsides, Phuket is one of Southeast Asia's most popular destinations.
Phuket, Thailand
 
 
Day Langkawi, Malaysia
Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM
The question here is not if you will spend your day enjoying nature but how. Explore this UNESCO Global Geopark of the mangroves by kayak or launch, or take a gondola up the mountain for outstanding views of the rainforest. Sea eagles and hornbills fly overhead, jungle and rice paddies cover 80 percent of the island, and most of the rest is covered by beautiful black or white beaches. What an ideal place to spend the day.
Langkawi, Malaysia
 
 
Day Penang, Malaysia
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM
The name Penang comes from the Malay words for the betel nut, Palau Pinang. Ever since its founding over two centuries ago, Penang has been a favored destination of travelers for both its scenic beauty and places of ethnic and historic significance. Today, Penang is one of the most culturally diverse destinations in Malaysia. Established in 1786 as a trading post by the British, the island is a contemporary metropolis with old world charm, offering the best of both worlds while maintaining its illustrious, rich heritage.
Penang, Malaysia
 
 
Day Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Port Klang is your portal to the "Garden City" of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia's famous Batu Caves. Discover Kuala Lumpur's diverse architecture in giant sky scrapers, Malay mosques, Hindu temples, and impressive municipal buildings; marvel at the colorful displays of Hindu deities in the limestone Batu Caves; and visit the 222-acre Lake Gardens with its Orchid Garden, Butterfly Park and Bird Park.
Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
 
 
Day Singapore

"City-states are rare in the present day—and none are quite like Singapore. In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore's urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses (a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above). Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups—mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians—and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore's food scene—which is arguably the world's most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues—would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives. "
Singapore
 
 
Day Singapore
Arrives 12:00 PM
"City-states are rare in the present day—and none are quite like Singapore. In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore's urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses (a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above). Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups—mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians—and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore's food scene—which is arguably the world's most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues—would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives. "
Singapore