Cape Town is a stylish port city located on the shores of Table Bay in South Africa. Surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, you will find that Cape Town is a rather diverse city with an incredible dining, nightlife, and arts scene. Cape Town is filled with many exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as an aerial cableway, a wine tram, scenic drives, beaches, waterfall hikes, markets, and more. No matter what time of the year you visit, you will always find something to check off your bucket list. Plus, Cape Town has a great public transportation system, making it very easy to make your way around. When it comes to dining, keep fresh seafood, and Indian cuisine on your radar, as those are Cape Town’s best specialties.
There is a wonderful selection of cruise lines that offer cruises from Cape Town. Cruise lengths vary by cruise line and itinerary. For example, there are a bunch of 4-night Indian Ocean cruises, which are perfect if you are pressed for time. A typical cruise from Cape Town is about 12- to 14-nights in length, but some itineraries are well over 20-nights.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Cape Town, along with a brief description:
♦ Table Mountain
One of the most notable highlights of Cape Town, Table Mountain is undoubtedly one of the top sights in South Africa. As its name suggests, it is a flat-topped mountain that overlooks Cape Town, and is popular for hiking and cable-car rides that provide breathtaking views from all angles. As far as hiking goes, Table Mountain features multiple trails of varying difficulties, so hikers of all levels can get in a challenging trek. Table Mountain also presents opportunities for rock-climbing, cave exploration, and mountain biking. Keep your eyes peeled for native plants and wildlife, including eagles, butterflies, and lizards!
♦ Boulders Beach
If you’ve never gotten up close with penguins, now is your chance! The biggest highlight of this inlet is its colony of African penguins, who settled on its shores during the 1980s. A visitor’s center provides more information on these endangered inhabitants (keep in mind that you should not get too close to the penguins, or try to feed them). While visiting Boulders Beach, you can go for a swim in the crystal waters, climb on the boulders, or even enjoy a nice picnic. It is important to note that there is a fee to enter this beach because it is a protected area, so ensure that you bring cash. The beach is patrolled daily by rangers and no alcohol or smoking is allowed.
♦ Robben Island
History buffs in particular will enjoy Robben Island, where you can learn more about South Africa’s dark past. This island is located off Table Bay and is accessible via a short ferry ride. Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is also a South African National Heritage Site as well. You’ll be able to see the cell where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years during the apartheid period during which racial segregation occurred. You can partake in a guided tour of the island by former prisoners, who can provide you with first-hand insight on what life was like during this time.
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