Durban is the a great destination to visit during a cruise vacation if you want to experience some of the best highlights of South Africa. This coastal city boasts beautiful beaches, zoos, museums, nature reserves, and tons of exciting attractions. A few unique highlights of Durban include an innovative sports stadium, a beachfront casino complex, gondola rides, thrilling water/amusement parks, and a few nightlife hot spots. You can also discover a few open-air markets and religious sites, where you can easily get a taste of the local lifestyle. The city and surrounding area are easily navigable by taxi, which you should find to be a generally inexpensive mode of transport. While spending time in Durban, you can also enjoy some of the finest Indian cuisine, seasoned with authentic spices and flavored with adventure.
Depending on which cruise line you choose, cruises including Durban can range in length from as little as 2- to well over 20-nights, with a bunch of flexible options in between. A great time to visit Durban is between April and December, when you can expect a dry, ideal environment.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Durban. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Durban. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Durban:
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.
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).
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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.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Durban, along with a brief description:
♦ uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World is the top-rated attraction in Durban. Featuring over 40 acres and 8 different mini parks within, you can discover fun for the whole family here. The aquarium at uShaka Sea World features 32 tanks, shipwrecks, and a restaurant with a giant shark tank that takes up the whole wall (where else can you say you dined among the sharks?). You will also have the opportunity to snorkel with the fish or go shark cage diving. At uShaka Wet’n Wild, you can twist and turn down a bunch of thrilling water slides, including Africa’s highest slide with a 59-foot drop. Other areas of interest include uShaka Beach (direct beach access from the main amusement park), uShaka Villlage Walk (a recreated African village with restaurants, shops, and cafes), uShaka Dangerous Creatures (home to many exotic animals), and Chimp & Zee (an exciting rope park).
♦ Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World is certain to captivate your senses with its many attractions! Whether you’re looking to eagerly roll the dice or pull the slot reel in the casino, hang out in the beach bar, bask in the sun on the semi-private beach, or do dinner and movie, you can do all of that and more. Plus, there are two attached hotels where you can book and a room to stay for as long as you want!
♦ Paradise Valley
While Durban is filled with many incredible nature reserves, one of the best ones to visit is Paradise Valley. Tap into your inner-adventurer as you explore various hiking trails, a stream, a beautiful waterfall, and plenty of relaxing, open space where you can enjoy a picnic. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you will discover tons of breathtaking photo opportunities!
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