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Capital of Cape Verde
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Capital of Cape Verde
Portuguese for "beach", Praia has plenty of them along with historic landmarks and museums.
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Praia

Situated on the southern coast of Santiago Island (in the Sotavento Islands of the Republic of Cabo Verde), Praia is a great place to visit during a cruise, whether you're departing from it or visiting it during the cruise (the latter being the more common way). Praia is a very historic city with many landmark buildings (especially in its old town), a few notable museums, monuments, markets, and many beaches (Praia is Portuguese for “beach”). Those who choose to enjoy the beach will discover the water conditions perfect for sports such as surfing and water skiing. Being that Praia is located in the Atlantic and within close proximity to Africa, you will also discover mouthwatering seafood and African-style cuisine in the city’s numerous restaurants.

Ponant and Seabourn are the only cruise lines that currently offer cruises from Praia. Ponant features a few Africa itineraries onboard ships L’Austral, Le Dumont d’Urville, and Le Lyrial. Seabourn will feature a luxury cruise to Western Europe onboard their newest ship, Seabourn Venture, in April 2022. Depending on which cruise line you choose, voyages range in length between 7- and 13-nights. A great time to visit Praia for nice weather is between December and April.

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Destinations for Cruises to Praia

The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Praia. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Praia

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Praia. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Praia:

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

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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Premium Cruise Lines

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.

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Specialty Cruise 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.

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

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.

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River Cruise Lines

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.

Costa Cruises
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (1,484 - 6,522 Guests)
  • Largest Europe-based Cruise Line
  • Family-Friendly Pricing
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Holland America Line
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  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Ships: 11 (1,432 - 2,668 Guests)
  • Inspired Cuisine
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Hurtigruten Expeditions
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  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (90 - 970 Guests)
  • Unique Expedition-Style Voyages
  • Wide Range of Excursions
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (1,936 - 4,266 Guests)
  • Freestyle Cruising
  • Award-Winning Entertainment
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Ponant
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  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 11 (67 - 264 Guests)
  • Luxurious Private Yachts!
  • Sails to Exotic Destinations!
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (264 - 600 Guests)
  • Open Bars Throughout the Ship
  • All Dining Venues are Complimentary
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Silversea Cruises
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  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (100 - 728 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 1 (298 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive Voyages
  • Luxury Suites
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Things to do near Praia

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Praia, along with a brief description:

♦ Farol de D. Maria Pia

Standing at the entrance of Praia Harbor is Farol de Dona Maria Pia, a 68-foot tall lighthouse named after Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal. The lighthouse keeper is very friendly who will guide you through the lighthouse and share his knowledgeable insights with you. The views from the top are simply stupendous! Plus, if you visit during the sunrise or sunset, the views become even more spectacular!

♦ Quebra Canela Beach

If you come to Praia for watersports, then Quebra Canela is certainly the beach for you! Many come to this beach to partake in activities such as surfing, waterskiing, kayaking, swimming, and more. There are also a bunch of bars and restaurants in the near vicinity, which means you won’t need to wander far to quench your thirst and hunger!

♦ Nucleo Museologico de Praia

If you are fascinated by shipwrecks and maritime history, then you certainly can’t miss out on visiting Nucleo Museologico de Praia! This museum showcases artifacts salvaged from local shipwrecks that occurred due to bad weather and pirate attacks. Many of the relics trace back to French, English, and Dutch roots. Among the items you can view include gold coins, jewelry, medicine bottles, cannons, ivory, and all sorts of personal objects that once belonged to the men and women who once sailed these ships.

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