Around the Cape of Good Hope

13 Nights

Crystal Symphony

5 Stars

Indian Ocean/South Africa

A brand new itinerary spotlights rare wonders of the natural world, from the heavenly waters of Mauritius to lemurs in Madagascar and Big Five safaris in South Africa.

Dec 09, Saturday

Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius (overnight)

Dec 10, Sunday

Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius

Dec 11, Monday

St-Denis, Réunion, France

Dec 12, Tuesday

Cruising the Indian Ocean

Dec 13, Wednesday

Taolanaro, Madagascar

Dec 14 – Dec 15

Cruising the Indian Ocean (Overnight)

Dec 16, Saturday

Maputo, Mozambique

Dec 17, Sunday

Richards Bay, South Africa

Dec 18, Monday

Durban, South Africa

Dec 19, Tuesday

Cruising the Coast of South Africa

Dec 20, Wednesday

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Dec 21, Thursday

Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)

Dec 22, Friday

Cape Town, South Africa

In the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, 560 miles from Madagascar ‘“ the island nation of Mauritius is easy to pinpoint, but difficult to describe. A wild outpost until the 17th century, the island has been ruled by the Dutch, French and British, gaining its independence from the latter in 1968. Landscape is “heaven,’ at least as described by Mark Twain and the island’s many visitors. Being one of them, you may enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming in coral-reef-laced waters and deep-sea fishing, and partake in culinary delights that mix the distinct flavors of Mauritius’s varied cultures

The island of Réunion could be considered the south-south of France, as it is situated in the Indian Ocean, just east of Madagascar. Indeed, while not geographically contiguous with France, the island is officially a French overseas region and department, even using the Euro as legal tender. The scenery, however, is pure tropical paradise. Waterfalls tumble from high, volcanic cliffs, banana trees and bamboo grow in lush profusion, and vanilla plantations and rum distilleries are an integral part of local trade and culture.

Founded by the French East India Company in 1643, Taolanaro (or Taolagnaro) is also known as Fort Dauphin, the name originally given to the settlement to honor the six-year-old crown prince of France, who would later become the “Sun King,— Louis XIV. What was once a small French colony is now a gateway to the Madagascar’s famed semi-tropical landscapes, beautiful beaches and surfer’s paradise of an ocean. Several ecotourism destinations reflect the locals’ passion for conservation and travelers’ interest in discovering the island’s unique fauna and flora.

Wildlife comes in a couple of different forms in Mozambique: the disco, and the animals. The former can be found in one of the many restaurants and hotels that not only serve exquisite food, but also satisfy visitors’ cravings for dancing into the wee-hours. To the south of town is the Maputo Elephant Reserve, where crocodiles, hippos, jackals, antelope and nearly two hundred elephants roam over thousands of acres of rolling, green hills. Through much of the seventies and eighties, civil war raged, leaving Maputo a shadow of its once glorious self. But prepare to be impressed.

Situated on the southeast coast of Africa just north of Durban, this KwaZulu-Natal city takes full advantage of its diverse resources and reveals a pride in its recent industrial development and expansion.

With a subtropical climate and golden beaches lining its shores, Durban is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. It embodies an intriguing blend of Eastern, Western and African influences.

Port Elizabeth’s location at the end of the Garden Route hints at what makes the town so appealing. Certainly, it has its share of cultural attractions, including the King George VI Art Gallery, which houses treasures such as 19th- and 20th-century British art and Oriental miniatures.

With majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies one of the most dramatic locations in the world. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the tastes and dictates of the past, in tandem with the 20th century’s more functional demands.

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From R53 580 / Person sharing

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • MEALS & DRINKS YES
  • PORT CHARGES & GRATUITIES YES

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

The luxurious 50,000-ton, 922-guest Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, joining Crystal Serenity in the top two spots among Condé Nast Traveler’s best ships in the world.

Enjoy complimentary enrichment that inspires and choices that impress with instruction in topics from Pilates to Photoshop. Also featured on every Crystal cruise is a delightful combination of entertainers and guest speakers that include world affairs experts, renowned writers and fascinating celebrities to talk about their professional experiences and share their insights.

Our enriching collection of Crystal Adventures provides just the inspiration you need to write your next story, from active adventures to leisurely sightseeing. Note that many excursions feature a Private Option allowing for a more boutique experience, and every itinerary offers a complimentary voluntourism event.

Entertainment and Enrichment

  • Computer University@Sea® classes with software instruction
  • Technology Concierge “how to” tips on latest high-tech gadgets and apps
  • Digital USC School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking classes
  • Experiences of Discovery® theme cruises with focused programming on music, film & theatre, wellness, golf and more
  • Crystal Visions® Enrichment Series lecture series featuring renowned speakers, authors, celebrities and destination experts
  • Interactive Ocean Views™ , and Local Insights on select voyages where native experts come on board to share their unique, niche knowledge about the destination’s art, politics, archaeology or history

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