Dubai to Cape Town: Safaris and Celebrations

Join Sandra and Steve on this exciting cruise with Oceania. Revel in a full month to embrace the exotic wonders of the Arabian Peninsula, India, Africa and the islands dotting the seas that bind them. Discover a diverse and enthralling variety of ports of call including the glittering cities of Dubai and Cape Town as well as far-flung destinations such as the remote Seychelles, and enjoy ample opportunities to set off in search of lions and elephants on an unforgettable African game drive.    

BOOKING INFORMATION

December 06, 2020 - January 05, 2021

$12,699 for inside stateroom including air from Toronto

See the attached itinerary for all stateroom options.

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Sunday, December 06: Dubai, UAE

Explore this amazing emirate where ultra-modern architecture soars over traditional Arab styles. See the impressive Jumeirah Mosque and stroll through the narrow alleys of old Dubai. Visit a museum in a former all-boys school or journey along Dubai Creek in a dhow. Visit fascinating Sharjah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its fabulous souks. 

Day 2 - Monday, December 07: Abu Dhabi, UAE

As the world's richest city, Abu Dhabi boasts opulent hotels, museums and a yacht-filled marina, all marvels of modern architecture. Explore the emirate's old souks, sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, ride the dunes on an exhilarating desert safari, or dive into dazzling marine life. 

Day 3 - Tuesday, December 08: Fujairah, UAE

The only emirate on the Gulf of Oman rather than the Persian Gulf, Fujairah is blessed with fine beaches and offers excellent deep-sea fishing and snorkeling. It's separated from the rest of the country by the Hagar mountain range that looms majestically behind the port of Fujairah. Built in 1670, Fujairah Fort and the spring-fed Ain Al Madhab Gardens lie nearby.

Day 4 - Wednesday, December 09: Muscat, Oman

Admire the colorful Sultan's palace and the Jelali and Merani forts, stroll through the markets and narrow alleys and browse in the bustling souks. Or view the city from above by traveling on the Corniche and head out along the scenic Batinah coast and enjoy the desert, the oases, fishing villages and the historic medieval Nakhl Fort. Then spend time at a glorious beach resort. 

Day 5 - Thursday, December 10: At Sea

A day at sea in International waters to relax and enjoy the activities being offered onboard the ship. 

Day 6 - Friday, December 11: At Sea

A second day at sea. 

Day 7 - Saturday, December 12: Mumbai, India

Enjoy the sights of this teeming city, visiting the many lovely Jain and Hindu temples, the Hanging Gardens, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and the magnificent Victoria Station. Take a harbor cruise from the Gateway of India or travel to lush Gharapuri Island to see the 7th century rock-cut temples of the Elephanta Caves. Shopping: Lovely silks, fine gold jewelry, ornate woodcarvings, personal altars, finely carved screens and antiques abound. 

Day 8 - Sunday, December 13: Goa, India

Enjoy this marvelous old Portuguese and Hindu city studded with vibrant temples and majestic churches. Visit the stunning Baroque cathedral and quaint, colorful Panjim for a taste of Portugal in India. Explore the countryside and its spice farms, local markets and the region's exquisite beaches.   

Day 9 - Monday, December 14: Mangalore, India

Enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Arabian Sea, watch the fishing boats and explore the city, especially the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius College Chapel, the Sultan Battery, Light House Hill Garden, Mangala Devi Temple and the Jumma Masjid. See a traditional South Indian dance performance or perhaps encounter a festival honoring a local deity.

Day 10 - Tuesday, December 15: Cochin, India

Discover the amazing contrasts of this cosmopolitan, Portuguese-founded city with its lovely colonial architecture, Dutch-style palaces, historic churches, Jewish quarter and huge Chinese fishing nets. Or explore tranquil canals by boat and see ancient villages, exquisite scenery, plantations and temples. See Indian cotton made in traditional fashion. 

Day 11 - Wednesday, December 16: Male, Maldives

As the capital of the low-lying, coral-bed Maldives, winsome Malé is surrounded by a sea wall, where you might watch the fishing dhonis return with the day's catch. Also be sure to see Friday Mosque, a masterpiece of filigree-curved coral built in the mid-1600s, and the Mulee-aage Palace. 

Day 12 - Thursday, December 17: Male

A second day to enjoy the magical Maldives 

Day 13 - Friday, December 18: At Sea

A full day to enjoy the activities offered on the ship. 

Day 14 - Saturday, December 19: At Sea

 A second full day to enjoy the activities offered on the ship 

Day 15 - Sunday, December 20: La Digue. Seychelles

The most tranquil and relaxed of the Seychelles islands, La Digue allows you to step back in time, to appreciate a slower pace, to dive or snorkel the untouched reefs, enjoy the white sand beaches, hike into the stunning mountains of the interior for bird watching. 

Day 16 - Monday, December 21: Mahe, Seychelles

Gorgeous and romantic, the Seychelles define tropical beauty. A mountain range runs through the spine of Mahé, the largest island, and scenic national parks have sprung up around it, attracting hikers. Still, it's the idyllic beaches that have immortalized Mahé and its laid-back capital of Victoria, where the Seychellois speak a mellifluous Creole patois **please note that the ship will arrive in Mahe on the 20th of December at 7PM 

Day 17 - Tuesday, December 22: At Sea

At sea

Day 18 - Wednesday, December 23: At Sea

At sea.

Day 19 - Thursday, December 24: Mombassa, Kenya

Giant sculpted elephant tusks span the entry to the island where Mombasa perches, a symbol of how wildlife is revered in Kenya. Indigenous wildlife can be seen in Haller Park, Mombasa's largest animal sanctuary. Don't miss monumental Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, or the Old Town, which is decidedly Arabic. 

Day 20 - Friday, December 25: Zanzibar, Tanzania

The palm-fringed archipelago of Zanzibar lies about 20 miles off Tanzania. It's a sensual paradise of aromas from locally grown spices, vistas of idyllic beaches, and the sounds of commerce echoing through the Arabic alleyways of Stone Town. Don't miss the Anglican cathedral, built on the site of the slave market to commemorate its closing in 1873. 

Day 21 - Saturday, December 26: At Sea

At sea.

Day 22 - Sunday, December 27: Mayotte, French Comoros

While the other islands of the fragrant Comoros (known as the "Perfume Islands") gained independence from France in 1975, Mayotte remained under French rule, and you'll welcome the influence. The Petit Terre district boasts fine patisseries, boutiques and art galleries, and there's a French flair everywhere. 

Day 23 - Monday, December 28: At Sea

A full day to relax and enjoy the activities being offered onboard the ship. 

Day 24 - Tuesday, December 29: At Sea

A full day to relax and enjoy the activities being offered onboard the ship. 
 

Day 25 - Wednesday, December 30: Maputo, Mozembique

Intent on recapturing its former glamour, Maputo once again attracts the rich and famous, whom you may see while sipping a cocktail at the extravagant Hotel Polana. Maputo's struggle for freedom from Portuguese colonialism is recounted in local museums. 

Day 26 - Thursday, December 31: Richards Bay, South Africa

Take an excursion to one of the nearby game reserves or simply gaze over the surrounding waters, where you might get a glimpse of dolphins, whales and kite-surfers. The best view is from the lookout point at Alkantstrand Beach. Richards Bay is a busy port and the myriad of specialized ships will intrigue marine buffs. 

Day 27 - Friday, January 01: Durban, South Africa

British colonial architecture prevails in Durban, yet natural beauty is what characterizes this charming city on the Indian Ocean. Its Golden Mile beach area attracts sunbathers, of course, but also shoppers and those who enjoy walking the promenade. The Juma Masjid deserves a visit, as it's the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere. 

Day 28 - Saturday, January 02: At Sea

A full day to relax on board.

Day 29 - Sunday, January 03: Mossel Bay, South Africa

With an average of 320 sunny days a year, Mossel Bay has the second mildest climate in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Enjoy walks along the beautiful beaches, horseback riding and whale and dolphin watching. Track big game on a thrilling safari or take a cruise to Seal Island, populated by over 2,500 Cape fur seals. 

Day 30 - Monday, January 04: Cape Town, South Africa

It’s difficult to get lost in Cape Town because gorgeous Table Mountain looms above the city as a reference. For breathtaking views, ride the cable car to the top, or explore this urbane city on foot. Visit the fascinating South African Museum and Planetarium and the culturally significant St. George’s Cathedral. 

Day 31 - Tuesday, January 05: Cape Town

We disembark the ship following breakfast.  Transfer to the airport for return flight home or continue with a post cruise excursion to Stellenbosch. 

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INCLUDED

- Airfare from Toronto. - Cruise in category selected and all meals. - Unlimited Internet (one account). - Pre-paid Gratuities. - Choice of one of the following; ** • FREE - 8 Shore Excursions (per cabin) • FREE – Beverage Package (per person) • FREE - $800.00 Shipboard Credit (per cabin) *Please note the air is arranged by Oceania. If not required a credit of $1700.00 per person will apply. This rate was valid at time of printing but is subject to change. Fees apply to any deviations in dates or routing. Rates for Premium economy and business class are available upon request.

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