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Oceania Cruises R Class

Dubai to Cape Town with Oceania

34-day luxury cruise from £7,105 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more

Summary

Short description

Sail in complete luxury from the Arabian Gulf to South Africa

Highlights

  • Begin with the modern wonders and near-ancient forts of the Arabian Gulf
  • Explore Mumbai's colourful bustle, Goa's Portuguese heritage and Kerala's vibrant backwaters
  • Relax on the white-sand islands of the Indian Ocean, where wildlife-dotted forests backdrop Creole intrigue
  • End in South Africa with Cape Town's icons, Big-Five safaris and the Garden Route's natural beauty
  • From afternoon teas to seafood grills, indulge with included fine dining throughout

In Brief

  • 4 Nights Arabian Gulf
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 5 Nights India
  • 2 Nights The Maldives
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 3 Nights The Seychelles
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 2 Nights Mauritius & Reunion Island
  • 3 Nights At Sea
  • 1 Night Mozambique
  • 2 Nights South Africa
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 2 Nights South Africa

About

Recommended for:
Ocean cruise

Simply, this is one of the world’s great cruises. After taking in the Arabian Gulf’s Emirati heritage and glittering present with Dubai and Abu Dhabi, you’ll sail to India where colonial charm and an infectious, colourful chaos live side by side in Mumbai and Goa. Then, after the island idylls of the Indian Ocean’s Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius, you’ll arrive into Mozambique. Its African bustle and Portuguese heritage are the perfect prelude to South Africa, where you’ll pause everywhere from Cape Town to the famous Garden Route to take in Zulu tribes and Big-Five safaris. Throughout, you’ll travel in the lap of luxury, enjoying gourmet, full-board dining.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Dubai

Make the most of your complimentary airport lounge access before boarding your overnight flight.

Day 2
Embark in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

On arrival in Dubai, make your way to your luxury ship. Resplendent throughout in the finest teak and custom stonework, you’ll settle into your butler-served stateroom to enjoy 1,000-thread-count linens, Bulgari amenities and complimentary room service. Indeed, your full-board meals are a tour-de-force of culinary excellence, whether you’re sampling a French bistro bite, a USDA Prime cut in the grill or a multi-course offering in the Grand Dining Room. You’ll also have some time to explore Dubai. Alongside its sky-scraping majesty, be sure to also wander the narrow alleys of old Dubai, hop onto a traditional dhow boat or take in the beautifully carved sandstone of Jumeirah Mosque.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Days 3-5
Arabian Gulf: Abu Dhabi, Fujairah & Muscat

Sailing the Arabian Gulf, your first port of call will be Abu Dhabi. The world’s richest city glitters in the burnished Skheikj Zayed Grand Mosque, the masterpieces of the Louvre and the opulent Emirates Palace, where you can take high tea. You can even head into the desert for oasis towns and a 4WD expedition. Your next stop is Fujairah, home to some of the region’s best beaches and a 300-year-old fort. Don’t also miss its bustling souk market. Hopping over the border, your final Gulf pause is Muscat. The Omani capital impresses with everything from the opulent Grand Mosque and Sultan’s Palace to a pair of 400-year-old forts and a series of colourful marketplaces, joined by winding alleyways. You might also want to head out on a dolphin-watching cruise.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7
At Sea

With two days at sea, you’ll have some further time to acquaint yourself with your ship’s luxurious facilities. In between your gourmet meals, perhaps unwind with a treatment in the superb Canyon Ranch Spa, play a hand at the casino or make use of the library, host to 2,000 books and periodicals.

Days 8-12
India: Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore & Cochin

You’ll arrive into India with two days in Mumbai. India’s largest city is truly enthralling, whether you’re admiring colourful Jain temples, haggling over antiques or admiring the stunning colonial architecture. It really was the “Jewel of the British Raj”, while the UNESCO-listed Elephanta Cave islands are a further highlight for their thousand-year-old carvings. You’ll then arrive into Goa with Mormugao, whose contrasting charms are exemplified in the Portuguese cathedral and its surrounding spice farms and beaches. Perhaps throw yourself into local culture with a meditation course before continuing to Cochin. This port town wears its international influences on its sleeves, hosting Chinese fishing nets, Dutch palaces, European churches and a whole Jewish quarter. Perhaps also take a cruise on its backwaters network.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 13-14
The Maldives: Malé

The Maldives are something straight out of a glossy travel magazine – white sands, bath-tub waters and pristine coral reefs. While you’ll want to relax, be sure to also explore the underwater world on snorkelling and scuba dives. Back on land, don’t miss the Muliaage Palace – the president’s residence – and the Friday Mosque – a masterpiece of filigree-curved coral built in the mid-1600s.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 15-16
At Sea

Your next two days at sea offers the chance for some further relaxation. Perhaps enjoy a drink in one of the bars, take in a jazz performance in the lounge or have a shop in the boutiques. Don’t forget, your full-board dining also includes the likes of afternoon tea and the poolside seafood grill. 

Days 17-19
The Seychelles: La Digue & Mahé

Today, you’ll arrive into the Seychelles and La Digue. It’s perhaps the most laidback island in the archipelago, offering the chance to appreciate a slower pace of life, snorkelling in untouched reefs, unwinding on white-sand beaches and hiking into the mountainous interior for some birdwatching fun. You’ll then have two days on Mahé – the largest island. A mountain range forms its spine, making for stunning national-park hikes, while idyllic coral-fringed beaches offer further chance for some relaxation. Spice plantations, botanic gardens and the locals’ mellifluous Creole patois add further intrigue.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe) 

Meals: B L D

Days 20-21
At Sea

With a further two days at sea, perhaps immerse yourself with the onboard shows. Expect everything from dance nights to Motown performances. Or, simply enjoy a soak in the heated pool, accompanied by a pair of whirlpool spas. There’s even a shuffleboard court and nine-hole putting course.

Days 22-23
Mauritius & Reunion Island

Port Louis is your Mauritian gateway, a fascinating city spread across several islets that extend into its harbour. Here, French-colonial architecture sits alongside ecological preserves that house waterfalls, ponds and wildlife-dotted forests. Then, alongside the city’s international flavours, best showcased in its evocative markets, there’s always those white-sand beaches. You’ll then continue to Reunion Island, where you can hike volcanic peaks, stroll through rainforests and discover hidden waterfalls. Alternatively, visit a vanilla plantation or simply taste you way through its charming Creole town with one of its fantastic restaurants.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 24-26
At Sea

With three days at sea, perhaps compare the various bars on offer. Cool off with a thick milkshake by the pool, indulge with a rare vintage in the Grand Bar or sip a piano-backed cocktail in Martinis’ club atmosphere.

Day 27
Maputo, Mozambique

With its colonial architecture and wide, palm-dotted trees, Maputo wears its European influences on its sleeve. In fact, even its Central Train Station was designed by one Gustave Eiffel back in 1910, while the city hall is a lesson in neoclassical beauty. The sidewalk cafés and the Roman Catholic cathedral are further highlights. However, this is also Africa proper, something evidenced across the city’s busy streets and colourful markets.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 28-29
South Africa: Richards Bay & Durban

You’ll make land in South Africa with Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. Perhaps take in the region’s unique tribal heritage with a visit to a traditional Zulu village, observing dances, learning to make spears and taking part in basket-weaving demonstrations. Alternatively, spot the Big Five on safari in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, home to everything from rare white rhinos to lion and elephant. Your next stop is Durban, where golden beaches front a smattering of colonial architecture and a mouth-watering restaurant scene, informed by both the ocean and the city’s Indian population. If you don’t want to explore South Africa’s third-largest city, there’s also the chance for a further safari, or a trip to a Zulu cultural village.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 30
At Sea

Your last day at sea offers a final opportunity for some on-board relaxation. After making use of the complimentary fitness classes, perhaps book onto a massage, soak up in the sauna or simply unwind in the whirlpool tub.

Days 31-32
South Africa: Mossell Bay & Cape Town

You’ll arrive into Mossell Bay today, its golden beaches the ideal gateway to South Africa’s Garden Route. Long a tourist’s pilgrimage, its sweeping roads will bring you between craggy peaks, ancient forests and secluded bays to showcase everything from safaris to desert outposts and freshly shucked oysters in seaside towns. You’ll then end in Cape Town. It’s truly one of the world’s great cities, sandwiched between the iconic Table Mountain and a dramatic coast peppered with white-sand beaches. The opportunities here are endless, including vineyard tastings, cable-car rides and visits to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Stay: Nautica (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 33-34
Depart for UK

After a final breakfast onboard, make your way to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

34-day luxury cruise on board Nautica (Oceania Cruises) from £7,105 incl. flights

Departure: 6 December 2019

Inside Stateroom (G): £7,105
Deluxe Ocean View (C2): £7,845
Deluxe Ocean View (C1): £7,995
Verandah Stateroom (B2): £9,105
Verandah Stateroom (B1): £9,245
Concierge Level Veranda (A3): £9,545
Concierge Level Veranda (A2): £9,695
Concierge Level Veranda (A1): £9,845

Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more
Book by: 01 December 2019

Take advantage of complimentary pre-paid gratuities (worth up to $690 pp) on us and $150 shipboard credit.

Plus our offer includes airfare and FREE Unlimited Internet, plus choose one of the below:

  • Free - 8 Shore Excursions
  • Free - Beverage Package
  • Free - $800 Shipboard Credit

Amenities are per stateroom

Includes on board:

  • Unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • Shuttle service from ship to city centre in many ports of call
  • Room service dining 24 hours a day
  • Dining at all specialty restaurants
  • Free Wi-Fi

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