The 33-night cruise is the most interesting West African itinerary of any cruise departing Cape Town. It starts in the Mother City, dominated by Table Mountain and hugs the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, cruising along on of the most spectacular coastlines on the planet.
In colonial Luderitz, beautiful Walviz Bay and the Angolan port of Luanda, the “Paris of Africa”, where the influence of Portugal is also still evident, passengers will be offered a myriad of shore excursion offerings.
There are no less than 14 shore excursions, from exploring the ‘ghost town’ of Kolmanskop near Luderitz, to chasing dolphins and seals off the coast of Walvis Bay, or a walking tour of Marrakesh with its grand square bustling with snake charmers and market traders and its almost psychedelic souks.
Best of all, just two of these fourteen tours are optional, the rest are all included in the cruise fare, and are led by renowned experts in history, sociology and anthropology.
After leaving Luanda, passengers aboard Aegean Odyssey will celebrate the maritime tradition of ‘Crossing the Line’ as the ship passes over the equator bound for Bom Bom Island, followed by Praia in Cape Verde and Las Palmas in the Canaries.
Tangier in Morocco is the last port of call, where Aegean Odyssey will stay overnight so that passengers can undertake a land tour to the famous souks of exotic Marrakesh, the historic walled city of Taroudant, legendary Casablanca and of course Tangier itself at the mouth of the Mediterranean.
On April 13th, the cruise will end in Malaga, Spain.
Aegean Odyssey is a small cruise ship by modern standards, and indeed she hails for a bygone era of ocean travel, when cruising was still a burgeoning industry and not the dominant tourism operation it is today.
At just 141m and carrying 380 passengers she is a ship that is unashamed traditional. Dinner is served in two sitting, with light entertainment before and after, while passengers mingle and make friends rather than go ski-diving or rock climbing.
Because the ship started out life as a ro-ro passenger ferry back in 1973, before being completely rebuilt as a cruise ship in 1988, and then re-built again in 2010, she has a slightly haphazard lego-boat look, but it only adds to her charm.
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