Africa Cruises

Male lion in South Africa
Male lion in South Africa
The Sphinx and Pyramids in Egypt

Bounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the Mediterranean Sea and on the east by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Africa is a vast plateau filled with wonder. Its sheer scale, natural beauty, diverse landscape, vibrant flora and fauna and welcoming people make Africa one of the most exciting and enchanting continents on the planet.  [ReadMoreMob]

From the tropical rainforests of Uganda and Zanzibar’s pristine coastlines to the rippling dunes of the Namib Desert and the Great Rift Valley’s jagged mountains and deep canyons, the continent has a bewildering range of breath-taking scenery. The savannah of the Serengeti, the snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro and Cape Town’s Table Mountain – all await the intrepid traveller. On the continent where human beings first came into existence, traditions and ancient rites can be found at every turn. From Egypt’s pyramids to Bedouin treks and Morocco’s Medina, interaction with Old Africa’s illuminating past is unavoidable.  [ReadMoreDesk]

For many, the continent’s safaris are its biggest draw: the possibility of seeing lions, rhinos, hippos, elephants, gorillas, leopards and flamingos in their natural habitat is possibly Africa’s greatest asset. An African safari may be viewed as a travel cliché these days, but just watching wild beasts in action in the Masai Mara, or a battle of wits between predator and prey in the Kruger National Park, still has the power to reduce visitors to a state of complete astonishment.

Travelling within Africa can at times be challenging, but one thing is for sure, one cruise to Africa simply isn’t enough. The breadth of experiences that await discovery across this mysterious, majestic continent demands any number of journeys through its land.

Cruises to Africa

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 26 Nov 2019
11 nights • Black Watch • W1927

  • You’re in for inspirational sights and cultural highlights galore, as Black Watch takes you to diverse destinations in Morocco, Spain and Portugal to reveal countless ‘must-visit’ attractions in a collection of magnificent cities.
  • After a relaxing sail south from Liverpool, enjoy five-consecutive days filled with highlights including interesting museums, ancient and architectural wonders, world-famous religious sites and much more besides.
  • You can climb the iconic rock in Gibraltar; marvel at Casablanca’s majestic Hassan II Mosque, or tour to magical Marrakech; enjoy traditional tapas in Cádiz, which is also your gateway to Jerez – ‘sherry capital of the world’; and uncover the monuments and landmarks of Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal.

From £1,249pp

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Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Departs: Southampton • Sun 22 Dec 2019
15 nights • Balmoral • L1933

  • Savour an unforgettable festive season with a chance to celebrate Christmas at sea; visit stunning destinations for an exciting end to 2019; and welcome the arrival of the New Year in style on this very special cruise to the Canaries, Morocco and Madeira on board
  • You’re in for a wonderful holiday from start to finish, beginning with a magical Christmas celebration on board your ship before calling into Casablanca for a Boxing Day filled with memorable experiences, including a chance to marvel at the Hassan II Mosque and explore bustling local souks.
  • A post-Christmas island-hopping adventure kicks-off in the Canaries, visiting Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma. Then it’s on to Madeira to explore botanical gardens and scenic walking trails, and welcome the arrival of 2020 with views of one of the world’s greatest New Year’s fireworks displays.

From £3,099pp

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South American Exploration

South American Exploration

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Jan 2020
70 nights • Balmoral • L2001

  • Experience an extensive, in-depth exploration of South America as Balmoral guides you to a string of incredible destinations to bring you the very best of this intoxicating, culturally diverse and simply spectacular part of the world.
  • Calls at captivating cities and stunning islands in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Chile and Colombia offer chances to uncover iconic landmarks including Christ the Redeemer; ancient sites such as Machu Picchu; beautiful beaches; and much more.
  • You’ll also visit Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts for sun-kissed beaches and an authentic taste of paradise in the sun-soaked Caribbean; as well as three beautiful Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, where lush, flora-rich landscapes await your exploration.

Adult Only Sailing

From £6,499pp

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Brazilian Discovery

Brazilian Discovery

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Jan 2020
23 nights • Balmoral • L2001A

  • Under the guidance of Balmoral, you’ll discover some of South America’s most iconic sights and attractions – from world-famous landmarks to breathtaking beaches – in Brazil and Uruguay.
  • Visit Salvador, home to an enchanting UNESCO-listed Historic Centre; uncover gorgeous golden sands, waterfalls and lush rainforest at Ilhabela; and explore the attraction-packed Uruguayan capital, Montevideo.
  • The pinnacle is an overnight stay in intoxicating Rio de Janeiro, plenty of time to take in Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, traditional samba beats and much more.

From £2,449pp

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South American Discovery with the Falklands

South American Discovery with the Falklands

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Jan 2020
43 nights • Balmoral • L2001AB

  • Experience the very best that one of the world’s most intoxication regions has to offer, on this extensive, in-depth exploration of South America packed with countless highlights throughout.
  • Discover Ilhabela’s beaches and lush rainforests, and revel in the icons of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; and in Uruguay, explore Montevideo – the culture-rich capital – and glamourous Punta del Este.
  • Enjoy traditional tango in Buenos Aires, or tour to mighty Iguazu Falls; delve into the fascinating history of the Falklands; marvel at the glorious glaciers and snow-capped peaks of Chilean fjords; and uncover the ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu on tour in Peru.

From £7,949pp

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Four Fred's in Funchal with Cape Verde

Four Fred's in Funchal with Cape Verde

Departs: Dover • Sun 29 Mar 2020
19 nights • Boudicca • D2008

  • The enchanting towns and volcanic sites of two captivating Cape Verde islands combine with the natural wonders of the Canaries, and Madeira’s beautifully floral landscapes, to present a plethora of diverse sights and experiences.
  • Boudicca will guide you to São Vicente and Santiago Island in Cape Verde, for chances to explore colonial Mindelo, charming Praia and stunning volcanic landscapes; and to Tenerife, where you can visit the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar and Mount Teide, or relax at Playa de Las Americas.
  • What’s more, in Madeira, you’ll also be part of the very special ‘Four Fred.’s in Funchal’ event. Dock alongside Braemar, Balmoral and Black Watch and experience a memorable day of celebration shared with crew and fellow guests from all four ocean-going ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Adult Only Sailing

From £2,799pp

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Cultural Highlights of Southern Spain

Cultural Highlights of Southern Spain

Departs: Liverpool • Sun 25 Oct 2020
12 nights • Black Watch • W2030

  • Visiting a string of stunning cities where architectural treasures, fascinating historical sites and cultural highlights await, you’ll find there’s so much more to southern Spain than sun, sea and sand.
  • You can revel in Andalusia’s authentic side with calls at Cádiz and Malaga, where ancient monuments and landmarks, traditional tapas bars and even masterpieces from Pablo Picasso are yours to uncover.
  • In the Murcian city of Cartagena, you’ll find an impressive mix of Roman and modernist marvels, while a visit to Melilla – a delight for sightseeing – offers a rare chance to sample a slice of Spanish Morocco.

From £1,499pp

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Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage

Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage

Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
140 nights • Boudicca • D20GV

  • A holiday beyond your wildest dreams, this 140-night voyage to some of the world’s most iconic and intoxicating destinations offers authentic cultures and traditions, amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and much more.
  • Experience an exhilarating Asian exploration, to learn of samurais and geishas in Japan; explore the war-torn history of Vietnam; sample India’s engrossing hustle and bustle; and even celebrate New Year’s Eve in stunning Singapore.
  • African adventures include chances to seek-out South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game and Madagascar’s iconic flora and fauna; explore the colossal Namib Desert; marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza; and sail the impressive Suez Canal.

From £13,999pp

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Island Discovery with South Africa & the Namib

Island Discovery with South Africa & the Namib

Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
28 nights • Boudicca • D202728

  • Discover distant destinations galore on this epic journey, from a string of stunning Macaronesian and South Atlantic islands, to captivating towns and cities in Namibia and South Africa.
  • Visit Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and two Cape Verde islands, then enjoy the rare chance to admire Ascension Island’s verdant landscapes and explore St. Helena’s links to Napoleon.
  • Finally, during visits to Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, you could go in search of pink flamingos in their natural habitat and tour to the world’s largest desert, before stopping overnight in iconic Cape Town.

From £3,999pp

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Remote Islands & African Wildlife

Remote Islands & African Wildlife

Departs: Santa Cruz de Tenerife • Thu 12 Nov 2020
35 nights • Boudicca • D202829

  • Seek-out the world’s largest desert, iconic landmarks and legendary wildlife in Africa; and sample paradise at a collection of idyllic Indian Ocean islands – all in just over a month – on this incredible holiday.
  • You can experience an ultimate South African safari; encounter Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; explore the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon at Mayotte; and see the Seychelles giant land tortoises.
  • You’ll also visit the sun-kissed Canaries and verdant Cape Verde; take in rarely-visited Ascension and St Helena; visit Namibia for the Namib Desert; and stop overnight in captivating Cape Town.

From £5,299pp

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Atlantic Islands & Desert Dunes

Atlantic Islands & Desert Dunes

Departs: Santa Cruz de Tenerife • Thu 12 Nov 2020
21 nights • Boudicca • D2028

  • Discover distant destinations galore on this epic journey, from a string of stunning Macaronesian and South Atlantic islands, to captivating towns and cities in Namibia and South Africa.
  • Visit Tenerife, Gran Canaria and two Cape Verde islands, then enjoy the rare chance to admire Ascension Island’s verdant landscapes and explore St. Helena’s links to Napoleon.
  • Finally, during visits to Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, you could go in search of pink flamingos in their natural habitat and tour to the world’s largest desert, before stopping overnight in iconic Cape Town.

From £3,599pp

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African Wildlife Adventure

African Wildlife Adventure

Departs: Cape Town • Thu 03 Dec 2020
14 nights • Boudicca • D2029

  • From seeking-out the ‘Big Five’ game on exhilarating safari adventures to exploring coral reefs teeming with colourful flora and fauna, enjoy unforgettable wildlife experiences on this cruise.
  • Tour breathtaking South African game reserves; go in search Madagascar’s native wildlife, such as lemurs and chameleons; snorkel the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon; and see the Seychelles’ giant land tortoises.
  • What’s more, this incredible cruise also packs in the iconic landmarks of Cape Town; an opportunity to delve into Durban’s Indian-influenced heritage; and time to relax at picture-perfect beaches.

From £3,199pp

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African Wildlife with Asia & Singapore New Year

African Wildlife with Asia & Singapore New Year

Departs: Cape Town • Thu 03 Dec 2020
42 nights • Boudicca • D202930

  • Chances to encounter incredible wildlife; discover paradise at idyllic islands; taste Far-Eastern culture; and see in the New Year in style make for an unforgettable end to 2020 and start to 2021.
  • Seek-out South Africa’s ‘big game’ on exhilarating safari adventures; see Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; marvel at the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon in Mayotte; and meet giant land tortoises in the Seychelles.
  • Spend Christmas Eve in Colombo and Christmas Day on board Boudicca, before visiting culture-rich Malaysia; being part of Singapore’s spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations; and uncovering ancient castles, among countless other highlights, in Japan.

From £7,199pp

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Exploring Cape Verde & the Canaries

Exploring Cape Verde & the Canaries

Departs: Southampton • Fri 29 Jan 2021
18 nights • Balmoral • L2103

  • Immerse yourself in the colourful history and culture of Cape Verde; discover the iconic attractions of sun-kissed Canary Islands; and enjoy time to explore picturesque Portugal, on this epic 18-night adventure.
  • Be captivated by the African and Portuguese influences of Praia and Mindelo, where you can unearth fascinating archaeology, browse bustling authentic markets, indulge in traditional music, and much more.
  • In the Canaries, a smorgasbord of highlights await with calls to Tenerife and Lanzarote, including mighty Mount Teide and Timanfaya National Park; while there are chances to explore Madeira, Lisbon and Oporto too.

From £1,999pp

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Authentic India & Ancient Sites

Authentic India & Ancient Sites

Departs: Phuket • Thu 11 Feb 2021
28 nights • Boudicca • D210304

  • Uncover a mix of modern architectural and cultural delights, awe-inspiring holy sites and remarkable centuries-old wonders on this incredible voyage to India, Arabia and the ancient Middle East.
  • See famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets, or take an overland tour to the Taj Mahal from Kochi; explore Goa’s rich European heritage; and immerse yourself in Mumbai’s legendary hustle and bustle.
  • Marvel at Muscat’s magnificent Arabic architecture; seek-out some of the world’s great ancient sites in Egypt and Jordan, including Great Pyramids of Giza; and take chances to visit holy Jerusalem and Bethlehem in Israel.

From £4,299pp

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Ancient Sites of Egypt, Jordan & Israel

Ancient Sites of Egypt, Jordan & Israel

Departs: Muscat • Thu 25 Feb 2021
14 nights • Boudicca • D2104

  • Step back in time among some of the world’s most remarkable ancient sites, with chances to uncover a plethora of centuries-old wonders, explore theories about events of yesteryear, and creates lasting memories.
  • In Egypt, you can explore the extraordinary Valley of the Kings and marvel at the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, on tours from Safaga and Alexandria respectively, and experience a navigation of the impressive Suez Canal.
  • You’ll be afforded an opportunity to see the ancient tombs, archways and temples of the ‘Lost City’ of Petra in Jordan, while hallowed sites await in Israel too, including the holy treasures of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

From £2,599pp

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Ancient Civilisations & the Mediterranean

Ancient Civilisations & the Mediterranean

Departs: Muscat • Thu 25 Feb 2021
28 nights • Boudicca • D210405

  • Visit incredible destinations in the ancient Middle East and the Mediterranean, for unmissable opportunities to step back in time amongst centuries-old wonders and revel in the architectural, cultural and scenic delights of these captivating regions.
  • Seek-out some of the world’s greatest ancient sites, including the Pyramids of Giza and ‘Lost City’ of Petra, in Egypt and Jordan; and explore the holy lands of Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Ashdod and Haifa in Israel.
  • Delve into the legendary ancient history of Greece in Crete and Athens, with its famous temples and ruins; sail into Valletta’s magical Grand Harbour; and uncover the attractions of three stunning Spanish cities.

From £3,499pp

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