24 NIGHT CAPE TOWN – TILBURY CRUISE
Cruise & Maritime Astor 29th March 2019
Join the Columbus on this magical 24 night in Cape Town with ports of call at: Cape Town, At Sea, Walvis Bay, At Sea, Praia, Santiago, Sao Vincent, At Sea, Casablanca, At Sea, Lisbon, Porto, At Sea, Tilbury.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Cape Town|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Board your ship between 12 noon and 3 p.m.|
|23 Night Cruise,||Full Board|
|On Board Gratuity|
YOUR HOLIDAY HOME AT SEA
The 21,000 tonne Astor is a beautiful, classic, premium style cruise liner with an impressive reputation on the European market. She is fully stabilised and air-conditioned with accommodation for just 600 privileged guests. The unique size of Astor offers an intimate country house style allowing you to enjoy the camaraderie that comes from being among a select number of guests and to be pampered by the very attentive crew.
Facilities on board
- Tonnage 20,606
- Passenger capacity 600
- Total Crew
- Total Cabins 289 (Staterooms)
Day 1 : Fly UK – Cape Town
A visit to Cape Town should be at the top of everyone’s must do list. Table Mountain with its revolving cable car and stunning views of the city. The beaches and restaurants of Camps Bay, the amazing waterfront with its shops, restaurants and Hotels. This is also where you can book your trip over to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Cape Town is really the most amazing and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Day 2 – 3: Cape Town Hotel Stay – 2 Nights
Day 4: Cape town
Embark your ship – Columbus
Day 5 – 6: At Sea
Day 7: Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay is some 30km south of the more architecturally glamourous Swakopmund thanks to its past German influences. However, The natural harbour at Walvis Bay is the result of the sand spit “Pelican Point” which forms a natural breakwater and shelters the city from the strong ocean surges. Walvis Bay has many open spaces and scenic beauty along with its unique marine life and boasts sports such as sandboarding, kiting and surfing.
Day 8 – 12: At Sea
Day 13: The Equator Crossing
Day 14 – 15: At Sea
Day 16: Praia, Santiago
Santiago is a wonderful fusion of all that Cape Verde has to offer. Praia, the capital, is a bustling, vibrant city built over several plateaus. But head off into the interior and you’ll find mountain peaks and fertile valleys of manioc and banana.
If you only have one day on Santiago, then you should definitely visit the archipelago’s oldest settlement Cidade Velha, which became a UNESCO World heritage site in 2009.
Nowadays a charming village along the coast, the area attracts a lot of people, wanting to visit the fort which overlooks the village, the churches and the pelourinho a 16th century pillory used to punish slaves.
Day 17 : Mindelo, San Vincent
The skies of São Vicente are dramatically pierced by the cocoa peaks of mountain ranges. The island is considered the birthplace of many styles of Cape Verdean music, and revellers gather to howl at the moon during the annual beach music festival in Baía das Gatas. With its gorgeous colonial-inspired architecture, the harbour city of Mindelo is perfect for self-guided walking tours, particularly the Praça Nova quarter and the Rua Libertadores d’Africa.
Day 18 – 20: At Sea
Day 20: At Sea
Day 21: Casablanca
Marrakesh and Fez bewitch travellers with their ancient customs, and Tangier and Essaouira with their counter-culture exotica, but Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, is a cosmopolitan Atlantic port, an alluring blend of tradition and progressiveness. With Roman roots, French city planning and a Portuguese name (later changed to Spanish) that dates to the 16th century, the city retains a mid-century elegance with modern touches, including a sleek tram system across its centre. In the oldest part of town, wanderers can buy strawberries and eggs off wheeled carts, eat sandwiches fried on the spot outside the mosque, and engage with locals, who always seem willing to share their pathways through the city’s history and geography
Day 22: At Sea
Day 23: Lisbon
Lisbon. The wonderful city of Lisbon is simply full of Neoclassical buildings and wide plazas. Famed as the port from which the ships departed on their discovery of the Americas and the New World. Lisbon’s magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe. Other landmarks include the World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both built in Lisbon’s native Manueline architectural style.
Day 24: Porto
The town that gave the country (and port wine) its very name, Porto is Portugal’s second-largest metropolis after Lisbon. Sometimes called Oporto, it’s an age-old city that has one foot firmly in the industrial present. The old town, cantered at Ribeira, was built on the hills overlooking the Douro River, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 14th-century São Francisco church is a main attraction, as are the local port wine cellars, mostly located across the river at Vila Nova de Gaia.
Day 25 – 26: At Sea
Day 27: Tilbury
Disembark Cruise & Maritime Astor