On board MS EUROPA 2 from Cape Town to Cape Town

Christmas and New Year’s Eve under the African sun

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Give yourself the ultimate present: a cruise around the southern tip of Africa over Christmas and New Year’s Eve aboard the EUROPA 2. From Cape Town, you’ll set sail for Namibia, where you can explore Luderitz with its impressive art nouveau architecture and Walvis Bay, which is a great base for countless excursions through the surrounding dunes, deserts and oases. The Garden Route, Durban and Port Elizabeth all offer unparalleled animal encounters: witness wild animals roaming the Kariega Game Reserve** and the Addo Elephant National Park** and soak up the amazing view as the EUROPA 2 returns to Cape Town’s harbour. Your unforgettable African adventure comes to an end in the South African capital.


from Cape Town to Cape Town

Cruise dates:from 18.12.2015 to 04.01.2016 (17 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1600

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

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Highlights of this cruise

  • Desert fascination: exclusive dining on the sand dunes of Namibia.
  • The legendary Garden Route**.
  • Cape Town, the trendy metropolis at the foot of Table Mountain.
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package**

 

Itinerary

Fri, 18.12.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Cape Town

Sat, 19.12.2015

Cape Town/South Africa
Transfer to the embarkation point, departure 22.00 hrs

Cape Town
The fun starts in Cape Town where you’ll board the EUROPA 2 – or, if you arrive a few days earlier, you can take advantage of our pre-cruise programme* and explore the most beautiful place in the world.

Sun, 20.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 21.12.2015

Luderitz/Namibia, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Luderitz
The quaint and fascinating town of Luderitz features many German art nouveau buildings from the colonial era, overlooked by a towering neo-Gothic church on the rocks.

Tue, 22.12.2015

Walvis Bay/Namibia, arrival 12.00 hrs

Walvis Bay
This picturesque natural harbour is the starting point for a whole host of adventures. On a multi-day overland excursion to the Sossusvlei Lodge**, you can explore the region’s breathtaking desert landscapes. Red, orange and golden dunes up to 300 m in height are interspersed with a trail of green oases fed by the winding Tsauchab River. You’ll travel through this unusual paradise on foot, in off-road vehicles and with a small chartered plane. Alternatively, you can climb aboard an open-top boat and observe the local wildlife** in the lagoons of Walvis Bay. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to spot seals, dolphins and cormorants. Swakopmund and the Namib desert** are likewise great destinations for a uniquely African experience. This small coastal city and its historical buildings tell the tale of Namibia’s colonial past, and if you venture out into the desert, you can marvel at Welwitschia plants that can live for up to 2,000 years. Afterwards, you can celebrate Christmas in style on board the EUROPA 2.

Wed, 23.12.2015

Walvis Bay

Thu, 24.12.2015

Walvis Bay, departure 12.00 hrs

Fri, 25.12.2015
- Sat, 26.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 27.12.2015

Mossel Bay/South Africa , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Mossel Bay
The impressive Outeniqua Mountains are located along the renowned Garden Route, which you can explore on an unforgettable panoramic trip**. The winding paths and narrow passes provide stunning views of the mountains and the vast ocean below.

Mon, 28.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 29.12.2015

Durban/South Africa , 8.00 – 20.00 hrs

Durban
African, Indian and European traditions afford Durban a very unique atmosphere, which you can soak up from underneath the palms lining the waterside promenade. You’ll have the opportunity to witness the region’s traditional culture first-hand with an excursion to a Zulu village**, where local inhabitants will perform indigenous songs and dances.

Wed, 30.12.2015

Port Elizabeth/South Africa, arrival 21.00 hrs

Port Elizabeth
The sandy beaches that stretch almost into the heart of the city are a great place to spend the last day of the year. You can also visit the Kariega Game Reserve** for the chance to see giraffes, zebras and antelope, while the Addo Elephant National Park** is the place to go for an encounter with Africa’s peaceful pachyderms. Then, in the evening, ring in the new year with your fellow passengers on board.

Thu, 31.12.2015

Port Elizabeth , departure 19.00 hrs

Fri, 01.01.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 02.01.2016

Cape Town/South Africa, arrival 7.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Cape Town
Head to your veranda for a fabulous view as the EUROPA 2 approaches the Cape Town harbour. A panoramic trip, including a journey up Table Mountain, likewise delivers a spectacular vista of this city by the sea. Alternatively, head out for high tea** in authentic vintage cars or fly over the coast of Cape Town in a helicopter**. After another night on board, your African adventure finally draws to a close.

Sun, 03.01.2016

Cape Town
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Mon, 04.01.2016

Arrival in Germany

* These pre-cruise programmes are not included in the cruise price.
** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: CAPE TOWN – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: SAFARI THROUGH THE NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Family cruise

A holiday is a chance to spend some time as a family – and on board the EUROPA 2, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for parents and children to discover the world together, or to go their own way if they prefer. In addition to a varied on-board programme of games and sports as well as arts and crafts, children and teens on family cruises can take part in specifically tailored excursions*. Our travel concierge service will be happy to suggest personalised family excursions* for you.

* This service is not included in the cruise price.


Golf cruise – Grand courses with African charm

Wed 23.12 – Walvis Bay – Rossmund GC
This spectacular course, located on the dry riverbed of the Swakop River in the Namib desert, was designed by Gary Player and opened in 1980. Springbok and oryx sometimes roam across the fairways.

Sun 27.12 – Mossel Bay – Kingswood Golf Estate
This golf course provides fantastic views of the Outeniqua Mountains and captivates golfers with its valleys and rivers. Golfers love the diversity of this course.

Tue 29.12 – Durban – Durban Country Club
Despite the competition in George and Sun City, the Durban Country Club golf course remains the best golf course in South Africa. No other course in the country has so frequently hosted the South African Open and other championships. The course is right next to the Indian Ocean and was masterfully formed from the dunes. The course was opened in 1922 and redesigned in 1959. Certain holes are extremely difficult. The 12th hole, with its elevated green, is also known as the “Prince of Wales”.

Thu 31.12 – Port Elizabeth – Humewood GC
This course runs along the coastline and is one of the most challenging in South Africa. Countless lapwings will follow your game on the rolling fairways and in the deep bunkers.