12-Day South Africa Spotlight

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12-Day South Africa Spotlight2023-06-19T11:56:23-05:00

South Africa Spotlight

Let the exuberant wilderness of Africa take center stage on this visit to breathtaking ports dotting the southern half of the continent, ideal staging points for a wide array of safaris across beautifully maintained natural reserves.

South Africa Spotlight



12-Day Voyage – May 9 to May 21, 2024

Oceania Nautica

2024 COLLECTION – Rediscover your passion for exploration with our new 2024 Collection featuring 2 for 1 Cruise Fares, Roundtrip Airfare with Airport Transfers* plus one FREE OLife Choice amenity:
FREE – 6 Shore Excursions – FREE – Beverage Package – FREE – $600 Shipboard Credit
*Amenities are per stateroom

Let the exuberant wilderness of Africa take center stage on this visit to breathtaking ports dotting the southern half of the continent, ideal staging points for a wide array of safaris across beautifully maintained natural reserves.


DAY                 PORT                                       ARRIVE             DEPART

May 9 Thu       Cape Town, South Africa                                Embark 1 PM

May 10 Fri       Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

May 11 Sat      Walvis Bay, Namibia               10 AM             11 PM

May 12 Sun     Walvis Bay, Namibia                                       2 PM

May 13 Mon    Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

May 14 Tue     Cruising the Cape of Good Hope

May 15 Wed    Port Elizabeth, South Africa   9 AM               5 PM

May 16 Thu     Durban, South Africa              5 PM                11 PM

May 17 Fri       Durban, South Africa                                      10 PM

May 18 Sat      Richards Bay, South Africa     7 AM               6 PM

May 19 Sun     Cruising the Indian Ocean

May 20 Mon    Mossel Bay, South Africa        8 AM               2 PM

May 21 Tue     Cape Town, South Africa        Disembark 8 AM

Shore excursions on the first and last day of a cruise are only available for guests who are combining back-to-back voyages to create a longer cruise. There are Pre- and Post-Cruise Hotels and Land Tours available starting at $2799 per person.

Cape Town – It’s difficult to get lost in Cape Town because gorgeous Table Mountain looms above the city as a reference. For breathtaking views, ride the cable car to the top, or explore this urbane city on foot. Visit the fascinating South African Museum and Planetarium and the culturally significant St. George’s Cathedral.

Walvis Bay, Namibia – Although rimmed by the inhospitable Namib Desert, Walvis Bay boasts a huge natural lagoon that attracts hundreds of thousands of birds, including flamingos, pelicans, and migratory species. The desert’s Dune 7 is the highest sand dune near town and offers a spectacular view. The wooden Rhenish Mission Church is also noteworthy.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa – South Africa’s third largest port, Port Elizabeth is known as “The Friendly City.” A popular destination for water sports, Port Elizabeth offers spectacular beaches, historical attractions, the oldest bowling green in South Africa and beautiful wildlife sanctuaries. Bayworld features a fascinating cultural history museum, an oceanarium and a snake and dinosaur park.

Durban, South Africa – British colonial architecture prevails in Durban, yet natural beauty is what characterizes this charming city on the Indian Ocean. Its Golden Mile beach area attracts sunbathers, of course, but also shoppers and those who enjoy walking the promenade. The Juma Masjid deserves a visit, as it’s the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere.

Richards Bay, South Africa – Take an excursion to one of the nearby game reserves or simply gaze over the surrounding waters, where you might get a glimpse of dolphins, whales, and kite-surfers. The best view is from the lookout point at Alkantstrand Beach. Richards Bay is a busy port, and the myriad of specialized ships will intrigue marine buffs.

Mossel Bay, South Africa – With an average of 320 sunny days a year, Mossel Bay has the second mildest climate in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Enjoy walks along the beautiful beaches, horseback riding and whale and dolphin watching. Track big game on a thrilling safari or take a cruise to Seal Island, populated by over 2,500 Cape fur seals. *This is a Tender Port where you will be ferried to the actual port; the sea bottom is protected.

On Board the Nautica

Elegantly Charming – Sleek and elegantly charming, Nautica’s decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Nautica offers every luxury you may expect on board one of our stylish ships.

The Luxury of Space – The generous dimensions of our suites and staterooms afford the ultimate in luxury. Interiors are decorated with traditional hardwoods, rich fabrics, fine furnishings, and original art. A fashionable color palette blends sea, sky, and comforting earth tones to create a soothing environment. Plump the goose-down pillows of the Oceania Ultra Tranquility Bed and relax in bed while reading the latest bestseller. Stretch out on the plush couch and watch live news broadcasts or the latest Hollywood blockbuster on the flat-screen television. Relax on the private teak veranda, a feature of the vast majority of accommodations.

Culinary Masterpieces – Memorable dining begins with open-seating, as it allows you to dine when you are ready and with whomever you choose. Regardless of which of our restaurants you select, there are no dining surcharges. Enjoy Toscana’s authentic Italian dishes, Polo Grill’s steakhouse fare, Continental cuisine in the Grand Dining Room, and made-to-order American favorites in the Terrace Café. You may also indulge in delicate pastries and freshly made sandwiches along with illy® specialty coffees at Baristas.

Learn, Indulge & Relax – From reading comfortably in the library to sipping beverages, a wonderful spectrum of enriching activities awaits you on board. Attend an engaging guest lecture in anticipation of your next destination or enjoy the upper deck as you improve your golf game on the putting green. Spend the afternoon with friends at a lively trivia contest or bridge tournament. Or simply enhance your sense of well-being at our new Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center, which offers a wide array of programs, services and experiences designed to help you live your best life.

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