Dubai to Cape Town
Aboard Oceania Nautica, this amazing journey reveals timeless wonders of India, Africa and beyond. Tour the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, built with over 300,000 tons of Indian limestone. See a hidden gem in Mangalore - a lovely, intricate painting covering the ceiling and walls of the St. Aloysius Chapel. Explore the colorful coral reefs of the Maldives, home to over 1,000 species of fish, five species of sea turtles and 21 species of whales and dolphins. Explore the unusual wildlife of Madagascar in Lokobe Nature Reserve, home to maki lemurs, chameleons and paradise flycatchers.
Please note: As shore excursions for this cruise are yet to be confirmed, the following itinerary describes excursions previously offered (shore excursions are at additional cost).
Day 1: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Embark your ship today. This amazing emirate where ultra-modern architecture soars over traditional Arab styles. Options for exploring Dubai include visiting the impressive Jumeirah Mosque and strolling through the narrow alleys of Old Dubai. You may visit a museum in a former all-boys school or journey along Dubai Creek in a dhow. A visit to Sharjah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its fabulous souks is fascinating.
Day 2: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates As the world's richest city, Abu Dhabi boasts opulent hotels, museums and a yacht-filled marina, all marvels of modern architecture. Explore the emirate's old souks, sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, ride the dunes on an exhilarating desert safari, or dive into dazzling marine life.
Day 3: Fujairah, United Arab Emirates The only emirate on the Gulf of Oman rather than the Persian Gulf, Fujairah is blessed with fine beaches and offers excellent deep-sea fishing and snorkeling. It's separated from the rest of the country by the Hagar mountain range that looms majestically behind the port of Fujairah. Built in 1670, Fujairah Fort and the spring-fed Ain Al Madhab Gardens lie nearby.
Day 4: Muscat, Oman Admire the colorful Sultan's palace and the Jelali and Merani forts, stroll through the markets and narrow alleys and browse in the bustling souks. Or view the city from above by traveling on the Corniche and head out along the scenic Batinah coast and enjoy the desert, the oases, fishing villages and the historic medieval Nakhl Fort. Then spend time at a glorious beach resort.
Day 5-6: Cruise the Arabian Sea
Day 7-8: Mumbai, India Enjoy the sights of this teeming city, visiting the many lovely Jain and Hindu temples, the Hanging Gardens, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and the magnificent Victoria Station. Take a harbor cruise from the Gateway of India or travel to lush Gharapuri Island to see the 7th century rock-cut temples of the Elephanta Caves. Shopping: Lovely silks, fine gold jewelry, ornate woodcarvings, personal altars, finely carved screens and antiques abound.
Day 9: Goa (Mormugao), India Enjoy this marvelous old Portuguese and Hindu city studded with vibrant temples and majestic churches. Visit the stunning Baroque cathedral and quaint, colorful Panjim for a taste of Portugal in India. Explore the countryside and its spice farms, local markets and the region's exquisite beaches.
Day 10: Mangalore, India Enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Arabian Sea, watch the fishing boats and explore the city, especially the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius College Chapel, the Sultan Battery, Light House Hill Garden, Mangala Devi Temple and the Jumma Masjid. See a traditional South Indian dance performance or perhaps encounter a festival honoring a local deity.
Day 11: Cochin (Kochi), India Discover the amazing contrasts of this cosmopolitan, Portuguese-founded city with its lovely colonial architecture, Dutch-style palaces, historic churches, Jewish quarter and huge Chinese fishing nets. Or explore tranquil canals by boat and see ancient villages, exquisite scenery, plantations and temples. See Indian cotton made in traditional fashion.
Day 12 - 13: Male, Maldives As the capital of the low-lying, coral-bed Maldives, winsome Male is surrounded by a sea wall, where you might watch the fishing dhonis return with the day's catch. Also be sure to see Friday Mosque, a masterpiece of filigree-curved coral built in the mid-1600s, and the Mulee-aage Palace.
Day 14-15: Cruising the Indian Ocean
Day 16-17: Mahe, Seychelles Gorgeous and romantic, the Seychelles define tropical beauty. A mountain range runs through the spine of Mahe, the largest island, and scenic national parks have sprung up around it, attracting hikers. Still, it's the idyllic beaches that have immortalized Mahé and its laid-back capital of Victoria, where the Seychellois speak a mellifluous Creole patois.
Day 18: Praslin, Seychelles An idyllic tropical island, Praslin is ringed with secluded beaches like magnificent Anse Lazio. Don't miss Vallee de Mai, a virgin palm forest so extraordinary it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The forest supports extremely rare flora and fauna, including the black parrot and exotic coco de mer, the world's largest nut.
Day 19-20: Cruising the Indian Ocean
Day 21: Mombasa, Kenya Giant sculpted elephant tusks span the entry to the island where Mombasa perches, a symbol of how wildlife is revered in Kenya. Indigenous wildlife can be seen in Haller Park, Mombasa's largest animal sanctuary. Don't miss monumental Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, or the Old Town, which is decidedly Arabic.
Day 22: Zanzibar, Tanzania The palm-fringed archipelago of Zanzibar lies about 20 miles off Tanzania. It's a sensual paradise of aromas from locally grown spices, vistas of idyllic beaches, and the sounds of commerce echoing through the Arabic alleyways of Stone Town. Don't miss the Anglican cathedral, built on the site of the slave market to commemorate its closing in 1873.
Day 23: Cruising the Indian Ocean
Day 24: Nosy Be, Madagascar Lying off the northern coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be (which means "Big Island" in Malagasy) contains seven volcanic lakes and is blanketed with fragrant flora such as ylang-ylang, frangipani and vanilla. Unusual wildlife flourishes here, as witnessed in Lokobe Nature Reserve, home to maki lemurs, chameleons and paradise flycatchers.
Day 25-26: Cruising the Mozambique Channel
Day 27: Maputo, Mozambique Intent on recapturing its former glamour, Maputo once again attracts the rich and famous, whom you may see while sipping a cocktail at the extravagant Hotel Polana. Maputo's struggle for freedom from Portuguese colonialism is recounted in local museums.
Day 28: 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.
Day 29: 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.
Day 30: Cruising the Indian Ocean
Day 31: Cape Town, South Africa 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.
Day 32: Cape Town, South Africa Disembark this morning in Cape Town
• Free internet • All onboard meals • Port taxes
Bonus offer: Your choice of a complimentary beverage package, or 4 shore excursions, or US$400 Shipboard Credit
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs November 6 2017
November 6 2017
Not included • Airfares ex New Zealand
• Shore excursions
• Airfares ex New Zealand • Gratuities • Shore excursions
Gratuity Suggested gratuities are US$16 per person per day.
Suggested gratuities are US$16 per person per day.