Norwegian Cruise Line expands Africa offering with five new itineraries

Norwegian Cruise Line expands Africa offering with five new itineraries

Following the conclusion of its inaugural season sailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is counting down to its second African season by sharing five itineraries for travellers to add to their bucket list.

“As part of our guest first philosophy we are focused on enhancing our destination offerings, providing our guests with more immersive itineraries that are designed to create memories of a lifetime,” Ben Angell, managing director and VP of NCL APAC, said.

“Our new Africa voyages are a testament to that, combining bucket-list locations such as Cape Town and Mauritius with hidden gems like Pomene and Maputo in Mozambique or Fort Dauphin in Madagascar.

“With an average of almost 12 hours in each port, allowing more time to fully experience these unforgettable destinations, the new voyages are already amongst our fastest selling cruises for 2024 and are attracting guests from almost 60 countries worldwide.”

Norwegian Jade was the first vessel from NCL’s 18-ship fleet to homeport in Cape Town, with the company recently announcing the deployment of Norwegian Dawn to the region between January and March 2024 for a series of journeys setting sail from homeports in Cape Town and Port Louis, Mauritius.

Cape Town (Supplied)

Travellers can also check out Norwegian Dawn’s 17-day Africa: UAE, Seychelles, Kenya & Tanzania repositioning cruise, the first in the company’s 56-year history to sail from Doha, Qatar to Mauritius. Departing 3 January 2024, this itinerary offers a selection of ports throughout the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.

Norwegian Dawn will then sail a 12-day Africa: South Africa & Madagascar itinerary from Port Louis, Mauritius departing 20 January 2024, calling to Pointe des Galets, Réunion, where the rainforest meets the reef. Highlights include two overnight stays in Richards Bay and Cape Town, South Africa and two ports in Mozambique, Pomene and the vibrant markets and melting pot of cultures of Maputo.

Norwegian Dawn will offer two 12-day South Africa: Port Elizabeth, Durban & Lüderitz roundtrip voyages from Cape Town, South Africa departing on 1 February 2024 and 8 March 2024, with calls to Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, in addition to Mossel Bay, Durban and overnight stay in Richards Bay, South Africa.

To round out her 2024 summer season, Norwegian Dawn depart on 20 March, a 21-day Africa: Namibia, Cape Verde, Angola & Ivory Coast voyage sailing from Cape Town, South Africa to Barcelona, Spain. After exploring Africa’s west coast, including Namibia, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Senegal, this sailing then calls at stunning destinations in the Canary Islands and Morocco, including Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Lanzarote, Agadir and Casablanca en route to bustling Barcelona.

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