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Crystal Serenity <br> 26 Night African Adventurer <br> Cape Town to Monte Carlo

Crystal Serenity
26 Night African Adventurer
Cape Town to Monte Carlo

Ship: Crystal Serenity
Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises - Ocean
Departures:  13 March 2019
Duration: 26 Nights
Ports: Cape Town, Luderitz, Walvis Bay, Jamestown, Saint Helena, Ascension Island, Dakar, Porto Novo, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Malaga, Barcelona, Monte Carlo
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Cape Town
Airport gateway (Departure) : Nice

Itinerary

 

Date Port Arrival Departure
 
Mar 13, Wednesday
Cape Town, South Africa (overnight) »   Embark pm
 
With majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies one of the most dramatic locations in the world. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the tastes and dictates of the past, in tandem with the 20th century's more functional demands. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved and there are several outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Cobble-stoned streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel houses of the Malay Quarter showcase the city's cosmopolitan ambiance. Nearby, images of seafaring activities from the 1800s are evoked at the recently-restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Magnificent Cape Town is justifiably famous as the "Mother City" of South Africa.
 
Mar 14, Thursday
Cape Town, South Africa »   7 pm
 
 
 
Mar 15, Friday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean »
 

 

Mar 16, Saturday Luderitz, Namibia » 7 am 4 pm
 

Much of Lüderitz’s architecture would be at right at home in the Black Forest of Germany, and it is no wonder: This region became a German protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. Replace the Rhine River with the Atlantic Ocean and coniferous forests with an arid landscape and you have a bit of Deutschland in Africa, a fascinating, charming and beguiling mix of wild west and European gentility. Situated on a hill overlooking the town is a steepled church, Felsenkirche, while the historic center of Lüderitz features a fine array of German imperial and art nouveau buildings. This being the African continent, interesting wildlife abounds. The coast and small rocky islands off its shores are an official Important Bird Area, hosting significant populations of Cape gannets, African penguins and crowned cormorants.

 
Mar 17, Sunday
Walvis Bay, Namibia » 8 am 6 pm
 
The busy industrial town of Walvis Bay lies at the dramatic juxtaposition of ocean and desert. Its development began in 1878, when Commander Richard C. Dryer took possession of the port and settlement in Queen Victoria's name.

In March 1994, following extensive negotiations with the Republic of South Africa, Walvis Bay and its offshore islands were incorporated into the Republic of Namibia.

Highlights of Walvis Bay include an impressive Civic Center and the Rhenish Mission Church, which was build in Hamburg in 1880 before being dismantled and shipped to these shores.

Our visit to Namibia provides rare insight into one of Southwest Africa's most fascinating regions.
 
Mar 18, Monday -
Mar 20, Wednesday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean »
 

 

Mar 21, Thursday Jamestown, St. Helena » 7 am 3 pm
 
This ancient volcanic island is set in the tropical South Atlantic approximately 1,500 miles northwest of Cape Town. St. Helena became a British dependency in 1834 and still retains its 19th-century values. It is imbued with nearly 300 years of colonial history that manifests itself in the architecture and ambience of Jamestown. St. Helena was discovered on May 21, 1502 by Portuguese Admiral Joao da Nova on his return voyage from India, which was the anniversary of St. Helena mother of Emperor Constantine. The island soon became a haven for sea travelers because of its luxuriant vegetation, equable climate and wealth of fruit trees. St. Helena is small yet beautiful. It is an island of contrasts, from wind eroded deserts with multi-colored ridges and valleys, to emerald hillsides, soft pastures and lush vegetation-filled valleys. It has a magnificent bronze coastline with cliffs that have been carved over the centuries by the pounding Atlantic rollers. The island offers a unique Napoleonic museum as well as interesting endemics, both flora and fauna. St. Helena contains several unique species of flowering plants, ferns and flora that can only be found on the island. St. Helena is a refuge far from the madding crowd, a place with warm and friendly people and an island where heritage and nature live in harmony.
 
Mar 22, Friday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean »
 

 

Mar 23, Saturday Georgetown, Ascension Island » 8 am 6 pm
 

Discovered by the Portuguese in 1501 and claimed for Britain in the name of King George III in 1815, Georgetown, the capital of Ascension Island was established as a naval base. Today, much of its historical attraction is centered on St. Mary’s Church. Among its strikingly beautiful beaches, Long Beach is not suitable for swimming due to strong currents, but it is the ‘home’ for hundreds of Green Turtles each year, one of the most important nesting sites in the world. An excellent island for walking, with fantastic views and incredible wildlife, and excellent diving and snorkeling, too.

 
Mar 24, Sunday -
Mar 26, Tuesday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean »
 

 

Mar 27, Wednesday Dakar, Senegal » 7 am 11 pm
 
This French-influenced city known as “West Africa’s Window to the Western World” is situated at the mouth of a river that stems from Africa’s inner regions. A modern city, Dakar’s streets are lined with elegant colonial-styled buildings, colorful markets, and excellent art galleries. Goree Island, the former primary assembly point for slave shipments to the New World is a mere ferry ride away. A closer look into the House of Slaves provides a window into the tumultuous past of this country, and brings a deeper understanding of this culturally diverse city.
 
Mar 28, Thursday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean »
 

 

Mar 29, Friday Porto Novo, Cape Verde Islands » 7 am 6 pm
 

Porto Novo is located on Santo Antão, the most stunning of the Cape Verde archipelago with mountains and valleys so grand its often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Cape Verde.’ Mountain trekking is popular here, especially along the recently dormant Topo da Coroa volcano adorned with eucalyptus, cypress and pine trees. Porto Novo is located on the island’s dry southeast side, a once important port for exporting the many agriculture products cultivated here while under Portuguese rule since the 15th century; today its harbor and main street are lined with former mansions and thriving markets. Known for their Creole Portuguese-African culture, the islands became independent in 1975 and are an excellent destination for outdoor sports, especially windsurfing and diving.

 
Mar 30, Saturday -
Mar 31, Sunday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean »
 

 

Apr 1, Monday Santa Cruz de la Palma, Spain » 8 am 5 pm
 

Santa Cruz de la Palma hugs the east coast of the island of La Palma, part of the Canary Islands, a Spanish-held archipelago wrought from volcanic activity. Add together all those locational and cultural features – an island, Spanish, volcanic – and you get a marvelous place to explore and embrace. The old town showcases a Caribbean feel and color palette, with its distinctly balconied buildings painted in hues of blue, green, orange and burgundy. Cobbled streets lead to a marketplace where equally colorful products are sold, including mangoes, papayas, passion fruit and sugar cane. In fact, sugar once was the high-calorie energy source for the local economy. Today, bananas are the main export, along with memories gathered by visitors who happily investigate the city’s historic lanes.

 
Apr 2, Tuesday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean »
 

 

Apr 3, Wednesday Málaga, Spain » 1 pm 12 m
 
Prosperous Málaga lies along the beautiful Costa del Sol, approximately 70 miles inside the Strait of Gibraltar. Its wealth of historical sites includes a 16th-century cathedral and the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress. This modern-looking provincial capital was founded by the Phoenicians and later became culturally and economically important as the port of Granada. Sightseeing opportunities abound from Málaga. The charming mountain village of Mijas and the impressive Alhambra are attractions you won't want to miss.
 
Apr 4, Thursday
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea »
 

 

Apr 5, Friday Barcelona, Spain » 8 am 10 pm
 
Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.
 
Apr 6, Saturday
Monte Carlo, Monaco (overnight) » 4 pm  
 
Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.

Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy.

Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.
 
Apr 7, Sunday
Monte Carlo, Monaco (overnight) »    
 
 
Apr 8, Monday Monte Carlo, Monaco » Disembark am

 

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Ports

Cape Town

Luderitz

It is almost unreal to find a complete German village in Africa, including Lutheran churches, delicatessen shops and coffee houses. Almost everything is in German style. Penguins and seals live on the coast nearby and flocks of flamingo and ostrich use the empty beaches as their home. The diamond-rich Sperrgebiet (forbidden area) is immediately south of Luderitz. It is the diamonds that keep this town's prosperity up.

Country - Namibia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 12kms
Currency - Namibian Dollar (NAD), South African Rand (ZAR)

Places of Interest
Diaz Point, Lighthouse

Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay is well suited for the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sandboarding, kiting, surfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other in- and outdoor sport codes.

During the December holidays Walvis Bay and its surrounding resorts come to life as beach sports, events and entertainment draw thousands of visitors, who want to wind down and soak up the sun. During this time anglers flock to the coast to catch some of the best quality and largest edible fish in Africa. These include steenbras, kabeljou, snoek and other delicious varieties.

The Dolphin Park and Long Beach resorts attract many visitors who choose to stay close to the ocean with the luxury of well-equipped accommodation and facilities. Tour operators offer various tour packages whether by quad-bike, off-road vehicles, sea excursions or scenic flights by plane.

Undoubtedly amongst the most famous desert landmarks in Namibia is Dune 7, one of the highest crests in the dune belt along the coast. With picnic sites and shaded with palm trees the dune is a popular sand-boarding haunt, while simply climbing to the top to see the view is an adventure on its own. The coastal dunes are popular with para-gliding, sand-boarding and quad biking enthusiasts.

Country -  Namibia
Distance from port to City - 1 km 
Distance from port to Airport - 15 km
Currency -  Namibian Dollar (NAD), South African Rand (ZAR)

Places of Interest
Civic Centre, Birdlife Information Centre, Mission Church, Dune 7

Jamestown, Saint Helena

Jamestown is the capital of the island of Saint Helena, a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. Located on the island's north-western coast, it is the island's port, with facilities for unloading goods delivered to the island, and the centre of the island's road and communications network. It has a population of 714 (2008 figures).

Source: www.wikipeadia.com

Ascension Island

Dakar

Senegal is a land of vast open plains dotted with baobab trees that extend to the horizon. Its history has been turbulent; contact with the West destroyed the coastal kingdoms of West Africa as English, French and Dutch adventurers vied for control of the slave trade in the 16th century. Control of Senegal passed to the French, who made Dakar the center of their West African colonial empire. Dakar, capital of Senegal, is the major trading center of West Africa and has a population of approximately three million.

Country - Senegal
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 7kms
Currency - Africane Franc (XOF)

Places of Interest
Ile de Goree, Presidential Palace, Soumbedioune

Porto Novo

Santa Cruz de La Palma

Malaga

Malaga is famous for its art galleries Museo Picasso, Malaga Fine arts museum, the Roman theatre and the  On the city outskirts you have the Alhambra Gardens and the charming resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus

Country - Spain
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 8kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Castillo de Gibralfaro, Alcazaba, Picasso Birthplace

Barcelona

Explore Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, and you’ll discover the ornately wrought works of Antonio Gaudi. A local architect, whose works culminate in the surrealistic spires of the yet to be finished Sagrada Familia. Take a stroll down the colourful Ramblas. Explore the Gothic Quarter. Ride a cable car to the summit of Montjuic. Or sample local wines and authentic tapas as you watch the hustle and bustle of daily life pass you by.

Country - Spain
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 12kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Las Ramblas, La Safrada Familia, Museo Picasso

Monte Carlo

The fairy-tale kingdom of Monte Carlo glitters with opulence and jet-set glamour, and the action centers around its famed casinos. Inside, under gilt-edged ceilings and ornate frescoes, fortunes are made or lost. Elsewhere in Monaco are the Prince’s Palace, from which the Grimaldi dynasty has ruled since 1297; the Cathedral where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier; and the Rock of Monaco, where gardens cascade to the sea.

Country - Monaco
Distance from port to City -
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Currency - Euro Dollar (EUR)

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Crystal Cruises - Ocean

Crystal Cruises - Ocean

Luxury, as they say, is in the details. It is so often the little details that make all the difference. And on a Crystal cruise, the differences are many. Here are some of the things that set us apart and have resulted in us receiving "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" honors year after year.

Exclusive to the Crystal Experience

* Full 360° open air teak Promenade Deck with exclusive WOW® - "Walk on Water" - fitness program
* The Bistro, our popular European-style coffee and wine bar, which offers complimentary specialty coffee and tea drinks, along with light snacks served throughout the day
* Up to seven evening dining options including a choice of classic main or late seating in our Crystal Dining Room, or open seating in our specialty restaurants, so guests can always choose where, when and with whom they would like to dine
* European-trained wait staff in the Crystal Dining Room and in our specialty restaurants featuring the cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa, Wolfgang Puck and Piero Selvaggio
* Wine cellar with more than 200 vintages including Crystal's exclusive "C" label
* Crystal Casino: offering mini-Baccarat, dice tables, roulette, blackjack and over 100 slot machines, all governed by the State of Nevada Gaming Regulations
* Our innovative Creative Learning Institute®, offering complimentary Yamaha piano lessons and Berlitz language classes on every cruise; and on select sailings, special certification enrichment with Cleveland Clinic Wellness Seminars, Pepperdine University Business Seminars, the Smithsonian Associates, Society of Wine Educators and Sotheby's
* Computer University@Sea® facility with 24-hour e-mail and Internet access plus instruction in the latest software
* The only Feng Shui-inspired spa at sea featuring exotic massages, facial therapies and energy boosting treatments
* One of the highest space per guest ratios at sea, offering Crystal Cruises' unparalleled service in luxurious comfortable surroundings
* Pre-reservations available for all optional Crystal Adventures shore excursions
* Crystal Society Rewards and Recognition Program for returning guests

Always included in the Crystal Experience

* Frette bathrobes and Aveda bath products in every stateroom
* Egyptian cotton linens and menu of pillow options for every bed
* All meals served on elegant Villeroy & Boch china and all wine served in fine Riedel crystal in the Crystal Dining Room
* Most staterooms feature spacious private verandahs with table and chairs for casual dining or relaxing
* Stateroom Internet access, television and DVD player to keep in touch with the world if you so choose
* Penthouse butler service with personal bar
* Complimentary bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffee drinks throughout the ship
* Abundant space, exceptional quality, numerous choices and award-winning service
* Complimentary wi-fi internet access - one free hour per guest, per day for Deluxe Stateroom and Penthouse guests ; 90 minutes for Penthouse Suite guests



Take your next voyage with Crystal and discover for yourself why the difference is Crystal clear.

 

Smoking Policy

Effective from the first cruise in 2014, Crystal Cruises will eliminate smoking in all indoor areas, except for the Connoisseur Club smoking lounge. Outside smoking will be allowed in a limited number of designated places.

 

Ship info

Crystal Serenity


At 68,000 tons and capable of serving 1,080 guests, Crystal Serenity is our largest ship. However, like her sister ship, she maintains one of the highest space-per-guest ratios at sea, so you'll never feel crowded. Featuring many of the same popular public spaces and amenities as Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity serves up innovation in the form of new dining venues like Tastes, Silk Road and The Sushi Bar.
 


Dining

  • Lido Cafe
  • Tastes
  • Ice Cream Bar
  • Palm Court
  • Crystal Dining Room
  • The Silk Road
  • The Sushi Bar
  • Prego
  • In-Suite & In Stateroom Dining
  • The Vintage Room



Entertainment

  • The Galaxy Lounge
  • Crystal Casino
  • Dazzling Production Shows
  • Celebrity Entertainers
  • Crystal Cove
  • Avenue Salon
  • Starlite Club
  • Stardust Club
  • Club 2100
  • Hollywood Theatre

 


Onboard Activities

  • Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Crystal Salon
  • Crystal Spa & Fitness Centre
  • 2 Jacuzzis
  • Jogging Track
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Golf Driving Range
  • Putting Greens
  • Shuffleboard


Smoking Policy

Effective from the first cruise in 2014, Crystal Cruises will eliminate smoking in all indoor areas, except for the Connoisseur Club smoking lounge. Outside smoking will be allowed in a limited number of designated places.



 

Ship facts

Ship Details
Gross Tonnage
 
  68,000 Tonnes
Star Rating
 
  5 Star
Size/Style of Ship   Mid/Luxury
Entered Service   Jul 2003
 
Registry   Bahamas
 
Former Name   None
 
Length   250 metres
 
Beam   31 metres
 
Draft   7.6 metres
Propulsion/Propellers   2 Pods/Diesel Power
 
Maximum Cruising Speed (knots)   20
Passenger Capacity (twin)
 
  1,100
Crew   655
Nationality of Officers   European
Nationality of Crew   International
Total Cabins   550
Total Inside cabins   0
Total Outside cabins   550
Cabin/Suites with Balcony   466
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins   8
Passenger Decks   9
Cabin Electricity
 
  110v/220v
 
Elevators   8
Self-Service Laundry
 
  Yes
 
Onboard Currency (subject to change)   US Dollar

 

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