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Africa Cruises

Lion in Kwazulu Natal - South Africa (Photo: Diriye Amey/Shutterstock)

About Africa Cruises

Surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea, Africa has a ring of prime ports that help cruisers discover this exciting continent. Visit Africa's Gold Coast on the Atlantic Ocean, including Ghana and Senegal, and make a stop at the tropical Cape Verde islands. In southwest Africa, the plains and plateaus of Namibia are found between the Kalahari Desert, often visited on cruises that embark in South Africa's major ports of Cape Town and Durban. To the east, visitors can go snorkeling off the coast of Madagascar or sail up to the glorious Seychelles.

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Nautica
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Nautica

30 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

360 Reviews
Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Queen Victoria
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Queen Victoria

17 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

19 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Azamara Pursuit
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Azamara Pursuit

21 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

110 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
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Azamara Pursuit

12 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
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Silver Spirit

12 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

23 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Silver Shadow

14 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Aqaba
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Norwegian Jade

18 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Nautica

12 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Silver Spirit

17 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Zaandam

44 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Seven Seas Voyager

22 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Seven Seas Explorer

19 Night
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Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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River Tosca

11 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cairo
Cruise Line:Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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Silver Moon

10 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Mumbai
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Azamara Journey

21 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
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Norwegian Jade

12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Seven Seas Voyager

24 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Seven Seas Explorer

42 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Azamara Pursuit

12 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
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Azamara Pursuit

21 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
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Azamara Journey

21 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

16 Night
Cruise to AfricaDetails

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Seven Seas Voyager

15 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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What is the best time to cruise to Africa?

Most Africa cruises run from mid-autumn to mid-spring -- roughly October through May -- with the most popular months being December and January. Africa cruises with port stops in the Indian Ocean, however, run year-round. For more: Africa Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to Africa?

Africa is undoubtedly an exotic destination; in the past, cruisers were mostly limited to the luxury and expedition cruise lines like Cunard, Silversea and Hapag-Lloyd. These days, more mainstream lines including Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Costa and Holland America -- among others -- all sail to ports in Africa. For more: Top Africa Cruise Ships.

What are some things to do in Africa?

There is an endless amount of things to do throughout the 54 countries located in Africa, especially for adventurous and nature-loving cruisers. Enjoy sightseeing at significant cultural and historic sites, classic safari excursions, beach-hopping in Cape Town and ATVing in the Namib Desert.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Africa?

Yes, a passport is required to cruise to the continent of Africa.

What should I pack for a cruise to Africa?

Comfort is key, especially when it comes to footwear. Waterproof hiking sandals are a must for outdoor adventures and comfortable walking shoes should be worn for city sightseeing. Additionally, lightweight, breathable clothing and a hat for sun protection are important.

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