Crystal Symphony South African Cruise 16 Nights

The Crystal Symphony cruise gives passengers sixteen nights along the southern coast of the African continent. The cruise will take in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean coasts. The cruise has eight stops include the capital of Mozambique, Maputo and Walvis Bay, Namibia.

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The ship, Crystal Symphony, has five hundred and forty five staff to cater to its guests needs. The ship is over seven hundred and fifty feet in length and is registered to Nassau in the Bahamas. The cruise begins with two days in Cape Town.

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa with the country’s parliament calling the city home. Built along Table Bay and overlooked by Table Mountain the city offers breath taking scenery. The city also offers numerous beaches and a national park.

The city is home to a number of sporting venues including the 69,000 seater Cape Town Stadium which is the venue for soccer and rugby union matches. You can also find statues to South Africa’s Nobel Prize winners in the city’s Nobel Square. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with average temperatures of twenty degrees Celsius in summer and twelve degrees Celsius in winter.

On day three of the trip the ship will cruise the coast of Africa for two days making its way towards the Indian Ocean and Mozambique. The cruise will dock at the city of Maputo. The city is the capital of Mozambique and is famously the birthplace of the footballer, Eusebio. The city has a wealth of sporting venues devoted to soccer, cycling and motorsport.
The city has a wealth of European twentieth century architecture, harking back to its Portuguese colonial history. The centre of the city contains the beautiful Tunduru Gardens.

Richards Bay is a rather new town with development only really taking off in the late 1960s in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The climate around Richards Bay is quite warm with temperatures even in winter averaging over seventeen degrees Celsius.

While in summer the average highs are twenty nine degrees Celsius. Richards Bay offers excellent surfing opportunities and hosted the 2015 South African Surf Championship.

After Richards Bay the ship will sail to the South African city of Durban for two days. Durban is a major centre of tourism in South Africa and enjoys a subtropical climate. Tourists can enjoy Durban’s Golden Mile, a stretch of beachfront that boasts casinos, aquariums and traditional markets. Also along the beachfront is Minitown a scale model of the city of Durban. Durban is also home to the Mabhida Stadium which hosted matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Umgeni River Bird Park is also a popular tourist attraction.

After two days in Durban the cruise will sail for East London, a city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The city has a population of 267,000 and contains the only double decker bridge in South Africa. There is also a museum housing the ancient fish, coelacanth, which has remained the same for over two hundred and thirty million years.

The city is also known for its many beaches which are well suited to surfing.

Following East London the cruise will reach Port Elizabeth. The city is located at the end of the Garden Route. It is home to South Africa’s most popular swimming beaches. There is also Route 67 which honours the sixty seven years Nelson Mandela spent fighting for freedom in South Africa. The route is marked by sixty seven pieces of artwork.

The city is also home to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Whale watching is also a popular tourist attraction in Port Elizabeth. After Port Elizabeth the ship will cruise around the famed Cape of Good Hope and then sail for Walvis Bay, Namibia. After Port Elizabeth the cruise ship will spend two days cruising towards Walvis Bay, Namibia, where guests can enjoy a fabulous lunch or sundowners at The Raft, a popular restaurant in Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay is a natural deep water harbour and is teaming with sea life. The city itself has a population of around one hundred thousand. The town has a long maritime history and was a key part of European maritime routes to India for nearly five centuries. The city boasts excellent fishing and water sports opportunities and is home to both football and cricket grounds. The cruise will spend two days in Walvis Bay, Namibia before sailing back down the Atlantic coast of southern Africa for Cape Town.

The penultimate stop on the cruise will be at the harbour town of Luderitz in Namibia. The town was established in the late nineteenth century and currently boasts a population of just over twelve thousand. The town is known for its wildlife with large numbers of seals, penguins, ostriches and flamingos calling the area home. After Luderitz the cruise will return to South Africa and its conclusion in Cape Town