Oceania Insignia 36 Nights Miami to Cape Town
The Oceania Insignia cruise is a thirty six night voyage from Miami, Florida to Cape Town, South Africa. There are also sixteen other stops on the journey through the Caribbean and across the Atlantic Ocean to Walvis Bay, Namibia. The Oceania Insignia can cater to over six hundred and fifty guests and boasts on board restaurants, lounges, bars and casinos. The cruise departs from Miami and cruises through the old Bahama Channel and then into the Caribbean Sea.
Oranjestad to Devils Island
The first port of call is the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad. The city enjoys a tropical climate with average temperatures above twenty six degrees Celsius. There are eight museums on the island and the eighteenth century Dutch Fort Zoutman is another major tourist attraction. The city also boasts many examples of Dutch colonial architecture due to its colonial past.
After a night in Oranjestad, the cruise will visit Willemstad, the capital city of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. The city boasts a number of casinos and fine Dutch architecture best seen at Fort Amsterdam. The fort served as the headquarters for the Dutch West India Company during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The third stop on the cruise is another Dutch colonial outpost, the city of Kralendijk. The city hold numerous monuments linked to the Second World War due to the impact of the war on the city. The World War II and Eleanor Roosevelt Monuments are two of the most notable.
After Kralendijk the cruise will spend a day at sea before reaching Saint George’s on the island of Grenada. Visitors to the city can enjoy the majestic Saint Margaret’s Falls and the old French fort, St George’s Fort.
From Grenada the ship will sail to Kingstown in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Kingstown is home to the oldest botanical gardens in the Western hemisphere. Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, is the next stop after Kingstown.
After Castries the ship will dock in Bridgetown. Bridgetown is the capital city of Barbados. The historic parts of the city have been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
From Bridgetown the cruise will make its way to Scarborough on the island of Tobago. After docking in the city’s deep water harbour, visitors can enjoy the mega mall or the local zoo. After a night in Scarborough the ship will spend a day sailing the Atlantic before arriving at Devil’s Island.
Devils Island to Walvis Bay
Devil’s Island was a former French Penal and Leper colony. The island has now been preserved for its historical importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. It was made famous by Henri Charrière, who escaped with a colleague by the name of Sylvain. Their exploits were covered in the popular book and movie "Papillon".
From Devil’s Island the cruise will next visit Icoaraci in Brazil. Then the ship will sail further down the coast to Fortaleza. Fortaleza is known for its many urban beaches and brightly coloured architecture. It is also home to the largest water park in Latin America. Another day’s sailing down the Brazilian coast will see the cruise reach Recife. Recife is famous for its carnival culture with many major celebrations throughout the year. It is also famous to the market of Saint Joseph an old traditional iron built market place and the Fort of the Five Points. After departing Recife, the ship will cruise across the Atlantic Ocean for five nights.
After completing its trans-Atlantic journey the ship will dock in the city of Lomé which is the capital city of Togo. Visitors to Lomé can experience its voodoo markets and its three storey tall Grand Market. From Lomé the cruise makes its way along Africa’s Atlantic Coast towards the city of Cotonou in Benin. Contonou notable sights include its cathedral and the Ancien Pont Bridge. The ship will leave Contonou and cruise around the Gulf of Guniea before reaching Sao Tome.
Sao Tome is the largest city on the islands of Sao Tome and Principe. The city contains the Sao Sebastiao Museum and the Sao Sebastiao Lighthouse. After spending the day in Sao Tome the cruise will continue towards Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Walvis Bay to Cape Town
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. There are many points of interest in Walvis Bay. The city boasts excellent fishing and water sports opportunities and is home to both football and cricket grounds. Some opportunites for activites in Walvis Bay can be found here. While at dock here, it is highly recommended to visit the best restaurant in Walvis Bay, The Raft, which is very close to the berth. The cruise will spend two days in Walvis Bay, Namibia before sailing back down the Atlantic coast of southern Africa for Cape Town.
The cruise concludes with two days in Cape Town, South Africa. 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 enjoys a Mediterranean climate with average temperatures of twenty degrees Celsius in summer and twelve degrees Celsius in winter.