Floating resorts: Cape Town hits cruise control as these four beauties are set to grace her shores

2019-03-22 12:00
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Cruise season is at its peak in Cape Town right now. And we are all for living the luxe life aboard a floating resort.  

In January alone, 17 stops have been made at the city's port, and between October and 20 January, a total of 17 518 people have disembarked in the city from vessels carrying 6562 crew members. Over 17 500 people have embarked on ships in the same period.

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Some of the luxury liners to visit the city's shores include the gigantic RMS Queen Elizabeth and MSC Musica, as well as the World Odyssey, the Europa 2, the Seven Seas Explorer, the Nautica and the Amadea. 

Still to pay a visit to the Mother City include the Queen Victoria, the Silver Cloud, the Pacific Princess and the Viking Sun. Here are four ships set to berth in the month of April. If ever there was some cruise wanderlust inspiration these would be it. Take a look.

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Pacific Princess - 168m

The Pacific Princess has capacity to carry 688 passengers and 373 crew members. She was last refurbished in 2017 and is one of Princess Cruise’s smaller ships. With a length of 168m she has one pool, two hot tubs, a spa, a fitness centre and loads of entertainment to keep guests entertained throughout the day.

Arrival detail - Tues 02 April frm East London, 

Departure detail - Thurs 04 April  to Lüderitz 

Queen Victoria - 294m

The Queen Victoria cruise liner is famous. With a hefty size of 294m, she has a passenger capacity of 2 061 and is home to 981 crew members.  A special feature is The Royal Court Theatre. It is the only theatre at sea with balcony boxes for guests to enjoy live performances or classic movies. 

Arrival detail - Fri 12 April, from Port Elizabeth 

Departure detail - Sat 13 April to Walvis Bay

Silver Whisper - 186m

Refurbished in 2017, the Silver Whisper has capacity for 388 passengers and 302 crew members. Among the attractions on the 186m ship are a boutique, spa, library and a show lounge. She comprises of seven decks and can travel at an average speed of 18.5 knots.  

Arrival detail - Tues 16 April from East London

Departure detail - Thurs 18 April to Walvis Bay

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 Viking Sun - 227m 

The Viking Sun is owned by Viking Ocean Cruises and has a speed of 20 knots and a length of 227m. She was built in 2017 and has a passenger capacity of 930.

During her trips around the world, guests have been able to enjoy amenities such as two pools, a bar, a spa, a movie theatre and a Wintergarden which serves tea service and pastries.

Arrival detail - Thurs 18 April from Port Elizabeth

Departure detail - Fri 19 April to Lüderitz


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