Storeys of luxury, stacked atop one another. Those trademark cruise carpets, all flowing beautifully from one exquisite bar to lounge, to pub to dining area. You open the deck doors, and voila: a pool with an epic view of Signal Hill, Lion's Head and Table Mountain.
Curnard's MS Queen Elizabeth stops at Cape Town harbour along its world cruise. The same ship Nelson Mandela has cruised on, as well as Desmond Tutu.
It is pure class all the way.
Inger Klein Thorhauge is the captain of the ship says cruising into Cape Town is one of her favourite stops. Why? The undeniable beauty, of course. Passengers step off and go on day excursions, or choose to stay on board and indulge in the 'shiptop' pool which has one of the most epic views of the city. City, mountains and the ocean on the other side: what more could one want drink in hand at the pool or pruning in the jacuzzi?
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The cruise liner can carry up to 2200 passengers and 996 crew members; and focuses on 'bucket list destinations' like Japan and Alaska. The City of Cape Town says that it is increasingly trying to position itself as a cruise destination of note. And the local cruising crowd is maturing, says Cunard.
Cunard MS Queen Elizabeth has partnered with ex-cricketer Mark Boucher, who runs The Boucher Legacy. Founded in 2012 when Mark retired from international cricket and turned his passion and commitment to wildlife conservation, particularly rhino and pangolin poaching. Promoting the cause as the vessel cruises from port to port, Cunard says its passengers have a vested interest in supporting this cause.
Works of art are also up for sale on board to fuel and fund this cause.
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The cruising industry has shown significant year-on-year growth and makes a substantial contribution not only to this Cape Town city’s economy but to the South African economy at large. More locals are cruising, and more locals are given the opportunity to work on cruise liners.
And with tourists coming to our shores via cruise, and the average daily tourist spend being between R501 – R1 000 (excluding accommodation), it is a welcome boost. The average spend by an international tourist per trip is R8 400 in-destination (while in Cape Town), and a R10 600 prepaid spend (before a traveller arrives on our shores).
The Queen Elizabeth carries passengers who, generally speaking, has the means to directly inject substantial capital into both our local economy, while supporting conservation at the same time.
This makes it crucial for us to keep selling Cape Town as a bucket list must!
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