The vast lands of Africa and the Middle East offer Silversea Cruises' passengers an exciting way to learn and observe the diverse cultures that have served as the bedrock of society. These destinations like Dakar in Senegal, Aqaba in Jordan and Maputo in Mozambique have rich traditions, astounding landmarks and history that is sure to inspire you on your journey.
For 2013, Silversea Cruises has scheduled several sailings that visit South Africa. This country has served as an entryway for many Americans and Europeans to discover the amazing continent of Africa. However, it's hard to get past South Africa, with its beautiful beaches, superb wineries and the imposing table mountain. South Africa is more than just a pretty place; there is immense history here, from the Dutch colorizations to Apartheid and the legacy of Nelson Mandela. In Richard's Bay, you can explore the Zulu culture at the Dumazulu Cultural Village or set out on safari at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve where lions, elephants, zebra and giraffe roam free.
Silversea also cruises to African ports most other cruise lines don't visit, like Dakar, which is the capital of Senegal, the western most country on the African continent. Here you will see beautiful galleries, but can also venture into the Sahara Desert to visit Retba Lake, which looks pink or mauve because of the mineral content. This is also a hotspot for egrets, flamingos and spoonbills.
A Silversea cruise to Africa, Arabia and those ports along the Indian Ocean also includes stops in Middle Eastern countries like Israel and United Arab Emirates. Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is famous for having the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. This city is a modern marvel in and of itself. In the 1830s, this was just a small fishing village along the Persian Gulf. Now it's a bustling metropolis and the financial center of the Middle East.
Remember that while you will spend your port days learning history, tasting delicious delicacies and seeing beautiful art, you will spend your nights unwinding and reflecting on these wonderful experiences on a Silversea luxury ship. Designed to evoke the feeling of the glamorous 1930s with its Art Deco touches, you will have every comfort made available to you on a Silversea cruise.
Scroll down to explore some of Silversea's Africa, Arabia and Indian Ocean itineraries and contact a Cruise Web consultant today to start planning your breathtaking experience.
Africa & Arabia Itineraries from Silversea: