Africa Cruises

Experience the culture, customs, hospitality, and scenery of Africa on an unforgettable journey. From city sights, to secluded safari's, you will be captivated by the diversity of this continent.


A cruise in Africa offers you the opportunity to explore many different unique cultures and landscapes. There are a wide range of destinations to choose from, whether your looking for a trek through the desert in Morocco or to catch some waves in Durban, Africa can offer you the trip of a lifetime. Some shorter North African cruises sail from the Mediterranean to Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, and allow the cruiser to experience the colourful continent in all its beauty. Heading East, Egypt opens up the doors to the mystical and mysterious Arab world.

If you ache for adventure, head to South Africa’s Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. Here, many Africa cruises depart against the backdrop of the awesome Table Mountain. Also on the East coast of the country is Durban, a city which never fails to impress even the most seasoned cruisers.

But there is more! For a dose of tropical sunshine, look no further than Mauritius, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to its stunning port, St. Louis, Mauritius is one of the most exclusive resort islands on Earth – and what better way to discover its paradise than on an Africa cruise?

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  MSC Cruises to Africa
Sail with MSC Cruises from Barcelona
Sail with MSC Cruises from Barcelona
9 Nights with the MSC Preziosa
 October 2019 - November 2019
p.p.from $1,029
Tango to St. Mark's Square with the MSC Musica
Tango to St. Mark's Square with the MSC Musica
24 Nights with the MSC Musica
p.p.from $5,699
117 day journey on board the MSC Magnifica from Genoa
117 day journey on board the MSC Magnifica from Genoa
116 Nights with the MSC Magnifica
p.p.from $28,199
Wonderful Dubai to iconic Venice
Wonderful Dubai to iconic Venice
20 Nights with the MSC Lirica
p.p.from $3,569
Spectacular voyage from Civitavecchia with MSC Cruises
Spectacular voyage from Civitavecchia with MSC Cruises
12 Nights with the MSC Poesia
 October 2019 - December 2020
p.p.from $1,269
  Cruises to Cape Town
Cruising from Sydney with the Queen Mary 2
Cruising from Sydney with the Queen Mary 2
26 Nights with the Queen Mary 2
p.p.from $6,229
Voyage with the Pacific Princess to Cape Town from Los Angeles
Voyage with the Pacific Princess to Cape Town from Los Angeles
74 Nights with the Pacific Princess
p.p.from $23,989
Expedition with Cunard from Perth
Expedition with Cunard from Perth
18 Nights with the Queen Mary 2
p.p.from $3,789
Expedition with Cruise and Maritime Voyages from Singapore
Expedition with Cruise and Maritime Voyages from Singapore
26 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $3,805
Picturesque journey from Sydney with Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Picturesque journey from Sydney with Cruise and Maritime Voyages
41 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $6,005
  Cruises in Madagascar
Voyage with the Pacific Princess to Cape Town from Los Angeles
Voyage with the Pacific Princess to Cape Town from Los Angeles
74 Nights with the Pacific Princess
p.p.from $23,989
Sailing from Adelaide via Singapore
Sailing from Adelaide via Singapore
55 Nights with the Sun Princess
p.p.from $11,356
Voyage from Cape Town with the Seabourn Sojourn
Voyage from Cape Town with the Seabourn Sojourn
39 Nights with the Seabourn Sojourn
p.p.from $28,998
Cruising to Sydney from Cape Town
Cruising to Sydney from Cape Town
77 Nights with the Seabourn Sojourn
p.p.from $44,998
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Los Angeles
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Los Angeles
111 Nights with the Pacific Princess
p.p.from $32,419
Our Recommendations
6 day cruise with the MSC Orchestra to Durban
Have you been considering visiting Africa? This MSC cruise is a perfect option to get a little taste of what Africa has to offer by visiting popular South African ports.
Our advice:
Portuguese Island is an uninhabited gem! It's just 6km long so you can explore quite easily on foot across its almost deserted sandy beach and be sure to try a refreshing beverage from a kiosk along the way!

  • Durban - Durban
  • India and Indian Ocean,Africa
  • November 2019 - April 2020

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Voyage from Cape Town with the Seabourn Sojourn
39 nights on board the luxurious Seabourn Sojourn, setting out from Cape Town, visiting other South African Ports including Durban, continuing on to Kenya, before heading to Singapore for disembarkment.
Our advice:
Treat yourself to an all-inclusive stay in a magnificent Suite on board a Seabourn vessel, where you will be attended to by highly skilled, well trained staff who will ensure your every need is fully catered to.

  • Cape Town - Singapore
  • India and Indian Ocean,Asia,Africa
  • 12.02.2020

from $28,998
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Trip from Lisbon to Cape Town via Walvis Bay
On this All Inclusive 25 day voyage you'll see hot spots in the Mediterranean before visiting ports in Africa that will be sure to delight.
Our advice:
Make sure to take advantage of the numerous tours and excursions offered, especially in Walvis Bay, Namibia if you're a nature lover - the 5,000 year old southern lagoon is a must-see!

  • Lisbon - Cape Town
  • Southern Europe,Western Europe,Canary Islands,Africa
  • 14.11.2020

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Top African Ports
Suez Canal, Egyptfrom
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The Suez Canal is a man-made waterway in Egypt that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, cutting through dunes and deserts of the region. The construction of the canal shortens the journey from the North Atlantic to northern Indian Oceans and vice versa by about 7,000 kilometres. Passage through the canal does not require a locking system as the seawater from both sources sits at about the same level. Cruising through the Suez Canal offers spectacular views around every bend.

Highlights of the Suez Canal
  • Catch some amazing views of the desert sand on both sides
  • Pass through the lock-free canal unhindered
  • Enjoy leisurely passage to the Mediterranean or Red Sea
Casablanca, Moroccofrom

Casablanca is Morocco's largest city and major commercial and industrial center. The main attraction of the city is the Hassan II Mosque, which was opened in the 90s. In the markets, there are vegetables, fish, footwear and handicrafts for sale. From the cafes, observe the street life and immerse yourself in another culture.

Highlights of Casablanca
  • Quartier Habous
  • Hassann II Mosque
  • Camel Trekking through the desert
Cape Town, South Africafrom

Cape Town is the third largest city of South Africa with a population of almost 3.5 million and has been the city of the South African Parliament since 2004. Between October and march, Cape Town is a popular attraction for many tourism which is shown by their growing numbers in recent years. This in turn has made Cape town an important economic sector for the country. One of the favourite sites of tourists is the Table Mountain but the city has plenty more to offer. Museums, historic buildings, Castles and the oldest surviving building in South Africa are all options worth considering.

Highlights of Cape Town
  • Climb the famous Table Mountain
  • Whale watching
  • Tours to Robben Island
Durban, South Africafrom

Durban is situated on the Indian Ocean on the east coast of South Africa. Durban is South Africa's second biggest city, with slightly more than 3 million inhabitants, and is one of the most important industrial cities in the country. The beaches and the subtropical climate make Durban a popular spot for vacationers from around the world. Watersport enthusiasts will be extremely impressed by the activities on offer and the cultural side of the city boasts many museums, theatres and botanical gardens.

Highlights of Durban
  • Durban Botanic Gardens
  • West Street Mosque
  • See the Phansi Museum
Safaga, Egyptfrom

Stretching along a desert strip between the sea and the mountains, Safaga is a port town in Egypt that sits on the coast of the Red Sea. Although historically a merchant port, the seaside town also has a small tourism industry. The many coral reefs in the area, especially off the city of Hurghada just 53 kilometres south, make the region a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. To accommodate these visiting divers, the town offers vacancies in several hotels, bungalows and rest houses.

Highlights of Safaga
  • Admire the beauty of the coral reefs
  • Go scuba diving or snorkeling in the Red Sea
  • Test your nerves with some adventurous water sports
Port Louis, Mauritiusfrom

Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. With a population of around 170 000, the city is the largest on the island. It is also the economic center of the country. Port Louis feels like a mixture of different countries and continents - Africa, China, Europe, the Middle East and others. Its lively streets provide a good alternative to the other part of the island filled with peaceful resorts and private beaches. Be aware that once the commuters leave the city after dark, it dies out and practically nothing is open.

Highlights of Port Louis
  • Pray for a miracle at the Pere Laval Shrine
  • Place a bet at the Champ de Mars rececourse
  • Get a feel for local life and enjoy exotic fruit at the Central Market
Port Elizabeth, South Africafrom

With around 737 600 inhabitants, the city of Port Elizabeth is the fifth largest city in South Africa and is situated directly on the Indian Ocean. Visit the large leisure complex 'The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World' and the many museums that can be found there or go shopping in the huge shopping center of Greenacres.

Highlights of Port Elizabeth
  • Visit the Donkin Reserve
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
  • No. 7 Castle Hill
Mindelo, Cape Verdefrom

Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, home to about 60,000 people. In the 19th Century, the port of Mindelo was of important strategic significance for shipping logistics. The city on the Atlantic is known for its carnival. Explore the rough, but sweet charm, of the Cape Verde islands.

Highlights of Mindelo
  • See the wonderful marine life
  • Ponta Joao Ribeiro
  • Cemiterio do Mindelo
Walvis Bay, Namibiafrom

Walvis Bay, 'Whale Bay' in English, is a city and bay on the west coast of Namibia. The city is home to the main sea port in Namibia and is the third largest city in the country. 67,000 people live in Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast. In the city there is the Rhenish Mission Church, which is a National Monument in Namibia. Outside the city numerous tours and excursions are offered. Besides seals and dolphin tours, a trip to the southern lagoon is recommended. The 5,000-year-old lagoon is Namibia's oldest and largest.

Highlights of Walvis Bay
  • Dune 7 - The highest sand dune in Namibia
  • Dolphin and whale watching
  • Try Namibian oysters in local restaurants
Tangiers, Moroccofrom

Tangiers is characterized by its steep streets, which wind between the white walls of houses. The small and large businesses with all kinds of merchandise extend like a maze through the Moroccan port city. Other attractions include the Grand Socco, a large and important marketplace.

Highlights of Tangiers
  • Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures
  • Grand Socco
  • The Medina
Richards Bay, South Africafrom

Richards Bay is located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The city has many sports facilities and a fantastic landscape with numrous bays and lagoons. Try your hand at surfing, visit the wildlife Richards Bay Game Reserve park or get an astonishing view of the beach and port from atop the Lighthouse.

Highlights of Richards Bay
  • Alkantstrand Beach
  • Pelican Island
  • Kosi Bay
Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spainfrom
The small port of Puerto de Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria. Because of the numerous canals, which run from the port to the village, the village also called "Venice of the South". A few kilometers from the former fishing village are apartment complexes and an artificial beach. The village has a lot to offer to tourists, while retaining the original charm of Puerto de Mogan.
Mombasa, Kenyafrom
The eponymous capital of the island of Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya and East Africa's most important port city. Visit the market of Mombasa where spices, fruits, vegetables and much more are traded. The old town is worth seeing.
Le Port, Réunionfrom

Le Port is an important port town on the French island of Réunion. It is located in the northeast corner of the island with about 36,000 residents. Réunion boasts a variety of breath-taking natural landscapes, from mountainous regions to luscious green forests. Not to mention both white and black sand beaches with safe swimming waters for a range of water sports. In the villages you’ll find fascinating examples of Creole culture and history, in the architecture and local traditions.

Highlights of Josselin

  • Try whale watching and see if you can spot any of the 23 whale and dolphin species around the west coast
  • Enjoy a drink and a stunning view of the ocean on the warm sand of Plage de Boucan-Canot
  • Try some of the island's street food, which takes inspiration from French, Chinese, Indian and African styles
Port Said (Cairo), Egyptfrom

Sitting on the western bank of the Suez Canal approximately 170 kilometres outside of Cairo is the northeastern Egyptian seaside city of Port Said. The global city is home to various nationalities and religions, mostly from the Mediterranean. Port Said, coexisting with its twin city Port Fuad on the eastern bank of the canal, form a metropolitan area that spans both the Asian and African continents. Free ferries operating on the canal connect the two cities.

Highlights of Port Said
  • Check out the History Botanical Garden right at the harbour
  • Visit the Port Said Military Museum
  • Hop on a ferry and visit Port Said's twin city

Cruises to Africa are among the most varied in the world due to the diversity of the continent.

The bustling Arabian cities in the north contrast starkly with the arid deserts and dense rainforests which dominate elsewhere. This beautiful continent is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean which has given rise to assortment of natural landscapes, all equally stunning and unique. There is truly something for everyone on a cruise to Africa as the shore excursions and destinations are as varied as the natural landscapes and cultures. So whether you’d like to go on an exciting safari to catch a glimpse of one of the ‘big five’, explore the splendour of ancient Egyptian temples or just sunbathe on top deck, the choice is yours.

Africa is not the first destination that springs to mind when one considers cruising but that is precisely why it is such a memorable experience. The mainstream tourist industry has not yet invaded this region and so it maintains a refreshing authenticity which converts to a memorable holiday experience. The dramatic vistas, ancient cultures and indigenous wildlife you will encounter will impress you to no end. Popular destinations include the fabled Casablanca in Morocco, the affluent Cape Town in the South and the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’, Alexandria in Egypt. At CruiseAway we believe that a cruise is the absolute best way to see Africa as its size and diversity would otherwise make it difficult for travellers to have a comprehensive experience of the region. Cruises allow you to take part in carefully selected shore excursions with the bonus of being able to come back to your luxurious vessel at the end of the day for some R&R.

Cruises to South Africa

Located at the southernmost tip of the vast continent of Africa, this eclectic country has diverse people, cultures, and customs which make for an equally diverse and interesting cruise destination. South Africa is becoming a more popular cruise destination year after year and this reputation is merited. This unique country escapes the searing heat that scorches the rest of Africa due to its position on the coast and offers an extensive array of onshore activities for passengers to choose from. South Africa’s success as a cruise destination stems from its universal appeal, with natural attractions such as beaches and also adventure trails.