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
Glorious Venice to spectacular Dubai
Glorious Venice to spectacular Dubai
16 Nights with the MSC Lirica
p.p.from $1,499
Paradise Islands to the Med
Paradise Islands to the Med
28 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
p.p.from $5,299
Glorious Venice to wonderful Dubai
Glorious Venice to wonderful Dubai
20 Nights with the MSC Lirica
p.p.from $2,299
Lawrence Returns to the Med
Lawrence Returns to the Med
19 Nights with the MSC Splendida
p.p.from $3,499
Ancient Cities to Paradise Islands
Ancient Cities to Paradise Islands
29 Nights with the MSC Orchestra
p.p.from $5,599
  Cruises to Cape Town
Sail with Cunard from Singapore
Sail with Cunard from Singapore
20 Nights with the Queen Victoria
p.p.from $5,669
Expedition with Cunard from Perth
Expedition with Cunard from Perth
18 Nights with the Queen Mary 2
p.p.from $4,529
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 $26,459
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 $8,769
Travelling with the Queen Victoria to Cape Town from Sydney
Travelling with the Queen Victoria to Cape Town from Sydney
45 Nights with the Queen Victoria
p.p.from $11,199
  Cruises in Madagascar
Expedition from Miami to San Francisco via Zanzibar
Expedition from Miami to San Francisco via Zanzibar
146 Nights with the Seabourn Sojourn
p.p.from $92,999
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Los Angeles
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Los Angeles
111 Nights with the Pacific Princess
p.p.from $31,269
112 day cruise with the Pacific Princess to Fort Lauderdale
112 day cruise with the Pacific Princess to Fort Lauderdale
111 Nights with the Pacific Princess
p.p.from $31,289
Sail with the Pacific Princess to Fort Lauderdale from Los Angeles
Sail with the Pacific Princess to Fort Lauderdale from Los Angeles
96 Nights with the Pacific Princess
p.p.from $27,649
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 $26,459
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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

from $699
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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
  • Canary Islands,Western Europe,Africa
  • 14.11.2020

from $20,820
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Top African Ports
Suez Canal, Egyptfrom

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lüderitz, Namibiafrom

The harbour town of Luderitz is named after a German merchant from Bremen 'Adolf Lüderitz' on behalf of whom the area in question was bought. A lot of the architecture is typical to the Art Nouveau period, which was prominent around the turn of the 20th century. Luderitz is very charming with its village feel, its churches and small bakeries. However, it is the surrounding nature that makes this place so amazing - flamingo flocks, penguin colonies and the most pristine landscapes are just 10km away from Luderitz.

Highlights of Luderitz
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the water and the town from the Felsenkirche
  • Try some local or German cuisine at the Diaz Coffee Shop
  • Visit one of the most extravagant houses in town, the Goerke Haus
Dakar, Senegalfrom

Dakar is the capital of Senegal as well as the largest city of the country. It expertly combines the modern big city with a traditional African way of life. Markets, museums, art galleries and film festivals all add to the charm of this vibrant port city. Cruisers will want to make the most of their time in Dakar. The twin hills Deux Mamelles, the African Renaissance Monument, and the Dakar Grand Mosque are just some of the must-see landmarks in the city. Also make sure you enjoy some of the delicious African cuisine.

Highlights of Dakar
  • Vibrant markets
  • The twin hills, Deux Mamelles
  • Dakar Grand Mosque
Nosy Be, Madagascarfrom

Nosy Be is an island about 10 km off the northwest coast of Madagascar. The island is the country's number one destination for beach lovers, divers, sailors and fishermen. Despite its popularity, Nosy Be remains pretty low-key and undeveloped. It is pricier than some of Madagascar's mainland resorts, however, the 'mora mora' (literally, slowly slowly) lifestyle is worth the extra dollars. Once you have explored the seascape, head for the stunning landscapes, vanilla plantations, lakes, waterfalls and dirt tracks.

Highlights of Nosy Be
  • Watch the valuable ylang-ylang oil being distilled at Lemuria Land on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Visit the sacred banyan tree near the Mahatsinjo village and watch black lemurs play in its branches
  • Enjoy the sunset on the Andilana Beach - the best white sand beach on the island

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.