MV Aegean Odyssey

Voyage 23

Sailing to the Cape

MALAGA TO CAPE TOWN, 19 NOVEMBER - 19 DECEMBER 2015

Well the itinerary must be right, for it is the one we have been most requested to do, but have we got the right ship. And the answer to that is a resounding yes!

It’s the Aegean Odyssey, owned by the same people responsible for giving us the best cruise we ever had, which was the one we did all the way to Rio and Buenos Aires. So who better to sail all the way down to Cape Town with than them, but that’s just the start!

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Relive the golden era of shipping and join us on this month-long journey from Andalusian Spain to the Cape of Good Hope.

Sail to the highlights of Morocco
In Tangier your tour includes the caves of Hercules – a place of stunning natural beauty and where Hercules is said to have rested after finishing his 12 labours – and the Kasbah. Leave Casablanca by road for Rabat; en route visit the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque outside of Saudi Arabia. Located on the Atlantic coastline, Rabat is Morocco’s capital and highlights here include the Kasbah of the Oudaias, the Royal Palace, and the old town founded by the Carthaginians, conquered by the Romans and later settled by the Arabs. Then to Marrakesh with its famous medina and bustling Djemaa el-Fna Square. Continue on to Agadir to rejoin ship.

The Canary Islands and Sahara Desert
Head inland from Las Palmas to discover Gran Canaria's spectacular but little visited interior including the Bandama Crater and the historic city of Arucas with its charming Marquise's Gardens. From the port of Dakhla, once capital of the Spanish province of Rio de Oro, you’ll journey through one of the great unspoiled desert landscapes with its nomadic lifestyle and view the wildlife surrounding a beautiful lagoon.

Remote islands of the Atlantic
Enjoy the African feel to Praia, capital of the Cape Verde island of Sao Tiago. Travel to the old Portuguese capital of Cidade Velha with its fort, cathedral and colonial houses. The island of Sao Tome, another former Portuguese colony, has many interesting sites including the National Museum, lively city market and the chance to visit a plantation. Enjoy a day relaxing and enjoying tropical beach life at the exoticallynamed resort of Bom Bom on the island of Principe.

Angola & Namibia
Once known as the “Paris of Africa”, Luanda has suffered a traumatic recent history and this tour will reveal a city beginning to regain its confidence. See the Palacio de Ferro, designed by Gustav Eiffel of Tower fame, the colonial suburb of Cidade Alta and visit the fascinating Angolan National Museum. Your first port in Namibia is Walvis Bay from where you take the short but scenic (sand dunes on one side, the rolling Atlantic on the other) drive to the colonial town of Swakopmund. Return to the Walvis Bay Lagoon renowned for its marine and bird life. Further down the coast is Luderitz, a town of history and charm. Founded by Bremen merchant Adolf Luderitz in 1883, your walking tour will take in the remarkable colonial architecture and the Luderitz Museum that tells the town’s story as a diamond port.

Historic Cape Town
“To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” Nelson Mandela

Your stay in this iconic city will include city sightseeing with a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. Alternatively, in free time you’ll have the opportunity to see Mandela’s cell on Robben Island or take a trip to the beautiful Stellenbosch Valley to visit the vinyards and a little wine tasting. Any spare time you have is easily filled in this charming and fascinating place.

A very special voyage of Maritime Memories

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Well the itinerary must be right, for it is the one we have been most requested to do, but have we got the right ship. And the answer to that is a resounding yes!

It’s the Aegean Odyssey, owned by the same people responsible for giving us the best cruise we ever had, which was the one we did all the way to Rio and Buenos Aires. So who better to sail all the way down to Cape Town with than them, but that’s just the start!

It’s a very comfortable ship but more importantly for us, she is small and only carries around 350 passengers. We’ve had quite a few of our people sail on her already and they all give her the thumbs up for tremendous service and top class food. Mix all this with a Maritime Memories cocktail of great maritime talks from Captain Derrick Kemp, our ex master of the Discovery, and our very own David Bray, plus special maritime dinners, film shows, cocktail parties and our own unique brand of self entertainment... just as it was aboard ships in the good old days, and I know we will all have a ball, because when all is said and done, the most important ingredient in our voyages is YOU!

Oh, I nearly forgot; as we’re sailing all the way to Cape Town, we’ll have a major Farewell Dinner and Dance, with fancy dress thrown in, so you get a chance to wear some of those old uniforms again, or at least the bits that still almost fit. And then, when we arrive in Cape Town’s most spectacular harbour, we will do our best to arrange a great VIP welcome, which I’m sure will happen (I’ve never let you down before).

So, whether you’re an ex RN or ex MN seafarer, ex shipping employee, dockside worker, tugboat crew or anything nautical, or just want to relive fond memories of the past, then pack up your old kit bag, smile and join us for a voyage you’ll never forget. But do please remember to reserve your cabin soon to take advantage of the very special Martime Memories fares and have a better choice of cabins. This cruise is sure to sell out quickly – so book now!

A remarkable journey from the souks of Morocco to the wild coast of Namibia and summer sunshine in Cape Town!

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Voyages To Antiquity Include

  • Return scheduled economy flights.
  • Domestic connections from selected UK airports.
  • Sightseeing excursions ashore at most ports of call.
  • Open-seating dining with choice of 2 restaurants on board.
  • Complimentary wine with dinner on board (beer or soft drinks if preferred).
  • Gratuities for on-board cabin and restaurant staff.
  • Overseas transfers/baggage handling.

Maritime Memories Features

  • Maritime Memories cocktail party.
  • Special Maritime talks by Captain Derrick Kemp and David Bray.
  • Maritime Film Evenings.
  • Maritime Memories cocktail party.
  • Farewell Maritime Memories Dinner Dance (fancy dress if you like).
  • Crossing the Line celebrations.
  • Traditional arrival welcome in Cape Town.
  • Free laundry and internet services on board.

For More Information

Contact Des or Ulla today on 01273 585391 or 01273 584470.
Email: des@snowbow.co.uk

For Reservations

Please contact Voyages to Antiquity on 0845 4379737 and quote Maritime Memories.