Cruising From Austrailia to African Ports

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Australia has become the home for new immigrants. Leading the way are those coming from Africa. From South Africa at the base of Africa to Tunisia and Egypt at top new residents are coming from many African countries. Many of these new immigrants come from the countries by the ocean, since these communities have a history of sailing in their blood. One of the things the new immigrants enjoy most is revisiting the homeland and most enjoy traveling by cruise ship since they often originate from African’s coastal areas. Africa is such a large continent that African cruises encompass many travel options. These include simply sailing to ports only in Africa or a combination of Africa and the continents of Europe or Asia.

One of the most common options is a cruise through the Mediterranean combining both European ports and African ports. This type of cruise usually includes such stops as Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia. Do to a bit of unrest in some of these regions, port calls may vary slightly. It is hard to narrow a cruise like this down, but you can break up the trip into several cruises and make it more affordable this way.

Another popular option is to approach Africa from the country of India. A cruise such as this could consist stops in China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and in Africa ports in Oman, Dubai, United Arab Eremites, Egypt, and the Suez Canal ending up in Greece or Italy. Exploring the contracts between the Asian, Indian and Arab cultures make this cruise area very popular.

If you want to just explore the whole continent of Africa since you are traveling anyway, a cruise usually begins in Cape Town, South Africa. The ship then proceeds up the West African coast to stops in Namibia, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Senegal, Cape Verde Islands, the Canary Islands, Morocco and often on to a European port as a final stop such as London.

Traveling the other way along the East African coast, cruises usually include stops at Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and for the brave, Somalia. A cruise along the East African coast allows you to see Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. You can easily visit Lake Elizabeth or the see the animal preserves on safari. East Africa has the largest concentration of animals in Africa.

If you want to cruise from Australia, you need to allow plenty of time for being at sea. Sailing to Africa usually involves a world tour cruise or ocean crossings lasting 60 to 90 days. If you have the time, all of these cruises include extensive time on the African continent. You can begin your cruise in Australia and wind up in Hawaii or Alaska. Another option is to travel on Africa’s rivers including the Nile and Gambia Rivers.

Pricing varies from about $400 for a two or three day cruise to several thousand or more for longer cruises. You can book all of the well known cruise lines for these tours including Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. There are an assortment of local cruise ships that provide tours of one to two countries. You can also book on cargo and container ships at cheap rates if they have room. Not a sumptuous as some ships, these ships will never the less get you where you want to go. The options for sailing in Africa are as large as the continent.

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