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Whether you’re in search of adventure or relaxation, an African Cruise with Crystal Cruises is the most luxurious way to experience one of the most beautiful places on Earth. From the tropical nature preserves that are home to some of the world’s most incredible creatures, like the Aldabra Tortoises or the Veuve Bird, to the luxurious hotels throughout Victoria or Dubai, there is something for everyone to enjoy on a Crystal African Cruise.
For anyone who enjoys sailing, diving, or fishing, Crystal Cruises’ African cruise provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the island nation of Seychelles. Known by many to be heaven on earth because of the coral reefs, pristine white-sand beaches, granite cliffs, palm-fringed jungle, and clear waters that are virtually untouched by the modern world, Seychelles is defined by its unbelievable natural beauty. On a Crystal Cruise, you can witness that natural beauty firsthand from the comfort of a world-class luxury cruise ship.
Crystal Cruises Ships
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, you’ll be cruising aboard the Esprit or the Symphony. The Crystal Esprit is the newest ship, which debuted in December 2015. Designed to be intimate and ultra-luxurious, the Crystal Esprit hosts only 62 cruisers. The compact size of the Crystal Esprit makes it the perfect vessel for visiting scenic coastlines up close. The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, with amenities that include grand lounges, full-service fitness facilities, and a Feng Shui inspired spa for each of its 940 guests to enjoy.
Things to Do on an African Cruise
Though there are a few exceptions, the majority of Crystal Cruises’ African cruises travel through Seychelles and disembark in Dubai. If your cruise embarks from the port of Victoria in Seychelles, you’ll have the opportunity to explore its silver beaches, restaurants, cafés, bars, and casinos. Because Seychelles is as rich with history as it is with natural beauty, history buffs can enjoy a visit to the Natural History Museum or the Seychelles People’s United Party Museum. However, it is the undeveloped natural environments which are Seychelles main attraction, and cruisers will have many opportunities to enjoy them. From swimming with the turtles and dolphins to snorkeling among the reefs of St. Anne Island, you will have every chance to experience the enchanting environments and the wondrous wildlife of Africa.
While in La Passe, you can take a vacation from time in the tiny rustic tropical port. On Saturday nights, islanders gather to dance to the island beat and encourage visitors to participate. Rest assured, Seychelles is also free of venomous snakes and spiders, so you won’t have to worry about danger from wildlife. As your cruise comes to its end in Dubai, known to be one of the world’s most amazing cities, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge your appetite for luxury on a whole new level. Home of some of the world’s most opulent hotels, restaurants, and shopping areas, there’s no better place to end a luxury cruise than Dubai.
African Cruise Tips
In Seychelles, there are two seasons: the cool season which lasts from May to September, and the hot season which lasts from October to April. If your cruise takes place during the hot season, you may experience occasional heavy rainstorms as well as incredible heat and you should pack for both. Additionally, anyone who is travelling from a yellow-fever country, which is most of Africa, must provide a proof of vaccination before entering Seychelles. While there are hospitals and medical centers on some of the islands, it’s good to have health insurance with an evacuation policy so you can be evacuated to South Africa in the case of a medical emergency.
Though the currency in use is the Seychelles rupee, many places accept U.S. dollars. Additionally, many of the areas which cater to tourists will take major credit cards including Visa and MasterCard. Just in case, you should be sure to visit one of the foreign exchange offices that are common on Mahé, Seychelles’ main island. For an updated list of activities as well as island maps, it’s a good idea to visit the Seychelles Tourism Board’s website ahead of your trip as it is frequently updated and can prove helpful for maximizing your time on the islands.