Cruise between Sydney and Durban or Cape Town

Mar 18, 2003
Author: P&S

An unusual opportunity exists for those who enjoy a long cruise with time spent at sea. Early in 2004 the 28,670-gt Black Watch of Fred Olsen Lines will undertake a 29-night ‘Southern Ocean Cruise’ between Sydney and South Africa, departing from the Australian port on 29 February 2004.

The routing is quite unusual as very few cruise ships offer this relaxing direct itinerary and offering the opportunity of time spent at sea in the old style of intercontinental passenger ships.

Two calls will be made along the way, at Mauritius and Le Reunion before the ship reaches Durban as her first call in South Africa prior to then going on to Cape Town.

The Southern Ocean Cruise forms part of Black Watch’s inaugural world cruise – and could prove very popular for South Africans as an alternative means of returning home after visiting friends and relatives in Australia.

The cruise is available from GBP 2,740 per person sharing.

After this the ship departs Cape Town on 29 March 2004 bound for Southampton, offering a 21-night cruise at GBP 1,985 per person sharing. Places to be visited along the way include Walvis Bay, Ivory Coast, Senegal, the Canary Islands and Madeira, before arriving back in Southampton on 19 April. Remarkably this is claimed to be Black Watch’s first world cruise.

The full World Cruise lasts 105 nights following a departure from Southampton on 5 January 2004, with the ship destined to call at 32 ports in 20 countries along the way, traveling westwards initially across the Atlantic.

After transiting the Panama Canal the 760-passenger ship cruises in the Pacific Ocean with lengthy spells at sea between ports, with visits to exotic places such as Bora Bora and Fakarava in French Polynesia and Papeete in Tahiti, before visiting New Zealand and Australia prior to that unusual sojourn through the glorious Indian Ocean.

Black Watch shouldn’t be described as a luxury ship – she is however comfortable and perhaps akin to a good country hotel at sea, albeit with full facilities and friendly unobtrusive service – probably the right mix for long spells at sea. Most passengers will be English speaking; many with accents peculiar to the UK and food can be expected to correspond accordingly.

Contact your local travel agent for further details or Fred Olsen’s South African office in Cape Town on telephone 021-408 9700. Please mention Ports & Ships website as your introduction to this cruise. Other information can be found on the Fred Olsen website

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