The Spirit of Africa Cruise
Dec 14, 2005
Hebridean, the specialist small ship cruise company, is set to introduce a new and exciting cruise destination early in the New Year when the Hebridean Spirit arrives in South African waters to spend the next three months cruising along the Southern African coast.
The 4,200-gt ship, with a maximum of 80 passengers on board normally visits the Indian Ocean during the European winter but on this occasion will be sailing south through the Atlantic, with stopovers at Cape Verde Islands off West Africa and Ascension and St Helena in the South Atlantic before commencing her Southern African cruise season.
For the three months January to March 2006 the little ship will cruise to such destinations as Hermanus, Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Richards Bay, with exciting and interesting land tours arranged to keep passengers enthralled and entertained.
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Each cruise is of 10 or 14 day duration (there are some slightly shorter options for South Africans – see below), apart from the two 21-day positioning cruises to and from Cape Town and with a ratio of almost one crew member per passenger guests on board will feel pampered and spoilt by the time they leave for home.
Passengers will join or leave each cruise at either Cape Town or Durban.
The shoreside destinations are planned to include opportunities of exploring and experiencing local culture and scenery, including such diverse places as the World Heritage Site of St Lucia near Richards Bay and desert scenes in Namibia.
Hebridean Spirit may be a small cruise ship, but that doesn’t mean she lacks in any of the features of her larger sisters. Guests can relax by day with spa treatments, a book from the onboard library or in the spacious lounge while enjoying the conversation of like-minded people, or journey ashore to explore the scenery and wildlife of our amazing continent. Back on board, fine dining with gourmet cuisine and hand picked wines awaits and can be enjoyed each evening before retiring to luxury accommodation in individually designed cabins.
The ship is fully stabilised and cruises at up to 15 knots. She flies the British flag and is crewed with British senior officers. With five passenger decks, fast tenders for the shore excursions, a swimming pool and ample deck space for lounging under the South African sun, guests may be excused for thinking they were on a larger ship, until they remember there are no crowds and no jostling. Cabins are spacious – between 20 and 25 square metres, complete with beds, lounge chairs and en suite facilities. Some including the larger suites have large picture windows and individual balconies.
The ship is fully 5-star. Included in the fare are all meals, picnics and snacks for shore excursions, house wines and spirits, beer, soft drinks and tea, coffee and other hot drinks. Tipping (gratuities) is actively discouraged. Fares also include such items as use of certain spa facilities including the gym, steam room and relaxation rooms. Included also are transfers to and from the ship in turn-around ports (Durban and Cape Town), all port and passenger taxes and use of the ship’s tenders, snorkelling equipment and bicycles. If needed an on-board doctor is also available.
What you will have to pay for are flights to and from your embarkation point, visas and vaccinations where applicable if you are flying into South Africa, wines and spirits other than those served at your table, private shore visits, personal phone calls, faxes and emails, spa treatments, hairdressing etc, laundry and personal shopping at the ship’s shop.
Special fares for SA Passengers onboard Hebridean Spirit
Hebridean Island Cruises is offering reduced fares for South African guests who wish to embark later or disembark earlier on their 27 January and 2 March sailings around South Africa and Namibia.
10 night sailing (27 January to 6 February)…
Double Occupancy from £ 2,868.00 (was £ 4,330) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
Single Occupancy from £ 3,288.00 (was £ 4,970) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
8 night sailing (28 January to 5 February)…
Double Occupancy from £ 2,295 (was £ 4,330) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
Single Occupancy from £ 2,635 (was £ 4,970) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
10 night sailing (2 to 12 March)…
Double Occupancy from £ 2,394 (was £ 3,990) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
Single Occupancy from £ 2,736 (was £ 4,560) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
8 night sailing (3 to 11 March)…
Double Occupancy from £ 1,920 (was £ 3,990) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
Single Occupancy from £ 2,190 (was £ 4,560) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
7 night sailing (3 to 10 March)…
Double Occupancy from £ 1,680 (was £ 3,990) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
Single Occupancy from £ 1,920 (was £ 4,560) for Grade E with portholes (The Castles – 22.1 m²)
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