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SHORE EXCURSIONS

A list of shore excursions on the MSC SINFONIA & MSC OPERA cruise ships is no longer made available; however here are examples of what's been done in the past. Ask your cruise consultant what may be pre-booked.

MAPUTO

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

MAP01

Maputo

City Tour

Approx 2.5 hrs

MAP14

Maputo

Maputo at leisure with 3 stops lunch take-away

 

 

PORTUGUESE ISLAND

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

PISL01

Portuguese Island

Fast pass to Inhaca

-

PISL02

Portuguese Island

Inhaca Transfers

-

PISL03

Portuguese Island

Snorkelling Coral Gardens

-

PISL09

Portuguese Island

Sea Kayaking

approx. 30 min

PISL15

Portuguese Island

Paintball target shooting

-

PISL16

Portuguese Island

Fun torpedo

approx. 10 min

PISL18

Portuguese Island

Dolphin watching

approx. 2 hrs

 

FORT DAUPHIN (MADAGASCAR)

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

FDP 01

Fort Dauphin

City tour & Botanical Garden

approx. 3.5hrs

FDP 02

Fort Dauphin

Nahampoana Reserve

approx. 2.5hrs

 

POINT DES GALETS (REUNION)

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

REU 01

Port Des Galets

St. Denis

approx. 4.5 hrs

REU 02

Port Des Galets

Piton Maido

approx 4.5hrs

REU 04

Port Des Galets

Salazie

about 7.5 hrs

REU 05

Port Des Galets

Piton de La Fournaise with lunch

approx. 7 hrs

REU 06

Port Des Galets

The Wild South with lunch

approx 7 hrs

 

PORT LOUIS (MAURITIUS)

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

PL02

Port Louis

Ile Aux Cerfs with lunch

approx. 9 hrs

PL03

Port Louis

Casela Bird Parkland & Eureka Colonial

approx. 5 hrs

PL04

Port Louis

Pamplemousses and Shopping in port Louis

approx. 4hrs

PL06

Port Louis

Panoramic & Beach (no lunch)

approx. 9 hrs

Pl07SA

Port Louis

Pamplemousses garden & beach tour

approx. 5.5hrs

PL11

Port Louis

Blue Safari & Grand Baie market (submarine)

approx. 4.5hrs

PL12

Port Louis

Blue Safari & Grand Baie market (subscooter)

approx. 4.5hrs

PL13

Port Louis

Under sea walk & Grand Baie

approx. 4.5hrs

 

WALVIS BAY (NAMIBIA)

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

WAL01

Walvis Bay

Swakopmund & City Your

approx. 3 hrs

WAL02

Walvis Bay

Aquatic Adventure

approx. 4.5hrs

WAL07

Walvis Bay

Fun in the dunes

approx. 2 hrs

WAL08

Walvis Bay

Living desert tour

approx. 5 hrs

 

ILE ST.MARIE (MADAGASCAR)

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

ISM01SA

Ile St.Marie

Napoleon Resort includes lunch

approx. 7 hrs

ISM02SA

Ile St.Marie

Princess Bora includes lunch

approx. 6 hrs

ISM03SA

Ile St.Marie

La Crique Hotel includes lunch

approx. 6 hrs

ISM05SA

Ile St.Marie

Baboo village includes lunch

approx. 7 hrs

ISM06SA

Ile St.Marie

Soanambo Prestige Hotel includes lunch

approx. 6 hrs

 

JAMESTOWN (ST HELENA)

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

SHN01

St Helena

High Knoll Fort Tour

approx. 2.5hrs

SHN02

St Helena

Island Tour

approx. 3.5hrs

SHN03

St Helena

Jamestown Historical Walking tour

approx. 2hrs

 

LUDERITZ (NAMIBIA)

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

LUD01

Luderitz

Ghost Town

approx. 2.5hrs

LUD03

Luderitz

Luderitz on foot

approx. 2 hrs

The excursions above are merely a guide as to what may be available.

BARRA LODGE

CODE

PORT

EXCURSION

Estimated Time

BRL01

Barra Lodge

Snorkelling

approx. 45 min

BRL02

Barra Lodge

Quad Biking - (No Children U12)

approx. 1 hour

BRL03

Barra Lodge

Inhambane bus tour

approx. 3 hrs

BRL04

Barra Lodge

Deep Sea Fishing (No Children U12)

approx. 2 hrs

BRL05

Barra Lodge

Panzi Island catamaran adventure

approx. 3 hrs

BRL07

Barra Lodge

Lunch at Barra

approx. 1 hr

BRL11

Barra Lodge

Village Walk

approx. 1.5 hrs

BRL14

Barra Lodge

Prawn lunch at Barra beach Agua de Coco

-

BRL15

Barra Lodge

Chicken lunch at Agua de Coco

approx. 4 hrs

BRL16

Barra Lodge

Inhambane Tour & Lunch

approx. 5.5 hrs

BRL18

Barra Lodge

Inhambane Tour & Chicken lunch

approx. 5.5 hrs

 

SHORE EXCURSIONS PROGRAM

MSC OPERA - MSC SINFONIA

 
BARRA LODGE - INHAMBANE, Mozambique

BRL01 - SNORKELLING
Duration: approx. 45 min
This excursion leaves from the beach at Barra Lodge and you will be transferred by boat to a large reef known as Buddies Reef which rises in parts to 3 m. The rich variety of fish and abundant, colourful coral will amaze you.
Please note: visibility cannot be guaranteed. Participants must be over 10 yrs. This tour is not suitable for guests with hearts problems, ear infections or currently on medication; please check with the Excursion Office for a full list of these conditions to prevent disappointment. No refund will be given if a guest fails to take notice of these conditions. Participants will be divided into groups with different departure times. Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) are provided but sizes are not guaranteed so it is always advisable to bring your own. Please note that you are responsible for any equipment and should you misplace or damage it, you will be charged for it.

BRL02 - QUAD BIKES
Duration: approx. 1 hour
This is a great opportunity to drive into the heart of the Palm Groves. You will be taken to a viewpoint for a photo stop and also have a cultural stop in the rural village.
Please note: each guest will be assigned a bike and participants must be able to drive. Minimum age to take part in the tour is 16 years old. Clients are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the tour for familiarisation. We suggest wearing closed shoes and sunglasses.

BRL03 - INHAMBANE BUS TOUR
Duration: approx. 3 hours
This includes a bus trip to Inhambane to visit the second oldest inhabited town of Mozambique. This trip takes you to the market place, passing by historic docks and churches.
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times

BRL04 - DEEP SEA FISHING
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Come and experience the best fishing that Mozambique has to offer. This excursion includes all fishing equipment and bait.
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times; minimum age to take part in the tour is 12.

BRL05 - PANZI ISLAND CATAMARAN ADVENTURE
Duration: approx. 3 hours
The chance to take a trip on a 33ft catamaran to visit the unique Panzi Island located in the Praia de Barra Bay where the legendary Panzi Shell (aka Silver Dollar) is found in abundance. The transfer from Barra Lodge to the mooring station is included.
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times. No facilities available on Panzi Island and participants may be required to walk to/from the catamaran depending on the tide as there is no jetty. A cooler box is provided so participants can bring their own beverages.

BRL07 - LUNCH AT BARRA
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Enjoy a delicious buffet style luncheon offering fresh seafood accompanied by rice and vegetables.
Please note: participants will be divided in 2 sittings during lunch time; drinks are not included. Guests are not allowed to use the swimming pool.

BRL11 - VILLAGE WALK
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Enjoy a guided walk of about 1.5 km into some of the local villages to see how the people live. You will have the opportunity to sample some locally brewed palm beer. The itinerary will take you through palm groves and fairly thick sand. Bottled water is provided.
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.

BRL14 - AGUA DE COCO LUNCH (WITH PRAWNS)
Duration: approx. 2 hours
An exclusive lunch served in true island style served from our trendy beach bar. Enjoy cocktails and ice cold local beer as you soak up the sun or cool off in our sparkling sea-view pool.
Please note: participants will be divided in 2 sittings during lunch time.

BRL15 - AGUA DE COCO LUNCH (WITH CHICKEN)
Duration: approx. 2 hours
An exclusive lunch served in true island style verve from our trendy beach bar. Enjoy cocktails and ice cold local beer as you soak up the sun or cool off in our sparkling sea-view pool.
Please note: participants will be divided in 2 sittings during lunch time.

BRL16 INHAMBANE TOUR AND LUNCH AT CASA DO CAPITA (WITH TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE SEAFOOD DISH)
Duration: approx. 5.5 hours
Enjoy your guided English tour of Inhambane town, the second oldest inhabited town in Mozambique, passing the market place, museum, historic dock/buildings and churches. Enjoy an exclusive lunch at Hotel Casa Do Capitao with full use of pool facilities and lounges while absorbing the stunning 270 degree view of Inhambane bay.

BRL18 - INHAMBANE TOUR AND LUNCH AT CASA DO CAPITA (WITH CHICKEN)
Duration: Approx. 5hours
Enjoy your guided English tour of Inhambane town, the 2nd oldest inhabited town in Mozambique, passing the market place, museum, historic dock/buildings and churches. Enjoy an exclusive lunch at Hotel Casa Do Capitao with full use of pool facilities and lounges while absorbing the stunning 270 degree view of Inhambane bay.


MAPUTO (MOZAMBIQUE)

MAP01 - CITY TOUR
Duration: approx. 2.5 hours
Explore the capital of Mozambique. This tour covers some of the highlights this city has to offer. It includes the historical train station (whose roof top is designed by Gustaff Eiffel who also designed the Eiffel Tower) which was home to a movie set for the blockbuster “Blood Diamond” with Leonardo Di Caprio. You will also visit the Central Market (locally known as the Mercado) where locals and tourists flock to buy fresh produce. A good place to purchase cashew nuts! The stop at the Museum of the Natural History (entrance included) will allow you to see the country’s rich cultural heritage, as well as having a glimpse of Mozambique’s Fauna and Flora. Don’t miss the museum’s unique elephant embryo display. You will also visit the St Sebastian Fort, now a military museum containing many relics of Mozambique’s colonial past. A stop is included at Independence Square where the brand new gigantic bronze statue of Samora Machel stands. Here you can also visit the Franco Mozambican Cultural centre and House of Steel.

MAP14 - MAPUTO AT LEISURE WITH TAKE-AWAY LUNCH AT PARQUE ACACIA
Duration: approx. 3.5 hours
A great way to explore Maputo the ‘do-it-yourself’ way. Once you board the shuttle bus you will be given vouchers (meal, drink and museum entry). There are 3 stops on this shuttle route and you discover the city at your own pace both on foot and using the shuttles. STOP #1 is in front of Parque Acacia & the Museum where you can redeem your lunch and drink vouchers and gain entry to the Museum of Natural History (hand your voucher in at the door). Your lunch in the park is either a quarter Chicken piri piri OR beef Prego roll OR curried vegetable Pastie each served with fries in a takeaway container. You can choose to eat in the park on the grass or wander around the avenues exploring. A local beer or soft drink is included. There will be attendants in the area to show you the way to Nucleu do Arte where you see what the artists have created from weapons; and on down to Julius Nyerere Ave towards the Polana Shopping Centre. There are restaurants, ice cream parlours and coffee shops in the area. You may get back on the bus on the corner of Rua Argelia (STOP # 2) which will take you on to FEIMA market (STOP # 3) for curio shopping. From here the shuttles will take you back to the port. Your coloured vouchers will determine what time lunch is served and what time you should begin making your way back to the ship.


PORTUGUESE ISLAND, MOZAMBIQUE

PISL01 - FAST PASS TO INHACA ISLAND
An opportunity to jump the queue and make your way straight to Inhaca Island! Boats from Inhaca will pick you up from the vessel and take you to the landing point on Inhaca Island directly in front of the Inhaca Lodge Pestana Resort. Explore this mini-kingdom at your own pace and take advantage of its seafood restaurants, bars and curio stalls. Inhaca Island is a favourite location for bird watchers and it is known for its rich and varied bird population. Return to Portuguese Island on the regular shuttle at your leisure and then return to the ship on the ship’s zodiac craft. The Shuttle from Inhaca to the Portuguese Island runs until 15h00.
Please note: this tour will have very early departure and the transfer is weather dependent. Guests will have to wade through knee-deep water at low tide so we suggest wearing shorts and sandals. The Pestana Lodge at the landing jetty is only for guests staying at the Lodge.

PISL02 - INHACA TRANSFERS
Take a regular zodiac trip to Portuguese Island and then transfer to another boat which takes you to Inhaca Island. Explore this mini-kingdom at your own peace and take advantage of its seafood restaurants, bars and curio stalls. Inhaca Island is a favourite location for bird watchers and is known for its rich and varied bird population. Your ticket is valid for a one time return transfer.
Please note: last transfer from Portuguese Island to Inhaca will be at 14h00; last transfer from Inhaca back to Portuguese Island will be at 15h00. The Pestana Lodge at the landing jetty is only for guests staying at the Lodge.

PISL03 - CORAL GARDENS SNORKELLING EXCURSION
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours
This excursion leaves from Portuguese Island from where you will be transferred to a large snorkelling pontoon from which you will enjoy a 30 minute sail to the only surviving coral reef in Maputo Bay called “The Coral Gardens”. The Coral Gardens are one of the few remaining eco-systems of the Dugong (a large marine mammal that was often mistaken for a mermaid) and although sightings are very rare, you might catch a glimpse of this majestic gentle creature. Equipment is included (mask, snorkel and fins) but sizes are not guaranteed so it is always advisable to bring your own. Rich varieties of fish, starfish and abundant, colourful coral will amaze you. A cash bar is available on board for soft drinks and water.
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times; minimum age to take part in this tour is 12. This tour is not suitable for guests with heart or back problems, ear infections, allergies or who are currently on medication. No refunds will be given if a guest fails to take notice of these exclusions. Visibility cannot be guaranteed. We suggest not to drink alcohol before snorkelling and to wear a T-shirt, a hat and sunscreen. Snorkelling equipment is provided; please note that you are responsible for it. If you lose or damage it, you will be charged. Never, ever stand on the coral. We support Coral Friendly Snorkelling (CFS). Remember, look but don’t touch.

PISL09 - SEA KAYAKING
Duration: approx. 30 min
It is an exhilarating experience, bringing humans face to face with some of the hidden wonders that the oceans amazing biodiversity has to offer. From the magic of the sea grass below, to a myriad of sea birds above, the diversity of life out there will open your eyes to the last great frontier on this planet. Our Fluid Synergy kayaks feature a soft tri-hull that is super stable. The mellow keel helps tracking in a straight line, whilst the hull has ample rocker to make it manoeuvrable when needed. The lifted bow punches through waves and the unique stern design creates stability when surfing or stationary. These kayaks are uniquely built for one or two paddles.
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times; minimum age to take part in this tour is 12. Your 30-minute tour will start from when you collect the life jackets.

PISL15 - PAINTBALL TARGET SHOOTING
Duration: shoot 25 balls!
If you think you have a great aim or fancy yourself as a bit of a Rambo come and play Paintball Target Shooting. The game is suitable for all ages. You can play a scoring game or just shoot at the targets for fun. Each game includes 25 balls.
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times; minimum age to take part in this tour is 8. Parents’ supervision is required for children from 08 to 12 years old. Your 15 minutes will start from when you receive a paintball gun.

PISL16 - FUN TORPEDO
Duration: approx. 10 min
FUN TIME! Rocket across the water on a 8 rider, Fun Torpedo, bounce and buck along the wake! Full speed ahead with the FUN TORPEDO!
Please note: participants will be divided in groups with different departure times; minimum age to take part in this tour is 8. Parents’ supervision is required for children from 08 to 12 years old. Your 10 minutes will start from when you collect the life jacket. Guests need to be able swimmers. Eight riders with a maximum weight of 90 kg per person. Riders must be arranged lightest to heaviest at the back.

PISL18 - DOLPHIN WATCHING
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Mozambique has got to be one of the most incredible destinations in the world for watching marine mammals. What most people are interested in when they think of dolphins is the way that they “talk.”  Dolphins identify themselves with a unique signature whistle which is essentially like their own thumbprint.  The sounds can be produced by the movements of the air in the trachea and nasal sacs.  The sounds are a variety of clicks, moans, grunts, squeaks and so on.  Some of their sounds even resemble creaking doors, not to mention whistling.  The sounds can vary in volume, pattern and frequency and they are used to call their calf, alert other dolphins or simply to show that they are having fun. Dolphins are amazing in every way.  From the way they “surf” next to a bow of a boat, or jump almost 20 feet in the air. What you may not realize is that there are always reasons for what they do.  Although it looks like they are just having fun, it actually ingrained in them to follow these certain behaviours. For example, when you see them swimming next to a boat, it is because they are hitching a ride so to speak.  The currents that are pushed forward by the boat help them to retain some of their energy because they just go along with the currents. What is most fascinating is the way that they interact with fellow mammals, humans and one another.  Although we may never totally grasp the dolphin’s nature or personality, at least we can sit back, watch and enjoy it.
Please note: sightings of dolphins cannot be guaranteed even though it is dolphin season. Drinks can be purchased for cash on the boat.


FORT DAUPHIN - MADAGASCAR

FDP01- CITY TOUR & BOTANICAL GARDEN
Duration: approx. 3.5 hours
Fort Dauphin, on the southeast coast of Madagascar, is considered to be “the Cote d’Azur” of the island. By participating to this excursion, you will experience the genuine realities: stop at the Antanambao local market where you will have the opportunity to see the local tropical fruits and the basic items people need in the everyday life. Afterwards you will be taken to the vista overlooking Dauphin’s bay and the old harbour. Visit the Saidi botanical garden which contains lush green vegetation of the area including the carnivorous pitcher-plants and also the Nile crocodiles. The excursion will end at the filaos beach where you can swim and enjoy a local entertainment performed by the villagers.
Please note: different departures times will be foreseen. Not all the coaches are fitted with air conditioning. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. We suggest wearing a hat, sunscreen, a mosquito repellent, light clothes and a swimming suit.

FDP02 - NAHAMPOANA RESERVE
Duration: approx. 2.5 hours
Leave the port and begin to enjoy a few hours at close contact with nature. A coach transfer will take you to the botanical gardens of Nahampoana, at the foot of St. Louis peak and constructed in 1901. Your guide will take you around the reserve along good hiking trails that wind through vegetation typical of the east and south of Madagascar. You will admire exotic plants such as young Baobab trees, lemon eucalyptus, oil palm. Your visit is ideal for lemur spotting as every lemur species native to the south of Madagascar lives in this park; but lemurs are not the only animals you will admire, the others being chameleons, tortoises, crocodiles and some birds. The excursion will also include a local entertainment performed by the villagers.
Please note: different departures times will be foreseen. Not all the coaches are fitted with air conditioning. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. We suggest wearing a hat, sunscreen, a mosquito repellent, light clothes and a swimming suit.


LA POSSESION, REUNION

REU01 - ST. DENIS
Duration: approx. 4.5 hours
St. Denis is the capital city and the largest town of overseas French colonies. Sightseeing bus tour passing by the Prefecture (formerly the East India Company building), the charming Creole houses (external viewing) in Rue de Paris with their shady verandas, the Christian Cathedral, the Hindu temples (external viewing). Visit to the State Gardens and the Natural History Museum. Free time to stroll around. Head to the colourful local market where handicrafts products, scents and spices are displayed on stalls: keep ready to bargain with the local vendors!
Please note: we suggest wearing comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen.

REU02 - PITON MAIDO
Duration: approx. 4.5 hours
Scenic bus drive passing by an ever-changing scenery with sugar canes, white and black sandy beaches, geranium and tamarind cultivations. The final destination is a view point on a high escarpment (2204 m.) overlooking a deep drop: enjoy a breathtaking view over the Circle of Mafate, a valley with deep canyons, small villages and no roads! Some villages are the most isolated on the island and can be reached only on foot (5/7 hours walking!) or by helicopter. Interesting guided visit to a Geranium Oil Distillery to learn more about the Geranium distillation process. Shopping opportunities at the Geranium Distillery, (essences, oils and perfumes).
Please note: we suggest wearing comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen; a jacket is recommended as the temperature is much cooler at higher altitudes as well as a raincoat. This tour includes 1.5-hour coach transfers and is not suitable for guests suffering from vertigo. Visibility at the viewpoints cannot be guaranteed as it depends on the weather conditions on the day of call and as occasionally some fog may descend on the valley.

REU04 SALAZIE
Duration: approx. 7 hours, lunch included
Enjoy a day out and a panoramic bus tour passing by the verdant countryside of sugar canes, fields and vanilla plantations up to the Salazie’s Cirque. Visit to a Vanilla Plantation to learn more about this flavour production process and you will also have the chance to buy some essence and vanilla pod. Head to the waterfall Bride’s Veil and stop for picture-taking. Time permitting; this tour includes a shopping stop at the handicraft market in St. Denis, the capital city.
Please note: we suggest wearing comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen. We also advise to bring a raincoat and mosquito repellent. Lunch will be served at one of the restaurant in Helbourg. This tour includes 1.5.hour transfers.

REU05 - PITON DE LA FOURNAISE
Duration: approx. 7 hours, lunch included
Leave the vessel and enjoy a panoramic view from Tamarinds road dominating the villages of the West Coast. Continue to “Nez Le Boeuf” where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the Volcano ravine. Your next stop is Pas De Bellecombe to admire the crater of Piton De La Fournaise volcano, highlight of the tour.
Please note: we suggest wearing comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen; a jacket is recommended as the temperature is much cooler at higher altitudes as well as a raincoat. This tour includes 1.5-hour coach transfers and is not suitable for guests suffering from vertigo or heart problems. Visibility at the viewpoints cannot be guaranteed as it depends on the weather conditions on the day of call and as occasionally some fog may descend on the valley. This tour takes you from sea level to more than 2300 metres and it may cause shortness of breathe.

REU06 - THE WILD SOUTH
Duration: approx. 7 hours / with lunch
This tour will give you the chance to admire the volcanic nature of this island. You will visit the Tremblet area with lava falls dating back to the latest eruption and “Cap Mchant” with high black lava falls torn by the ocean waves. Enjoy a guided visit to the Garden of spices and perfume’s, rich of endemic plants. This tour includes many photo-stops on the way.
Please note: we suggest wearing comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen. We also advise to bring a raincoat and mosquito repellent.


PORT LOUIS - MAURITIUS

PL02 - ILE AUX CERFS
Duration: approx. 9 hours, lunch included
Ile Aux Cerfs, or “Paradise Island”, is the ultimate island retreat! Leave the ship and enjoy a 1-hour coach drive to Trou D'eau Douce, on the east coast, and embark on motorboat for a 10-minute sail towards this sheltered lagoon with sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Free time on the island.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair.

PL03 - CASELA BIRD PARK & EUREKA COLONIAL ESTATE
Duration: approx. 5 hours
Leave the ship and enjoy a visit to Casela the Bird Park, a park hosting about 150 species of birds. After this interesting visit your excursion will continue to Eureka, a magnificent colonial estate house with antique furniture dating back to 1830 and located in the midst of an enchanting park. Return to the ship.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. This tour is not available on following dates: 01 & 02 January 2013.

PL04 - PAMPLEMOUSSES & SHOPPING IN PORT LOUIS
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Leave the vessel and enjoy a visit to Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. You will stroll along the shady pathways of the gardens to admire water lilies and lush tropical vegetation. Your excursion will continue to Port Louis for an orientative tour passing churches, mosques, temples. Last part of the tour includes a stop at the shopping centre Caudan.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Shops may be closed on Sundays or during public holidays.

PL06 - PANORAMIC & BEACH
Duration: approx. 9 hours, lunch not included
Enjoy a day out and an excursion offering panoramic views of the most attractive places ashore, one of them being Grand Bassin, the sacred lake of the local Hindu community. Enjoy a panoramic bus drive towards the Black River Gorges where you will admire waterfalls and indigenous bird species. Highlight of the tour will be the visit to the Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths, a unique volcanic phenomenon. You will stop at a public beach to enjoy the sun.
Please note: the beach is not equipped with facilities. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. During the visit to Grand Bassin ladies must wear a blouse or a shirt and men must wear a shirt.

PL07SA - PAMPLEMOUSSES GARDEN & BEACH TOUR
Duration: approx. 5.5 hours
Leave the vessel and enjoy a visit to Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. You will stroll along the shady pathways of the gardens to admire water lilies and lush tropical vegetation. Your excursion will continue to a public beach where you will have time to spend soaking the sun or swimming.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. This tour is not available on following dates: 01 & 02 January 2013.

PL11 - BLUE SAFARI BY SUB MARINE & GRAND BAIE MARKET
Duration: approx. 4.5 hours
Experience the emotions of diving in the most spectacular way on board a real submarine! Like landing on the moon, at the 30 meters depth, you will discover the fauna and flora of the undersea world. No need to be a swimmer to experience it. Grand Bay, a famous seaside resort surrounded by a large turquoise lagoon. Your second leg of the tour will include shopping opportunity in the trendiest shops, shopping centres and market in Grand Bay!
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Minimum age to take in this tour is 18. Shops may be closed on Sunday and during public holidays. This tour foresees different departures. This tour is not available on following dates: 01 & 02 January 2013.

PL12 - BLUE SAFARI BY SUB SCOOTER & GRAND BAIE MARKET
Duration: approx. 4.5 hours
The most original underwater excursion is the sub-scooter! Enjoy the fun of driving yourself or as a couple, your own sub-scooter by 3 meters depth. During 35 minutes you will discover the marine fauna and flora of Mauritius through a large transparent panoramic cupola under the supervision of a guide. No need to be a swimmer to experience it. Grand Bay, a famous seaside resort surrounded by a large turquoise lagoon. Your second leg of the tour will include shopping opportunity in the trendiest shops, shopping centres and market in Grand Bay!
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. Minimum age to take in this tour is 18. Shops may be closed on Sunday and during public holidays. This tour foresees different departures. This tour is not available on following dates: 01 & 02 January 2013.

PL13 - UNDER SEA WALK & GRAND BAIE
Duration: approx. 4.5 hours
This excursion will suit all guests wanting to try a unique experience of an undersea walk. A motorboat will take you to a specific spot, close to the reef. There, the crew will brief you on how the equipment works before going down to a depth between 2 to 5 meters. In complete safety, equipped with a continual air supply, you will discover the undersea world! The helmet covering your head offers you a panoramic view and direct contact with the marine fauna and flora. After this wonderful experience you will have the possibility to visit a small fishing village: Grand Bay, a famous seaside resort surrounded by a large turquoise lagoon. Your last leg of the tour will include shopping opportunity in the trendiest shops, shopping centres and market in Grand Bay!
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, in a wheelchair or suffering from acute asthma. This tour is subject to weather conditions. Shops may be closed on Sunday and during public holidays. This tour is not available on following dates: 01 & 02 January 2013.


WALVIS BAY NAMIBIA

WAL01 - SWAKOPMUND & CITY TOUR
Duration: approx. 3 hours
You will drive through Walvis Bay for a short sightseeing tour, including a short stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon, famous for its’ prolific bird life, where a variety of flamingos and rare white pelicans can be seen. Birds visit the lagoon on a migratory basis, and move north towards to Etosha and Botswana during certain times of the year. From Walvis Bay we depart to Swakopmund where we will have a sightseeing tour through this coastal town. The Woerman House (1905) now houses an art gallery. The Woerman Tower was used in earlier times to see if ships come into the harbour. Other old interesting buildings include “Die Alte Kaserne”, “Hohenzollern haus” and the Railway Station Building.
Please note: this tour foresees different departure times and includes only two short stops. We recommend wearing a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

WAL02 - AQUATIC ADVENTURE
Duration: approx. 4.5 hours
This boat-cruise in the lagoon and harbour area will put you into another world. Along the way some pelicans and flamingos might be spotted, and don’t be surprised to see dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Quite regularly, you can also expect a visit onboard from our famous charmers of the seas - the seals, who quite often hand out their charms in return for a piece of fish. Experience some up close and personal encounters with the sea life on the Namibian west coast. At around midday, snacks of fresh Namibian Oysters and sparkling wine are served onboard the boat, whilst floating in the lagoon area.
Please note: this tour depends on weather conditions and foresees no shopping stop. The skipper is also the guide. We recommend wearing a jacket, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. Guests allergic to seafood, especially oysters, should avoid consumption onboard.

WAL07 - FUN IN THE DUNES
Duration: approx. 2 hours
One of the most famous desert landmarks in Namibia is the dune belt between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, which hosts some of the highest crests in this desert area. The quad-biking is enjoyed within the safety of a group, and is accompanied by experienced quad-guides on an eco-friendly route at a location in the dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Please note: this tour foresees different departure times, no shopping stop and involves approx. 45 minutes of quad-biking. We recommend wearing a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair.

WAL08 - LIVING DESERT EXPEDITION
Duration: approx. 5 hours
From Walvis Bay you depart in 4x4 vehicles into the dunes between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The dune belt is about 30km long and 5km wide and supports an impressive wealth of fauna and flora. During your trip we slowly drive along the foot of the dunes. Conservation issues and the geological structure of the desert will be discussed in detail en route. Plenty of time is available for frequent stops to take photos of the dunes and the surrounding environment. This tour provides endless vistas, amazing facts about creature survival in the desert and an adrenalin packed journey where experience and knowledge of sand driving is essential.
Please note: the driver of the 4x4 vehicle is also the guide. We recommend wearing a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair. There is only one toilet stop available at the beginning or the end of the tour.


ILE ST MARIE - MADAGASCAR

ISM01SA - NAPOLEON RESORT
Duration: approx. 7 hours, lunch included
Leave the vessel and enjoy a boat transfer to Ile Aux Nattes. A nice walk will take you to the Napoleon Restaurant where you will be served lunch, before having free time at the beach or to swim.
Please note: the resort is not equipped with sun beds, sun umbrellas, chairs and towels. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. We suggest wearing a hat, sunscreen, light clothes and a swimming suit.

ISM02SA - PRINCESS BORA HOTEL
Duration: approx. 6 hours, lunch included
Your excursion will begin with a boat transfer followed by transfer onboard mini-buses and/or 4x4 vehicles to Princess Bor hotel. You will have the possibility to do an excursion to the typical village (optional) and the animal park (optional). You will be served lunch in front of the swimming pool of the Hotel before having possibility to swim or relax on the beach.
Please note: the resort is equipped with sun beds, sun umbrellas, chairs and towels. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. We suggest wearing a hat, sunscreen, light clothes and a swimming suit. Optional tours (typical village or Animal Park) are not included in the excursion price and can be booked and paid on the spot.

ISM03SA - LA CRIQUE HOTEL
Duration: approx. 6 hours, lunch included
After leaving the vessel, a boat transfer will take you to Ile Aux Nattes. Here you will have an overland transfer by jeep or mini-buses to La Crique Hotel where you will have free time on the beach and a delicious lunch as well having possibility to swim or relax on the beach.
Please note: the resort is not equipped with sun beds, sun umbrellas, chairs and towels. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. We suggest wearing a hat, sunscreen, light clothes and a swimming suit.

ISM05SA - BABOO VILLAGE
Duration: approx. 7 hours, lunch included
Leave the ship and enjoy a boat transfer to Aux Nattes where you will continue on a 15-minute guided walk to Baboo Village Hotel. You will be served lunch at the restaurant before having free time at the beach or to swim.
Please note: the resort is not equipped with sun beds, sun umbrellas, chairs and towels. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. We suggest wearing a hat, sunscreen, light clothes and a swimming suit.

ISM06SA - SOANAMBO PRESTIGE HOTEL
Duration: approx. 6 hours, lunch included
Leave the vessel and enjoy a first transfer by boat and then a transfer by mini-buses to Soanambo Prestige hotel. You will be served lunch in the restaurant of the Hotel before having possibility to swim or relax on the beach.
Please note: the resort is equipped with sun beds, sun umbrellas, chairs and towels. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair. We suggest wearing a hat, sunscreen, light clothes and a swimming suit.


JAMESTOWN (ST HELENA)

SHN01 - HIGH KNOLL FORT
Duration: approx. 2.5 hours
From Jamestown we travel to the western side of the island, past the historic Ladder Hill Fort and the arid desert landscape of Half Tree Hollow. High Knoll Fort is perched at the summit of a hill and we will be met at High Knoll Gate by the Director of the National Trust who will give a guided tour of the Fort. The Fort was originally built as a safe haven for the islanders and its imposing position offers spectacular views around the island. Today the building hosts concerts and plays a key role in international and local communications. We will continue our tour at Plantation House, the official residence of the island’s Governor. In the grounds of this stately residence, visitors can meet the oldest inhabitant of St Helena - Jonathan the Giant Tortoise, who is reputed to be over 170 years old! We will then venture on to Ladder Hill with the opportunity to take photographs of the harbour and Jamestown before returning to the port.
Please note: this tour foresees different departure times and no shopping opportunity. Participants will meet guides directly at the Fort. Coaches are not equipped with air conditioning and microphones. We suggest wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair.

SHN02 - ISLAND TOUR
Duration: approx. 3.5 hours
Depart from the seafront towards Jamestown’s Main Street and the historic Napoleon Street. The tour takes in the key historic sites such as Two Gun Saddle, where we will stop for photographs, and on to the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte whose body was buried here before being officially moved to France in 1840. We will also visit Longwood House, Napoleon’s last residence, which is now a small museum. Before returning to the vessel, we will stop at the impressively steep Ladder Hill, a great spot from which to take pictures of the harbour and Jamestown.
Please note: this tour foresees no shopping opportunity. Participants will meet guides directly at the sites; the rest of the tour will be unguided. Coaches are not equipped with air conditioning and microphones. No flash is allowed in Napoleon’s house. We suggest wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair.

SHN03 - WALKING TOUR OF JAMESTOWN
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Enjoy an introduction to the island and its history with a guided tour around lower Jamestown. We will set off at the Wharf before entering the town square through an archway - part of the remains of the fortified walls - and viewing the vertiginous ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, a set of 700 steps, built to bring goods from the hills down to the town. We will visit St James’ Church, which dates from 1774 and is the oldest Anglican Church in the Southern Hemisphere. A tour to St James’ Castle and Gardens will be followed by tea and refreshments at one of the Jamestown’s historic Georgian hotels.
Please note: this tour foresees no shopping opportunity and different departure times. We suggest wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair.


LUDERITZ (NAMIBIA)

LUD01 GHOST TOWN
Duration: 2.5 hours
A visit to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once the focal point of a glittering diamond rush, is an excursion not to be missed. Former stately homes, their grandeur now scoured and demolished by the wind, bear witness to one of the most vivid periods in Namibian history. Diamonds were discovered in April 1908, which sent hordes of fortune hunters streaming to the diamond fields. When mining operations ceased, Kolmanskop became a ghost town, the splendid old houses gradually falling prey to the encroaching sand dunes. A wealth of interesting facts and artefacts can be found in the old schoolroom, not a museum and here you will find a clear picture of what used to be a once-booming diamond town!

LUD03 - LUDERITZ ON FOOT
Duration: 2 hours
Built on rocks in a small enclave within the Sperrgebiet (restricted Diamond Area) is the quaint harbour town of Lderitz with its curious array of historical German-style buildings built during the diamond rush. Set around the sparkling bay, with their gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay and bow windows, these buildings have a unique character of their own. The most striking is Goerke-House, a former magistrate’s residence built in 1909. The Lutheran Church on the hill above the bay, known as the Felsenkirche, was built in 1912. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German emperor at the time, donated its stained glass windows. Lderitz was the first German settlement in the former Deutsch-Sdwest-Afrika. It was named after a Bremen merchant Adolf Lderitz, who began trading operations in the harbour

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