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$8,649pp*

Duration

47 Days

Departs

24 Jan, 2020

Amazing Value

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Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey with Princess – Round Trip Perth

Step aboard Sun Princess for this amazing cruise with 12 ports of call. This is a round trip from Perth that will dazzle your senses.

Highlights include:

  • Fremantle, Australia – Lying at the mouth of the Swan River, historic Fremantle – founded in 1829 – is your gateway to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Situated on the banks of the Swan River some 15 miles upriver from Fremantle, Perth is a bustling city where soaring high-rises co-exist with elegant sandstone buildings from the colonial era. Life here moves at a slower pace, so during your visit, relax and savor the bounties of Western Australia, from the wonders of the bush to the wineries of the Swan Valley, from excellent shopping to a leisurely cruise on the Swan River. Perth’s explosive growth in recent decades has engulfed the old historic port of Fremantle – some 70 percent of Western Australia’s population live in and around Perth.
  • Singapore – The commercial center of Southeast Asia, this island city-state of four million people is a metropolis of modern high-rise buildings, Chinese shop-houses with red-tiled roofs, sturdy Victorian buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab bazaars. Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles of the fabled East India Company, the city is a melting pot of people and cultures. Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil are official languages. Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are the major faiths. Singapore is an ever-fascinating island boasting colorful traditions, luxurious hotels and some of the finest duty-free shopping in the world. Lying just 85 miles north of the Equator at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, the island was a haven for Malay pirates and Chinese and Arab traders.
  • Phuket, Thailand – Hailed as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea,” this island off Thailand’s long southern coast boasts a colorful history. A crossroads for trade, Phuket has been a melting pot of Thai, Malay, Chinese and Western influences. Its importance over the past 500 years stemmed from the island’s natural resources, which include tin, hardwoods and rubber. In the past half-century, Phuket has enjoyed wide popularity as one of the premier travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Travelers are drawn to the island’s beaches, crystalline waters, and dramatic, forested hills.
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka conjures up the exotic and the mysterious. Once known as Ceylon, the island boasts a fantastic landscape that ranges from primeval rain forest to the bustling modern streets of Colombo, the capital. A visitor to Sri Lanka has a wealth of options. Relax on some of the world’s finest beaches. Explore the temples, halls and palaces of the last Sinhalese kingdom at Kandy. Or take a guided tour of an elephant orphanage. Colombo also offers an array of charms, from the Royal Botanic Gardens, once a royal pleasure garden, to the Pettah Bazaar, where vendors hawk everything under the sun. Colombo and Sri Lanka were shaped by Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and European influences. Colombo also serves as a gateway for Overland Adventures to India.
  • Seychelles Islands (Mahe) – The turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean lap against white-sand beaches while palm fronds sway overhead. Welcome to Mahe Island in the heart of the Seychelles, a demi-paradise on Earth. Composed of over 115 islands, the Seychelles archipelago is divided into two groups: the inner and the outer isles. The outer isles are low-lying coral islets covered with palm trees. The inner islands Curieuse, Fregate, Cousin, La Digue, Praslin and Mahe are granite bastions covered with lush tropical vegetation. Today 80,000 people reside in the Seychelles. The capital is Victoria on Mahe Island. With a population of 23,000 people, Victoria is one of the smallest capital cities in the world. Located in the far reaches of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles archipelago has developed its own unique wildlife, safe from incursions by modern man.
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania – The exotic-sounding island of Zanzibar lies off the coast of Tanzania. Travelers have ventured here for centuries – the ancient Egyptians were drawn to the island’s rich supply of spices, which include cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. A former protectorate of the United Kingdom, Zanzibar has been a part of Tanzania since the union of 1964. Tanzania’s name is, in fact, an amalgamation of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The seemingly vast expanses of mainland Tanzania may have been the cradle of man. It was near Olduvai Gorge that Mary Leakey first discovered the human-like footprints of a four-million-year-old primate. Even today, mainland Tanzania remains relatively deserted – nearly a quarter of its territory is reserved for game parks. Little is known of the region’s history before European contact. Home to more than 120 tribes, then-Tanganyika became a colony of German East Africa in 1884. Following World War I, control of the country passed to the British. The people of Zanzibar are said to speak the purest Swahili in Africa, and the city of Zanzibar is home to the Swahili Institute.
  • Nosy Be, Madagascar – This small island lies off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Close by the East African coast, the large island of Madagascar offers a warm climate, mountains cloaked with lush tropical forests, and volcanic lakes. Indonesians settled here as early as the 6th century, and parts of the island retain a strong Asian flavor. Bantu tribes from the mainland arrived in the 9th century, transforming Madagascar into a major trading center. The tribes consolidated their political power, which lasted until the French overthrew the Merina dynasty in 1896. In 1960, the Malagasy people regained their independence.Note: Your ship will anchor in Nosy Bé and use launches to transport all passengers ashore.
  • Richards Bay, South Africa – Richards Bay is your gateway to KwaZulu-Natal – and to some of the finest game parks in all Africa. It was in the nearby Nkwalini Valley that the great Zulu warrior Shaka consolidated power and created the Zulu nation in the early 19th century. Zulu ascendancy in Southern Africa inevitably led to conflict both with the Boers and the English Cape Colony. The British eventually defeated the Zulu nation, but not before the Zulu impi, military regiments armed with spears called assegai, annihilated a British army at the Battle of Isandlwana. Today, visitors to KwaZulu-Natal will discover a land rich in culture, history, and wildlife, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino and more. The great game parks near Richards Bay include a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s oldest reserves. Be sure to wear a hat and bring sunglasses, binoculars, camera and adequate sun protection.
  • Cape Town, South Africa (2 overnights) – 160 years after its discovery by Portugal’s Bartholomew Diaz in 1488, the Cape of Good Hope was still a part of primeval Africa. Sailors on passing ships impatient to reach the East or return home to Europe would leave messages under inscribed “post office” stones for other ships to carry forward. In 1580, Sir Francis Drake sailed around the Cape. The ruggedness and breathtaking beauty of the peninsula caused him to write, “This Cape is a most stately thing, and the fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth.” The Dutch East India Company, yielding to repeated petitions and recommendations from their ships’ officers, decided to establish a post at Table Bay in 1652. A stronghold was established and subsequently was replaced by the existing Castle of Good Hope – Cape Town’s first building. Cape Town continued to grow quickly under Simon van der Stel, who arrived as Governor in 1679. He turned vast regions into rich farmland, planted some 8,000 trees and designed and built the stateliest of the Cape’s historic mansions, Groot Constantia (named after his wife, Constance). The British seized the Cape from Holland in 1806 and the subsequent discovery of diamonds and gold in the country spurred growth and immigration. Cape Town became a municipality in 1840 and a liberal constitution was granted to the Cape Colony in 1853. Today, the “Mother City” and the Western Cape are home to South Africa’s parliament for half of the year (Parliament sits in Pretoria for the other half of the year) and much of its major industry.
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Elephants, lions, zebra, giraffes and wildebeest – these will likely be your traveling companions when you are ashore in Port Elizabeth, because this charming town is the coastal facade for a vast region of healthy, vibrant game parks. If a safari is on your mind, you have come to the right place. Port Elizabeth is your gateway to some of the finest game parks in all Africa. Alternatively, there are miles of glorious beaches, shopping, museums, and an aquarium that showcases the marine life of the Indian Ocean.
  • Durban, South Africa – Durban is South Africa’s Riviera. Graced with a subtropical climate, washed by the warm waters of the Mozambique Current, and blessed with golden beaches, the city attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. At the heart of Durban lies the Golden Mile, a three-and a-half-mile stretch of beach lined with luxury hotels, amusement parks and popular restaurants and cafés. The city boasts superb botanical gardens, excellent museums and cultural attractions that include the famed Natal Playhouse. Durban is also your gateway to KwaZulu Natal, the Zulu Homeland. Experience Zulu culture on a visit to a cultural village or watch Zulu dancers greeting you on a visit to Shakaland. Durban features a unique mix of African, Asian and Western influences, making it South Africa’s most sophisticated city.
  • Pointe des Galets, Reunion Island – Emerging from the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island appears like a green emerald from a distance, with lush mountains and volcanic peaks creating an unforgettable scene. It’s a place of breathtaking natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. Tropical green meets stark lava fields, white-sand beaches glisten and black-sand beaches enchant. Lying in the Indian Ocean, approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar, Reunion Island is volcanic in origin. The highest peak is Piton des Neiges, which is surrounded by the cirques of Mafate, Salazi and Cilaos. The island’s active volcano is Piton de la Fournaise, which last erupted in 1998 and regularly emits steam and rumbles. Proudly French in atmosphere, the true culture of Reunion Island is a delightful mix of Creole, European, Indian, Tamils and Chinese. Historically, Arab, Malay and Europeans visited the island but the French truly established the first actual settlement here, and today, Reunion is an overseas department of France. Located at the northwest edge of the island, Le Port is the most common port used by the few cruise ships that call at Reunion Island. The capital of St. Denis is located at the very northern tip of the island about 10 miles away. Somewhat isolated from the masses of tourism, Reunion Island has remained a virtual paradise.
  • Port Louis, Mauritius – Port Louis is the capital of the island of Mauritius. A volcanic island situated in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, Mauritius is lush and beautiful, with lovely mountain ranges, fine beaches, stunning coral reefs and picturesque villages. Mauritius amazingly remained uninhabited until the 16th century. Dutch, British and French traders came to the island, followed by slaves from Africa to work the plantations and then laborers from India. The flavor here remains predominantly French, as does the language, however, the present population is fifty percent Indian. Today, Mauritius is independent and the economy prospers due to exports of sugar and textiles, plus it caters to tourism.

SUN PRINCESS®

Sun Princess truly lights up the seas, serving up tantalizing cuisine, dazzling live entertainment and new experiences with our Discovery at SEA™ programs. Relax in The Sanctuary, a tranquil haven reserved for adults, or put your feet up at Movies Under the Stars®, whatever you decide to do, your time on board will be unforgettable.

  • Last Refurbished: January 2016
  • Guest Capacity: 2,000 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 924
  • Tonnage: 77,441

DINING

Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.

  • SHARE℠ by Curtis Stone (specialty restaurant)^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Kai Seafood Bar (specialty restaurant)^
  • Sterling Steakhouse℠ (specialty restaurant)^
  • International Café
  • Horizon Court (buffet)
  • Amuleto Café
  • New Zealand Natural Ice Cream
  • Terrace Grill (burgers & hot dogs)

^Nominal charges may apply.

ACTIVITIES

Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.

  • Discovery at SEA™ Programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • Shops of Princess
  • Art Gallery & Auctions
  • Photo & Video Gallery
  • Platinum Photography Studio
  • Enrichment Classes
  • Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)

ENTERTAINMENT

There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Original Musical Productions
  • Music & Dancing
  • Vegas-style Casino
  • Featured Guest Entertainers
  • Princess Theater
  • Beer & Wine Festival
  • Crooners Bar
  • Vista Show Lounge
  • Wheelhouse Bar

JOYFUL REJUVENATION

Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.

  • The Princess Luxury Bed
  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes^

^Nominal charges may apply.

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