Phone: 516-626-9000

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February 20 - March 13, 2019

Seashells & Safaris

Perth to Cape Town

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

From the bustling scene in Perth to the splendors of the exciting spots in South Africa, you will savor the vibrancy of these unique ports of call. Savor the tranquility of days at sea as you follow the Calms of Capricorn across the Indian Ocean to discover the iconic wonder of Cape Town's Table Mountain.

All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS CRUISE:
Call us at: 516.626.9000 or 800.807.7009
Fax: 516.626.7255
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

February 20

Fremantle/Perth, Australia

February 21

Cruising the Indian Ocean - through February 27

February 28

Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius

March 01

St-Denis, Réunion, France

March 02

Cruising the Indian Ocean

March 03

Taolanaro, Madagascar

March 04

Cruising the Indian Ocean - through March 5

March 06

Maputo, Mozambique

March 07

Richards Bay, South Africa

March 08

Durban, South Africa

March 09

Cruising the Coast of South Africa

March 10

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

March 11

Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)

March 12

Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)

March 13

Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)

February 20 - Fremantle/Perth, Australia

Depart 6 PM

Fremantle has welcomed seafarers from around the world for over 150 years. This distinguished port city lies at the mouth of the Swan River and is Western Australia's leading harbor. During the America's Cup Yacht Race of 1986/87, it underwent a dramatic facelift and was transformed into a restored and revitalized mecca of cafés, restaurants, bars and beautiful Federation-style buildings.

Just 12 miles north lies Perth, Fremantle's sister city. This thriving capital billows with an infectious sense of energy and confidence. Its scenic riverside setting is enhanced by splendid parks, restaurants, beaches, galleries, museums and a wonderful Mediterranean-like climate.

February 21 - Cruising the Indian Ocean - through February 27

February 28 - Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius

8 AM to 9 PM

In the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, 560 miles from Madagascar, the island nation of Mauritius is easy to pinpoint, but difficult to describe. A wild outpost until the 17th century, the island has been ruled by the Dutch, French and British, gaining its independence from the latter in 1968. Languages spoken: French, English and a local form of Creole. Religions practiced: Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Climate: tropical. Landscape: "heaven," at least as described by Mark Twain and the island's many visitors. Being one of them, you may enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming in coral-reef-laced waters and deep-sea fishing, and partake in culinary delights that mix the distinct flavors of Mauritius's varied cultures.

March 01 - St-Denis, Réunion, France

8 AM to 6 PM

The island of Réunion could be considered the south-south of France, as it is situated in the Indian Ocean, just east of Madagascar. Indeed, while not geographically contiguous with France, the island is officially a French overseas region and department, even using the Euro as legal tender. Hints of the island's French connection are everywhere, from the names of its towns St-Pierre, St-Benoit, St-Leuc to its language overall, to its quaint bistros and Creole character. The scenery, however, is pure tropical paradise. Waterfalls tumble from high, volcanic cliffs, banana trees and bamboo grow in lush profusion, and vanilla plantations and rum distilleries are an integral part of local trade and culture.

March 02 - Cruising the Indian Ocean

March 03 - Taolanaro, Madagascar

7 AM to 6 PM

Founded by the French East India Company in 1643, Taolanaro (or Taolagnaro) is also known as Fort Dauphin, the name originally given to the settlement to honor the six-year-old crown prince of France, who would later become the “Sun King,— Louis XIV. What was once a small French colony is now a gateway to the Madagascar’s famed semi-tropical landscapes, beautiful beaches and surfer’s paradise of an ocean. Several ecotourism destinations reflect the locals’ passion for conservation and travelers’ interest in discovering the island’s unique fauna and flora. At the Nahampoana Reserve, you can marvel at a vast species of mammals, most promiment being (most, if not all) the species of lemurs native to the southern region of Madagascar. The reserve is also home to reptiles such as chameleons, tortoises, crocodiles to name a few, plus a wide variety of birds.

March 04 - Cruising the Indian Ocean - through March 5

March 06 - Maputo, Mozambique

7 AM to 5 PM

Wildlife comes in a couple of different forms here: the disco, and the animals. The former can be found in one of the many restaurants and hotels that not only serve exquisite food, but also satisfy visitors' cravings for dancing into the wee-hours. To the south of town is the Maputo Elephant Reserve, where crocodiles, hippos, jackals, antelope and nearly two hundred elephants roam over thousands of acres of rolling, green hills. The region's history can also be divided into two categories: times of war, and times of peace. Through much of the seventies and eighties, civil war raged, leaving Maputo a shadow of its once glorious self. But prepare to be impressed. The city has since reinvented itself, polishing its neighborhoods and image to a high shine, thus bringing back the rich and famous for stays in Maputo's five-star accommodations, and enticing anyone who enjoys gorgeous beaches and friendly people.

March 07 - Richards Bay, South Africa

7 AM to 9 PM

Situated on the southeast coast of Africa just north of Durban, this KwaZulu-Natal city takes full advantage of its diverse resources and reveals a pride in its recent industrial development and expansion. A bustling business center with modern facilities synergistically coexists with a lagoon setting, giving travelers a range of interesting sights and experiences from which to choose. Perhaps most popular is the Richards Bay Game Reserve, an area established to protect lagoon animals and give visitors the opportunity to see some of South Africa’s most fascinating creatures. Hippos and crocodiles make their home here, along with an amazing variety of birds. In fact, 300 species have been recorded in these habitats, including flamingos, cormorants and the rare pink-backed pelican.

March 08 - Durban, South Africa

7 AM to 9 PM

With a subtropical climate and golden beaches lining its shores, Durban is one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations. It embodies an intriguing blend of Eastern, Western and African influences. Along the palm-fringed beachfront, Zulu women sell beads and baskets while colorful rickshaw pullers pose for photographs. Just minutes away from the office blocks, theaters and shops of the business center, is a world of mosques, temples oriental festivals and bazaars, fragrant with spice and incense. The city's cosmopolitan charm even extends to its many inviting restaurants, which offer mouth-watering cuisine from around the world. Since a recent facelift, several thoroughfares have been converted into pedestrian malls complete with sidewalk cafes, shrubs and palm trees; portions of the road network have been upgraded to promote easier traffic flow; and the main beaches have been widened and enhanced with new facilities. Durban is truly the "Golden Mile" of South Africa.

March 09 - Cruising the Coast of South Africa

March 10 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

7 AM to 6 PM

Port Elizabeth's location at the end of the Garden Route hints at what makes the town so appealing. Certainly, it has its share of cultural attractions, including the King George VI Art Gallery, which houses treasures such as 19th- and 20th-century British art and Oriental miniatures. But the real gems of the area are of the out-of-doors type. In addition to being famous for its fine beaches and mild climate, Port Elizabeth (often shortened to "PE') is considered the water sports capital of South Africa, with scuba diving, game fishing and kiteboarding being ever-popular pursuits. Wildlife is revered and closely observable at numerous eco-centered attractions, including the Oceanarium, showcasing daily dolphin and seal shows, and the Snake Park & Tropical House, home to exotic and indigenous snakes and featuring streams, waterfalls and free-flying birds. The area outside of town offers exciting game-viewing opportunities, with the Addo Elephant Park being a particular highlight.

March 11 - Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)

Arrive 7 PM

March 12 - Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)

March 13 - Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)

Disembark AM

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Mauritius

Port-Louis Highlights & Eureka Colonial House

February 28

Take this opportunity to explore Port Louis and discover some of the unique architectural sights of the island, including the superbly restored Eureka Colonial House.

A highlight of your excursion is a photo stop at Tamil Temple, one of the oldest temples on the island. Here you will enjoy a moment to admire the structure’s elaborate and colorful architecture and marvel at the various Tamil gods and goddesses that peer down from their perches on the temple façade.

Continue through Chinatown and past Jummah Mosque, a columned, Moorish-style mosque centrally located on Royal Road and serving as a serene retreat from the busy streets of Port Louis.

Overlooking the harbor is La Citadelle, an ancient British fortress that affords striking views over the city and port.

For an intimate look at the colors and culture of Mauritius, wander through the Market where the local people gather to bargain for spices, fruits and vegetables and a visit to the Caudan Waterfront Commercial Center.

Next, enjoy your guided visit to Eureka Colonial House, one of the most historic colonial houses on the island. Built in 1830, it is situated amid magnificent gardens and surrounded by the waterfalls of Moka River and the Moka Range. Savor refreshments and the lovely setting before returning to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: It is recommended that guests wear insect repellent, a hat, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

PLU-AW

Highlights:

Tamil Temple, Chinatown, Jummah Mosque, La Citadelle, the Market, Caudan Waterfront Commercial Center and Eureka Colonial House.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

4.5 hours

Price:

$99

St-Denis

The Charms of St-Leu

March 01

Beautifully situated in the west of the island, St-Leu is known for its superior surfing, with its world-famous “left” wave. The town is also a window into the past, with its French-influenced architecture, and a place of natural beauty, with black-sand beaches and abundance of interesting fauna and flora. Join us for this half-day excursion to St-Leu and discover the town’s appeal for yourself.

Arrive after a scenic, 45-minute journey from the pier, proceed to the Marine Turtle Farm, a turtle conservation program, which heals injured turtles and releases them back into their natural habitat. Visit the information center as well as viewing the large tanks with the marine turtles. There’s also a great view of Saint Leu and the beach from the tower.

Next you will also explore the historical quarter of the village of St-Leu, which reveals a history of the slave trade, English invasion and local coffee industry.

Browse the colorful crafts shops, perhaps finding that perfect memento of your island visit, before returning to your Crystal ship..

Important Notes: As this excursion involves walking over uneven and hilly terrain, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear a hat, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring along raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

REU-DW

Highlights:

Marine Turtle Farm Conservation Center, St-Leu historic quarter and crafts shops.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

4 hours

Availability:

Extremely Limited

Price:

$179

Richards Bay

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Discovery

March 07

An approximately 90-minute journey along the national road brings you to the game reserve, which preserves not only the wildlife of Zululand, but also something of an indefinable rusticity and beauty of the natural surroundings.

Many things make the reserve special, most notably its population of white rhinos. Thanks to conservation efforts that began with Operation Rhino in the 1950s, the park boasts the largest population of white rhino in the world. The species has been brought back from the brink of extinction, growing from a population of fewer than 20 worldwide in 1900 to more than 10,000 today.

In addition to its iconic white rhino, the reserve is home to a spectacular variety of bird and other animal life. In fact, this is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal where all the big five game animals can be found. Adding to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi’s storied appeal is the 1995 visit by then-President Nelson Mandela, who paid a call to the park to help celebrate its centenary.

During your own park visit, keep an eye out for lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah, kudu, and warthogs.

As your spectacular two-hour game drive concludes, step down from your 4x4 vehicle and rejoin your motor coach for the 90-minute transfer to the pier, giving you the chance to share your park impressions with your fellow Crystal adventurers.

Important Notes: Guests should be aware that there is an approximately three-hour, round-trip drive to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve; however, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and more than compensate for the length of the journey. As this excursion involves traversing rough and bumpy roads in a 4x4 vehicle, it is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring binoculars. Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones, speak loudly or stand up in vehicles during the game drive, as this activity will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during game drives. Wildlife sightings, while likely, cannot be guaranteed. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

RCB-CW

Highlights:

Thrill to a chance to observe the rare white rhino, along with other fascinating creatures such as elephants, lions, zebra and giraffe, with a game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

6 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$219

Durban

Durban Discovery

March 08

From the pier, venture along the palm-tree-lined Victoria Embankment, passing the Vasco Da Gama Clock, Dick King Statue, Durban Club and Yacht Club on your way to Currie Hill.

Stop briefly to appreciate panoramic views of the city before heading to the Durban Botanical Gardens. Here, you will disembark your motor coach for a leisurely stroll through the gardens, known for its orchid house and rare collection of cycads, a type of woody-trunked tree resembling palms and ferns.

Rejoin your motor coach and travel to the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where you will pause to marvel at the impressive size and distinctive architecture of this modern stadium. Named after the former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party, the stadium opened in 2009 and hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Next, make your way along the city’s beachfront, called the Golden Mile, and pass the Juma Mosque. Resplendent with its massive golden dome and turrets, the mosque is reputedly the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Arriving at the Victoria Street Market, commonly known as the Indian Market, enjoy a chance to admire delicately fashioned ornaments and other exotic objects. African aromas will envelop you as you wander past the herb and spice stalls and browse delightful wooden carvings. Bargains are yours to garner with brief time to explore the market independently.

Concluding your engaging Durban introduction, return to the pier, passing the Old Market Square and City Hall along the way.

Important Notes: As this excursion involves walking over uneven ground, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. Some crowding may be expected at Victoria Street Market.

Excursion Code:

DUR-BW

Highlights:

Become acquainted with Durban, famous as the busiest port in South Africa and for its unique character influenced by the cultures of Asia, Africa and Europe, with this half-day outing. Featured will be a stop for a walk through the city’s Botanical Gardens and a visit to the Victoria Street Market.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

4 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$59

Port Elizabeth

Pumba Private Game Reserve: Wonders of the Eastern Cape

March 10

Arriving at the game reserve, enjoy a welcome drink and meet your expert game ranger. Properly acquainted, board your open 4x4 vehicle and venture into the reserve, where you might encounter wildlife such as lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe and zebra. For bird lovers, this three-hour experience is a special treat, as Pumba is home to over 300 bird species.

Back at the lodge, enjoy lunch in the open-air boma, truly an African culinary delight.

Treasuring your time at this special reserve, return to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: Guests must be a minimum of eight years old in order to participate. As this excursion requires embarking and disembarking 4x4 vehicles, it is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties. It is also not suitable for guests with back or neck problems, as game reserve roads are gravel and often bumpy. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable clothing, a hat and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests are also encouraged to bring along binoculars. Guests are not permitted to use cellular phones during the game drive. They are also not permitted to speak loudly or stand up on the game-drive vehicles, as this will disturb the animals. Smoking is not permitted during the game drive. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Guests need to sign an indemnity form before departing on the game drive.

Excursion Code:

PLZ-LW

Highlights:

Located approximately 90 minutes from the pier and set against the backdrop of the Eastern Cape’s beautiful landscape, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers visitors the chance to spot the “big five” in their natural environment. Pumba also is known for being the first of the Eastern Cape game reserves to introduce a white lion breeding program.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

7.5 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$309

Port Elizabeth

Game Drive at Lalibela Private Game Reserve

March 10

A 90-minute journey gives you time to become thoroughly excited about the animals you will have the chance to observe at Lalibela, one of the leading game reserves of the Eastern Cape.

Stepping aboard an open, 4x4 vehicle at the reserve’s Day Visitor’s Center, thrill to your three-hour game drive, viewing wildlife that roams freely in profusion and diversity.

You will have the opportunity to spot a variety of game species, ranging from the “Big Five” of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and cheetah, to the tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela also is home to hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope, such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest.

Of the six vegetation types in the Eastern Cape, five occur naturally on Lalibela. A thriving Valley Bushveld biome allows Lalibela to host an impressively dense population of animals, large and small.

On your return to the Day Visitor’s Center, enjoy a buffet lunch. Then it will be time to rejoin your motor coach and travel back to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes: Guests should be aware that there is an approximately three-hour, round-trip drive to Lalibela Private Game Reserve; however, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and more than compensate for the length of the journey. As this excursion involves traversing inclines and rough terrain and climbing into open 4x4 vehicles, it is not recommended for guests with physical limitations or neck or back problems. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and flat, comfortable walking shoes. Guest should also bring along binoculars. Smoking and the use of cell phones during the game drive are prohibited. Standing up in the game-drive vehicles and speaking loudly also are not permitted, as it will disturb the animals. The Reserve’s souvenir shop does not accept foreign currency; guests who wish to make a purchase should bring along local Rand currency. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. All guests must sign an insurance waiver. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Excursion Code:

PLZ-KW

Highlights:

Discover the landscapes and animals of Lalibela Private Game Reserve, the only private game reserve in the Eastern Cape with no public roads running through the property and one of only three private game reserves in the Eastern Cape where all the animals, including the large predators, roam freely throughout the entire park..

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

8 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$299

Cape Town

Cape Town & Table Mountain

March 12

From the ship, travel by air-conditioned motor coach along Adderley Street, Cape Town’s principal thoroughfare. Observe notable buildings such as the Groote Kerk and the Castle of Good Hope, South Africa’s oldest building.

Continue your drive through the “Mother City,” graced with many finely preserved Edwardian and Victorian buildings, before proceeding past the Malay Quarter en route to the base of majestic Table Mountain.

At the Lower Cableway Station, embark a Swiss-engineered cable car for a nearly 3,300-foot ascent to the top of Table Mountain. In just under four minutes, you will reach the summit of the city’s most celebrated landmark. During the course of your ascent, enjoy spectacular panoramic views as the floor of the car rotates 360 degrees.

Table Mountain’s name originates from the flat-topped central massif of the mountain that, viewed from the city, is surrounded by Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground. Set off on a gentle, hour-long walk along paved pathways leading to breathtaking views of the Cape Peninsula.

Descend again by cableway and return to the ship via the up-market, seaside residential suburbs of Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay and Sea Point. Your Crystal ship awaits your return at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex.

Important Notes: This excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests may also wish to bring a hat and light jacket. Your understanding is appreciated should inclement weather conditions alter the sightseeing route to include a visit to Signal Hill. The order of sights visited may vary.

Excursion Code:

CPT-AW

Highlights:

Experience the “Mother City” from top to bottom on this exciting, half-day excursion to the top of Table Mountain.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Not-Accessible

Duration:

3.5 hours

Availability:

Limited

Price:

$99

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Special: Contact us for additional discount for Crystal Society Guests and New to Crystal Guests.

Port Charge: $1,239

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $2,000.

Call us for air fares.

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 7,595 ( $ 9,875)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 8,340 ( $10,840)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 9,000 ( $11,700)
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 10,695 ( $14,975)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 10,985 ( $15,380)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 11,225 ( $15,715)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 11,405 ( $15,965)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 11,585 ( $16,220)
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 11,770 ( $16,480)
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 11,965 ( $16,750)
PH, SH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 17,080 ( $29,895)
PS, SS (11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 22,690