Port Louis, Mauritius - Africa Cruises

Mauritius was uninhabited until the Dutch arrived in 1635. Their colony lasted about two generations – long enough for the settlers to hunt the native dodo birds to extinction. The capital of Port Louis offers shopping bargains at the old-fashioned central market. Go bird watching at Casela Bird Park. Or set out on a catamaran to admire the sun-drenched beauty of the island, landing on dazzling white beaches and snorkelling amongst shoals brimming with kaleidoscopic fish.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Southern Delights

    Discover the natural wonders of Mauritius, from a volcanic crater and breathtaking gorges to the coloured earths and waterfall of Chamarel.

    Southern Delights

    Soak up the spectacular scenery of Mauritius as you discover the delights that the southern part of the island has to offer. The highlights include Trou aux Cerfs crater, Grand Bassin, Black River Gorges Viewpoint and Chamarel.

    The Trou aux Cerfs crater is formed from an extinct volcano. Its position on the central plateau of the island provides a panoramic vista over the rest of the island.

    The Grand Bassin is considered a sacred lake for the Hindu community, nestling in a volcanic crater and interesting for both its beauty and legend. It is said that the water in the lake communicates with the Ganges in India, making it a site for pilgrimage for Mauritian Hindus.

    At the Black River Gorges Viewpoint, marvel at the breathtaking views over Mauritius’ deepest gorge. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a beautiful setting close to the gorges.

    At Chamarel, there will be a stop to take photographs of the beautiful cascading Chamarel Waterfall before visiting the unusual seven coloured earths. The soil’s colourful hues of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow never erode in spite of torrential downpours and adverse climatic conditions.


    This excursion will operate by coach. All sites are situated within a five minute walk of the bus – the walking at each site is up to the individual. There are a few steps at the sacred lake. Euros, US Dollars and credit cards are accepted at most places.

    Tour code

    PLO_021

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Yemen Safari Adventure and Casela Nature Park

    Enjoy a safari through the Yemen Nature Reserve and explore the Casela Nature and Leisure Park.

    Yemen Safari Adventure and Casela Nature Park

    As you travel towards the south of the island, you’ll be treated to views of sugar cane fields, lush green fields and local villages before arriving at one of Mauritius hidden treasures, the Casela Nature and Leisure Park. Originally built as a bird park, the beautifully landscaped Casela is now home to a diverse range of animals and includes the fascinating Yemen Nature Reserve. The Yemen Nature Reserve covers 11,000 acres and is a haven to all sorts of native wildlife and abundant indigenous and exotic plants giving it the feel of an African Savannah.

    Upon arrival, you’ll board an open-sided safari truck and take an exciting Yemen Safari that will allow you to discover the beautiful nature and landscape of the reserve, whilst observing the wild animals (zebras, antelopes, ostriches, wild boar, giant tortoises, deer, monkeys etc) in their natural habitat.

    Afterwards, you’ll have around 2¼ hours of free time to explore the Casela Nature Park.

    This excursion will operate by coach, open-sided safari truck and on foot.The Yemen Safari lasts around 45 minutes. Entry to Casela Nature Park includes giraffe viewing, a 3D interactive map, the aviary walk through, big cats viewing and the toboggan. Kindly note that a height and age restriction applies to the toboggan. All other activities are chargeable and payable locally and height and age restrictions may also apply. All the site amenities take credit cards or US Dollars. There is a 15 minute walk over flat terrain to reach the reserve. There are a few steps at the entrance and some uneven and rough terrain. The safari buses have high steps and are not fitted with seatbelts. Standing whilst the bus is in motion is prohibited. The journey to the reserve takes around 70 minutes. It is recommended to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, hat, mosquito repellent and flat, enclosed footwear.

    Tour code

    PLO_018

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5¾ hours

  • Yemen Safari by Single Quad Bike

    Enjoy a thrilling safari through the Yemen Nature Reserve on an exhilarating quad bike adventure.

    Yemen Safari by Single Quad Bike

    As you travel towards the west coast of the island, you’ll be treated to views of sugar cane fields, lush green fields and local villages before arriving at one of Mauritius hidden treasures, the Casela Nature and Leisure Park. Originally built as a bird park, the beautifully landscaped Casela is now home to a diverse range of animals and includes the fascinating Yemen Nature Reserve. The Yemen Nature Reserve is a private nature reserve covering 11,000 acres and is a haven to all sorts of native wildlife and abundant indigenous and exotic plants giving it the feel of an African Savannah.

    Upon arrival, you’ll climb aboard your quad bike and head off on an adventure ride through the Yemen Nature Reserve. There will be regular stops to introduce you to the wild animals (zebras, antelopes, ostriches, wild boar, giant tortoises, deer, monkeys etc) in their natural habitat, as well as different terrains to explore including streams, hills, forest and plains. This truly is an exhilarating and fun way to get close to nature!

    Afterwards, you’ll have around 2¼ hours of free time to explore the Casela Nature Park.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    Participants must be over 18 years old and show a valid driving licence. The price is for a single quad which takes one person. The walk to the quads takes around 15 minutes. There are a few steps at the entrance and some uneven and rough terrain. Pregnant women and those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride cannot participate. The minimum height requirement is 4½ feet. Participants must listen to a safety briefing and perform simple manoeuvres to demonstrate competence. Helmets are supplied and must be worn. It is essential to wear long or three-quarter length trousers and flat, comfortable enclosed shoes. It is recommended to wear a hat, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. You will be required to sign a disclaimer form before the activity. The journey to the reserve is around 70 minutes. Entry to Casela Nature Park includes giraffe viewing, a 3D interactive map, the aviary walk through, big cats viewing and the toboggan. Kindly note that a height and age restriction applies to the toboggan. All other activities are chargeable and payable locally and height and age restrictions may also apply. All the site amenities take credit cards or US Dollars.

    Tour code

    PLO_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Northern Discovery

    Step back in time to discover some of the island’s colonial attractions and view the giant Victoria Regia water lilies.

    Northern Discovery

    Your journey begins with a drive to Moka, where you’ll visit the 19th century Eureka Colonial House, one of the oldest colonial houses on the island. Enjoy a guided tour of the house with its authentic antique furniture, which provides an interesting glimpse into colonial living. After exploring the house and admiring the peaceful garden, you can relax on the terrace with refreshments of a soft drink and local snacks.

    Proceed with an uphill ride to La Citadelle, (initially an English fortress), to admire the panoramic views over Port Louis city and the harbour.

    Heading further north, you’ll arrive at the SSR Botanical Gardens (formerly Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens) where your guide will take you on an interesting tour of the gardens. The gardens are reputed for their extensive collection of tropical and indigenous plants, and most commonly known for the ineluctable giant Victoria Regina water lilies, spice garden and the Talipot Palm which flowers once every 60 years before dying. Many trees have been planted by world leaders and royalty, including Princess Margaret, Indira Gandhi and Robert Mugabe.

    After a leisurely stroll around the gardens, a short drive will bring you to L’Aventure du Sucre Museum. This fascinating museum traces Mauritian history back to the 18th century when the main commodity of the area was sugar, which was lusted after as much as gold! Sugar has enjoyed an extraordinary existence, leaving a profound impression on the history and identity of Mauritius.

    Before returning to Port Louis, there will be a photograph stop at Cap Malheureux, which is one of the most picture postcard spots of the north coast.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be around 45 minutes of leisurely walking at the gardens over some rough, uneven terrain including gravel, tree roots and grass. There are steps at each of the venues. To access the first floor of L’Aventure du Sucre involves numerous steps, however you can choose to remain on the ground floor. The venues are not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable, flat, enclosed shoes are recommended

    Tour code

    PLO_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5¾ hours

  • Paradise Island Escape

    Surround yourself with beautiful white sand beaches, swaying palms and azure waters on the tropical island paradise of Ile-aux-Cerfs.

    Paradise Island Escape

    Embark on a scenic journey to the east coast of Mauritius, past sugar cane fields, lush vegetation and through local villages. At the boat jetty, board your boat for a transfer to the beautiful island of Ile-aux-Cerfs. Known as the ‘mini Eden of Mauritius’, its wide sparkling sand banks and warm crystal clear waters create the perfect tropical escape.

    On arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a refreshing fruit cocktail and a Mauritian folkloric dance show. After your warm welcome, you will have around 3½ hours’ free time to soak up the sun, relax on the beach, swim in the lagoon or explore this island paradise.

    During the day, a delicious buffet luncheon will be served at one of the island’s beach restaurants.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by bus or minibus, boat and on foot. Walking is at guests’ own discretion. Traditional sand mattresses are provided. Please remember to take your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Guests must be able to negotiate boarding the transfer boat. There are independent suppliers on the island offering watersports. These activities are payable direct in Mauritian Rupees and are not connected to Cunard. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming activities. Please remember to carry local currency for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    PLO_014

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7¼ hours

  • Catamaran Sailaway

    Relax and soak up the sun and scenery on a catamaran sailaway through the clear, turquoise waters of the east coast.

    Catamaran Sailaway

    Embark on a scenic drive to the east of the island, where you will join a small speed boat for a short transfer to your catamaran.

    Relax and soak up the beautiful scenery onboard as you sail along the picturesque coastline for a brief stop during which you can either remain onboard to soak up the sun or transfer to a small boat to see the hidden Grand River South East Waterfall.

    Back onboard the catamaran, you’ll be able to feel the fresh sea air as you skim over the glistening turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There will be a further stop to enjoy some snorkelling, swimming or sunbathing.

    Soft drink refreshments will be served on board and beer or rum will be available on the return sail.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    The scenic journey to the catamaran takes approximately one hour each way. There is a five minute walk to the boat jetty. Guests must be able to negotiate steps into the transfer boat and catamaran. Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Children under eight may not participate. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Please refrain from drinking alcohol prior to swimming. Comfortable, flat, shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    PLO_022

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Yemen Safari by Double Quad Bike

    Enjoy a thrilling safari through the Yemen Nature Reserve on an exhilarating quad bike adventure.

    Yemen Safari by Double Quad Bike

    As you travel towards the west coast of the island, you’ll be treated to views of sugar cane fields, lush green fields and local villages before arriving at one of Mauritius hidden treasures, the Casela Nature and Leisure Park. Originally built as a bird park, the beautifully landscaped Casela is now home to a diverse range of animals and includes the fascinating Yemen Nature Reserve. The Yemen Nature Reserve is a private nature reserve covering 11,000 acres and is a haven to all sorts of native wildlife and abundant indigenous and exotic plants giving it the feel of an African Savannah.

    Upon arrival, you’ll climb aboard your double quad bike and head off on an adventure ride through the Yemen Nature Reserve. There will be regular stops to introduce you to the wild animals (zebras, antelopes, ostriches, wild boar, giant tortoises, deer, monkeys etc) in their natural habitat, as well as different terrains to explore including streams, hills, forest and plains. This truly is an exhilarating and fun way to get close to nature!

    Afterwards, you’ll have around 2¼ hours of free time to explore the Casela Nature Park.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach, double quad bike and on foot. The double quad price covers two people, therefore only one ticket needs to be booked per two people. Drivers must be over 18 years old and show a valid driving licence. Non driver passengers must be over the age of 16. If two drivers are taking part there will be regular stops to allow both participants to take turns in driving. Pregnant women and those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride cannot participate. The minimum height requirement is 4½ foot. Participants must listen to a safety briefing and perform simple manoeuvres to demonstrate competence. Helmets are supplied and must be worn. It is essential to wear long or three-quarter length trousers and flat, comfortable enclosed shoes. It is recommended to wear a hat, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. The walk to the quads takes around 15 minutes. There are a few steps at the entrance and some uneven and rough terrain. The journey to the reserve is around 70 minutes. You will be required to sign a disclaimer form before the activity. The journey to the reserve is around 70 minutes. Entry to Casela Nature Park includes giraffe viewing, a 3D interactive map, the aviary walk through, big cats viewing and the toboggan. Kindly note that a height and age restriction applies to the toboggan. All other activities are chargeable and payable locally and height and age restrictions may also apply. All the site amenities take credit cards or US Dollars.

    Tour code

    PLO_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Long Beach Getaway

    Indulge in some well deserved relaxation at the luxury Five Star resort of Long Beach, with its beautiful location and stunning beaches.

    Long Beach Getaway

    Embark on a scenic drive across the island to the east coast, where you’ll find the longest and widest stretch of white sand coastline found at any Mauritian resort.

    Upon arrival, enjoy a refreshing drink to welcome you to this carefree piazza-style luxury resort. You will have around four hours to spend at your leisure, you could choose to relax by the blue hues of the infinity pool - which melts into the Indian Ocean beyond, stretch out on a sun lounger on the white sands, stroll along the palm lined beach or cool off in the turquoise lagoon with its crystal clear waters and rare coral formations.

    At midday, a selection of sweet and savoury snacks will be served in one of the resort restaurants accompanied by a local cocktail, soft drink and water.

    Finally, after a farewell soft drink, you'll return to the ship fully relaxed.

    This excursion will operate by by minibus and on foot. The transfer from Port Louis to Long Beach is approximately one hour each way and is non guided. There is varying terrain at the Long Beach Resort, which includes some steps. Walking is at guests’ discretion. The venue is not wheelchair accessible. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. A towel will be provided, but please remember your swimwear and sunscreen. Participants must be competent swimmers if partaking in water-based activities and should refrain from drinking alcohol beforehand. Spa and beauty treatments and other services may be available at an additional cost, payable locally in Mauritian Rupees. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    PLO_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    6 hours

  • The Tea Route

    Absorb yourself in the scenic beauty of the south whilst discovering the importance of the tea industry during colonial times.

    The Tea Route

    The ‘Tea Route’ will take you on a culinary and cultural journey through the early days of Mauritius. Your journey will begin at the interesting Domaine Saint Aubin estate, which produces sugar, rum and vanilla pods. The estate is dominated by the 19th century colonial plantation house but you will also be able to see how the sugar, rum and vanilla are processed in the Anthurium, Vanilla Plantation and the Rum Distillery.

    Next, a visit will be made to Bois Chéri, the first and biggest tea producer in Mauritius, to discover the history of tea and witness the transformation of the tea leaves into flavoured tea bags, green tea and herbal teas. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious luncheon and tea tasting, in the midst of the picturesque scenery of the plantations.

    The final stop will be at Domaine des Aubineaux, one of the last colonial mansions typical of the late 19th century. The mansion has been converted into a museum dedicated to the history of Mauritian Tea. You’ll also have the opportunity to stroll in the Camphor tree garden to admire its diversity of exotic plants and endemic forest.

    The panorama of the south is full of photographic opportunities - you will see tea plantations, local villages, places of worship for all the different communities and beautiful views over the south and south-east coast.


    This excursion will operate by bus or minibus and on foot. There is a total of 1½ hours of walking on this tour, with steps to negotiate at the colonial houses and the tea factory. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    PLO_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7¾ hours

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