Cape Town cruises

Not only is Cape Town one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it is also surrounded by magnificent beaches, rugged mountains and bucolic vineyards. On a fine day savour an awe inspiring cable car ride up Table Mountain. Perhaps make the poignant tour of Robben Island or take a cultural trip to Stellenbosch and its surrounding wine lands.

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.

  • City Tour and Castle of Good Hope

    Sample the beauty of this amazing and unique city, including a visit to the Castle of Good Hope and Signal Hill.

    City Tour and Castle of Good Hope

    Enjoy an orientation tour of the Mother City with its meticulously preserved Edwardian and Victorian buildings, before proceeding to the Company Gardens, which are situated in the heart of the city. Take a leisurely walk through these scenic surroundings, passing St George’s Anglican Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the National Art Gallery.

    The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa, take a tour of the Castle, including a visit to the Military Museum and the William Fehr collection. This cultural history museum contains a collection of old Cape Dutch porcelain, historic paintings and many antique pieces of furniture.

    Proceed to Signal Hill, where you will have the opportunity to photograph the views, before returning to the ship via the stunning seaside residential suburbs of Camps Bay, Bantry Bay and Sea Point.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes walking of approximately two hours over some cobble-stoned areas and an incline at Signal Hill.

    Tour code

    CPT_033

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Cape Point Peninsula

    Make the most of your day and experience the dramatic scenery of the Cape on this highly popular tour.

    Cape Point Peninsula

    Your scenic extravaganza begins with a drive through the suburbs of Bantry Bay and Clifton to Camps Bay, behind which rise the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles. Continue along the Atlantic coast to the fishing village of Hout Bay.

    Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, said to be the meeting point of two oceans. This area plays host to a wealth of indigenous flora and fauna with dramatic sea cliffs (among the highest in South Africa) and Cape Point as the main attraction. A funicular railway will whisk you to the viewing platform at the top of the Point. Take in the breathtaking views and enjoy fantastic photograph opportunities. At the platforms, you may opt to climb the additional 120 steps to the top of the Point, where the lighthouse is located.

    A delicious luncheon will be served at a scenically situated restaurant.

    Highlights include visiting the enchanting penguin colony at Boulders Beach as well as a visit to the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.


    This excursion will operate by coach, foot and funicular. Long queues may be experienced at the funicular station, due to the popularity of this attraction. The tour involves two hours’ walking so flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Chapman’s Peak Drive is narrow and winding and is unsuitable for passengers with vertigo, it is run by the Government and be closed at any time without notice. The order of sights may vary. There is approximately over four hours of coach travel on this tour in order to take in the stunning sights. There is approximately a ten minute walk over sandy and slightly rocky paths to reach Boulders Beach. In order to avoid congestion, the order of sites visited may be rotated.

    Tour code

    CPT_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Cape Town by Night

    Experience the lights and sights of Cape Town by night including Sea Point and Maidens Cove.

    Cape Town by Night

    Your scenic drive will pass the impressive Cape Town FIFA World Cup Stadium towards Sea Point. The promenade of Sea Point stretches to Mouille Point and is very popular with joggers and is a spot where locals meet for a walk and a talk.

    Clifton Beach has something of a reputation with the trendy set in Cape Town and is a haven for international jetsetters, along with its immaculate white sands and glistening water which has earned it blue flag status.

    A photograph stop will be made at the Maidens Cove area between Camps Bay and Clifton, near the Glen Country Club. As you look up at the cableway station you will see the narrowest view of Table Mountain that can be seen from anywhere in Cape Town.

    Continue towards the mountain and over Kloof Nek towards the bustling city centre of Cape Town.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is minimal walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    CPT_036

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Stellenbosch & Wine Tasting

    Discover the delights of Stellenbosch, the undisputed heart of the Winelands, on this half day tour.

    Stellenbosch & Wine Tasting

    Stellenbosch is named after its founder, Governor Simon van der Stel, who discovered the broad fertile valley of the Eerste River in 1679. Today, this is one of South Africa's premier wine-producing regions.

    Stellenbosch has one of the most beautiful settings of all South Africa's inland towns. Its original oak-lined streets, clear water furrows and classic architecture have all been preserved, and some of which have been declared national monuments. The best way to explore Stellenbosch is on foot and during a short guided walking tour the guide will introduce you to this University town.

    Visit the Stellenbosch Museum, which comprises of four different houses, depicting different eras of the town's architectural and social heritage. Afterwards, enjoy some free time.

    Your tour is rounded off with a visit to a privately-owned wine estate in the Stellenbosch area, where you can participate in a wine-tasting session and gain a glimpse of the fascinating skills practiced in the cellar.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are steps to negotiate at the wine estate and there will be approximately 30 minutes of walking during the guided tour and free time, when walking is optional. The itinerary may operate in reverse order to avoid overcrowding.

    Tour code

    CPT_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¾ hours

  • Kariega Private Game Reserve - Single

    A wonderful opportunity to experience a South African Safari, search for the “Big Five” and enjoy the Kariega Game Reserve.

    Kariega Private Game Reserve - Single

    DAY 1 – EVENING AT KARIEGA

    Depart Cape Town on an early flight to Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape. From here, you’ll drive along the open highway and into the wild bushland to the family owned Kariega Private Game Reserve home to the ‘Big Five’. Bordered in the east and west by two magnificent rivers, the reserve is also a delight for bird lovers, who will have the opportunity to view an abundance of bird life. Upon arrival you’ll be taken to the River lodge and shown to your luxury thatched suite. During your stay you may choose to relax in one of the lounges, leaf through a book in the library, relax at the pool or marvel at the stunning view from the deck overlooking Bushman’s River. After check in, take some time to enjoy luncheon and settle in, before meeting up for afternoon tea. The highlight of your day will be a dusk game drive, providing you with the best opportunity to see wildlife at its most active. Dinner will be served at the Lodge, allowing you to discuss your evening’s adventures over some excellent South African cuisine and wine.

    DAY 2 – DAWN & DUSK GAME DRIVE

    After an early morning wake-up call, you’ll depart on a morning game drive, returning to the Lodge for a full breakfast. Spend the remainder of the morning at leisure. Relax in your private living area or open deck and watch out for wildlife. Luncheon will be served, after which you are free to relax and enjoy the lodge facilities. Following afternoon tea, head out on a dusk game drive, where your experienced ranger will allow you to make the most of your time in the bush, tracking animals and later, enjoying sundowners. Perhaps during your day’s activities, you’ll have been lucky enough to spot all or some of the ‘Big Five’, as well as some of the reserves other wildlife including wild cat, lynx, hyena, jackal and monkey, to mention a few. Upon your return to the lodge, dinner will be served.

    DAY 3 –DAWN GAME DRIVE & PORT ELIZABETH

    Another early morning start allows you one last chance to head out into the wilds for a morning game drive in search of the ‘Big Five’. On your return, sit down to a leisurely breakfast, before bidding farewell to the Lodge and heading back to Port Elizabeth, where you’ll join the ship in time for luncheon on board.


    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 overland will operate by plane, coach and 4x4 vehicle. The booking deadline for this tour is the 24th November 2017. Bookings after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (double = CPT820, single = CPT821). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. This tour will depart from Cape Town on 27th January and return in Port Elizabeth on 29th January. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation ports prior to booking this overland tour. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellations made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Flight times and further details will be advised on board.

    The drive from Kariega to Port Elizabeth is approximately 1½ hours, the majority of which is on smooth highway. This excursion is physically demanding and game drives are over uneven terrain. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and airport delays. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. The contents and order of activities are subject to change by the Lodge management without prior notice. These may be due to weather conditions and/or the movement of dangerous wildlife in the Kariega Game Reserve.

    Kariega Game Reserve is located in an unfenced reserve and wild animals may wander into the Lodge surroundings during the night. Guests must follow rangers’ instructions, and must be accompanied by a ranger when moving between buildings at all times. 4x4 vehicles may not have seat belts fitted and standing up whilst vehicles are in motion is prohibited.

    Environmental: part of the joy of this overland is the opportunity to go off the beaten track and to obtain a privileged insight into the cultural and natural environment. Please respect the cultures, traditions and ecology of the places visited with environmentally responsible behaviour.

    The fare includes: transport by coach and plane, economy class air travel, sightseeing, meals and accommodation as stated. Wines and spirits at the Lodge are inclusive, however premium brands and champagnes may be charged for.

    The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, gratuities, room service, doctors fees, prescriptions, medication and travel insurance. There may be additional activities offered at the Lodge, these are to be at guests’ own cost and are offered independently of this excursion. As this overland tour involves leaving the ship and re-joining in another port, your visa requirements may vary dependent on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in receipt of the correct documentation; we recommend you check on the applicable government website for visa and entry requirements.

    What to pack: please remember your passport, which must have two blank pages, it is recommended that you place post-it notes on these two blank pages to prevent them being stamped during your voyage. Remember to take any medication you may require in your hand luggage. Warmer clothes for early mornings and evenings are recommended, whilst protection from the sun is required during the day. Luggage limit is one soft case per person with a maximum weight of 20kg.

    Malaria: The Eastern Cape is registered as Malaria free; however guests are advised to seek advice from a Travel Medicine Clinic prior to travelling.

    Tour code

    CPT_821

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 nights

  • Kirstenbosch & Wine

    Visit one of the world's most famous Botanical Gardens and enjoy wine tasting at South Africa's oldest wine making centre.

    Kirstenbosch & Wine

    Skirting the slopes of Devil's Peak, you will travel to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens spread over 1,300 acres on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, and are home to over 8,500 species of indigenous plants. Wander through the beautiful surroundings and enjoy some free time in the well-stocked Curio Shop.

    Afterwards, travel through the prestigious suburbs of Bishopscourt and Constantia into the region where South Africa's wine industry began over three centuries ago. Groot Constantia Estate boasts one of the most magnificent Cape Dutch homesteads. Once the private home of Dutch Governor Simon van der Stel, the manor house, which you will be able to visit briefly, is a fascinating blend of the West, East and Africa, incorporating European ideas, Asian craftsmanship and African materials. Join a guided tour of the cellar, followed by a formal wine tasting.

    Returning via Hout Bay, you will pass through the Atlantic seaboard suburbs of Camps Bay, Clifton and Bantry Bay.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is over one hour of walking at the gardens and the winery. Flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes and a sun hat are recommended. Please note that there are two flights of stairs in the wine cellar at Groot Constantia. This tour itinerary may operate in reverse order.

    Tour code

    CPT_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Complete Cape Explorer

    If you’d like to explore the Cape’s top highlights in 1 day – then look no further.

    Complete Cape Explorer

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Cape Town as you drive up Kloof Nek, the saddle between Table Mountain and Lion's Head, en route to the Lower Cableway Station. Then it’s up, up and away as you ascend to the top of Table Mountain. The five minute cable car ride offers spectacular 360° vistas of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighbouring peaks. Enjoy some free time at the summit to stroll along the paths and admire the single richest floristic area in the world.

    Next, it’s time to embark on a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast. Marvel at the magnificent views of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles, before continuing along the coastal road towards the fishing village of Hout Bay. From here, you’ll travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes, Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. It is here that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, along with their diverse ecosystems, are thought to converge. Cape Point and its dramatic sea cliffs, are among South Africa's highest, and are the main attractions of the reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll hop aboard the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top of Cape Point, where you’ll have breathtaking views and ample photography opportunities.

    After a delicious two-course luncheon, a visit will be made to the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Make sure you have your camera to hand, as there are said to be nearly 3,000 of these flightless birds, with their funny waddle, roaming freely around the area.

    After such an amazing experience, what better way to end your day than with a visit to Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine-growing region. At a wine Estate, you’ll be offered the opportunity to join a wine tasting session, before returning to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach, cable car, funicular and on foot. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat. Throughout the day, there is approximately three hours of walking over generally, paved or wooden walkways. Table Mountain is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather conditions, the tour will continue but omit the cable car ride. Long queues may be experienced at the funicular and cable car stations, due to the popularity of these attractions. Chapman’s Peak Drive is narrow and winding and is unsuitable for guests with vertigo, it is run by the Government and can be closed at any time without notice. There is approximately over four hours of coach travel on this tour in order to take in the stunning sights. The main course with luncheon is fish.

    Tour code

    CPT_038

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    10½ hours

  • Table Mountain

    No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip up Table Mountain, one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

    Table Mountain

    Flat-topped Table Mountain, on the northern end of the peninsula, has long dominated Cape Town. When viewed from the city, the central massif has Devil’s Peak on the left, Lion’s Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground: together they form a sort of amphitheatre, which encloses the city centre.

    The coach will take you to the lower cable-way station for the ascent to the summit of Table Mountain. The journey takes just under four minutes and the floor rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent, giving you a full panorama of the area. There is nothing to beat the mountain top for fabulous views of the city, Table Bay and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

    The tour includes a short orientation tour of the ‘Mother City’, famed for its meticulously preserved Edwardian and Victorian buildings.

    Flat-topped Table Mountain, on the northern end of the peninsula, has long dominated Cape Town. When viewed from the city, the central massif has Devil's Peak on the left, Lion's Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground: together they form a sort of amphitheatre, which encloses the city centre.The coach will take you to the lower cable-way station for the ascent to the summit of Table Mountain. The journey takes just under four minutes and the floor rotates 360 degrees during the ascent and descent, giving you a full panorama of the area. There is nothing to beat the mountain top for fabulous views of the city, Table Bay and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

    The tour includes a short orientation tour of the 'Mother City' famed for its meticulously preserved Edwardian and Victorian buildings.


    This excursion will operate by coach and cable car. The operation of this tour is dependent on weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather conditions, the tour will continue but omit the cable car ride and visit the South African Museum instead. All guests must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. You are advised to carry a jacket or sweater and wear flat, comfortable shoes and a sun hat. This tour is not suitable for those with a fear of heights. Long queues may be experienced at the cable car station, due to the popularity of this attraction.

    Tour code

    CPT_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Aquila Game Reserve

    This tour to Aquila Game Reserve will take you to the semi scrub desert of the Karoo for a wild encounter with Africa’s game.

    Aquila Game Reserve

    The Aquila Private Nature Reserve is a prestigious four star Reserve, situated over 7,500 acres of the Southern Karoo Highlands and encapsulating breathtaking majestic mountains, rivers and valleys.

    Depart on a two hour safari in a 4x4 vehicle with a ranger guide. Having been proclaimed a Nature Reserve in 1985, Aquila has a natural wetland, magnificent mountains and valleys which make for varied and ideal game viewing. Aquila has free roaming elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe and hippo. Large herds of game are also found on the Reserve such as Black Wildebeest, Burchell's Zebra and Black Backed Jackal.

    Aquila is home to 172 species of birds with several breeding pairs of the rare and endangered Black Eagle, after which the Reserve has been named. Karoo Chat and Fairy Flycatcher can be found on short walks into the surrounding wilderness.

    A buffet luncheon is served in the Reserve’s restaurant.

    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, 4x4 vehicle and on foot. The drive to and from Aquila is approximately two hours. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. Comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended. Guests are advised that the 4x4 vehicles do not have seat belts fitted, it is not permitted for participants to stand up whilst the vehicles are in motion and a disclaimer is required to be signed on arrival. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. This reserve cannot be compared to the Kruger Park, Sabi Sand or Phinda, but does offer first time visitors to South Africa the opportunity to view the game in the Western Cape if they are not travelling to any of the other regions.

    Tour code

    CPT_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Chapman's Peak

    A firm favourite with first time visitors, this leisurely and scenic tour unveils some spectacular views.

    Chapman's Peak

    Take a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing by Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay. Stop at Maiden's Cove to enjoy the magnificent views of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles, before continuing along the coastal road, past the up-market suburb of Llandudno and on towards the fishing village of Hout Bay.

    From here, you will travel along one of the world's most spectacular routes, Chapman's Peak Drive, which offers magnificent views over the ocean towards Hout Bay and The Sentinel.

    Passing the pristine white sands of Noordhoek Beach, call in at Noordhoek Farm Village for a comfort stop. Join the scenic Ou Kaapse Weg (Old Cape Road) for views over the Southern Peninsula, Cape Flats and False Bay.

    Heading back to the city via the M3 motorway, your route takes in the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Mostert's Mill and the famous Groote Schuur Hospital.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This scenic tour involves a small amount of walking during the comfort stops. The routes taken are along narrow, winding roads and the tour is therefore unsuitable for guests with vertigo. Chapman's Peak is government run and can be closed at any time.

    Tour code

    CPT_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Robben Island

    Visit the historic and proclaimed World Heritage Site, Robben Island, where former president, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned.

    Robben Island

    Since 1960 Robben Island has been synonymous with the political struggle against apartheid in South Africa, holding prisoners such as Nelson Mandela and poet, Dennis Brutus, during its incredible history. Robben Island is also a home to over 20 mammals and 130 different bird species including the 3rd largest colony of African Penguins.

    A short coach transfer will take you to the ferry terminal at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, where you embark the ferry across Table Bay to the Island. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour by bus of the old leper colony, Muslim shrine, shipwreck and the lime quarry where prisoners went through back breaking work.

    A former inmate will give a guided tour through the maximum security block and inside Nelson Mandela’s cell, where prison conditions can be witnessed firsthand.

    This excursion will operate by coach, ferry and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour, as well as periods of standing required. The ferry ride is 30 minutes each way and is weather permitting. The ride can be choppy which may affect those that suffer from sea sickness. The ferry is Government owned and can be cancelled or rescheduled at any time, which may affect the duration. Transport on the island will be in a variety of different sized coaches, which may require the main tour group to be split up. Please note that ex inmates will guide on the island, therefore groups may have varied experiences depending on what the ex-inmate went through whilst imprisoned. Please note that the regular guide is unable to guide whilst on the island. Early booking is recommended due to the popularity of this tour and final numbers need to be submitted 72 hours before the ship’s call.

    Tour code

    CPT_031

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours