Firstly, there was a lot of talk on our board, prior to the cruise regarding whether to have a Yellow Fever jab.
It was a no brainer for us. Had the shot, only reaction was a sore arm. We were asked to show our International Vaccination Certificate as we boarded the ship, then again in South Africa and Australia on our return.
A few notes that might help planning the 2014 cruise. Good luck. We had a fantastic time Dec 2013.
Dubai. Complimentary shuttle from the ship to Dubai Mall which is huge and has an amazing aquarium in the centre. The drive from the port is also interesting.
Fujairah. Complimentary shuttle to the City Center Mall. Interesting drive. Nothing special
Muscat. Complimentary shuttle from the pier to the Muttrah Souq which was amazing. Well worth doing.
Wall to wall schools on the drive to the Souq. Education of the young is top priority in Muscat.
Mumbai. Shuttle between the ship and the port gate only. Didnt do the Taj trip. Have been there before. Some people did the independant trip and others went on the ship excursion. From what we heard, some positive comments from the ship tour. As always you get what you pay for. The independant people didnt have as much time at the Taj and stayed in Delhi instead of Agra, missing the early morning viewing.
Goa. No shuttle We did the ships tour HIghlights of Goa for the morning. Very interesting.
Mangalore. We used the complimentary ships shuttle to the City Center Mall 10 kl away. That was an interesting drive.
Cochin. No shuttle. Did the ships day tour to Kerala Backwaters which was a beautiful part of India. The tour was excellent and value for money. Saw the fishing nets on the way back to the ship.
Maldives. Tender into town. Try to get to one of the island resorts which you would have to organise before leaving home. There is nothing in the capital Male. Have stayed there at Club Med in the past. Beautiful. Some people did the ships tour to Kuda Bandos and were very dissappointed. Lots of coral inshore. Cut feet etc.
Seychelles. No shuttle. Went snorkling. A waste of time. Water cloudy with poor visibility, probably due to the weather. Had visited a couple of years ago and did the drive around the island which is well worth doing.
Mombasa. Complimentary shuttle. Visa cost from ship $50USD pp. We did an independant tour to Tsavo East national Park.
Zanzibar. Tender into shore. Then complimentary shuttle to Kelele Square, where we walked into Stone Town. Picked up a guide for US10 who took us up to the Slave Market and local markets. Visa cost from ship $99USD pp
Dar Es Salaam. There was a complimentary shuttle into town. We did an independant City Tour - Full Day. Very interesting. Visited the Tinga Tinga Co Operative Centre and came away with a small painting.
Nosy B. Tendered in. Not much there unless you want to go to Nosy Komba to see the Lemurs. Ship has a complimentary shuttle up to the old town. Lots of canoes came out to greet us when we dropped anchor. They wanted to trade with you from the tender pick up. All good fun.
Maputo. Complimentary shuttle to the Feima Craft Market. Visa charged to ship account $169pp if you want to leave the ship. Nice place.
Richards Bay. Complimentary shuttle from the Pier to the Boardwalk Mall. We had organized a private overnight safari up to Hlulhewe which was excellent. Really enjoyed seeing all the big animals in the cool of the evening and early morning. The drive back down to Durban was beautiful. Just like northern Queensland. Sugar cane, rolling hills.
Durban. Complimentary shuttle from the Pier to the UShaka Marine World. Lots went to the Tala Game Reserve by private safari.
Cape Town. The ship docks right at the V and A Waterfront, a fantastic location. We organized with Sean Casey to take 6 pax up to Stellenbosch that afternoon. He then gave us a city tour on the way back to the ship. The next day he took four of us down to the Cape for a full day. Beautiful. Stayed at the V and A Hotel.