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Cruises to Cape Town

Cape Town (Photo:Alexcpt_photography/Shutterstock)

About Cape Town

Beautiful, sophisticated, socially progressive, democratic, engaging, hopeful -- these words capture Cape Town's very essence. Table Mountain majestically holds court over the city, found between Table Bay and the Cape Flats. This South African jewel serves as the ideal base for intrepid travelers wishing to explore all of the Rainbow Nation from the Cape of Good Hope and the rolling Cape Winelands to the adrenalin-charged safari game reserves, near the country's northeastern border.

This fishhook-shaped peninsula, lashed by fierce waters of the Atlantic Ocean, is an enigma. Cape Town often feels more like an old European bastion than an African outpost. Since banning apartheid in 1990, the city has become more cosmopolitan, while still struggling with the effects of years of social inequality. Case in point? Cape Town's Lamborghini dealership sits just blocks from the massive townships east of Table Mountain. Yet, there's an infectious sense of hope, and the residents are some of the friendliest you'll find anywhere in the world.

Cape Town offers a range of mesmerizing opportunities to learn about South Africa: its tribal past, wine region, Dutch, British and Cape Malay influences, and unique and striking flora and fauna.

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Nautica
Nautica

12 Night
Cruise to Cape TownDetails

347 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

71 Night
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524 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 10, 2022
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

18 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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117 Night
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 3, 2023
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18 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2022
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18 Night
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Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 3, 2021
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19 Night
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Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 2, 2022
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40 Night
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Leaving:Perth
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Mar 21, 2023
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102 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 11, 2023
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127 Night
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166 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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16 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Apr 7, 2023
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21 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
Mar 4, 2022
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21 Night
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784 Reviews
Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Azamara
Nov 29, 2022
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
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18 Night
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Leaving:Gran Canaria
Cruise Line:Azamara
Nov 21, 2023
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23 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Apr 7, 2023
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49 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Mar 12, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
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42 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Mar 12, 2023
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21 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
Mar 4, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 27, 2022
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115 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 13, 2023
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116 Night
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Jan 11, 2023
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Why go to Cape Town?

Pros:

A stylish waterfront welcomes you as soon as you are docked; it's like the Hamptons of South Africa

Cons:

It's a major city, so be savvy; don't flaunt valuables or walk in unfamiliar places after dark

Bottom Line:

From Table Mountain and game reserves to shopping and vineyards, Cape Town has a surprising amount to offer

Cape Town Cruise Port Facilities?

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with Table Mountain in the distance, is a focal point of Cape Town and is home to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, which features more than 450 shops, including fashion stores like Topshop and Mango, as well as markets, restaurants, hotels, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and the Iziko South African Maritime Museum. You will find plenty of ATM's and Internet cafes in the V&A Waterfront, as well as two information centers, found on Dock Road (alongside Ferryman's Pub) and at the Waterfront information kiosk in Victoria Wharf.

Good to Know?

Like other cities in South Africa, crime can be an issue in Cape Town. Safeguard yourself! Don't walk anywhere after dark. Don't wear expensive jewelry or carry lots of camera equipment in areas with which you're not familiar. If you rent a car, don't leave valuables in the trunk.

Getting Around?

On Foot: During the day, you can easily and safely walk from your ship to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex if you are moored nearby. If you are farther away at Duncan dock, you should order a taxi.

By Taxi: Taxis are the best way to get around the city. Restaurant hosts and shopkeepers will gladly call a cab on your behalf. You can't hail a taxi on the streets of Cape Town, so order a cab by phone through one of the many taxi companies. They're not cheap, but they are safer than the mini-bus taxis -- especially at night.

By Train: The Southern Line Rail Route, which stretches from Cape Town to Simonstown, is highly recommended. The train stops at several beautiful suburbs and coastal villages. Train travel does not always run on time, so consider this when planning your day. Be aware of potential pickpockets.

By Bus: One of the best ways to get around is by using the City Sightseeing bus, which gives you the option of hopping on and off at various major attractions throughout the day.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Locals refer to their currency as the "buck", but the rand (ZAR) is the official term. Each rand equals 100 cents. Note denominations include R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10. The current exchange rate is one U.S. dollar to 9 rand. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com and www.xe.com.) While MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are widely accepted, it's a good idea to carry rand for small purchases. Cape Town offers many foreign exchange facilities, including American Express and Rennies Travel. Be aware when using ATM machines, and keep your pin number hidden, especially in busy downtown areas.

Language?

The population is multilingual, but English is most commonly understood. The three ethnic, tribal languages you'll hear most often are Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans, but you might also hear Sepedi, Sotho, Tswana, Swati, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele. Among English speakers, a strong vernacular has developed, with several slang words that would be unrecognizable, such as:

Braai: barbecue
Cooldrink: the common term for all fizzy drinks
Howzit? : how are you?
Just now: in the foreseeable future
Lekker: cool, nice, great

Where You're Docked?

Most cruise ships dock at Table Bay Harbour, within walking distance of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. But some larger ships dock at Duncan dock, where you will require a taxi or transport organized by the cruise line to get to places of interest. As a U.S. or U.K. citizen, you won't need a visa to enter South Africa. However, you will need a passport with four empty pages. It must also be valid throughout your stay, as well as six months after your departure.


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We have been to Cape town many times but always headed out to the Cape or Constantia valley. The town is now safe to walk around and within reasonable distance of the port. Read More
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geoffstravels
Cape Town is about the safest place in the tourist areas There is a hop on hop off red bus much better value than ship excursions Local tours and races are safe and about a third of the price of ship excursions LoRead More
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soars
Cape Convoy tours, nice day out but lunch should have been pre booked as all we stopped at were full and did not get to eat until 2:30.Read More
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Trend
Lots her to see and do. We did the hop on and off bus which goes everywhere you want to go with a good narrative. A great way to get a feel of the town.Read More
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