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Cruises to Durban

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About Durban

Durban is a beachside city in South Africa that boasts the busiest port in Africa. The Indian Ocean fringes the city limits, and the port has a Golden Mile of beachfront. Yet Durban remains more dynamic than your average beachside town.

Durban is renowned for being one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South Africa, and the term melting pot is not used lightly. Zulu, Indian and European Africans merge in this subtropical city; 60 percent of Durbanites are Zulu, the largest ethnic group in South Africa. Along the main precinct of Victoria Road, a mosque minaret meets a Catholic church spire above the bustling auspice of an Indian market.

The Zulu people originate from this province and changed the course of South African colonialism at the end of the 19th century under the reign of famed warrior King Shaka.

Durban feels like a more African city than any other in South Africa, particularly if cruise passengers have been to the more European city of Cape Town. It is also the gateway to some of South Africa's scenic wonders, from the Drakensberg mountain range to the Valley of 1,000 Hills and the safari drives of Phinda Game Reserve.

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DAY 1: Dubai

30 Night
Cruise to Durban

Leaving:
Dubai
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Cruise Line:
Oceania Cruises
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DAY 1: Cape Town

14 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Cape Town
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Walvis Bay, Cape of Good Hope ...
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Oceania Cruises
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DAY 1: Cape Town

30 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Cape Town
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Mossel Bay, Durban ...
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Oceania Cruises
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DAY 1: Durban

3 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Durban
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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16 Night
Cruise to Durban

Leaving:
Cape Town
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Walvis Bay, Luderitz ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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25 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Venice
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Split, Crete ...
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to Durban

Leaving:
Cape Town
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Port Elizabeth, Durban ...
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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12 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Cape Town
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Port Elizabeth, East London ...
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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12 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Cape Town
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Port Elizabeth, East London ...
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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12 Night
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Cape Town
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Port Elizabeth, East London ...
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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4 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Durban
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Maputo, Pomene ...
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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13 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Cape Town
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Port Elizabeth, East London ...
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Azamara
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2 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Durban
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24 Night
Cruise to Durban

Leaving:
Durban
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La Possession, Port Louis ...
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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15 Night
Cruise to Durban

Leaving:
Cape Town
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Walvis Bay, Cape of Good Hope ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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24 Night
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Durban
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La Possession, Port Louis ...
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MSC Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Cape Town
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Azamara
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73 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Sydney
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Airlie Beach, Cairns ...
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71 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Sydney
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15 Night
Cruise to Durban

Leaving:
Cape Town
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Mossel Bay, East London ...
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Cruise Line:
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Port Louis
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Le Port, Taolagnaro ...
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Cruise Line:
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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16 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Cape Town
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Port Elizabeth, Durban ...
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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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56 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Singapore
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75 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Auckland
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38 Night
Cruise to Durban

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Mombasa
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Why go to Durban?

Pros:

A diverse city, Durban boasts gorgeous beaches and access to some of the region's most prized attractions

Cons:

Durban is a large city, and with that comes some risk of petty crime such as pickpocketing

Bottom Line:

With its mix of rich cultural sights and access to natural wonders, this port will give you a good feel for South Africa

Durban Cruise Port Facilities?

The cruise ship terminal is found in a commercial container ship port so the leisure facilities are limited. The closest tourist facility to the port terminal is uShaka Marine World, which has an open-air mall called Village Walk that contains souvenir and surf shops, restaurants, fast food restaurants and toilets. The ship staff will give you a map, and it's an easy walk to the beaches of Durban.

Good to Know?

Be conscious of pickpockets. While walking is reasonably safe when vigilant in the daytime, steer clear of walking at nighttime. Keep valuable possessions out of sight or preferably on the ship. If you rent a car, lock the doors, and keep windows closed in high-density areas.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Durban's beaches and city center are within a 15-minute walking radius of the cruise terminal, but for safety, the cruise ships will often advocate taxis as a mode of transport.

By Taxi: The best way to get around is by taxi. They are safe, cheap and run metered fares. To travel from the terminal to the city will cost about 30 to 50 rand.

By Bus: Most cruises will run a bus to uShaka Marine World. From there, a shuttle bus operates to the Victoria Street market, which is the heart of Durban's city center.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

South Africa uses the rand (ZAR). For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. There are no ATMs at the cruise port, but five minutes in a taxi to the city center will see you reach many bank outlets and withdrawal facilities.

Language?

English is the language spoken by Durban locals, but you might hear it peppered with Afrikaans, Zulu and Hindu. The most commonly used Afrikaans words are:

Braii for a barbecue

Eish for a drawn out response to shock or surprise

Ja for yes

Just now is not quite now but could be never

Lekker is for all that is good and great

Robot is a traffic light

Where You're Docked?

The Bay of Natal is a natural harbor just behind the beachfront. The passenger terminal facility is in N Shed at T-Jetty. There are craft stalls at the terminal when ships are docked. A five-minute walk will see you reach the Golden Mile of beaches, as well as uShaka Marine World, a popular tourist attraction. It's a fifteen-minute walk into the city center of Victoria Street, but take a taxi and you'll be there within five minutes.


Durban Cruise Reviews

Fishgerbil
Sail Date: Apr 2019
We had wanted to visit Tala Game Reserve but the ships excursion was Sold Out. We booked an independent driver to show us Durban and its surroundings.... Read More
fsingh
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Disembarking was a breeze. Everything is well organized. Durban is a lovely place to stay and there is lots to see and do. Weather is always good there.... Read More
tonib1
Sail Date: Mar 2019
Embarked and disembarked at Durban. No issues. A straightforward process!... Read More
Regano
Sail Date: Mar 2019
Never went to any places in Durban, had to fly back to Johannesburg in the morning..... Read More
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