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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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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Durban

    Leaving:
    Cape Town
    Visiting:
    Walvis Bay, Cape of Good Hope ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Durban Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Cape Town
    • Day 2
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Walvis Bay
    • Day 4
      Walvis Bay
    • Day 5
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Cape of Good Hope
    • Day 7
      Port Elizabeth
    • Day 8
      Durban
    • Day 9
      Durban
    • Day 10
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Maputo
    • Day 12
      Richards Bay
    • Day 13
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Mossel Bay
    • Day 15
      Cape Town
    Ship Details

    Nautica - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Oceania has best food at sea, with no-fee specialty restaurants and vast menu choices.

    Cons

    Popular itineraries sell out quickly, and longer sailings may not appeal to time-constrained travelers.

    Bottom line

    Nautica offers plenty of amenities in the more intimate setting of a mid-sized ship.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Imagine yourself in a floating country club, and you'll have a good feel for Nautica's onboard ...

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    SusanelizabethP
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Poor service , poor food , poor staff
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    Floatog
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards are slipping
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 30 Night
    Cruise to Durban

    Leaving:
    Cape Town
    Visiting:
    Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    30 Night Cruise to Durban Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Cape Town
    • Day 2
      Mossel Bay
    • Day 3
      Port Elizabeth
    • Day 4
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Durban
    • Day 6
      Richards Bay
    • Day 7
      Maputo
    • Day 8
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Taolagnaro
    • Day 11
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Pointe des Galets
    • Day 13
      Port Louis
    • Day 14
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 16
      Seychelles
    • Day 17
      Seychelles
    • Day 18
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 19
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 20
      Maldives
    • Day 21
      Maldives
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Colombo
    • Day 24
      Galle
    • Day 25
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Phuket
    • Day 28
      Penang
    • Day 29
      Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)
    • Day 30
      Singapore
    • Day 31
      Singapore
    Ship Details

    Nautica - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Oceania has best food at sea, with no-fee specialty restaurants and vast menu choices.

    Cons

    Popular itineraries sell out quickly, and longer sailings may not appeal to time-constrained travelers.

    Bottom line

    Nautica offers plenty of amenities in the more intimate setting of a mid-sized ship.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Imagine yourself in a floating country club, and you'll have a good feel for Nautica's onboard ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Dourobert
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Great trip to Arctic Russia
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    Rutman
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Solid Upscale Cruising Experience
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Durban

    Leaving:
    Cape Town
    Visiting:
    Port Elizabeth, East London ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    12 Night Cruise to Durban Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Cape Town
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Port Elizabeth
    • Day 4
      East London (South Africa)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Maputo
    • Day 7
      Richards Bay
    • Day 8
      Durban
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cape Town
    • Day 12
      Cape Town
    • Day 13
      Cape Town
    Ship Details

    Azamara Journey - Azamara

    Pros

    Unique programming, friendly service and impressive commitment to destination cruising

    Cons

    Limited entertainment options, including a too-small casino, and hit-or-miss theater offerings

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for a truly grown-up getaway with more time in port

    Reviews

    Azamara Journey Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    For destination-intensive itineraries, excellent food, a comfortable onboard experience that le...

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    BetsyT
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Lovely, comfortable ship, excellent service and wonderful ports
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    Captain Povey
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    An enjoyable cruise marred by the disappointing food
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Durban

    Leaving:
    Cape Town
    Visiting:
    Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    10 Night Cruise to Durban Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Cape Town
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Port Elizabeth
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Richards Bay
    • Day 6
      Durban
    • Day 7
      East London (South Africa)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cape Town
    • Day 10
      Cape Town
    • Day 11
      Cape Town
    Ship Details

    Azamara Journey - Azamara

    Pros

    Unique programming, friendly service and impressive commitment to destination cruising

    Cons

    Limited entertainment options, including a too-small casino, and hit-or-miss theater offerings

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for a truly grown-up getaway with more time in port

    Reviews

    Azamara Journey Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    For destination-intensive itineraries, excellent food, a comfortable onboard experience that le...

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    We4lv2trvl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Really enjoyed ourselves, but service not as stellar as expected
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    CMATraveller
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    First cruise of many!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Durban

    Leaving:
    Mombasa
    Visiting:
    Mombasa, Zanzibar ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Durban Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Mombasa
    • Day 2
      Mombasa
    • Day 3
      Zanzibar
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Mayotte
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Maputo
    • Day 9
      Richards Bay
    • Day 10
      Durban
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Port Elizabeth
    • Day 13
      Monterey
    • Day 14
      Cape Town
    • Day 15
      Cape Town
    Ship Details

    Crystal Symphony - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    More options for dining and entertainment than on other luxury ships

    Cons

    Entry-level cabins are small compared to those of competitors

    Bottom Line

    A successful blend of luxurious amenities with big-ship choice

    Reviews

    Crystal Symphony Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Crystal Symphony is a wonderful choice for cruise travelers who are looking for a luxurious cru...

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    Zebra2
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Horrible suite/very good food
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    Savvy Seventy
    Sail Date May 2019
    Outstanding Voyage in Unusual Places.
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Durban

    Leaving:
    Cape Town
    Visiting:
    Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Durban Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Cape Town
    • Day 2
      Mossel Bay
    • Day 3
      Port Elizabeth
    • Day 4
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Maputo
    • Day 6
      Richards Bay
    • Day 7
      Durban
    • Day 8
      Durban
    • Day 9
      Indian Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 10
      Cape of Good Hope
    • Day 11
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Walvis Bay
    • Day 13
      Luderitz
    • Day 14
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Cape Town
    Ship Details

    Seven Seas Voyager - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite, all-balcony luxury ship with contemporary look and inclusive fares

    Cons

    Fares are quite high, especially if you don't take advantage of included drinks and tours

    Bottom Line

    Once you're onboard, it's a luxurious, carefree vacation

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Voyager Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Regent lays claim to be the most inclusive experience among the major luxury cruise lines. Of c...

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    EYeo
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Could have been Excellent
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    Canadianvoyager
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Canadians on the Crossroads of Antiquity
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water,