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Cruises to Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth (Photo:Anke van Wyk/Shutterstock)

About Port Elizabeth

Set nearly 500 miles east of Cape Town in the Eastern Cape province, the industrial-port city of Port Elizabeth (or, PE, as it's called) is a fixture on the South African cruise circuit, thanks to its revitalized central historic district, bustling beaches and, above all else, its proximity to the superlative elephant sanctuary and game reserve at Addo Elephant National Park featuring the "Big 5": lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros and elephants.

Here, sunbathers, active types (watersports and surfing abound), and old lighthouses fringe the swaths of sandy beaches (Humewood Beach ranks tops) hugging Algoa Bay. The city's central district sets the stage for a cluster of renovated Victorian buildings, historic sites and a surprising collection of engaging public art projects. Further afield, guided township tours propose insight into local African Xhosa culture and the nation's challenging political history. Visitors with a full day in port could tack on the can't-miss half-day excursion to Addo Elephant National Park with a half-day exploration of Port Elizabeth's urban-and-waterfront highlights.

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Nautica
Nautica

12 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

360 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

18 Night
Africa-south AfricaDetails

1,970 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2023
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Azamara Journey
Azamara Journey

12 Night
South Africa Intensive VoyageDetails

794 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Azamara
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Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Dawn

12 Night
Africa-south AfricaDetails

2,901 Reviews
Leaving:Port Louis
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 20, 2024
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12 Night
Africa-south AfricaDetails

2,901 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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12 Night
Africa-south AfricaDetails

2,901 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Feb 13, 2024
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128 Night
128-day Grand World VoyageDetails

1,006 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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123 Night World CruiseDetails

1,268 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 3, 2024
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Africa-south AfricaDetails

1,970 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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80 Night
World CruiseDetails

545 Reviews
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Feb 7, 2024
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29 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

1,268 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 3, 2024
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26 Night
World CruiseDetails

1,268 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Mar 12, 2023
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15 Night
Africa CruiseDetails

19 Reviews
Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Australia CruiseDetails

1,268 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jan 3, 2024
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47 Night
World CruiseDetails

490 Reviews
Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 5, 2024
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More about Port Elizabeth

Why go to Port Elizabeth?

Pros:

Centrally located Port Elizabeth has lively beaches, a historic Old Town and easy access to the elephant sanctuary

Cons:

Port Elizabeth is an industrial city and, as such, you should be cautious regarding petty crime

Bottom Line:

This well-rounded city offers something for every type of traveler to enjoy

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The South African rand is the national currency (check www.xe.com for current currency conversion rates); ATM's are available throughout Port Elizabeth.

Language?

South Africa lists a staggering 11 official languages (with plenty more unofficial ones on top of that), but visitors needn't be concerned as English is spoken nearly everywhere. Apart from English, you're most likely to here Afrikaans and IsiXhosa spoken locally in the Port Elizabeth area.


Port Elizabeth Cruise Reviews
Port Elizabeth is a place with more touring options. There is a nice mall there if you want to stay in town. There are a number of day trips that can be taken to surrounding sites. We opted to visit Addo Elephant Read More
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Rutman
Addo Elephant Park with Alan’s Tours. Excellent tour with Malcolm as our guide. Read More
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Madkel
Addo Elephant Park, highly highly recommendRead More
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The BarCarres
Addo elephant park was excellent and we book with Peter Giddy was had a wonderful guide take us out. It was a wonderful day and had we not had a safari after the cruise I would say this was a good intro to the animaRead More
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