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Cruises to Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth (Photo:Anke van Wyk/Shutterstock)
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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DAY 1: Dubai

21 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Dubai
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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DAY 1: Cape Town

12 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Cape Town
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Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth ...
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DAY 1: Cape Town

20 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Cape Town
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Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth ...
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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DAY 1: Cape Town

14 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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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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18 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Cape Town
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Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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30 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Cape Town
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Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth ...
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Cruise Line:
Oceania Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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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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16 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Cape Town
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Walvis Bay, Luderitz ...
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Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

Leaving:
Mombasa
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Zanzibar, Mayotte ...
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Cruise Line:
Crystal Cruises
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13 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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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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108 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Southampton
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Hamilton, Port Canaveral ...
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Line
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42 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Southampton
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Tenerife, Cape Town ...
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Line
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113 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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New York
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Southampton, Tenerife ...
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Cunard Line
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99 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Southampton
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Tenerife, Cape Town ...
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Cunard Line
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49 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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New York
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Southampton, Tenerife ...
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Cunard Line
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108 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Southampton
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Hamilton, Port Canaveral ...
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Cunard Line
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32 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Southampton
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Tenerife, Cape Town ...
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Cruise Line:
Cunard Line
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18 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Dubai
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Muscat, La Digue ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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12 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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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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140 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

Leaving:
Miami
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Key West, Belize City ...
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Cruise Line:
Seabourn Cruise Line
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97 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
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Aruba, Panama Canal ...
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Cunard Line
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60 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Sydney
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Brisbane, Airlie Beach ...
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Cunard Line
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18 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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Cape Town
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12 Night
Cruise to Port Elizabeth

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

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Sydney
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Brisbane, Cairns ...
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Cunard Line
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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

Rutman
Sail Date: Jan 2020
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
WillieLeoni
Sail Date: Jan 2019
Did not go into port... Read More
geoffstravels
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Again we had been to the area several times recently so really a town stroll was sufficient.... Read More
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Madkel
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Addo Elephant Park with Alan’s Tours. Excellent tour with Malcolm as our guide.... Read More
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