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My husband has always been interested in visiting South Africa and he discovered this holiday cruise from Cape Town to Richards Bay around the bottom of the horn and then returning to Cape Town via Namibia which included four safari day trips with promises of viewing the Big 5. Unfortunately rough seas kept us in port for a couple of extra days mid-cruise, so we missed our chance at viewing lions & leopards. However we were able to experience a herd of African elephants at a watering hole for almost an hour and numerous rhinos on a river cruise that came almost close enough to touch. Also saw Cape buffalo at a distance as well giraffe, zebras, ostrich, African eagles, and many other small water fowl. The Aegean Odyssey itself is a unique vessel that caters to well traveled, primarily English speaking seniors and most of the passengers on this voyage were British, making afternoon tea a must do occasion on our days at sea. A buffet line option for breakfast and lunch with outdoor seating on deck 6 at the bow of the ship at the Terrace Cafe was our go to spot, although you can also take your meals in the adjoining dining area. The sit-down Marco Polo restaurant, available evenings on deck 3, offers a more formal dining venue with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks available evenings at both restaurants. The Charleston Lounge attracts the after dinner crowd with nightly entertainment offerings there as well as in the Ambassador Lounge most evenings. Port & shore excursions are assigned by cabin class which is another reason to consider booking a balcony category cabin. My only complaint involved our embarkation as our flight, which was booked by Voyages of Antiquity, did not arrive in Cape Town until nearly midnight. However, we did have a limo meet us at the gate and when we arrived at the dock and there were crew members waiting to welcome us onboard in the wee hours of the morning. Disembarkation went off without a hitch and as our flight did not take off until the following day, we were treated to a organized tour of Cape Town and surrounding areas including lunch at a winery and an overnight stay at The Culling including breakfast before being transported to the airport.

Sailing from Cape Town to Richards Bay and back again last Christmas

Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review by "Little Toot"

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Africa
My husband has always been interested in visiting South Africa and he discovered this holiday cruise from Cape Town to Richards Bay around the bottom of the horn and then returning to Cape Town via Namibia which included four safari day trips with promises of viewing the Big 5. Unfortunately rough seas kept us in port for a couple of extra days mid-cruise, so we missed our chance at viewing lions & leopards. However we were able to experience a herd of African elephants at a watering hole for almost an hour and numerous rhinos on a river cruise that came almost close enough to touch. Also saw Cape buffalo at a distance as well giraffe, zebras, ostrich, African eagles, and many other small water fowl.

The Aegean Odyssey itself is a unique vessel that caters to well traveled, primarily English speaking seniors and most of the passengers on this voyage were British, making afternoon tea a must do occasion on our days at sea. A buffet line option for breakfast and lunch with outdoor seating on deck 6 at the bow of the ship at the Terrace Cafe was our go to spot, although you can also take your meals in the adjoining dining area.

The sit-down Marco Polo restaurant, available evenings on deck 3, offers a more formal dining venue with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks available evenings at both restaurants. The Charleston Lounge attracts the after dinner crowd with nightly entertainment offerings there as well as in the Ambassador Lounge most evenings. Port & shore excursions are assigned by cabin class which is another reason to consider booking a balcony category cabin.

My only complaint involved our embarkation as our flight, which was booked by Voyages of Antiquity, did not arrive in Cape Town until nearly midnight. However, we did have a limo meet us at the gate and when we arrived at the dock and there were crew members waiting to welcome us onboard in the wee hours of the morning. Disembarkation went off without a hitch and as our flight did not take off until the following day, we were treated to a organized tour of Cape Town and surrounding areas including lunch at a winery and an overnight stay at The Culling including breakfast before being transported to the airport.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 741
A typical balcony cabin on the Bridge Deck with two small deck chairs plus table. The tiled bath featured a tub with shower, single sink, and ample counter space. Closet space was adequate, although hangers are at a premium. A small fridge was stocked with free water, soda, & beer options and a fresh fruit plate was refreshed through the cruise. Adjoining twin beds, a two person couch, glass toped coffee table, and a small swivel chair that really doesn't fit the space completed the set-up. The cabin's location near the back of the ship provided quick access to the Terrace Cafe which could be reached via a curving stairway one flight down. However, the location of these cabins necessitated quite a journey to reach the mid-ship stairways or elevators in order to access other frequently used facilities. On the plus side, these hallways are usually only navigated by the passengers residing in these cabins.