The cruise was an amazing adventure - from the cities of Cape Town, Colombo & Singapore to island countries of Seychelles & Maldives, being able to see 4 of the Big 5 (elephant, African buffalo, rhino, lion & leopard - only one we didn't see was the leopard). Some amazing sights in the various ports - giant turtles of the Seychelles, the submarine ride in the Maldives, Freddy Mercury's birthplace in Zanzibar, the beautiful Buddhist temple in Colombo, among others. Singapore is beautiful.
But we traveled over 8000 miles on a ship that was 20 years old & had been refurbished (i.e., changed the colors of the interior) 4 times. It was small & cramped. Internet service was terrible (e.g., no internet service in any of the restaurants or the buffet; logging in all the time, as only one device per cabin could be on at one time).
Embarkation was a struggle - we had taken the pre-cruise excursion to Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park (highly recommend this excursion!). However, the trip back from this excursion included 2 air flights (Vic Falls --> Johannesburg --> Cape Town) with a 2-hour layover in Johannesburg to pick up luggage. By the time we got to the ship, it was 9 pm & the crew wasn't ready for us! No food (you can order room service), a struggle to get our luggage to our cabins, and a surprised attitude from the crew. To top it off, most of us had an early morning Cape Town excursion. So, between getting settled in our cramped (~215 sq foot) cabin, the long day of travel, and the time it took to be on-boarded, we didn't get to bed until midnight. UGH!
SMALL ... less than 200 square feet; not much room to spread out for a cruise of 30+ days (including pre-cruise excursion)
Rainy day - riverboat cruise looking at hippos
Nothing special here
Missed out on Phuket as ship ran into heavy currents & strong headwinds; 4 hours late getting into Phuket, so all shore excursions were canceled
Bats, monkeys, eagles a nice river cruise
Interesting city tour with Buddhist & Hindu temples & lots in between
Who knew that the Royal Selangor pewter factory & showroom would be the highlight here?
A wonderful way to end the cruise - amazing city/state
Who doesn't love penguins?!? At Boulders Beach, you get to see 100's of them up close and personal.
Beautiful gardens showing off the flora of South Africa