CroisiEurope is expanding into South Africa with the launch of a brand-new boutique vessel African Dream, which will be classified as one of its premium 5 anchor-class vessels. Its first cruise will be December 5, 2017.
Carrying 16 passengers, with a 1:1 crew-to-passenger ratio, the ship has eight river-facing deluxe suites comprised of six suites measuring 183 square feet with French balconies and two staterooms that are the same size, each with a 38-square-foot balcony. All cabins are situated on the Lower Deck. The design throughout will borrow from local African colors and designs.
The Upper Deck features a panoramic lounge and bar, a restaurant serving local and international dishes plus a rooftop patio with a small pool and loungers. Unlike on other Croisi ships, the menu will not be set -- passengers will have a choice of three dishes per course.
The French-owned company will offer an eight-night land/cruise itinerary visiting South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Itineraries begin with an overnight stay in Johannesburg followed by a stay at a Croisi-owned lodge in Kasane, Botswana. There follows a day in Chobe National Park, followed by three-night cruise on Lake Kariba and then a sailing along the Gache-Gache and Sanyati Rivers in Zimbabwe. The final part of the tour is a visit to Matusadona National park in Zimbabwe, which has recently re-opened to tourist after 40 years. There will also be an option to do a pre- or post-stay in Cape Town. Excursions include visits to a wine estate, Victoria Falls, small boat tours to get up close and personal with wildlife and a jeep safari to Botswana's Chobe National Park, which is home to 130,000 elephants, almost a quarter of the total population in Africa. There will also be qualified nature guides onboard to guide tours.
In addition to passengers from the line's French homeland, CroisiEurope attracts international travelers, and all crew members are bilingual, with onboard information and announcements in English along with English-speaking guides on excursions.