THE sleek and contemporary Queen Victoria cruise liner will be your home for almost three weeks on an amazing cruise from Singapore to Cape Town next year.
The fun begins in the modern metropolis of Singapore, taking in historic China Town and the delightful Orchid Garden before boarding our floating home away from home.
The first stint at sea will be three days, giving passengers plenty of time to check out the ship's many facilities including gourmet restaurants, swimming pools, casino, theatres, cinema, health spa and seven bars.
There will be welcome drinks so you can get to know fellow travellers - and make sure to leave time for group activities like trivia or Scattergories.
This ship continues a cruising tradition from the 1930s which encapsulates good service and luxury in the tradition of the great Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. It's an experience to be savoured and remembered.
Docking in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a visit to Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is a cruise highlight. Elephants of all ages are cared for at the orphanage.
You can sit back and relax on board Queen Victoria for the next four days and nights - perhaps taking in some of the regular musical performances or testing your skill at ship sports - before reaching the beautiful and fascinating island of Mauritius.
Situated in the Indian Ocean, the island and it's capital Port Louis have a history synonymous with pirates, aspects of which still linger today.
We'll spend time marvelling at the Pamplemousses Gardens with its giant water lilies and being awe-struck by the island's stunning scenery and white sandy beaches.
Another stretch of four days at sea is yours to enjoy during... perhaps take advantage of lectures on an array of topics.
Sailing past the southern tip of Madagascar, the ship makes a morning arrival at Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
Travelling north, the group heads to Addo Elephant Park, one of the country's larger national parks. A safari through the park is an opportunity to see some of Africa's most magnificent beasts including elephants, lions, rhinos and so much more, in their natural habitat.
Back on board, there's another day at sea before we berth in Cape Town.
No tour of the city is complete without viewing the imposing Houses of Parliament, the Victoria and Alfred dock and the Bo-Kaap area, where Cape Malays live in brightly coloured cube houses.
A cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain provides uninterrupted views of Table Bay, the city and sea.
The final day of sightseeing is a full day tour to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa and an area steeped in myth and legend.
At the cape we'll visit the famous lighthouse built in 1860. On the way we explore Simons Town, a quaint coastal town full of Victorian buildings, unique streets and walkways and a fascinating history.
Travellers then have the choice of either heading home or, if you want to see more of South Africa, you can stay for the extension tour that takes in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Hold the dates of March 25 to April 14, 2024, for this magical adventure from Travelrite and The Senior. The tour is priced from $8840 per person twin share ($11,970 single fare).
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