Would you sail to West Africa?

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Poll: Would you sail to West Africa?
Poll Results
Would you sail to West Africa?

Yes, I love to try new things.
71
42.51%

Yes, I'm sick of the typical tourist traps.
13
7.78%

Yes, I love the adventure of "less developed" ports.
50
29.94%

Maybe, if it's part of an overall voyage that interests me.
13
7.78%

Maybe when there's more infrastructure.
1
0.60%

Maybe, but I'll have to do some research first.
11
6.59%

No, I prefer more well-known ports of call.
5
2.99%

No, I stick to ports that are closer to home.
1
0.60%

I have another answer, which I'll post.
2
1.20%

Voters: 167.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
Pennington, NJ
320 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
For many of those who cruise frequently, new ports of call are a welcome deviation from standard destinations. We're curious whether up-and-coming ports in West Africa will become the next big thing. What do you think? Please check out our story here (http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3738), and be sure to vote in our poll!

~Ashley
#2
Greenville, SC, USA
51,209 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Not only would I cruise there, I am already booked. We sail May 7 from Cape Town up the west coast of Africa and end in Dover on June 7.
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#3
Seattle, WA. USA
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Joined Apr 2004
We are also booked there. We leave in October from Rome and end up in Cape town. Can't wait.
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I would suspect that you will not get meaningful numbers from his survey. This section is fo Afica & the Middle East. Most who come here are interested in that part of the world.
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#6
The Beautiful California Central Coast
1,782 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
I'd go in a heartbeat. We stopped in Senegal and Morocco on the (old) Royal Princess in 2005. Unfortunately I'm not retired and don't have the same allotment of vacation days as I had before. The Princess itineraries look fantastic, but they're 31-day voyages.

By the way, we were lucky our CD was able to have the Ballet National du Senegal give a single performance aboard ship. It was the best "folkloric" performance we've ever seen on a cruise.
#7
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
680 Posts
Joined Aug 2004
We are booked on Oceania's Nautica Nov 11 Istanbul to Capetown and then Capetown to Singapore. Some of the ports are repeats but many will be new to us.

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#8
Kent
758 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
I have lived and worked there and cruised there with Fred. Olsen. There is so much to see and learn. In the former French colonies (Senegal, Cote 'Ivoire, Togo etc) the infrastructure tends to be better than in other countries. However, Ghana and Sierra Leone have lots to offer. I think visits there by more cruise ships would be great for the passengers and beneficial to the economies of the host countries.
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#9
Wales. U.K.
18 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by paul929207
Not only would I cruise there, I am already booked. We sail May 7 from Cape Town up the west coast of Africa and end in Dover on June 7.
I am also booked on 5th November for 31 days Southampton to Southampton on the Saga Ruby.
#10
700 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
We spent our honeymoon in the Gambia and Senegal and would love to go back there one day. Unfortunately, I can no longer fly so my only hope is by cruise ship
#11
USA
530 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
We are also booked on the Princess cruise from Rome to Capetown in October-November. Paul, you are on right now--hope you will post information on your return.
#12
940 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
Just came back from the May 7 sailing in Ocean Princess, Cape Town to Dover and thoroughly enjoyed it; some of the cities were new to me and were helpful in providing a glimpse as to how many people in the world cope with daily life.
Would not hesitate to consider a similar itinerary in the future.
#13
Greenville, SC, USA
51,209 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Like Jotabecu, I got off the Ocean Princess after an amazing 31 day cruise up the west coast of Africa
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#14
Melbourne, Australia
10,618 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
We were also on the same cruise as Paul and Jotabecu and enjoyed every port and every minute of the cruise.

It was an amazing experience and one we will never forget. Go for it, you only live once!

Jennie
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#16
Montreal (QC) Canada
83 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
Yes, I will. I would like to find some members who already cruised in West Africa (Togo, Benin, Ghana or Senegal) with Princess Cruise or other companies.
#17
Montreal (QC) Canada
83 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
Originally posted by paul929207
Not only would I cruise there, I am already booked. We sail May 7 from Cape Town up the west coast of Africa and end in Dover on June 7.
Hi Paul,
Super! How did you like your cruise? I can hardly wait to go there...
Did you post some commentaries about your trip? Where can I read it?
What excursions did you take in Senegal, Ghana, Togo, Benin & Namibia if you sailed there?
I hope you read this message. I am not really familiar with this site Cruise Critic yet, but I feel I will like it...
#18
Melbourne, Australia
10,618 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
MoniqueMontreal,

If you give me your email address I can send you my diary which covers the cruise from Capetown to Le Havre.

I also have a list of the Tour Guides we used in all the different countries.

Jennie
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Our Cruises:
2017 Emerald Princess Sydney to New Caledonia & Vanuatu
2016 QM2 - New York to Southampton
2016 Marina - Papeete to New York
2016 Golden Princess Melbourne to New Zealand & Return
2015 Sun Princess - Brisbane to New Guinea
2015 Ocean Princess - Singapore to Cape Town
2015 Celebrity's Solstice - Sydney to New Caledonia & Vanuatu
2014 Diamond Princess - Kyushu & Onsens Mystery Cruise around Japan due to 2 typhoons
2014 Ocean Princess - Australia & Asia
2013 Noordam - Adriatic & Roman Explorer
2013 Ocean Princess - Land of the Midnight Sun
2013 Celebrity's Solstice - Auckland to Sydney
2012 Emerald Princess - New England Cruise Tour
2011 Royal Princess - Tahiti to Ft. Lauderdale via Sth America - Farewell Cruise
2010 Ocean Princess - Capetown to Dover - via West Africa
2009 Prinsendam - Athens to Ft. Lauderdale - Transatlantic
2009 Azamara's Quest - Hong Kong to Beijing - Far East Asia
2008 Tahitian Princess - Vancouver - Vancouver - Alaska in depth
2008 Oceania's Nautica - Hong Kong to Athens - the Pirate run!
2007 Tahitian Princess - Tahiti to Hawaii
2007 Pacific Princess - Sydney - Sydney - the Pacific Islands
2006 Veendam - Vancouver to Tampa via the Amazon
2006 Galapagos Explorer ll - Galapagos Islands
2006 Regal Princess - Rio de Janeiro to Valpariso via Antarctica
2005 Maasdam - Boston to Rotterdam via Greenland, Iceland & Norway
2004 Prinsendam - Athens to Venice via the Black Sea
2004 Tahitian Princess - Tahiti & the Cook Islands
2003 Noordam - Copenhagen to Rome
1999 Maasdam - Dover to Copenhagen via Russia (Baltic)
1995 Olympic - Greek Islands & Istanbul
1982 Oriana - Pacific Islands & New Zealand.

Future Cruises:

April, 2017 - Sydney to Hawaii & Tahiti & Return on the Sea Princess - 35 days

September, 2017 - Scenic River Cruise - France 21 days
December 2017 - Southern Cross Explorer - Oceania's Regatta - 34 days
#19
Greenville, SC, USA
51,209 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Monique,
We sailed with Jennie on this wonderful itinerary. Many of the tours I mention in the live thread were set up by her.
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Paul