Pre cruise stay in Cape Town


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#1
Derbyshire
88 Posts
Joined Nov 2016
Has anyone experienced this pre cruise option? It offers a wine land day, safari day and a tour of Cape Town with 3 nights in a hotel and crrtain meals for £700 per person.
#2
144 Posts
Joined Apr 2018
This is not the answer you've asked for, but this is the answer I can give you:

With £ 1400 you could do better in Cape Town - unless you're looking for a luxury experience.
But then you should also consider the world famous Blue Train.
Cape Town is easy to do on your own, there is even a working public transport system and some hop on/hop off buses. The latter wil get you to the Groot Constatia winery and to the Botanical Gardens. Also, there is Robben Island, the Castle of Good Hope, the Table Mountain, Stellenbosch and the Cape of Good Hope. All in all you should allow about five to seven days. By the way, the cape was originally named Cape of Storms, but the marketing department of the Portuguese Navy overruled Bartolomeu Diaz' choice for obvious reasons.

The big, and rightfully famous national parks are nowhere near Cape Town. So the safari day is most likely a day in a game reserve. This is most probably a nice and impressive experience particularly at dawn or dusk, but it won't come nowhere near a tour through the Kruger National Park. There are however genuinely wild penguins on the eastern side of the cape at Boulder's Beach near Simon's Town. You can get out there by local train.
This may sound insane, but it is actually a lot nicer than the Victoria Line at rush hour. We did this and we always felt safe. The Man in Seat 61 has a few pictures.

On safety: Cape Town has a very mixed record indeed, but if you keep being mindful it will be a safe and enjoyable experience. The city centre is a safe place during daytime and so are many other places. Places like Green Point or the V&A Waterfront are also walkable during night time.
Do not carry unnecessary bling with you (jewellery, wedding rings, big cameras, etc.), keep a low profile and use common sense. I would recommend you to get a B&B or a Hotel in Green Point.

Link list:
Hop on /hop off: https://www.citysightseeing.co.za
Public transport: https://myciti.org.za/en/home/
Line to Simon's Town: https://www.seat61.com/SouthAfrica.htm#Suburban

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#3
Derbyshire
88 Posts
Joined Nov 2016
Thank you for your response. We have been to Cape Town several times and also the Garden Route. We just wanted to extend our pre cruise time by a few days and this seemed a fair price from Cunard.

If anyone has taken this pre cruise package could they let me know what they actually did please.