Overview

Rounding the Cape of Good Hope was the challenge that opened the world. Beyond the mammoth plateau of Table Mountain, Vasco da Gama spied the Spice Islands of the East Indies, but he saw far more than that. The arc of Southern Africa he sailed is one of the most astonishing natural environments on the planet. Birds filling the sky above Walvis Bay, herds of elephants thrashing through riverine forests, humpbacks leaping in the surf—these simply have to be seen to be believed. It is our great pleasure to invite you to the immense wilds of Namibia and South Africa.

African wildlifeOn this very special voyage, we will be exploring no fewer than five of South Africa’s outstanding game reserves to see the Big Five on the march. Each is a unique biosphere, from the Kariega River Valley, where martial eagles circle above the hyenas, to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, the country’s oldest, a pristine dominion where the black and white rhinos were saved from extinction.

The astounding landscapes are not South Africa’s alone, however. We will also witness tens of thousands of flamingoes and other seabirds take flight in Namibia’s Walvis Bay, and marvel at the extraordinary 1,000-foot-high dunes of the Namib Desert’s world-famous sea of sand.

Corinthian II, we will have a truly marvelous experience of the natural and cultural wonders amid the Cape of Good Hope and beyond. We hope you can join us.

Program Highlights

  • Delight in a sumptuous vineyard lunch in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s wine country
  • Watch for whales and other marine life as the ship sails along South Africa’s scenic coast
  • View the dramatically beautiful cliffs and flora of Cape Point, Africa’s southwestern tip
  • Attend a festive dinner in the Namib Desert, surrounded by awe-inspiring sand dunes
  • Enjoy unique opportunities to meet South Africans where they work and live
  • Gain a new understanding of the region’s diverse African, Asian and European cultures

Faculty

Reginald H. Garrett, Professor of Biology

Reginald H. Garrett, Professor of Biology at the University of Virginia, has taught biochemistry and zoology for over 40 years.  Twice honored as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, he is the co-author of a widely used textbook, Biochemistry, and has taught U.Va. students marine invertebrate zoology and coral reef ecology for 20 years on site in the Bahamas and Mexico.  Professor Garrett’s travels as Academic Dean for the spring 2009 Semester At Sea included calls in both Namibia and South Africa–experiences that he will share with us on this voyage.  He will also trace for us the human odyssey that populated our planet from our origins in Africa, introducing us along the way to the impact of the Human Genome Project on our understanding of this and other chapters in the story of human evolution.

Itinerary

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FLY FROM USA

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WALVIS BAY, Namibia | EMBARK

Arrive and transfer to Corinthian II. Overnight aboard ship docked in port. (D)

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WALVIS BAY | NAMIB DESERT NATIONAL PARK | WALVIS BAY LAGOON | WALVIS BAY

Explore Namib Desert National Park, with its beautiful sand dunes, home to some of the world’s oldest desert landscapes. Learn about desert life and enjoy a dinner in the dunes. Also explore the wetlands around Walvis Bay, perhaps the most important bird sanctuary in southern Africa, with over 150,000 birds, including flamingoes, chestnut-banded plovers and curlew sandpipers. (B, L, D)

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LÜDERITZ | KOLMANSKOP | LÜDERITZ

The first recorded European visitor was Portuguese explorer Bartolomeo Dias, who sought shelter here in 1487. In the 19th century Lüderitz became a German colony, and today, the Art Nouveau architecture is unmistakable. Drive through the desert to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, whose buildings give insight into the area’s diamond boom years. (B, L, D)

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AT SEA

(B, L, D)

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CAPE TOWN | CAPE OF GOOD HOPE NATURE RESERVE & KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN, South Africa

Spend two days in Cape Town conveniently docked near the city center. The coastal and mountain geography of the famed Cape Peninsula, on which the city is built, is utterly striking. Travel through rolling hills to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the lovely Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Also visit Table Mountain and South Africa’s celebrated wine lands, including charming Stellenbosch. (B, L, D)

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MOSSEL BAY | GARDEN ROUTE & BOTLIERSKOP PRIVATE GAME RESERVE | MOSSEL BAY

Arrive at the western part of the renowned Garden Route, one of South Africa’s most spectacular areas. Drive to the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, a wilderness with over 30 animal species, including elephant, giraffe, mountain zebra and numerous birds. An alternative visit explores the Oudsthoorn area and Cango Caves. (B, L, D).

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PORT ELIZABETH | KARIEGA GAME RESERVE | PORT ELIZABETH

Founded in 1820 by the British, Port Elizabeth became a prosperous port and trading center. Drive to the Kariega Game Reserve, set high above stunning Kariega River Valley. It is a sanctuary to abundant game and wildlife, such as lion, leopard, hippo, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, antelope and birds, including nesting Martial, Crowned and Fish Eagle. Later, visit the Ubuntu Education Fund, a private initiative that helps children. (B, L, D)

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PORT ELIZABETH | ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK | PORT ELIZABETH

Drive to Addo Elephant National Park, established in 1931 to protect the last surviving Cape elephants. The park consists of thick, dry brush, and is also home to eland, kudu, Cape buffalo and red hartebeest. Choose from two full-day excursions: the normally-scheduled game drive or an early morning game drive, which will offer the opportunity to see more wildlife. (B, L, D)

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AT SEA

(B, L, D)

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RICHARDS BAY | HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI NATIONAL PARK | RICHARDS BAY

Drive to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, South Africa’s oldest national park. A pristine wilderness, it is known for its rich wildlife, including black and white rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, and hippo. Choose from two excursions: the normally-scheduled game drive or an early-morning version which gives a chance to see more wildlife. (B, L, D)

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MAPUTO, Mozambique

Mozambique’s attractive capital, Maputo, is built on the shores of a spacious bay. Inhabited by the Ronga people since ancient times, it was known until 1976 as Lourenço Marques for the Portuguese navigator who “discovered” the area in 1545. Explore the city’s leafy avenues, graceful buildings dating from the Portuguese colonial period and bustling markets. Also visit the National Art Museum. (B, L, D)

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MAPUTO | DISEMBARK | FLY TO USA

(B)

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ARRIVE IN USA

Accommodations

In an era of mega cruise ships that carry thousands of passengers, the Corinthian II is a delightful alternative. More like a private yacht than a cruise ship, Corinthian II accommodates only 114 guests in 57 suites. Corinthian II’s limited guest capacity, fine facilities and distinctive style of operation attract like-minded travelers who return again and again to enjoy its custom-crafted itineraries and a style of cruising that is rarely found today. More than just a cruise, each voyage provides a comprehensive experience that reveals the singular aspects of the destinations.

Aboard, a sense of community and a spirit of camaraderie prevail. All of Corinthian II’s suites face outside, providing views of the sea and landscape. Several have a private balcony. There are expansive open deck areas and attractive facilities, including an exercise area, library, beauty salon, two lounges, a sun deck with Jacuzzi and an outdoor cafe. A spacious restaurant accommodates all guests in open, unassigned seating. The cuisine is outstanding, and the overall service is efficient and friendly while unobtrusive. An elevator serves all decks.

A resident physician attends a well-equipped infirmary. Served by 70 seasoned officers and crew, Corinthian II complies with the latest international safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational technology.

Meals

Includes all meals, starting with dinner upon arrival in Walvis Bay, and ending with breakfast on departure from Maputo.

Program Fees

Early booking rates from $9,995 per person, double occupancy, cruise/land program. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,995 to the per-person, double occupancy rates. Airfare is not included in the rates.

 

CATEGORY REGULAR RATES RATE IF BOOKED
BY 11/22/10
E $10,995 $9,995
D $12,495 $11,495
C $13,995 $12,995
B $15,495 $14,495
A $16,995 $15,995
AA $17,995 $16,995
VS $19,995 $18,995
PHS $20,995 $19,995
Single Supplement: A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories C – A at a supplement of $1,995 to the per-person, double occupancy rates listed above. Singles in Categories AA, VS, and PHS are available at double the per-person, double occupancy rates.

 

Corinthian II Deck Plan

Price includes:

  • 12-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 114-guest Corinthian II
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Meetings and discussions with local government and other officials
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying faculty and study leaders
  • Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
  • Port and embarkation taxes
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

Does not include:
Airfare; visa and passport fees; luggage, cancellation, and accident insurance; meals and beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel.

General Terms & Conditions

Payments: A $2,000 deposit per person is required to confirm your reservation. Final payment is due October 30, 2010, and must be by personal check.

Cancellations and refunds: All cancellations are subject to a $300 per person fee. Cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties.

Insurance: We recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. Details will be sent upon registration.

Itinerary: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International.

Ship’s Registry: Malta CST #204 3599-40 TDI

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