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Program #20963RJ
28 Days | 27 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Apr 4 — May 1, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, April 04 - Depart US for flights to Cape Town
In Transit: In Flight

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The PortsWood is part of Cape Town’s colonial history. The restaurant and lobby are built over the original well and holding cells for prisoners en route to Robben Island 300 years ago. Today, the PortsWood is famous for its uniquely personal approach to service - catering to the international traveller’s every need and anticipating their every desire. Rich in South Africa’s unique culture, the PortsWood is a must for any traveller.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Portwood Road
Portswood Square, V & A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
phone: +270214183281
web: www.portswood.co.za

Room amenities: All rooms are decorated in nautical style and have individual air-conditioners, television, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom with bath and shower, direct dial telephones, electric razor plugs (100/200V) and hair dryers

Facility amenities: - Wellness Center (located at the PortsWood sister hotel The Commodore Hotel next door) - Sauna and Gymnasium (located at The Commodore) - Undercover parking - 24 hour security - Valet service - Swimming pool - Babysitting service - Business center - Porter Service - Cots - Credit cards - TV/DStv - 24-hour in-room dining - In-room internet - Movies on demand - Minibar - Same day laundry and dry cleaning - Car rental and chauffeur services - Guest relations - Unlimited free internet access

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Friday, April 05 - Arrivals / Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive To: Arrive to Cape Town, South Africa. Transfer to the hotel and check-in for one night.

Dinner: Join your study leader for the program orientation, followed by a welcome dinner.

Lodging: The PortsWood Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, April 06 - Cape Town / Embarkation
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: The day starts with the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. The plateau at 3km wide has it's highest point over 1,000 meters, and provides spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, travel to Boulders Beach, a beautiful sandy beach dotted with massive granite boulders. Since 1982 it has been the home of over 3000 tunnel nesting African Black footed penguins. In the afternoon, board the M/S Expedition to begin your journey up one of the most underexplored coastlines in the world.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, April 07 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings. The Expedition has ample public space in the lounge and library, and you can always join new friends in the ship's popular pub. Alternatively, spend time relaxing on the ship's deck or scanning the horizon with binoculars and camera in search of seabirds and marine life. As always, high end dining experiences will be enjoyed in the ship's dining room.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, April 08 - Luderitz, Namibia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Morning will be spent on board the ship as you sail into Luderitz, Namibia.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Today, visit the small Namibian town of Luderitz and the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Because of their isolation and predominantly German population, these towns are typically German in their architecture and culture. Kolmanskop was abandoned soon after it was founded when the new diamond prospects drew the population further south. Today it is a ghost town and a fascinating place to explore.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, April 09 - Walvis Bay, Namibia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Morning will be spent on board the ship sailing towards Walvis Bay.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Walvis Bay you will have the opportunity to explore the landscapes of the Namib Desert en route to a visit to the town of Swakopmund.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 10 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, April 11 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, April 12 - Lobito (Benguela), Angola
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today, enjoy a visit to the quaint town of Sao Felipe de Benguela in Angola. Benguela was founded by Portuguese in 1617 and has a big part in the history of the slave trade.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Free time to explore Sao Felipe de Benguela on your own.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Saturday, April 13 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Sunday, April 14 - Pointe Noire, Congo
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today, visit the Congo's Pointe Noire. This morning you will visit the cliffs of Diosso Gorge.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue exploring Point Noire with visits to the local museum and the city's lively market.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Monday, April 15 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, April 16 - Sao Tome and Principe
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: This Portuguese colonial island nation is a tropical paradise of beaches, waterfalls, forests and friendly people. You'll visit the capital, Sao Tome- once an important slave-trade post- and explore a nearby plantation. Sao Tome is famous among birders, with over 140 species identified in the surrounding area. On a birding excursion, try to catch a glimpse of the islands' endemic inhabitants.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Continue exploring Sao Tome.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, April 17 - Sao Tome and Principe
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today we will explore Principe via Zodiac boat to experience it's beaches, waterfalls and rainforests. A swim in the tropical waters is a great way to relax. Birdlife, including many endemic species, is abundant here and we'll keep our eyes out for African grey parrots. Option to visit the tiny town of Santo Antonio, the world's smallest city.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Dinner on board the ship

Afternoon: If time allows, continue exploring Sao Tome and Principe before the ship sets sail for Benin.

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Thursday, April 18 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues as you sail towards Cotonou, Benin

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Sixteen: Friday, April 19 - Cotonou, Benin
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today we disembark in Cotonou and head to the town of Ouidah, home to voodoo and an important embarkation point for the slave trade. We'll walk the "Route des Esclaves", rich in reminders of a dark time in the region's history. In the afternoon we'll cross Lake Nokoue on small boats and visit the fishing village of Ganvie, famous for it's bamboo stilt houses perched above the water. The village offers an interesting look inside modern African village life and boasts a fascinating market tradition.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue exploring Cotonou and Ouidah.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seventeen: Saturday, April 20 - Lome, Togo
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Outside of Lome we'll vist an Ewe village and interact with the locals to learn about their way of life and traditions.

Lunch: Lunch is served en route

Afternoon: A visit to Lome town includes a trip to the Centre Artisanal de Kpalime, a market famous for Batik

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eighteen: Sunday, April 21 - Accra, Ghana
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today's excursion takes us from the port at Tema to the busy capital of Accra. Our first stop is at a casket-maker's shop where caskets are carved to depict the beliefs, hobbies and life stories of the deceased.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Later, visit a local school to interact with the children and staff before heading off to a local market, the national museum and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nineteen: Monday, April 22 - Takoradi, Ghana
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: From the dock at the Ghanaian town of Takoradi, we'll explore a region steeped in the sad history of the slave trade. A visit to Elmira Castle and Cape Coast Castle brings us face-to-face with the horrible conditions of the dungeons and quarters slaves inhabited while awaiting their fate. A visit to the West African Historical Museum is included in our visit to Cape Coast Castle.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Castle Coast before the ship sets sail for Sierra Leone.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty: Tuesday, April 23 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational program at sea continues.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty One: Wednesday, April 24 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational program continues as the ship sails towards Sierra Leone.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty Two: Thursday, April 25 - Freetown, Sierra Leone
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Spend the morning on board as the ship sails towards Freetown, Sierra Leone

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Today we disembark in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is recovering from a civil war that almost tore the country apart, but today it is a progressive African state with a great future. Tourism is part of the recovery process. We'll explore the city and the Tacagumu Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty Three: Friday, April 26 - At Sea
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Days at sea will be filled with a fascinating and entertaining educational program presented by the expert expedition team. Lectures and presentations on the history, anthropology, flora and fauna of the region will be interspersed with seminars on painting, photography, and South African wine tastings.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Educational program at sea continues as you sail towards Guinea-Bissau

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty Four: Saturday, April 27 - Bijagos Archipelego, Guinea-Bissau
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Bijagos Archipelego off the coast of Guinea-Bissau is one of the most unexplored places on earth. The island's inhabitants are descendants of an ancient culture that practices an animist religion. Tides will dictate our experience here, and we'll utilize our fleet of zodiacs to explore traditional villages, uninhabited islands and mangroves. Birds will delight in the varietyof species to be found here. Two full days of exploration are warranted for this one-of-a-kind destination that is sure to be the highlight of the adventure for many passengers.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Bijagos Islands. The tides will affect docking times, so some flexibility will be needed at this unique destination.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty Five: Sunday, April 28 - Bijagos Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Continue exploring the Bijagos Islands. The tides will affect docking times, so some flexibility will be needed at this unique destination.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: If conditions and time allows, have some free time to explore on your own

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote regions.

Ship Information: Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B Length: 105m (345ft) Breadth: 18.6m (61ft) Max Draft: 4.7m (15ft) Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140) Crew: 55

Contact info:
19 Charlotte Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2H5 Canada
phone: 416-260-0999
Facility amenities: 360° Observation Deck All cabins with private ensuite and outside views Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise Complimentary destination guides for every passenger Large headed mud room Lonely Planet Library Discovery Lounge Fine dining- international cuisine in one sitting Large aft-deck with barbeque facilities Polar Bear Club Gift Shop Medical Clinic Sauna Computer room with internet where available Gym Mobile phones for rent

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty Six: Monday, April 29 - Banjul, The Gambia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today's a special day for the bird lovers! The Gambia is known for it's abundant birdlife: Over 500 species! Today we'll visit the Abuko Nature Reserve for a walk with our guides. Birds, monkeys and crocodiles inhabit the area. Alternatively, travellers will have the option to visit the museum of a local artist. Before arriving at the museum, we'll visit the Serrekunda market, one of Africa's busiest. At the museum, the artist herself will give us a guided tour of the space and its works while giving us some insight into her life as an African artist.

Lunch: Participate in a local cooking class with a local woman who will show us how to make traditional Gambian cuisine.

Afternoon: Visit a fruit distillery to learn about local liqueurs and be treated to a tasting.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: M/S Expedition

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Novotel Dakar is located at the heart of the business district overlooking Gorée Island, 5 mins' walk from Place de l'Indépendance and 9.3 miles (15 km) from Léopold Sédar Senghor airport (free shuttle service). The hotel has 241 air conditioned rooms including 10 suites, a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and fully equipped modular meeting rooms for all types of event. Free Wi-Fi and private car park.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Av. Abdoulaye Fadiga
Novotel Dakar
Dakar, 18524 Senegal
phone: (+221)33/8496161
Room amenities: Audible smoke alarms Safe deposit box in room RJ 11 outlet Dead bolt in rooms Satellite/cable colour TV RJ 45 outlet 220/240 V AC Wi-Fi in your room Security peephole Airconditioning High speed transmission line Smoke alarm in room Bathroom fittings Bathtub Hair dryer in bathroom

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty Seven: Tuesday, April 30 - Dakar, Senegal
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Our final port of call is Dakar, Senegal; a bustling and energetic West African capital. We'll visit the infamous slave-trading post of Goree Island and learn about the history of the region and its importance to the slave trade. The tour includes visits to the dungeons and slave quarters, the traders' opulent homes, the House of Slaves and Le Castel, offering a fascinating look into this dark time. We'll also visit the IFAN Historical Museum to learn more about the history of Senegal.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, explore Dakar's incredible markets, Great Mosque and colonial architecture before checking into the hotel for the final night on the African continent.

Afternoon: Farewell dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Novotel Dakar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Twenty Eight: Wednesday, May 01 - Dakar, Senegal / Departures
Morning: Flights depart Dakar, Senegal Flights depart very early in the morning on May 1.


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