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Peter Deilmann Cruises announces three African itineraries

By: Marissa Tinloy

For the 2008-2009 cruise season, Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering three 15- to 20-night Africa packages. Focusing on destinations in southern and eastern Africa, the new itineraries combine sea time with explorations of the region’s beaches, wildlife, cities and villages.

Aboard the flagship MS Deutschland, guests on all three routes will make port calls in South Africa, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Additional destinations, which vary between itineraries, include East London and Richard’s Bay in South Africa; Zanzibar, Tanzania; Mombasa, Kenya; Port Louie, Mauritius; and Walvis Bay and Luderitz in Namibia.

The 18-night cruise, which departs from Port Louis, highlights Namibia with a three-day stay in Walvis Bay, a lagoon known for the home it provides to 200,000 birds of 50 species; and a visit to Dune 7, one of the highest crests of the coastal dune belt (and the perfect location for views and picnicking). The ship also visits Le Port, Reunion; and Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in South Africa. The cruise departs Dec. 17, 2008. Prices range from $10,169 to $24,979 per person, based on double occupancy.

Deilmann’s 16-night itinerary sails from Cape Town to Mombasa and focuses on destinations in South Africa and the continent’s eastern regions. The vessel visits the sandy island of Zanzibar in Tanzania; Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya; and Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Richard’s Bay in South Africa. The cruise departs Jan. 17, 2009. Prices range from $9,284 to $20,348 per person, based on double occupancy.

Cruising roundtrip from Cape Town, the 13-night voyage also visits Walvis Bay, Namibia; four ports in South Africa; and Luderitz, the country’s first German settlement. The cruise departs Jan. 4, 2009. Prices range from $8,117 to $17,457 per person, based on double occupancy.

In conjunction with these voyages, Peter Deilmann has also announced a special $99 roundtrip airfare and pre-arranged shore excursion package, originally valued up to $700. Flights are offered from 73 gateways. Travelers arranging their own air may deduct $750 per person from the cruise fare. Groups of five couples or more save an additional 10 percent off published cruise fares.

The MS Deutschland, a nine-deck luxury ship, features three restaurants, an outdoor dining terrace, seven bars and cafes, a library lounge, three sun decks and more.