West Africa: The next big cruise destination?

16th Mar 2010
West Africa: The next big cruise destination?

Cape Verde Islands, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo would be nothing more than places in an atlas for most cruise travellers. However if industry scuttlebutt is to be believed these and other nations along the West Coast of Africa could soon become the next big cruise destination.

Cruise travellers looking for tropical sunshine closer than Asia or the Americas or wanting more adventure than the polished ports of the Caribbean could well be tempted by West Africa. Similarly cruise lines may decide that the threat of piracy on the East coast is no longer worth the risk and the other side of this mysterious continent offers an attractive alternative.

Said, Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief of cruises news and reviews website, www.Cruisecritic.co.uk “After a long period of cruise obscurity, West Africa is back on itineraries as cruise lines like Crystal and Oceania have all added cruises to their rosters. And they’re sold out already, which means that travellers who’ve pretty much been here, there and everywhere are excited about a new region to explore. It’s worth saying, however, that West Africa is an exotic trip and by no means suitable for the traveller who simply wants to loll on beach, margharita in hand.”

Princess Cruises already offers West Africa sailings. A 31-night West Africa Adventure cruise is currently underway, and an upcoming 107-night world cruise includes calls in Tema, Ghana; Lome, Togo; and Dakar, Senegal.


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