Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, is separated from mainland Tanzania by a 22-mile-wide channel. The name itself evokes a romantic past that includes memories of great seafarers and explorers, and tales of famous deeds and great riches. To Zanzibar's shores came the Sumarians, Assyrians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays - all contributing to the island's turbulent history. From its shores, the great European explorers - Burton, Speke, Krapf and Livingstone - set out on their voyages of discovery to the mainland. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive at Zanzibar in the 15th century, starting a reign of exploitation including the export of slaves and ivory. The island's main town, Stone Town or Zanzibar Town, on the west coast has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center. The different nationalities that have settled in Zanzibar over the centuries have left a distinct mark on its people and architecture. Of special note are the ornate wooden doors and intricately carved balconies. Walking through the narrow streets of Stone Town the visitor catches a glimpse of the town's exotic life. A scent of cloves in the air serves as a reminder that this is indeed the Spice Island. At one time, Zanzibar supplied the world's tables with cloves. Today there are still plantations that cultivate a variety of spices, but the island's economy depends ever more on tourism. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are a major draw for vacationers, encouraging such holiday activities as swimming, sailing and exploring beneath the ocean in unspoiled underwater parks.
Tulear, also known as Toliary and Toliara, is situated on the southwest coast of the island of Madagascar, a wild area of semi-desert, the capital of the Atsimo-Andrefana region and the Toliara province. Located in the Southern Dry Forest, Tulear reminds one of an "old west" town with its dry air and dusty streets. This vast and diverse area is home to the Antandroy "people of the thorns" on the coast, to the nomadic Vezo fishermen, the Mahafaly renowned for their funerary art and to the north, the mysterious bush-dwelling Mikea. The people of the dry south or androy differ from all other Malagasy in that they do not cultivate rice. Instead, they plant meagre crops of melons, maize, cassava and millet. Tulear is the opening to the bush country of the vast and dense thorny forest where the main species are Didiera, Euphorbia and Baobabs a scenery with rare beauty. This huge area includes the Baobab country of Morondava and the Tsingy of Bemaraha in the north, the spiny bush of Andatabo in the centre and the spiny forest of Ifaty. The coral reef from Anakao to Ifaty beach is home to many marine species. Lying at the Tropic of Capricorn, Tulear was known as one of the routes to the Western Indian colonies. In 1500, the Portuguese established a trading centre at the estuary of Onilahy River in St. Augustin. Both the Dutch and the British attempted colonization without success. King Radama I (1810-1861), a Merina king who, with help from the British unified most of the country, opening it to English missionaries who spread Christianity throughout the island and transcribed Malagasy into a written language. In 1889, French expedition troops attacked Tulear and declared their domination over the whole territory. Madagascar gained its independence in 1960. The name of town was named by a Vezo pirog man and his explorer passenger. Upon arrival he declared “Toly Eroa”, which means “Here we are”. The passenger referred to it as “Tulear”. Malagasy is the primary language and French is spoken in many localities.
Richards Bay was named after Frederick William Richards of the British Royal Navy. When he learned of the conflict the English experienced in Zululand, Richards arrived with 250 men in support of his fellow countrymen. He also made a survey of the coast in 1879. In 1906, development of the area got underway with the founding of the Zululand Fisheries and the first ox wagon trek to the town of Empangeni. In 1928, Richards Bay got a hotel and a store, from which it gradually developed into the economic center of Northern Kwazulu-Natal. A new deep-water port inaugurated in 1976 is the second largest port in the country after Durban. In its wake, a number of large and small industries, hotels, shops and restaurants have sprung up, causing the town to develop at a record-breaking pace. The most important attractions however are found outside Richards Bay in the game reserves and cultural villages. For many visitors Zululand represents some of the "real" Africa, an area that covers much of central Kwazulu-Natal, including the port of Richard's Bay and the adjacent Hluhluwe Game Park. The region is dominated by the Zulu tribe; their customs, historical traditions and culture are evident throughout the region. The name Zulu derives from an early chief, whose descendants were called aba-kwa Zulu, or people of Zulu. Their capital is Ulundi, located north of the Tugela River. Much of Zululand comprises a scenic, hilly interior plus some coastal areas, where it is usually hot and humid.
The great natural harbor of Port Natal, on whose shores the city of Durban now stands, was thought by early Portuguese navigators to be a lagoon at the mouth of a large river. They called the harbor Rio de Natal (Christmas River), as its discovery fell on Christmas Day in 1497. The name Durban was acquired in 1843 when Port Natal was renamed for Sir Benjamin D'Urban, the Cape governor who had ordered the British annexation of Natal. Durban became a municipality in 1854 and a city in 1935. Today it is one of the principal cargo ports on the African continent, a center for industry and a major holiday resort. With a population of almost one million people, Durban is a bustling, subtropical city with a warm, more often hot and sultry climate that favors the luxuriant growth of trees and gardens. It is considered to be the Asian capital of South Africa with a massive Indian population. While the downtown area is predominantly Muslim, Hindu Durban lies to the north of the city center. It was here in the Phoenix Park Settlement that Mahatma Gandhi set up his retreat center in 1903, from where moral support was drawn for the Indian demonstrations of 1913. Durban's 21st-century economy can largely be credited to the immense amount of cargo passing through its huge port, as well as to the thousands of Transvaal holiday makers who, since the 1930s, have turned the city's beachfront into a popular playground. Its most dominant landmark is the handsome Grey Street Mosque, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
As spacious as a Explorer Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. An enchanting retreat, Explorer Suites exude cosy opulence and a cushy seating area perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring ashore. Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Plush Etro® bathrobe BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Umbrella Personalised stationary Direct dial telephone(s) iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth connectivity 110-volt outlets only Two portholes Sitting area Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage draws Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower Writing desk Hair Dryer Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Unlimited Standard Wifi
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A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures and panoramic views surround you with distinguished luxury. The perfect summary of The Medallion Suite offered by the world’s best cruise line. Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Plush Etro® bathrobe BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) A choice of pillows Personalised stationary iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth 110-volt outlets only Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accomodate an additional guest Living room with sitting area and convertible sofa to accomodate an additional guest Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower Hair dryer Writing desk Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Unlimited Standard Wifi Laundry service Dinner at officer's table Illy® Espresso machine
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A quiet sanctuary. The suite’s sitting area has plenty of room to relax while on your cruise. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Plush Etro® bathrobe BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Umbrella Direct dial telephone(s) iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth Personalised stationary 110-volt outlets only Two large view windows Sitting area Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower Hair dryer Writing desk Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Unlimited Standard Wifi
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A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests. Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Plush Etro® bathrobe BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Umbrella Complimentary interactive mobile content Personalised stationary Direct dial telephone(s) iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth 110-volt outlets only Balcony with wooden parquet with floor-to-ceiling glass doors Sitting area with convertible sofa that can accommodate an additional guest up to the age of 14 years old. (Veranda Suites 601, 602, 603, 604 only) Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower Hair dryer Writing desk Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Unlimited Standard Wifi
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Welcoming and comfortable, the View Suite provides a relaxing haven for even the utmost adventure-seeking guests. Complete a day spent exploring onshore with an evening unwinding in the comfort of your sitting area. Capture passing ocean scenes through your view window. Freshen up in your beautiful marbled bathroom before enjoying an elegant onboard dinner. Or cozy up under fine bed linens to watch an on-demand movie on the flat-screen television. Fall asleep easily, dreaming of the incredible experiences that await you the following day. Butler service Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences Plush Etro® bathrobe BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands A choice of pillows Umbrella Personalised stationary Direct dial telephone(s) iHome Radio / Alarm charging station (with USB cable or QI wireless charging), NFC Bluetooth 110-volt outlets only View window Sitting area Twin beds or queen-sized bed, including storage drawers Marbled bathroom with walk-in shower Writing desk Hair dryer Fitted wardrobe with personal safe Unlimited Standard Wifi
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Silversea's third expedition ship is expertly engineered to explore the most isolated archipelagos of the Pacific. Her small size and shallow draft allow close-up access to rugged coasts well beyond the reach of ordinary vessels. And she has been newly refurbished to help guests maximize their experience and build a genuine connection with the regions they visit. Spacious decks and panoramic public rooms mean the drama of the unexpected is never far from view. A fleet of Zodiacs allows exploration from the water or remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictate. Since many of our expeditions sail to some of the world's most pristine coral reef systems, there's a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing along with a full complement of snorkelling equipment and a dive programme for advanced divers. We've also taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history and wild life of the destinations, to present informal talks, guide Zodiac outings and lead small-group explorations ashore. While back on board, every creature comfort awaits: an ocean-view suite, in-suite bar and the head-to-toe pampering of a butler; elegant lounges and open bar where fellow travellers gather to swap tales about their day's adventures; and cuisine that meets Silversea's standards of culinary excellence — which are lofty, indeed. Imaginative menus in The Restaurant feature both regional offerings and dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Additional amenities include a sun-catching pool deck, an internet cafe, a fitness centre, and a beauty and massage centre — particularly alluring after an adventurous day ashore.Ship info Deck plans