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SH Diana - 192 Guests

Crucibles Of West Africa

14 Day Tema(Accra) to Dakar


Sail from Ghana to Senegal on an unforgettable 13-day voyage. Immerse yourself in vibrant cultures, fascinating history, and breathtaking wildlife as you cruise along the West African coast. Set off from Tema, with its busy streets and complex past, and visit colorful cities, including Takoradi – with its famous bustling Market Circle – and Freetown, home to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Next, you’ll head to the stunning Bijagós Islands. With lush mangroves, majestic saltwater hippos, and enchanting pygmy cows, you’ll never forget exploring this awe-inspiring archipelago. Your 5-star boutique ship sails on to beautiful Banjul before reaching the end of your cruise, Senegal’s capital, Dakar, a destination packed with cultural delights.



 

 

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Apr 20, 2025May 03, 20256,624 7,080
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Apr 20, 2025May 03, 20256,624 7,080

ITINERARY

CRUISE ID: D3825042013

TEMA (ACCRA)

DAY 1
Tema is a short drive from Ghana’s fast-paced capital, Accra, a city that's culturally rich, modern and historic all at once. European-built forts and Black Star Independence Square’s public monuments offer a glimpse at the past. The neighbourhood of Jamestown, a 17th-century fishing community with old colonial buildings, is its pulse with an art scene and local bites like waakye­ – rice and beans with sides – at a low-key ‘chop bar’.

ELMINA
DAY 2-3
A solemn reminder of the past, 15th century Elmina Castle in Ghana was a key slave trade hub, originally protecting gold trade before Dutch and British slave trade involvement. This UNESCO site exemplified the era's contradictions, with Europeans in luxurious quarters above filthy, cramped slave dungeons. The infamous Door of No Return opened to ships on the gruelling Middle Passage.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • ELMINA CASTLE & CITY WALK Included 2 h 15 m
  • UPGRADED TOUR - ELMINA CASTLE, CITY WALK & BATIK MAKING Optional 4 h 30 m
  • CAPE COAST CASTLE Included 4 h 00 m
  • FD KAKUM CANOPY, HIKE AND CAPE COAST TRADITIONS Optional 8 h 30 m
  • KAKUM NATIONAL PARK'S CANOPY WALKWAY Optional 4 h 
TAKORADI
DAY 3
The twin cities of Sekondi-Takoradi, known as Tadi, are a key commercial hub on Ghana’s deepwater port, featuring a 17th-century Dutch fort, a relaxed beachfront and Africa’s largest market offering coconuts, dried fish, and tangy jollof rice. Nearby Kakum National Park hosts an endangered Ghanaian rainforest with native wildlife, lush plant life, exotic birds, vibrant butterflies and a Canopy Walkway, suspended 100 feet above the ground.

ABIDJAN
DAY 4
A city pulsating with energy, Abidjan, the former capital of Côte D’Ivoire, stands as a hub of creativity and innovation. The thriving arts and music scene interweaves with the cultures, cuisines and traditions that define Abidjan. Serving as a window into West Africa, the infectious tropical mood permeates the city. Abidjan's unique atmosphere, galleries and markets, along with the fascinating National Museum, make it a captivating destination.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • ABIDJAN HIGHLIGHTS AND BANCO NATIONAL PARK Included 5 h 
  • COLONIAL GRAND BASSAM & CHOCOLATE FACTORY Optional 6 h 45 m
  • UPGRADE - ABIDJAN HIGHLIGHTS, BINGERVILLE GARDEN AND LOCAL GASTRONOMY Optional 7 h 
DAY AT SEA
DAY 5
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

MONROVIA
DAY 6
The bustling capital of Liberia, Monrovia, was founded in the 1800s as a settlement for formerly enslaved people from North America. The National Museum is custodian to the region’s history and art. Today’s city is a mix of architectural styles, lively beaches and street markets, such as the jumbled Waterside Market, filled with colourful fabric and crafts. Liberia's Creole cuisine fuses flavours brought from West Africa to America.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • HISTORICAL CITY TOUR OF MONROVIA Included 06 h 00 m
  • LIBASSA ECOLODGE: WILDLIFE SANCTUARY & FUN Optional 08 h 00 m
DAY AT SEA
DAY 7
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.

FREETOWN
DAY 8
Sierra Leone’s portside capital city occupies a major position in history as the home of formerly enslaved people from North America and Britain. Sites like Cotton Tree and the King’s Yard Gate symbolise the town’s sombre past. Freetown today is a diverse city with a rich heritage – colourful Krio architecture, hearty, rice-based cuisine and lively beaches. Nearby, the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary rescues endangered primates in a rainforest.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • BUNCE ISLAND Optional 4 h 15 m
  • FREETOWN HISTORICAL CITY TOUR Included 4 h 00 m
  • TACUGAMA CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY Optional 3 h 45 m

DAY AT SEA
DAY 9
Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.

BIJAGOS ARCHIPELAGO
DAY 10-11
The remote Bijagos archipelago off Guinea-Bissau has 88 islands of mangroves, mudflats, savannahs and palm forests, protected as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. On Canhabaque island, local culture retains coming-of-age ceremonies like difuntu and fanado. The former capital Bolama, now sits abandoned, while Orango National Park’s biodiverse ecosystems include wooded savannahs and isolated villages led by matriarchal queen-priestesses.

EXPEDITION ACTIVITES
  • ORANGO PARQUE HOTEL MUSEUM Included 2 h 00 m
  • BOLAMA ISLAND - THE FORMER CAPITAL OF PORTUGUESE GUINEA Included 2 h 30 m
  • CANHABAQUE AND THE TRADITIONAL BIJAGOS CULTURE Included 1 h 30 m
BANJUL
DAY 12
At the meeting point of the Gambia River and the Atlantic, Gambia’s relaxed capital city, Banjul, sits on a little island filled with colonial buildings and vibrant markets. The 19th-century Albert Market sells souvenirs and the vibrant traditional clothing of The Gambia’s diverse ethnic groups. Locals invite visitors to their typical Gambian home or ‘compound’ and tell stories of their heritage while offering herbal tea and traditional snacks.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • BANJUL HIGHLIGHTS Included 4 h 30 m
  • MAKASUTU CULTURAL FOREST ADVENTURE Optional 5 h 30 m
  • OFF THE BEATEN TRACK EXPLORATION OF SOUTH GAMBIA WITH 4X4 TRUCKS Optional 6 h 25 m

DAKAR
DAY 13-14
Fabulous museums, a thriving art scene and elegant seaside dining showcase Dakar's rich culture and forward outlook. The bustling traditional Medina quarter with its mosques, tea shops and street markets contrasts with the Senegalese capital's French-influenced architecture and cuisine. Mbalax music dominates the vibrant nightlife. Traditional crafts like woodcarvings and paintings sell at Soumbédioune market, making it the perfect souvenir stop.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • SAFARI AT BANDIA NATURAL RESERVE ENDING AT AIRPORT (FOR DISEMBARKING GUESTS WITH LATE FLIGHTS) Optional 3 h 50 m
  • SAFARI AT BANDIA NATURAL RESERVE AND SOMONE LAGOON (WITH LUNCH) Optional 8 h 00 m
  • DAKAR CITY TOUR Included 3 h 45 m
  • GOREE ISLAND, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE Optional 4 h 05 m

SH Diana (Luxury Expedition, 192-guests)

The 2023-built SH Diana will be providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes

 

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