For the discerning traveller seeking a journey full of unique experiences and adventures guaranteed to deliver lifelong memories, ecruising’s epic 86-night exclusive Sojourn to Barcelona cruise package is hard to surpass!
Commencing in March 2021, this extraordinary itinerary from one of Australia’s leading cruise travel experts includes an 81-night cruise onboard the stunning Seabourn Sojourn across three of the World’s famed Seven Seas, all the way from Sydney to Spain’s Barcelona, taking in myriad iconic destinations along the way, followed by 3 nights at the city’s Grand Hotel Central Barcelona, PLUS bonus tours and a complimentary 2-night stopover at the venerable Raffles Hotel Singapore on your way home.
Your journey begins in Sydney on 4 March 2021 as you embark Seabourn’s Sojourn. A leader in small-ship, luxury cruising, Seabourn operates an elegant fleet of ships that appeal to sophisticated, independent-minded passengers, and Sojourn is no exception. Launched in 2010, the ultra-luxurious ship caters to just 450 guests and exudes understated elegance. As well as suites with sumptuous ocean views, there are pools, hot tubs, and a two-deck spa. The specialty dining room enjoys its own dedicated space, plus there’s plenty of room to spread out on deck and in gracious public lounges indoors including the Club Bar – the perfect location for pre-dinner cocktails, and the Observation Lounge with its expansive sea views. Add in Seabourn’s renowned personalized service, complimentary wines and spirits, stocked minibars in every suite, and elegant amenities, plus a range of unexpected delights – from exclusive travel-document portfolios and luggage tags to complimentary mini-massages while lounging by the pool, and Sojourn is guaranteed to deliver the ultimate cruising experience.
The first leg of your voyage is a circumnavigation of Australia’s southern coast, with highlights including stopovers at Philip Island for some fairy penguin spotting, Melbourne – Australia’s self-proclaimed foodie capital, and Adelaide, the city of churches, before sailing across the Great Australian Bight and up West Australia’s diverse and starkly beautiful Indian Ocean coastline from Albany in the south to the pearling town of Broome in the State’s far north.
Heading across the Timor Sea, a 2-night stopover in the upscale fishing village of Bali’s Benoa provides plenty of time to sink your toes into its black sand beaches and explore the island’s many temples, shrines, and monasteries. From here, Sojourn sails through the Indonesian Archipelago taking in Surabaya, the country’s second largest city and home to one of South East Asia’s largest zoos; the Javanese port of Semarang for a chance to visit the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur; and the former Dutch East Indies city of Padang, on the island of Sumatra, with its charming colonial ambience.
Next, Sojourn charts a course west across the Indian Ocean to Africa, stopping at Victoria and Praslin in the idyllic Seychelles Archipelago en route. The bustling Kenyan port of Mombasa offers access to teeming, picturesque game reserves, while a visit to Zanzibar is a chance to explore its ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed Swahili Stone Town and immerse yourself in the island’s spice trading history. In South Africa discover Durban and the stylish coastal city of Port Elizabeth, gateway to South Africa’s famed ‘Garden Route’ coastline, before rounding the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Town. Here, enjoy a bonus full day Cape Town Winelands tour including lunch for the ultimate wine experience, plus plenty of time to visit local attractions including the moving District 6 Museum which documents the country’s history of apartheid and a scenic Cableway trip to the top of Table Mountain.
From Cape Town, Sojourn embarks on the final phase of this extraordinary cruise along the West African coastline with its unique blend of beauty, nature, culture and history. Visit Namibia’s dramatic Skeleton Coast for close encounters with seabird colonies and Cape Fur seals; unspoiled Walvis Bay including a bonus full day tour to the famed sand dunes of the Namib Desert; the busy port of Cotonou in Benin, home to the Grand Marché de Dantokpa; Ghana’s teeming capital of Accra; Lomé in Togo where you can witness a traditional voodoo ceremony; the tiny Gambian capital of Banjul; and the Senegalese city of Dakar with its bustling open-air markets and historical colonial architecture.
Further north, sail to the isolated Cape Verde Islands located in the mid-Atlantic Ocean some 300 miles off the west coast of Africa; and the stunning beaches of Las Palmas and Lanzarote’s Montañas del Fuego in Spain’s Canary Islands. Your penultimate stopover is the Atlantic port of Casablanca in Morocco, famed for its quaint old Moorish Quarter and traditional medinas, including a full day bonus tour to nearby Rabat plus lunch, before disembarking in Barcelona on 24 May 2021.
Here, spend the next 3 nights at the Grand Central Hotel Barcelona, its imposing 1920s façade masking a warm and inviting modern retreat where visitors can watch the city unfold from the eighth-story roof terrace, then swing back down into the urban action, a mere doorway’s width away. During your stay, enjoy a complimentary Barcelona highlights tour – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the city’s elegant boulevards, the surreal architectural legacy of Antonio Gaudi, and the Gothic Quarter with its medieval atmosphere, while epicureans are sure to rejoice in a bonus wine tasting and tapas tour, taking in hidden gems known only to locals.
On 27 May, conclude your journey with 2 nights’ complimentary accommodation at Singapore’s fabled Raffles Hotel, recently reopened after a dramatic multi-million dollar makeover that has successfully married its elegant colonial heritage with contemporary modern glamour. Tempt your taste buds at Raffle’s outstanding modern French restaurant, La Dame de Pic, and sip on a Singapore Sling, the hotel’s signature cocktail in the legendary Long Bar. Or venture beyond Raffles to experience the charms of one of Asia’s most ethnically diverse lively cities, with complimentary access to the stunning Gardens by the Bay and OCBC Skyway offering sweeping views of Singapore and the park’s futuristic Supertrees.
ecruising’s EXCLUSIVE 86-night Sojourn to Barcelona cruise package commences in Sydney on 4 March 2021 and is priced from just $41,199* per person twin share – an incredible saving of up to 38%, including all accommodation, one-way economy airfares to Australia, bonus tours from ecruising and transfers as per the itinerary. PLUS, stay free at the revitalised Raffles Hotel, with up to $3,000* onboard credit available on selected cabin categories on Sojourn!
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