It’s been a great season across Africa – here’s a quick update from what’s happening around the continent!
Teams maintain maintain strong commitments to causes close to their hearts
On July 14th, the ATC Namibia team received a certificate of gratitude from the Save the Rhino Trust Namibia, presented by the trust’s Chairman, Maxi Louis, to show their appreciation for the funds and support we have contributed to the cause over the past two years. We look forward to continuing our support towards the trust in the hope of making a significant impact on conserving this wonderful species, currently in danger of extinction.
ATC Namibia have been generously supporting nature conservation for a number of years, and is also big supporter of ISAP Namibia – a non-profit organization that aims to create awareness and support against poaching. An app for the organization has been developed for both the general Namibian population, as well as tourists, and provides a platform for reporting suspicious activities concerning poaching and other environmental issues in real time. This is supported to ensure that the environment of Namibia is preserved and future generations have the pleasure on visiting Namibia.
Luxury vessel makes a call to Walvis Bay Port
January 19th was a big day for the team- as a luxurious renowned cruise liner made an unprecedented call at Walvis Bay. The overnight call was a complete success, with almost all passengers onboard participating in the many interesting shore excursions the Intercruises team had to offer in the area.
Successful calls handled in the country
Despite the significant drop in the number of visitors to the country, in October & November 2017, Intercruises successfully handled operations in the ports of Alexandria and Safaga for two large cruise ships, taking care of over 4,500 passengers and almost 2,000 crew members. The Intercruises Egypt team was well prepared and fantastically managed the handling of shore excursions for over 1,500 passengers! The excursions included the highlights of Alexandria, Cairo, Hurghada and Luxor, as well as various other monumental and historical landmarks of Egypt inbetween the ships’ calls.
Awards & Accreditations
SummerTimes – the Mauritius-based DMC that includes the local Intercruises Mauritius team – recently received the Best DMC 2017 Award from ilemaurice-tourisme.info – the number one online portal for tourism information in Mauritius.
We are also pleased to announce that SummerTimes has also recently met newly-issued standards for ISO 9001:2015 following a throrough systems and processes audit carried out by AJA Ltd (Anglo Japanese American Ltd).
Cape Town’s new cruise terminal
During the season, Intercruises has had the pleasure of operating in Cape Town’s newest terminal, making great use of its layout and fantastic facilities. We look forward to more successful calls for the next season!
Luxury tour offering half day old-timers & tea at the famous Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
We are proud to present the latest tour available in Cape Town, in which guests are chauffeur-driven through the steets of the city in a classic car, to the famous Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Guests then enjoy high-tea consisting of a wonderful array of delicious sandwiches, savouries, cakes and pastries while enjoying the spectacular vistas over the horizon. On the way back to the pier, guests also have the chance to discover Kloofnek and Camps Bay, and various other spots along the Atlantic coastline.
Amazing experiences for mobility-challenged guests
The Intercruises Tanzania team has been busy developing special programs in the two major ports to help mobility-challenged guests and their travelling companions make the most out of their shore excursions available to them. Many of the traditional excursions are difficult to access with several steps or long walks involved, however these new programs are based in venues with step-free access, combining a variety of activities in a single locale. The activities include interactive cultural dance and fashion shows, lessons in Kiswahili, a master class in cooking with traditional spices, a detailed exhibition and art gallery featuring intricate log sculpture, plus many more! A special lunch is also served featuring a combination of local dishes and international cuisine!
For more information regarding Intercruises in Africa, please contact our Regional Manager India & Indian Ocean, Elena Garcia.