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The world's most luxurious cruise ship is planning its first African cruise in 2018

One of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world is planning a voyage down the western Africa coastline in 2018.

The Colonial era slave trade castle of Elmina, Ghana.
The Colonial-era slave trade castle of Elmina, Ghana. Image by ©Everyday Explorations/500px

Starting from Lisbon, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer will travel 24 days down to Cape Town. In between, there will be stops at Senegal, Gambia, Togo and Ghana among others. Following this maiden African cruise, the cruise ship will embark on another 15 night voyage from South Africa, stopping at Namibia and Mozambique.

The Great Mosque at Touba, Fatick, Senegal.
The Great Mosque at Touba, Fatick, Senegal. Image by robric77/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Explorer is the most expensive cruise ship to ever be built, with several upscale restaurants, spa, theatre and each of its single suites are 50% larger than the average American house. A trip on the voyage will set you back at least US$15,399 per person.

Cape Town will be the final stop for this African cruise.
View from above Lions Head and Cape Town in South Africa. Image by Renee Vititoe/500px

The announcement has been making headlines, as cruises stopping at African destinations are still quite unusual. The Explorer will be stopping off in some of the world’s poorest countries in the region and there are hopes it could spark a fresh wave of tourism.

Fishermen getting the nets ready for the day's fishing. in Maputo, Mozambique,
Fishermen getting the nets ready for the day’s fishing. in Maputo, Mozambique, a stop on the second African cruise. Image by Dale Johnson/500px

Regent Seven Seas Cruises are aiming to bring passengers to more remote locations in their 2018-2019 itineraries. All passengers on the cruises will have free land programmes and shore excursions to avail of, as well as unlimited food, drink and Wi-Fi onboard.
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