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Passengers will go ‘ape’ over Crystal Cruises new gorilla excursion

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Ever wonder what it would feel like locking eyes with a 500-pound silverback mountain gorilla? Probably not, but it does sound exciting doesn’t it? Well always innovative Crystal Cruises has just added a five-night Overland Adventure called the ‘Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Experience’ for guests sailing back-to-back on two of Crystal Serenity’s 2014 World Cruise segments. It’s available on the 18-day March 10, 2014 voyage from Singapore to Cape Town and the following 21-day March 28 cruise from Cape Town to London. From South Africa’s port of Durban, outing participants will travel deep into Uganda, then reconnect with the ship in Cape Town.

“This excursion allows guests to enjoy the ruggedly beautiful simplicity of nature in comfort and ultra-luxury,” says John Stoll, vice president of land programs. “Although one of the most remote in all of Africa, our camp has a spa, plus private tubs and decks overlooking the forest. But it pales in comparison to the opportunity to trek through Africa’s densest rainforest, deep valleys, and mountain waterfalls to encounter one of the planet’s most remarkable, nearly-extinct creatures in its natural habitat.”

The “Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Experience” fares start at $11,676 per person. The combined, 39-day cruise itinerary calls in Singapore (overnight); Jakarta, Indonesia; Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius; Durban and Cape Town, South Africa; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Luanda, Angola (maiden call); Bom Bom Island/São Tomé, Principe; Takoradi, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; Agadir, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal; and London/Southampton. Cruise-only fares start at $18,240, with $1,100 in “Book Now” savings if booked by January 3.

Crystal is also offering ten additional Overland Adventures (shore excursions that allow passengers to stay inland overnight during a cruise) in Africa next year, taking guest to Nelson Mandela’s former home, through the countryside by Victorian-era railcar, and on multiple safaris in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

If you'd like a sneak preview of the species, check out the baby gorillas caught on camera in the video that accompanies this article.



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