Africa's Gold Coast
aboard the SH VEGA

Passage From Ghana to Senegal

Africa's Gold Coast
aboard the SH VEGA

Passage From Ghana to Senegal


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Cruise Overview

Countries Visited: South Africa, Namibia, Luanda
Starts In: Accra (ACC), Ghana
Ends In: Dakar (DSS), Senegal
Duration: 13 days/11 nights
Cruise Date: April 16–30, 2024
Group Size: Max 152 passengers
Accommodations: Luxury (5★)
Activity Level: Easy
Experiences: Culture, Food, Wildlife
Int'l Air Route: USA/Accra (ACC) | Dakar/USA (DSS)


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The cruise ship Vega of Swan Hellenic, built in Finland, is a new-generation expedition cruise ships. Vega, at 10,250 tons, Vega accommodates only 152 guests in spacious staterooms and balcony suites. The low guest density results is one of the most generous indoor and outdoor space-to-guest ratios among cruise ships.
Vega has been designed to be environmentally friendly, will be certificated as Clean Ships, and will meet the stringent requirements of the new Polar Code. Its PC5 Category A ice-strengthened hull and other technical and mechanical attributes allow it to cruise around the world in safety and comfort. Technologically advanced hybrid engines make it possible for the ship to cruise in ecologically sensitive areas, leaving minimal footprint, while a computer-controlled Dynamic Positioning System makes it possible to stay in position without dropping anchor, thus avoiding the possibility of damaging underneath marine life. Operated by a complement of experienced European officers and international crew members, Vega will be equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, and a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that will reveal marine life in the deep.
All staterooms and balcony suites face outside and will be equipped with private facilities, climate control, TV, Wi-Fi and USB connections, ample closet space, as well as other amenities. Public areas include several lounges; a restaurant that will accommodate all guests at one seating; an outdoor café/bar that surrounds the heated swimming pool; a wellness facility with a gym, spa, and sauna that includes an adjoining outdoor jacuzzi; library; beauty salon; an infirmary that is attended by a resident medical doctor and nurse; and a “mud room” with lockers for storing cruise gear. The ship will also feature expansive open-deck areas. Attentive service will be provided on a 24-hour basis. Vega is owned and operated by Swan Hellenic, one of the most storied travel and cruise companies. Thalassa Journeys is Swan Hellenic’s exclusive partner in North America.

Built inVessel LengthVessel BreadthVessel Sun DeckNumber of Cabins
2022377 ft.75 ft.See deck plan76

Cabins & Prices

Cabin CategoryDouble/TwinSingleCabin Square Footage
Cat E - Oceanview staterooms with two large oval windows$0$0206 sq. ft.
Cat D - Oceanview staterooms with two large oval portholes$0$0206 sq. ft.
Cat C - Suites with balcony & living room area$0$0300 sq. ft.
Cat B - Suites with balcony & living room area. $0$0300 sq. ft.
Cat AA - Suites with large balcony, separate bedroom & living room$0$0520 sq. ft.

A deposit of $1500 per person is required to hold your place on the cruise. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Special Notes:
  • Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
  • Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
  • Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.


Do these dates not fit in with your schedule?
CODA can help design a tailor made tour to suit you!

Tour Map


  • DAY 1 | APRIL 15

    Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Accra (ACC), Ghana.

  • DAY 2 | APRIL 16

    Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer to the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast (or similar).

    Hotel: Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast (or similar)

  • DAY 3 | APRIL 17

    Tour Accra, and embark on Vega and sail.

  • DAY 4 | APRIL 18

    Takoradi for the historic Castle Coast.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 5-6 | APRIL 19-20

    At sea.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 7 | APRIL 21

    Monrovia, Liberia. Tour the town.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 8 | APRIL 22

    At sea.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 9 | APRIL 23

    Freetown, Sierra Leone. Tour the town and Regent Village, including the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 10 | APRIL 24

    At sea.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 11-12 | APRIL 25-26

    Two days in the remote Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 13 | APRIL 27

    Karabane Island, Senegal. Explore the island and the surrounding riverine system.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 14 | APRIL 28

    Banjul, Gambia, for the Abuko Nature Reserve and the Makasutu Culture Forest.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 15 | APRIL 29

    Dakar, Senegal. Morning excursion to Goree Island. Afternoon tour of Dakar. Overnight aboard docked in Dakar.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • DAY 16 | APRIL 30

    Disembark and transfer to the airport for the return flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • NOTE: Two or all three of the above cruises can be combined to form a more comprehensive exploration of West Africa.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels before the cruise, as mentioned in the itineraries.
  • Cruise aboard the new expedition cruise ship Vega.
  • Welcome dinner at the hotel.
  • All meals aboard ship with a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Coffee, including espresso and cappuccino, tea and soft drinks throughout the day and night aboard ship.
  • Open bar with select alcoholic beverages aboard ship.
  • 24-hour room service aboard ship.
  • Airport/hotel/pier transfers and handling of luggage.
  • Complete program of tours, excursions and other activities ashore, led by professional local guides and on board experts.
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by the on board experts and guest lecturers.
  • The services of an experienced Thalassa Journeys trip director.
  • Gratuities to shipboard personnel, local guides, drivers and porters.
  • All local taxes and service charges, including port and embarkation taxes.
  • Basic Wi-Fi aboard ship.
  • Complete pre-departure material.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Travel insurance, Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Any meals and other items not mentioned in the itinerary and the Program Inclusions.

Travel Prep

Many airlines partner with United Airlines to provide flights from New York to Luanda, Angola (LAD). And United, Delta, and TAP Air Portugal partner with other airlines to provide flights from Accra (ACC) to New York or Miami (MIA). Please request a quote if you would like Coda Tours to assist with international airfare bookings. We often can offer favorable rates for Business or Economy class at a standard fee of $35 per ticket.

No internal flights during the cruise.



The cruise is guaranteed. A Coda representative will accompany Coda clients if 12 or more book through Coda Tours.

A portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed approximately three weeks prior to departure.


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