JourneyWoman Announces 30th Anniversary Adventure Expedition Cruise With Swan Hellenic in 2024

by | Feb 5, 2024

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Last updated on February 11th, 2024

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Celebrate our 30th anniversary in Africa

As we celebrate and honour three decades of JourneyWoman, what better place to do it than Africa, where adventures are simply waiting to be found. Together, we’ll celebrate JourneyWoman’s 30th anniversary on an 8 Day Expedition Cruise With Swan Hellenic on the SH Diana to South Africa, where we’ll travel together to explore less-travelled ports along the Indian Ocean in this spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine waking up to the warm ocean breezes every morning!

In addition to JourneyWoman CEO Carolyn Ray, we also have some special guests joining us (more on that soon!). We’re planning a special welcome party, lectures from our very own travel experts, a book launch and a 30th anniversary celebration!

We will also be arranging a special service event in Africa for guests to volunteer their time to a local non-profit organization. This will be part of our new JourneyWoman Foundation, launching later this year, which will fund local projects related to women and education in the communities we travel to. More details will be shared shortly.

JourneyWoman 30th anniversary expedition cruise details

Where: From Maputo, Mozambique to Cape Town, South Africa
When: November 6 – 13, 2024
Itinerary: We’ll set sail from Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo, and head down to Cape Town, South Africa. Along the way, we’ll visit islands and wetland preserves, the Zululand Birding Route, and South Africa’s third-biggest city, Durban. You’ll tour big game reserves to spot hippos, crocodiles, rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. Between safaris, swimming, and sandy beaches, you’ll get to enjoy incredible food and meet welcoming locals, before your amazing voyage ends in Cape Town.

See the full itinerary here. 

JourneyWoman 30th anniversary expedition cruise itinerary with Swan Hellenic
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Mozambique is just one of the stops on our 30th anniversary expedition cruise with Swan Hallenic/ photo from Swan Hellenic

Pricing and details

Of the 96 staterooms on this ship, we have an allocation set aside just for JourneyWoman members. All staterooms have ocean views. The cruise fare includes drinks (beer, wine, cocktails and spirits, coffee, juice, soda), an excursion per port, wifi, room service and gratuities. One night pre-hotel is included in the cruise fare at the Southern Sun Maputo Hotel. Additional nights are also available at a discounted rate.

Discounts for JourneyWoman readers, not available online:

  • Special pricing exclusively for JourneyWoman readers, based on double occupancy
  • The single supplement starts at 125% for the first 5 cabins, and additional single cabins can be added on request ranging from 125-150%
  • Oceanview D4: US$7,161
  • Oceanview M4/Accessible Room: $7,465
  • Balcony D5: $8,985
  • Balcony M5: $9,485
  • Balcony D6/ Accessible Room: $10,274
  • Junior Suite: $11,544
  • Suite: $13,337
  • Premium Suite:$15,446
  • See all the rooms here

    How to book

    • Please call 1-800-537-6777 between 9 AM and 6 PM EST Monday to Friday and mention the JourneyWoman 30th Anniversary trip to South Africa at the time of booking to book your room now
    • Email [email protected] with the subject “JourneyWoman 30th anniversary”. 

    Please remember to purchase travel insurance. Check insurance rates here.

    Why not make this a longer stay?

    Want to spend more time in Africa?

    Our Women’s Travel Directory partners will be offering special JourneyWoman excursions in Africa, including safaris, wildlife conservation and wellness experiences. These will be announced in February 2024.

    Post-cruise nights are available in Cape Town at the Cullinan Southern Sun Hotel for a discounted rate. Please inquire when booking. 

    Stay on the ship! Get 10% on any of Swan Hellenic’s other cruises before or after this trip. Extend your stay and receive a 10% discount on:

    • October 26 – November 6, 2024 (11 nights) Madagascar and its Islands: Mombasa to Maputo Read more here.
    • November 13 – December 3, 2024 (20 nights) Africa to America Antarctic Epic Cape Town to Ushuaia Read more here.

    How to get to Maputo

    You will want to arrive at least the day before the cruise (the hotel the night before and after the cruise is included in your rate, as is an airport transfer).  Most flights will have at least one stop, so if you can plan to be in Europe prior to the cruise, you will have time to adjust to the new time zone. Swan Hellenic can help recommend the best route for you. Maputo is a three-hour flight from Cape Town, South Africa.

    From North America:  We recommend flying to a major flight hub in the UK, Europe or to Cape Town. From there take a flight to Maputo. Check Skyscanner for flight options and rates. Expedia has special deals on flights here.

    From Europe: We recommend flying from a major flight hub in Europe to Maputo. Check Skyscanner for flight options and rates.

    From South America:  We recommend flying to Cape Town. Check Skyscanner for flight options and rates.

    From Africa: If you’re already in Africa, fly directly to Cape Town or Maputo.  Check Skyscanner for flight options and rates.

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    Rooms on the SH Diana

    All of the staterooms have comfortable beds, a bedroom, living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom. There are two accessible rooms on the SH Diana and an elevator. There is 24-hour room service at no additional charge and special goodies every night! 

    Swan Hellenic's Diana Jr Suite

    SH Diana’s Junior Suite with adjoining bedroom / Photo by Carolyn Ray

    Swan Hellenic's accessible suite

    SH Diana’s accessible room with step free bathroom and balcony / Photo by Carolyn Ray

    Swan Hellenic's single occupancy room

    SH Diana’s oceanview room with fireplace / Photo by Carolyn Ray

    As an added benefit, this voyage includes a program Swan Hellenic has developed in partnership with world-renowned personal transformation pioneer Deepak Chopra. For those who wish to participate, there will be a range of transformative activities, including sunrise yoga sessions; meditation sessions close to nature; exclusive, expert-led workshops, and 5-star Ayurveda-inspired meals.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What’s included in the cost of registration?

    Everything is included – food, beverages, accommodation, speakers, tipping and excursions. Please note there is separate pricing for the Chopra inclusionsActivities like meditation, massages and yoga sessions are additional. You can book these when you’re on the ship. 

    2. Is there flexibility with pricing and cancellation?

    Swan Hellenic offers flexible payment options. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover any unexpected situations. Check insurance rates here.

    3. How do I book a room with a friend/partner/spouse/family?

    Please tell Swan Hellenic when you book your place who you’d like to room with!

    4. Will there be pre and post trips offered?

    Yes. We will be working with Swan Hellenic and our other JourneyWoman partners to offer special pre and post trips in the region.

    5. Does the price include airfare?

    No. The price does not include transportation to and from the arrival and departure city. However, airport transfers are included.

     6. Can women with mobilty issues, a walker or a wheelchair come on this ship? 

    Absolutely, there are also two accessible rooms available.

    7. Will there be Wi-Fi?

    Yes, there is Wi-Fi available but don’t expect too much. We hope you’ll use this time to connect with each other.

    8. What should I pack?

    We’ll have more information on packing, visas, vaccines, and more coming soon. It’s casual but we’ll want to dress up for our 30th anniversary party!

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