Since the time of the ancient Assyrians, Zanzibar has traded with countries bordering the Indian Ocean.
Its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site and is claimed to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
The capital city of Victoria is small enough that it does not take too long to walk around, and this is the best way to see the city and to get a feel of the place and its people, who are often called the ‘friendliest people in the world’.
The capital of Zanzibar (which can refer to the island Unguja, as well as the whole Archipelago) is Zanzibar City.
Visit the national museum, and the Pettah bazaar district where the streets are crammed with shops and stalls selling everything from vegetables to gemstones.
Nosy Be, an island off the NW coast of Madagascar, is its largest port and Madagascar’s most popular beach-resort.All cruise ships berth at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay, in the heart of Fremantle’s bustling commercial port.Fremantle is a day-out destination with historic buildings, eateries, tourist attractions and ferries up the Swan River to the City, and off-shore to Rottnest Island.Margaret River is a town in the SW of Western Australia, located in the valley of the Margaret River, 277 km south of Perth, the state capital. An exciting dimension to the Margaret River cruises, passengers come ashore at Busselton, which has at 1.8km the world’s longest jetty. under vine production, the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, but commands over 20 percent of the Australian premium wine market.Visitors can enjoy 40 tastings of Margaret River wines and boutique beers, along with local gourmet food.While this spectacular island is only 27 km long it is dominated by a mountain range with its tallest peak Morne Seychellois, at 930 m in height, being central to a wonderful national park.There are also some delightful marine national parks off the island.Despite its frenetic traffic and the general hustle and bustle of being where you can see some of the tallest buildings in Asia, it does offer some interesting attractions.In the northern part of the city you can find the British fort, dating from the 19th C, as well as the gracious old buildings of previous colonial eras.Cars can set-down passengers and find long-term parking nearby.The distance to Perth’s CBD is 30 minutes, and to the airport 40 minutes. In addition to the regular round-the-world cruise vessels, a number of ships are homebased in Fremantle, meaning they have a complete passenger transfer when they call.