Silversea Luxury Cruises A Djibouti

Djibouti, the former French Somaliland, is a small country sandwiched between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, with a port at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. Its importance increased during both the Gulf War and the U.N. intervention in Somalia when it served as a base for Allied troops. The area known as Djibouti was sparsely populated by nomadic people until the French realized its strategic value in 1859. View more

Their initial interest in the area was to counteract the British trading presence in Aden, when both countries looked to control the entrance to the Red Sea. In 1862, the French established themselves on the coast and drew up a treaty with Afar leaders to legitimize their acquisition of the coastal region. International pressure from the Arab League, local unrest and the increasingly turbulent situation in the area known as the Horn of Africa eventually led to the French withdrawing from Djibouti in 1976. Close links with France still exist, with over 3,500 French troops remaining in Djibouti. Much of Djibouti's territory lies below sea level, accounting for the vast deposits of salt. The only continuous annual vegetation is found in the upper part of the basaltic range, north of the Gulf of Tadjoura, where the altitude reaches more than 3,940 feet above sea level. Independence from France did not bring the expected harmony. Tension remains between the Afar and Issa tribes. These indigenous people are evenly divided, with the Issa located in the south and the Afar living in the northern part of the country. Both tribes are Muslim with nomadic culture. The country also harbors some 30,000 refugees who have fled into Djibouti as a result of various wars in neighboring Ethiopia and Somalia. The construction of the country's capital began under the French in 1888. More than half of the population, thought to be around 500,000, live in Djibouti City, which acts as an international transit port and refueling center. The town projects heavy Arab influence, both in terms of architecture and culture, but also retains elements of African and European heritage. Most visitors treat their stop at this off-the-beaten-track locale as an exotic experience. However, guests must be aware of poor conditions and limited infrastructure.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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