Silversea Luxury Cruises To Tema (Accra)

Tema (Accra)

From a modest fishing port to the biggest in Ghana, Tema’s industrial activity has all but tarnished the charming, postcard scenery of the region. The neighbouring white-sanded beaches remain immaculate, still serving as a testimony of the rich variety of fishing birds that can be found in the area.In the way Mother Nature intended it, gannets, boobies and kingfishers amongst other species fish in and around the cerulean waters of the coast. View more

A light breeze tickles the inflamed, iron-filled soil of the mainland on which the railway linking Tema to Accra lures hundreds of visitors each day. On board one of the carriages to Accra, distinctively noticeable by their painted coats of red, yellow and green that echo Ghana’s national flag, a peek out of the window will offer scenic views of the harbour and coast, as well as the large fields that separate Tema from the capital by 15 miles/25 kilometres of open space.Accra’s ambiance contrasts with the peaceful setting of Tema, but nevertheless has its own charm to be enjoyed. Through rich, contemporary monuments which recall Ghana’s 1957 independence, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is an architectural jewel which also narrates the life and exploits of the eponymous president who fought for his country’s freedom. A more casual but perhaps interesting approach to the City’s culture and history is the visit to an artisanal studio, where primary materials such as wood and metal are transformed into stunning carvings of all sorts, illustrating a traditional African belief of a new life beyond death. And for a relaxing yet enriching experience, the hospitable restaurants are always eager to share their Banku, a local dish made out of corn and served with fish or stew.Craft markets are also worth a detour and are great for cherry-picking souvenirs. Demonstrating other fine Ghanaian traditions such as leather crafting and weaving, a popular favourite is the country’s hand-made Black Soap, which is renowned for its soothing virtues.

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Excursions in Tema (Accra)

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Introduction to Accra (For In-Transit Guests Only)

Explore the legacy and landmarks of Accra during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Museum of Science and Technology

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Museum of Science and Technology. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the museum, which houses a splendid collection of science artefacts including a piece of stone from the moon and a human heart. You will also find historical, archaeological and artistic items.


Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Arts & Crafts Market

Next, re-board your coach and head to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, home of the mausoleum and final resting-place of the first president of Ghana. After a photo stop here, proceed to the Arts & Crafts Market, where some time is made available to browse a selection of African arts and craft items, including handicrafts, beads, fabrics and more.


City Landmarks and Casket-Maker's Shop

Following your shopping stop, re-board your coach and continue past the Old Parliament House, Supreme Court Buildings, Central Library and Via Osu en route to the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel (or similar). Following a comfort stop here, proceed to a casket-maker's shop. Here, view a collection of caskets carved into different objects depicting the traditional African belief of the continuation of life after death. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier via Beach Road.


Please note: This tour is for guests who are in-transit and continuing onto the next voyage. It involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 23 steps at the Museum of Science and Technology. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Local souvenir shop accepts cash in US dollars, Pounds, Euros and local currency. No Credit Cards. Guests should be aware that the Ghanaian public and security personnel are friendly, but you must ask permission before taking photos of local residents. Please make sure to bring water from the ship.

Ghana Experience (For In-Transit Guests Only)

Experience the history, culture and landmarks of Ghana during this full-day orientation excursion to Accra.


Casket-Maker's Shop and City Landmarks

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive along Beach Road en route Anan Cedi's Casket-Maker's Shop. View a collection of caskets carved into different objects depicting the traditional African belief of the continuation of life after death. From here, re-board your coach for a sightseeing drive past a host of city landmarks, including Black Star Square, the Independence Arch, Accra Sports Stadium, Accra International Conference Centre, Parliament House, and Castle Road.


Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Arts & Crafts Market

Next head to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, home of the mausoleum and final resting-place of the first president of Ghana. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and proceed to the Arts & Crafts Market. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to browse a selection of African arts and craft items, including handicrafts, beads, fabrics and more.


Cultural Fair and Lunch

Your tour continues with a refreshment stop at the Labadi Beach Hotel (or similar), followed by an open-air Cultural Fair on the hotel grounds. Observe three ceremonies: an enstoolment ceremony re-enacting the functional duties of courtiers in a King's Palace; 'Drums of Africa', a recital comprised of traditional instruments such as the xylophone, flute, talking drums and gourds; and 'The Ancestors', a series of dances by women's groups extolling the virtues of the ancestors. Following the Cultural Fair, proceed to the hotel's restaurant for a buffet lunch consisting of European and local specialities.


Museum of Science and Technology

After lunch, re-board your coach and proceed to the Museum of Science and Technology. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the museum, which houses a splendid collection of science artefacts including a piece of stone from the moon and a human heart. You will also find historical, archaeological and artistic items. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour is for guests who are in-transit and continuing onto the next voyage. It involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and approximately 23 steps at the Museum of Science and Technology. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Land programmes in Tema (Accra)

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: LABADI BEACH RESORT

PRE-CRUISE LAND: ACCRA & THE ASHANTI KINGDOM

This lengthy pre-cruise program has been designed to provide guests with a truly unique African experience. The Festival of Akwasidae is filled with amazing sights. The king presides over the ceremony and the music and dancing are unlike any you've seen. The Ashanti people are known for their artistry in cloth and in glass beads. Learn some of the secrets of hand-printing fabric at one of the pre-eminent workshops in Ghana.


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their arrival flight into Accra, Ghana. Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements and yellow fever inoculations for Ghana. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1: ACCRA

Upon arrival in Accra, you are met by a local Silversea representative outside of Customs & Immigration, and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The Labadi Beach Resort welcomes you with a spacious room, modern amenities, and warm hospitality. The afternoon is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own account.


Overnight at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra


DAY 2: ACCRA / AKOSOMBO

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before heading out for the drive to Kumasi. Along the way , stop for a visit at the National Museum (if open), one of the first works of independent Ghana. The idea inspiring the Museum is to relate Ghana art to the rest of the continent and to showcase the existence of an African history as part of general history of Humanity. Enjoy a stop in the old area of James Town, inhabited by the indigenous population known as the Ga. Here you will find local production of smoked fish, the market, an old house used as prison of slaves with nice view on fishing harbour.

Another fascinating and final stop is at a workshop specializing in building fantasy coffins. These handcrafted coffins are in the shape of fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes….the only limit is the intended occupant's imagination. Started in Africa, these flamboyant coffin designs are now collected all over the world and exhibited in museums.


Lunch is served at a local restaurant featuring both European and local menu items.


Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.


Overnight at the Royal Senchi Resort, Kumasi, Ghana



DAY 3: KUMASI / ASHANTI

Breakfast is served this morning at the hotel. You have a very exciting morning ahead!

Kumasi is the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations in Africa until the end of the 19th century when the British annexed the Ashanti country to their Gold Coast colony. Today with nearly one million inhabitants, Kumasi is a sprawling city with a fantastic central market, one of the biggest in Africa. Every kind of Ashanti craft (leather goods, pottery, Kente cloth) is found here, along with just about every kind of tropical fruits and vegetables.


Along the way, stop for a visit the Besease Shrine, which has been an important worshiping place used by Ashanti people for more than three centuries. Recently restored with the help of the French Cooperation, it represents a particularly beautiful example of traditional Ashanti architecture.



Lunch is served at a local restaurant featuring both European and local menu items.


In the afternoon we attend - if available - a traditional Ashanti funeral attended by mourners wearing beautiful red or black togas. According to local custom, a "funeral" is actually a "festive" celebration; the deceased is considered as being still present in his family. The relatives and friends gather, socialize and celebrate his memory. The chief arrives surrounded by his court in the shade of large umbrellas as drums give rhythm to the dancers whose intricate moves are highly symbolic.



Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.


Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi, Ghana


DAY 4: KUMASI

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Kumasi is the historical and spiritual capital of the old Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti people were one of the most powerful nations in Africa until the end of the 19th century when the British annexed the Ashanti country to their Gold Coast colony.

Today with nearly one million inhabitants, Kumasi is a sprawling city with a fantastic central market, one of the biggest in Africa. Every kind of Ashanti craft (leather goods, pottery, Kente cloth) is found here, along with just about every kind of tropical fruits and vegetables.


Visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which opens the gate to a unique collection of gold jewels worn by the Ashanti court. An Ashanti chief, wrapped in traditional cloth, will welcome us in his courtyard for an interesting chat about the customs and traditions of his people. In the afternoon visits to villages surrounding Kumasi, where people are specialized in making the traditional cloth called Kente and Adinkra, and other interesting handicraft: the stools used by the elders of the family for instance.


Shopping opportunity: in Kumasi we can find very high quality antique pieces of African art (wood, bronLunch today is served at a local restaurant with a local menu.


This afternoon you'll have some time to shop. In Kumasi one can find very high quality antique pieces of African art (wood, bronze, beads)


Dinner this evening is served at the hotel


Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi, Ghana


DAY 5: ACCRA / TEMA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, drive to Accra. Continue on toward Tema where the staff and crew of the Silver Cloud are waiting to welcome you aboard.




Program Inclusions:

  • One, one-night stay in a Luxury Room at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra
  • Two night stay in a Superior Room at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi
  • Meals: Breakfast daily; 3 lunches and three dinners
  • Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles


Special Notice:

This Pre-Cruise Land Adventure is only suitable for guests who are physically fit, and able to manage a very active program. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, heart or breathing issues, or guests with back/neck problems. The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the local operator without prior notice.


During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed.


Luggage Information:

All luggage will travel with guests for the entire program.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Ghana. Most guests will require a visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health. All travellers above nine(9) months of age coming into or transiting through Ghana are required to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever at least Ten(10) days from the proposed date of travel and where already vaccinated, provide evidence(certificate) indicating the duration of a vaccination status of not more than Ten(10) years before entering Ghana.


Please note: All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned are subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Hotels in Tema (Accra)

POST-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: LABADI BEACH HOTEL

TEMA SIMPLY HOTEL

Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.

For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group

TEMA GRANDE HOTEL

Grande Hotel is for those who want to begin or prolong their Silversea holiday - luxury accommodations, exclusive service and impeccable attention to detail in style. Grande Hotel guests appreciate the finer things in life. These properties have been chosen not only for their prime location but for their outstanding service and their exceptional quality.

For your convenience, we can easily organise transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel groups that are frequently featured in our program include Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Peninsula or Fairmont to name just a few.