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Issue Jul 13
"Elsa" christened in Hamburg
Very few cargo ships still carry passengers, and the DAL KALAHARI is one of them. A voyage on a container ship is an adventure. It is relaxing – and is a voyage of discovery. The passenger experiences true life at sea, short port calls, intensive cargo operations. Unforgettable passages across sea. A ship and its crew. Three eight hour watches. Time for oneself.
The DAL KALAHARI, commissioned in 2005 is a 63 000 tdw / 4 000 teu container vessel with a 265 meter length and 37 meter beam. Her 45 769 KW / 62 245 HP main engine enables 25 knot speeds. On her round trip, DAL KALAHARI calls in at Bremerhaven, Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town, Las Palmas, Rotterdam, Tilbury and Bremerhaven – depending on cargo and weather conditions. She calls Bremerhaven every six weeks, the voyage from Bremerhaven to Cape Town takes approximately 15 days.
Passengers may embark for the southbound voyage in Bremerhaven, Rotterdam or Tilbury. Passages can be booked to and from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, as well as round trips.
It should be borne in mind that this is not a cruise ship but a working cargo vessel with definite appeal for those travellers who are looking for comfort, good food, relaxation and social interaction with other similar minded passengers, on an ocean voyage.
As a cargo vessel, the DAL KALAHARI does not carry a ship's doctor. Passengers are therefore required to produce a medical certificate confirming their ability to travel for up to 14 days at sea without medical facilities being available on board.
Situated on the Port side, faces forwards, has 36,2 square meters, consists of two rooms; a sitting room with comfortable furniture and an extra large table, two windows, a Radio/ TV / DVD-player, a small fridge, ward-robe, an adjacent bedroom with two single beds, a window, a shower/ wc and hair dryer.
The Large Cabin:
This also faces forwards, has 29 square meters, consists of a living room with a sitting area, has one window, a small table, Radio / TV / DVD-player, a small fridge and wardrobe, a sleeping area with two single beds, a shower / wc and hair dryer.
The Regular Double Cabin:
The cabin is similar to the above, is on the starboard side facing forwards, has one window, is with 21 square meters slightly smaller, has a sleeping pull-out sleeping couch into 2 beds, shower / wc etc.
Passengers have a sun deck, a 4 x 4 meter pool, a mess in which meals are served, a lounge with TV / DVD/ Video equipment, and a bar. The cabins are located on the D-deck.
The currency used on the vessel is Euro, there is no acceptance of cheques or credit-cards.
There is no bar service unless the full number of passengers is carried, in which case a steward is made available at the bar in the evenings. Bar service is completely self motivated and a chip system is operated.
For further information about this special travel
experience or in case you want to make a booking, please contact our
in-house travel agency Hammonia.