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Silversea Land Adventure Showcases West African Festival Of Akwasidae

Silversea offers guests unique insights into the culture, history, and people of Ghana as part of Silver Cloud's 16 March 2016 West Africa cruise. The highlight of this optional six-day pre-cruise land adventure, "Accra & the Ashanti Kingdom", is the rare opportunity to participate in the Festival of Akwasidae.

Set within the walls of the royal palace in Kumasi, this authentic, centuries-old ceremony, honouring the community's ancestors, is presided over by the king of the Ashanti people.

The city of Kumasi is home to nearly one million inhabitants and features one of the largest central markets in Africa. Beginning in Accra, guests on the optional land programme will have the opportunity to extensively tour this fascinating cultural hub thanks to a three-night stay in Kumasi.

The ultimate experience on the land programme is the rare occasion to attend the Akwasidae Festival, presided over by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the 16th ruler of the Ashanti people. Perched beneath a colourful umbrella and adorned in gold ornaments and ceremonial dress, the king's dignitaries are assembled at his feet, surrounded by elders and advisers under the authority of the royal speaker. During the ceremony, griots tell stories of past Ashanti rulers while drum and ivory-horn players serve as the inspiration for traditional dance performances.

Land programme participants will also learn how the traditional adinkra textile, developed by the Ashanti people, is made. A traditional hand-painted fabric used by royalty in religious ceremonies, the people of Ghana decorate this cloth with Ashanti symbols by using a black dye made of bark called adinkra aduru. The workshop chosen for this event is one of the most important in the country, sought-after by international scholars and students.

Accra, Ghana to Barcelona, Spain – 16 March 2016, for 16-nights aboard Silver Cloud.

Itinerary: Accra | Takoradi | Abidjan, Ivory Coast | At Sea x2 | Banjul, Gambia | Dakar, Senegal | At Sea x2 | Las Palmas, Canary Islands | Arrecife, Canary Islands | Agadir, Morocco | Casablanca, Morocco | Gibraltar | Cartagena | Valencia | Barcelona

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The "Accra & the Ashanti Kingdom" land adventure includes two nights' accommodation at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, along with a three-night stay at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi. Daily breakfast is included, along with five lunches, four dinners, and all ground transportation.

For more information on this voyage and optional land programme, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.