High Design Cruises

by Colleen Clark

Zambezi Queen, Namibia and Botswana

The 14-cabin Zambezi Queen helped launch the stylish ship trend when it debuted in 2009 with an innovative design inspired by its setting, the Chobe River between Namibia's Caprivi Strip and Botswana's Chobe National Park. The guest rooms' predominantly white-on-white decor creates a gallery-like backdrop for striking works by famed wildlife photographer Horst Klemm and dramatic views from floor-to-ceiling glass walls (best enjoyed from your streamlined platform bed). And the boat's eco-friendliness, including water heated by hidden solar panels and room configurations that circulate air to eliminate the need for air-conditioning, reflects a commitment to protecting the Chobe's fragile ecosystem. Inspired by those pods of hippos lazing in the reeds outside? The dining and common areas are configured for lounging, with plush Marconi sofas and well-designed lighting that, at night, twinkles like the vivid constellations mirrored in the calm river waters.

Zambezi Queen
Tel: 27 21 438 0032
Three-night cruises from $1,457

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