Amazon, West Indies & Azores Cruise
- Duration: 43 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99660
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
42 nights. January 2020. From £3199.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Magellan begins 2020 with this extraordinary-value, six-week cruise, which will take you from the grey of British winter into the heart of the vibrant, colourful Amazon rainforest, and to some balmy, sun-kissed Caribbean isles. Including calls in glorious Madeira, the fascinating Cape Verde Islands and the Azores, this wonderful cruise to warmer climes is a not-to-be-missed adventure. Beginning with a call in colourful Amsterdam, the outbound voyage south and west also takes in Portuguese Leixoes, the Garden Isle of Madeira and the volcanic Cape Verde Island of Sao Vicente. Rest and relax as Magellan steams further into the Atlantic, heading for even warmer waters, then experience the extraordinary journey up – and down – the mighty Amazon River, discovering a world of tropical forests, colourful bird life, remote, stilted villages and remarkable cities like Santarém and Manaus (home to the glorious Teatro Amazonas Opera House). After a call at French Guiana's îles du Salut, home to Papillon's forbidding Devil's Island, you'll experience the colour and warmth of four Caribbean idylls, before you sail home via the mid-Atlantic Azores.
What's Included42 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsEscape the grey of the British winter and sail to the sun
Cruise the magnificent River Amazon to Manaus, Santerem and ancient villages in the heart of the rainforest
Discover a quartet of gorgeous Caribbean idylls
Enjoy two Atlantic crossings and plenty of time to rest and relax on board
Discover glorious Madeira and the Cape Verde Isles
Enjoy calls at two islands in the Azores archipelago
Visit wine-producing Oporto from Leixoes
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Magellan in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs Magellan calls at Amsterdam – city of Rembrandt, brown bars and canals – where some fellow adventurers come aboard.
Days 3 to 4At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.
Day 5Leixoes, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1300hrs A shore excursion today will bring the chance to discover wine-producing Porto, Portugal’s colourful second city.
Day 6At sea
Spend another day relaxing on board.
Day 7Funchal, Madeira
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1500hrs Some 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world’s most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed, lush, green sub-tropical paradise, is home to one of the most vibrant and profound collections of exotic, colourful, flora on Earth. The verdant island capital, Funchal, is a perfect, relaxing, captivating port of call. Don’t miss the wonderful Botanical Gardens, or the exhilaration of a traditional wickerwork ‘toboggan’ ride from Monte to Livramento!
Days 8 to 9Into the Atlantic
Spend another two days relaxing on board.
Day 10Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1500hrs The volcanic isles of the Cape Verde archipelago are fast becoming a popular holiday haven, despite (or perhaps because of) their remote position in the mid-Atlantic. Magellan calls in Mindelo, the pretty capital of the island of Sao Vicente. Spend the day exploring this colonial outpost, with its pretty houses, or perhaps take a trip inland.
Days 11-15Crossing the Line
Relax and enjoy some more leisurely days at sea as Magellan heads further south towards Brazil and equatorial waters. Cross the equator, as excitement mounts for the ship’s imminent arrival in South America.
Days 16-24Cruising the Amazon
Relax and enjoy the extraordinary journey up – and down – this iconic river, enjoying the comfort of the ship’s air-conditioned lounges and on-board amenities as Magellan makes her stately way towards Manaus, before turning round once more to cruise toward the ocean. Throughout this fascinating journey there will be opportunities to head ashore to discover a world surrounded by the Amazon Rainforest, perhaps catching glimpses of colourful birds in the canopy, and learning about the harsh lives of the Amazonian populace or the startling – by contrast – sophistication of some of the larger settlements. Fast-growing Santarém, the Amazon’s third largest city, lies at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Tapajós, and from the city’s waterfront promenade the rivers’ different coloured waters merging is a memorable sight. Head ashore, or take advantage of the optional excursions, which may include a visit to the giant hardwood trees of the region’s fiercely protected primary forests. Highlights of your Amazon cruise will also include the traditional villages of Alter do Chão and Boca da Valeria, with its stalls selling local handicrafts, both a fascinating counter to Magellan’s gleaming luxuries. In stark contrast to the riverscape of thick vegetation and occasional villages that has filled your days so far, as Magellan stops overnight in Manaus you’ll discover a city of some 1.7 million inhabitants, the greatest glory of which is the monumental Teatro Amazonas Opera House, built with the riches of the rubber industry, before heading back east along the river towards the Atlantic. The capital of the Amazon Delta region of Amapá, Macapá, lies on the equator. Here there’s an opportunity to stand astride the boundary of the North and South Hemispheres at the Zero Line Monument, which lies just a couple of miles from the city. Increasing – and pleasantly reviving – sea breezes of the vast delta hint at the proximity of the ocean, and soon after leaving Macapa in her wake, Magellan heads out into the Atlantic and turns north, leaving you with memories of a wonderful few days that will stay with you forever.
Day 25At sea
Spend another day relaxing on board.
Day 26Îles du Salut, French Guiana
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Today you'll call at French Guiana’s Île du Diable (Devil’s Island) 18 treacherous kilometres from the mainland, and – until 1947 – a French penal colony made infamous by Henri Charrière’s serial escapee, Papillon. Spend some time exploring this barren place, where the cells have now been converted into a rudimentary hotel, or visit its beautiful white-sand beach – a taste of Caribbean pleasures to come that the island’s previous inhabitants were denied.
Day 27At sea
Spend another day relaxing on board.
Day 28Scarborough, Tobago
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1900hrs Discover one of the Caribbean's most idyllic corners, which balances astounding rainforest, coral reefs and pristine beaches and a traditional ‘Trinbagonian’ way of life. Spend time wandering the hotch-potch of streets that tumble down from Scarborough's lighthouse-topped hill, and perhaps take an excursion to Buccoo to see its famous coral reef.
Day 29Bridgetown, Barbados
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 2300hrs Explore the most British of the Caribbean islands. The bustling capital, Bridgetown, with its colourful markets and famous Kensington Oval cricket ground, lies close to exquisite beaches backed by some famously swanky resort hotels and exclusive shore-side restaurants. With the laid-back Bajan emphasis on enjoying life to the full, Barbados ranks high on the list of highlights of this wonderful cruise.
Day 30Castries, St Lucia
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1730hrs Today Magellan visits the mountainous tropical paradise that is St Lucia, where the twin peaks of the Pitons are amongst the Caribbean’s most famous landmarks. Disembark in the thriving capital, Castries, and enjoy the vibrant Creole atmosphere, hustle and bustle of this typically West Indian settlement, or venture further afield to explore this scenic wonderland.
Day 31St Johns, Antigua
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs Tiny Antigua boasts wonderful scenery, powder-white sandy beaches and warm azure seas – Paradise! St John’s is the thriving main town, while English Harbour and Shirley Heights provide interesting alternatives to the beach.
Days 32-36Back across the Atlantic
Spend five days relaxing on board as you cruise east.
Day 37Horta, Azores
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1900hrs Magellan makes landfall in the tiny mid-Atlantic outpost of the Azores, tying up in Horta, principal settlement on the island of Faial. Step ashore to explore this colourful former whaling station, and perhaps take an excursion to the summit of Cabeçao Gordo, from where the views of the island and the surrounding archipelago are truly breathtaking.
Day 38Ponta Delgada, Azores
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2200hrs The second of Magellan’s Azores calls is Ponta Delgada, the cosmopolitan main town of Sao Miguel, the largest of the island group. There’ll be an opportunity to go ashore to explore a place that has been a favoured stopping-off point of transatlantic sailors for centuries.
Days 39-42Cruising back towards the UK
A final four days at sea to relax before your grand voyage ends.
Day 43Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0600hrs Say goodbye to Magellan, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Necessary vaccinationsA Yellow Fever vaccination is required for this voyage. For further information and advice, please speak to your doctor.