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Christmas & New Year Cruise To Cape Verde Islands & Madeira

  • Duration: 22 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99610

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

21 nights. December 2020. From £2359.00.


Spend an unforgettable Christmas Day at sea, and to welcome the New Year from the lively, welcoming streets of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Leave the British winter behind as Magellan cruises into the Atlantic from London Tilbury, heading to the welcome warmth of Cape Verde, the Canaries and Madeira. Stroll past the brightly painted colonial buildings that line pretty streets of Mindelo on São Vicente, and through the bustling East-African influenced markets of Praia on Santiago. Discover the space-age curves of the seafront Auditorio in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the black-sand beaches and volcanic landscape of Lanzarote. You'll also have time to explore Madeira's capital, Funchal, and the charming, contrasting ports of Rotterdam, Lisbon, Leixoes (for the chance to visit Oporto and its wine lodges) and Vigo on this wonderful, relaxing Christmas cruise.

What's Included

21 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
Port Taxes

Holiday Highlights

Enjoy an unforgettable, sun-kissed Festive Season
Calls at 10 unforgettable ports
Spend Christmas Day at sea
Dutch maritime gem, Rotterdam
Spain’s Vigo has its own pre-Christmas atmosphere
Explore the colourful Portuguese capital, Lisbon
Celebrations at sea, Magellan-style
Boxing Day call in Cape Verde’s Mindelo, San Vicente
A second Cape Verde call, in colourful Praia, Santiago
Sail back to the Canary Isle of Tenerife
Celebrate New Year in style as you leave Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Begin 2021 in Arrecife, Lanzarote
Call at Funchal, the capital of Madeira, the Garden Isle
Portuguese Leixoes - your gateway to Oporto
PRICE FROM ? £2359 per person
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Day 1

Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1800hrs Head out to Tilbury, today, and board Magellan before her afternoon departure.

Day 2

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs Rotterdam is more than just a historic city of world-class museums and classically Dutch canals and cobbled squares. It's also a treasure trove of outlandish modern architecture - from the vast modern 'harp' of the Erasmus Bridge to the Cube houses of Overblaak Street. Within the remarkable upturned U of the Markethal you’ll find delicious food to try and buy, and a lively crowd of locals doing exactly that.  

Days 3 and 4

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 5

Vigo, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1430hrs Today, Magellan makes her way into the stunning natural harbour of Ria de Vigo. A historic fishing port, Vigo bustles with life, especially in the cobbled streets of the old town, where the day’s catch is laid out on granite tables, and cafés serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen - and cruise holidaymakers.

Day 6

Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1300hrs The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, stands on the River Tagus, down which the great adventurers sailed during the Age of Exploration. Today’s shore excursion will reveal a city where the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the Alfama district have stood, seemingly unchanged, for centuries, and now offer a striking contrast to the modern city’s glass and steel.

Days 7 and 8

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 9

Christmas Day
Enjoy a Christmas celebration unlike any other as you spend the day at sea in the company of your fellow passengers. You’ll be looked after by the Captain, Officers, crew and entertainment team, who will do everything they can to ensure that the day is one to remember.

Day 10

Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 2000hrs The volcanic isles of the Cape Verde archipelago in the mid-Atlantic are fast becoming a popular holiday haven. Today, Magellan calls at the island of Sao Vicente, today, and you’ll have time to explore Mindelo, the pretty capital of this colonial outpost, or perhaps take a trip inland.

Day 11

Santiago, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs Your second Cape Verde call is Santiago. East African influences are seen everywhere in capital city Praia, particularly in the carved coconut shells, pottery, lacework and basketry made and sold by the islanders. If possible, visit Ciudade Vehla (Old Town), the former colonial capital once visited by Captain Cook, Francis Drake and Vasco da Gama.

Days 12-13

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 14

Tenerife, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2400hrs Spend a day exploring Tenerife as Magellan stops in Santa Cruz, principal port of this famous holiday island. Few places offer such a range of ecosystems and climates, from the warm seas off Playa Del Duque to the snowy slopes of mighty Mount Teide.

Day 15

Gran Canaria, Spain
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2100hrs On the last day of 2020, Magellan arrives in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s principal port. Wander the palm-fringed squares and cobbled streets of Vegueta, the port's old town, immerse yourself in the bustle of modern Puerto de la Luz or take an excursion to explore the rugged landscape of Pico de las Nieves or the pristine sand dunes of Maspalomas. After a wonderful day, return to Magellan for an evening of celebrations to mark the turning of the year.

Day 16

Lanzarote, Spain
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1300hrs Magellan's final Canaries call is Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. Enjoy the warmth and - hopefully - sunshine of this famous holiday isle, relaxing on its black-sand beaches or perhaps heading to the Fire Mountains in Timanfaya National Park to ride a camel to the edge of a volcano!

Day 17

Madeira, Portugal
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs Madeira is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, a lush, sub-tropical paradise that's home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. The verdant island capital, Funchal, is a relaxing and captivating place to explore, and you really shouldn't miss the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride down through the streets from Monte to Livramento!

Day 18

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 19

Leixoes, Portugal
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to historic Oporto. Famed the world over for its Port Wine, "Porto" is perched on the granite cliffs above the River Douro, the two banks linked by some vertigo-inducing bridges. Head into the Ribeira district to visit one of the wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned.

Days 20-21

At sea
Spend two days relaxing on board.

Day 22

Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Disembark in London at the end of a wonderful Christmas and New Year cruise. Back to top

Further Information

Passport requirements

British 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 advice

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Terms and conditions

This offer applies to new bookings on ocean cruises of four days or more made between 20th February and 30th June 2020 (inclusive) only. Your six bottles of free wine will be added to your order when you apply the promo code LAUNCHWINE and will be confirmed before purchase. Your wine will be dispatched within 30 days of your holiday return date. If you cancel your holiday, your free wine will not be dispatched. One case of free wine per booking. No cash equivalent can be given. Newmarket Holidays reserves the right to supply wine that is different to that shown for promotional purposes, but guarantee the value will remain the same. Free wine is not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. Free Wine applicable for over 18s only. By choosing free wine you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Virgin Wines for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free wine. Virgin Wines will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. The terms and conditions in our Booking Conditions do not apply to any matters concerning the provision of the free wine. Back to top