Christmas & New Year Mexico & Caribbean Cruise From Tilbury
- Duration: 26 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99971
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
25 nights. December 2018. From £2659.00.
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Enjoy a marvellous festive season aboard gleaming Magellan, leaving behind the grey and gloom and sailing to the blue skies and warm waters of the Caribbean. Sample all the delights of your floating home from home as you sail across the Atlantic, via mid-ocean Madeira, Gran Canaria and the Cape Verde isles, and spend a memorable Christmas Day at sea and the most exciting New Year’s Eve in colourful Bridgetown, Barbados. Five more Caribbean idylls follow, including tiny Mayreau, exquisite Tortola in the British Virgin Isles, Dominican gateway La Romana and Jamaica’s famed Ocho Rios. You’ll also enjoy a chance to visit modern world wonder Chichen Itza from sun-baked Cozumel before completing your voyage in Cancun, and flying back to London.
At 46,000-tonnes and with a passenger complement of around 1100, Magellan retains a sense of traditional cruising and small-ship intimacy thanks to the beautiful layout and tasteful contemporary style of her public areas. Her friendly, welcoming crew and cruise staff, and a major refit in 2010 ensure her position as a thoroughly modern, bright and supremely comfortable floating home.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Five - Lisbon, Portugal
Day Seven - Funchal, Madeira
Day Eight - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Day 11 - Mindelo, Sao Vicente
Days 16-17 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 18 - *Mayreau, Grenadines
Day 19 - St John's, Antigua
Day 20 - Road Town, Tortula, British Virgin Islands
Day 21 - La Romana, Dominican Republic
Day 23 - Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Day 25 - Cozumel for Chichen Itza, Mexico
Day 26 - Travel home from Cancun, Mexico
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsOvernight return flight from Cancun to London
25 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single cabins are available for a supplement
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 OneJoin Magellan in London Tilbury and enjoy a first evening on board.
Day TwoSpend the first day of your cruise exploring the Dutch capital Amsterdam, a wonderful city of canals, flower markets and world-renowned museums.
Days Three to FourRelax on board as Magellan spends two days at sea.
Day FiveThe Portuguese capital and 'Gateway to the New Worlds’, Lisbon stands on the River Tagus, down which the great explorers sailed during the Age of Exploration. Enjoy a morning excursion through the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the Alfamar district.
Day SixEnjoy another lazy day at sea.
Day SevenSome 500 miles off the coast of Africa, Madeira is one of the world’s most beautiful islands. This sun-blessed subtropical paradise is home to some of the most vibrant and exotic flora on Earth. Relax in the island capital, Funchal, visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, and perhaps race downhill from Monte to Livramento in a wickerwork 'toboggan'.
Day EightThe great trading port of Las Palmas is gateway to Gran Canaria. Explore modern Puerto de la Luz or head to the old town Vegueta’s palm-fringed squares. An optional excursion inland will take in some superb views.
Day NineRelax as Magellan spends another day at sea.
Day 10 (Christmas Day)Christmas Day is celebrated, Magellan-style, with a host of on-board activities, parties and sumptuous meals, as the ship heads ever westward.
Day 11 (Boxing Day)A Boxing Day call is made in pretty colonial Mindelo, principal town of Sao Vincente, in the remote Cape Verde Isles, and there’s an opportunity to go ashore.
Days 12-15Magellan continues her exciting Atlantic crossing.
Days 16-17Caribbean landfall is made in colourful Bridgetown, Barbados, on New Year’s Eve. Step ashore to join the locals in celebration, or remain on board to see in 2019, Magellan-style, before spending New Year’s Day exploring the sun-kissed, cricket-loving holiday haven.
Day 18Explore tiny Mayreau, a true tropical paradise surrounded by protected coral reefs.
Day 19Today Magellan reaches Antigua, with its white sand beaches and colourful main town St John’s - where there'll be a chance to step ashore and explore.
Day 20Spend the day in Tortola, the largest island in a stunning archipelago of over 50 beach-fringed islands and cays.
Day 21A call is made at La Romana, gateway to the Dominican Republic, where historic Santo Domingo, possible final resting place of Christopher Columbus, can be discovered.
Day 22Magellan spends a leisurely day at sea, cruising further into Caribbean waters.
Day 23Spend a day enjoying the beaches, bars and shopping of Ocho Rios, on Jamaica’s north coast, or join an excursion into the Blue Mountains, to spectacular Dunn’s River Falls or to the St Ann’s Hills’ mausoleum of Jamaica’s most famous son, Bob Marley.
Day 24Enjoy a day at sea as Magellan makes the last leg of her journey.
Day 25Your cruise is completed with the chance to visit the extraordinary ruins and stepped pyramid of Mayan city Chichen Itza from chic Mexican island resort Cozumel.
Day 26Disembark Magellan and transfer to Cancun airport for your overnight flight back to London. Back to top
At 46,000-tonnes and with a passenger complement of around 1100, spacious Magellan retains a sense of traditional cruising and small-ship intimacy, thanks to the beautiful layout and tasteful contemporary style of her public areas, and of course the presence of her friendly, welcoming crew and cruise staff. A major refit in 2010 has ensured her position as a thoroughly modern, bright and supremely comfortable floating home, and she is a hugely welcome addition to the fleet.
Passenger accommodation is arranged on nine spacious decks served by eight lifts, wide corridors and stairways. Extensive teak decking adds to sense of spaciousness, and in addition to the extensive outdoor areas, there are several beautifully appointed lounges boasting panoramic picture windows. Two beautifully appointed dining rooms, the Waldorf and the Kensington, as well as a less formal buffet-style bistro that offers indoor and outdoor dining, will tempt you at mealtimes, and there are three lounge bars and three deck bars where you can while away a convivial hour or two. Other on-board amenities include a night club, a casino and the magnificent, multi-tiered Magellan Show Lounge. For the energetic and body-conscious, Magellan offers a beautifully appointed wellness centre, a gym, two pools and Jacuzzis. A well-stocked shopping gallery, internet centre and library can also be found on board.
Magellan's 15 categories of cabin and suite are graded according to size and position. Each cabin is air-conditioned, and has ample storage space, a safe, a TV, a hairdryer and private facilities with a shower. All ocean-view cabins have picture windows apart from eight Cat 6 cabins and 10 Cat 7 cabins, towards the front of the ship, which have portholes. Suites offer the added comforts of baths, seating areas and private balconies.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. Back to top