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Take the trip of a lifetime on Magellan's maiden world cruise. Leave behind the British winter and embark on a 121-day dream holiday that will take you across oceans to historic cities and idyllic islands. On your way, discover hidden treasures, balmy days and enchanted evenings.
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Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- 120 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, 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 and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
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.
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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.
- Days 1-13 - Crossing the Atlantic
- Days 14-18 - Cruising the Caribbean
- Day 19 - Panama Canal Transit
- Days 20-31 - South America and the Pacific
- Days 32-45 - Polynesia and New Zealand
- Days 46-61 - Around Australia
- Days 62-75 - Indonesia and Malaysia
- Days 76-84 - China and Vietnam
- Days 86-90 - South East Asia
- Days 91-101 - India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
- Days 102-108 - The Arabian Sea, Egypt and Jordan
- Day 109 - Suez Canal Transit
- Days 110-114 - From Jerusalem to Malta
- Days 115-117 - Gibraltar and the Mediterranean
- Days 118-121 - Lisbon to London Tilbury
N.B. For more details about the ports of call, please see the Detailed Itinerary below.
All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Magellan. Ports of call may be subject to change.
Magellan sails from London Tilbury as you familiarise yourself with your new, floating home, and spend the first of many wonderful evenings in the company of fellow adventurers.
Call in delightful Amsterdam, with its canals and waterways, before sailing south to the sun. Relax as the days become warmer and you head towards Spain and the Atlantic.
Arriving in the verdant, mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago, there's a welcome opportunity to step ashore in historic Ponta Delgada. The city has been a stopping-off point for transatlantic sailors down the centuries.
Experience bustling, colourful, cricket-loving Bridgetown today. This Barbadian getaway is a gateway to some of the Caribbean's most popular resorts.
Magellan's second sun-kissed Caribbean call is relaxed Curacao's capital, Willemstad. Discover a UNESCO World Heritage site full of colonial charm.
Beautiful Aruba, your second call in the stunning Dutch Antilles, features a mix of sublime tropical beaches and European-influenced step-gabled houses.
Spend today sailing from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean along the Panama Canal, the waterway which connects the two bodies of water and separates the two 'halves' of the Americas.
Call in the legendary Mexican 'fiesta town' of Acapulco. A full day here offers a taste of Central America in an idyllic setting that has withstood the tests of time and tourism.
After a week of balmy days at sea, the breathtaking islands of French Polynesia are a colourful sight. Taiohae harbour, on tiny Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Isles, is your first chance to absorb the atmosphere of this languid, tropical world.
Perhaps the most famous South Pacific island of all is idyllic Tahiti. Its capital, Pape'ete, is home to historic Le Marche market, the lush Vaipaha Gardens and a perfect lagoon, and seems to have appeared straight out of a Gauguin painting.
Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Magellan's trio of French Polynesian calls.
Cross the International Date Line before you call in Auckland, the glittering 'City of Sails' on New Zealand's North Island. Step ashore to take in the Auckland Museum's priceless carvings and artefacts, or to enjoy a trip up the 328-metre Sky Tower, the country's tallest structure. Perhaps join a shore excursion to the thermal city Rotorua's bubbling thermal pools and geysers.
Crossing the Cook Strait, Magellan makes her last stop in New Zealand in the cosmopolitan Kiwi capital, Wellington. See the city's striking modern architecture and colourful Botanic Gardens, and explore its host of bars, restaurants and cafes, before the ship heads west once more.
Vibrant, fun-loving Sydney's iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and famous beaches are just a handful of the highlights of this wonderful city. Make the most of your visit with an overnight stay.
Today, Magellan calls at privately owned Hamilton Island, in Captain Cook's Whitsundays archipelago (named after the day he arrived in 1770). Spend a lazy day here, or take a boat to the other islands in the group. Alternatively, seek out the glass lifts that feature in some of the resort's hotels, and take a ride to enjoy the stupendous views.
Bustling former gold town Townsville is not only a gateway to the bush beyond the city, it's also close to beautiful Magnetic Island, where koala bears can often be seen clinging to the eucalyptus trees.
Two days in sun-baked Cairns bring opportunities to take a glass-bottomed boat to a coral cay - as this is the stopping off point for the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, head inland on an excursion to the magnificent tropical rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands.
Sail round the Cape York Peninsula, through the Arafura Sea, to your final Australian call, Darwin. From here you'll be able to join a shore excursion to the World Heritage Site at Kakadu National Park, with its swamps, mangroves, salt-water crocodiles and ancient aboriginal art.
Today, a first Indonesian island call offers the possibility of seeing the fearsome Monitor Lizard. The legendary giant 'dragons' are found only here and neighbouring Rinca, so join a National Park ranger to explore. Magellan sails this afternoon, heading towards the next paradise isle.
Magellan spends a night in Bali's port of Benoa, gateway to an island as welcoming and colourful as any on the planet. Head ashore by tender to discover some of the delights of the south of the island, or take an excursion to explore further afield.
The former Dutch colonial outpost of Semerang, Java, radiates charm with a fascinating old town and a colourful Chinese quarter among its attractions. A shore excursion today will offer the opportunity to discover the world's largest Buddhist shrine, at Borobudur.
A cruise through the South China Sea brings you to oil-rich Brunei, where highlights include the stupendous Omar Saifuddien Mosque and the Royal Regalia Building (housing the Sultan's priceless treasures). No visit here is complete without taking in the delightful water village at Kampong Ayer.
Idyllic Kota Kinabalu is the principal settlement of the state of Sabah, and stands close to Malaysia's highest peak. Discover its delightful mix of Chinese, Malay, expatriate European and local cultures.
Raised from the ruins of WWII, the prosperous capital of the Philippines is a jaw-dropping, cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures. While Old Manila provides an insight to the city's past, and the restored cathedral reflects its status as Asia's largest Christian settlement, reminders of its long-term ties with the west can be seen throughout.
Two full days in Hong Kong will give you lots of time to discover this exciting city. Explore under your own steam, or choose from optional excursions - to Victoria Peak, floating city Aberdeen, colourful Stanley Market, to take in the North Shore's spectacular skyline or cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry.
Cruise into bewitching, UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the seascape.
An optional shore excursion, today, takes you to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with its labyrinthine '36 Streets', tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and its island Ngoc Son Temple. Elsewhere in the city, highlights include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader's traditional house, the fascinating Museum of Ethnology and colourful Dong Xuan market.
Magellan calls in the tiny port of Chan May, gateway to central Vietnam's stunning beaches and UNESCO-listed treasures. Take a shore excursion, perhaps to see pretty riverside Hoi An's preserved traditional buildings or to enchanting Imperial City Hue, where Royal pavilions and the tombs of emperors are hidden behind imposing walls.
An overnight stay close to Vietnam's famous Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), brings opportunities to join fascinating optional shore excursions. Visit the remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex - a former Viet Cong base - or the Mekong Delta's scenic landscape of rice paddies, orchards and colourful market towns.
Conclude your South China Sea passage with an overnight stay in Singapore - dynamic island-city and former British outpost.
Here the remnants of its rich history - in Little India, China Town, the Colonial District and Raffles Hotel - meet glitzy malls and Marina Bay's futuristic wonders. Shop, sightsee or join optional excursions to experience it all.
Cruising along the Malaysian coast, Magellan calls at historic Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur. The Malay capital itself boasts the sky-piercing Petronas Towers among its spectacular sights, and a shore excursion will reveal this buzzing, cosmopolitan city, where the preserved Old Railway Station contrasts with glitzy new developments.
Colourful, Malaysian Penang is a feast for the senses. Step ashore to discover sensational street food, George Town's traditional Chinese shophouses, stunning beaches and breathtaking tropical gardens.
The island paradise of Phuket has luxurious developments, rubber plantations and a bustling main town. Enjoy a last 'taste of the east', or perhaps a last visit to an idyllic beach, before Magellan heads across the Andaman Sea and into the Indian Ocean.
Arrive in the Indian sub-continent at Chennai, formerly 'Madras', the country's fourth-largest city. 'Clive of India' once worked here, at historic Fort St George, as a humble clerk for the East India Company.
Optional shore excursions will reveal relics of the Raj at the Fort Museum, Marina Beach, the Chepauk Cricket Stadium and St Mary's Church, the oldest British building in India, or Kanchipuram, a city of 1000 temples, renowned for its exquisite hand-woven silks and saris.
Today Magellan calls in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Explore the restored Fort area of this bustling city, and the ancient street markets of Pettah, or perhaps to take a shore excursion into the lush, temple-studded countryside.
Male is the island capital of the idyllic Maldives archipelago. Dominated by the dome of the Friday Mosque, and a wonderfully colourful, bustling place, it's the last Asian call before Magellan heads across the Arabian Sea.
After yet more relaxing days aboard your floating home, you'll arrive in Salalah, the 'Perfume Capital of Arabia'. The Sultanate of Oman's second city, this ancient settlement is also gateway to a landscape of frankincense trees and coconut palms. Step ashore to explore or perhaps visit the ruins of ancient Khor Rori.
From the Red Sea port of Safaga, an optional full-day excursion will take you to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes. Discover temples at Luxor and Karnak, the vast columns of the Hypostyle Hall, and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun's tomb.
Today brings another unforgettable optional excursion - from the luxurious Jordanian port of Aqaba to the extraordinary 'Rose Red' City of Petra. Etched into the sandstone cliffs and hillsides the lost city's extraordinary buildings are among the most unforgettable sights on Earth.
Passage through the world's most famous - and busiest - waterway, the Suez Canal, brings Magellan into the Mediterranean, where a quintet of calls brings the opportunity to discover yet more wonders a little closer to home.
Another extraordinary, exciting day awaits at Ashdod, gateway to Israel and the Holy Land. Optional shore excursions include coastal resort city Tel Aviv, with its ancient neighbour Jaffa. Alternatively, travel into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem itself to discover the Wailing Wall, the labyrinthine souks of the Old City and Christianity's holiest shrine - the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Magellan's final Mediterranean island call is Malta, with its stunning natural Grand Harbour at Valletta. Explore the surrounding streets, or head into the rugged interior - perhaps to the haunting 'silent city' of Mdina.
A morning call in Gibraltar brings a first real taste of home. Wander past familiar British shops on Main Street, or perhaps to take the cable-car to the top of the Rock for views across the Straits to Africa.
An appropriate final call for Magellan is the great seafaring city of Lisbon - hub of the Age of Discovery. A last shore excursion will introduce the Portuguese capital, before Magellan begins her final two-day passage home in the afternoon.
Magellan arrives back in Tilbury, at the end of her amazing globe-trotting adventure.
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