Make your way to Tilbury, and board Magellan before she sails this afternoon.
Magellan arrives in Amsterdam, great city of canals, today. Each winter the city comes alive with festive cheer from Museumplein's 'Christmas Square' to Dam Square's illuminated tree and the shops and houses of the ancient Jordaan district. Several markets dot the city, and you'll have time to explore and perhaps visit the city's the other attractions, such as the famous Rijksmuseum, before returning to Magellan.
Experience "life on the ocean wave" as you spend two days on board Magellan as she steams into warmer waters.
Days Three and Four
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 cafes serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen and cruise holidaymakers alike.
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 introduce the city, where the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the Alfamar district have remained unchanged it seems for centuries.
These two days are spent at sea, taking advantage of Magellan's many amenities as she continues her voyage.
Days Seven and Eight
Enjoy Christmas celebrations on board Magellan as you awake at sea and spend the day in the company of your fellow passengers. You'll be looked after by Captain, Officers, crew and entertainment team, who will do everything they can to ensure that the day is one to remember.
Day Nine (Christmas Day)
The volcanic isles of the Cape Verde archipelago in the mid-Atlantic are fast becoming a popular holiday haven. 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.
Our final 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.
Relax on board as Magellan spends another two days at sea.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, and today Magellan ties up in its principal port, Santa Cruz. This unforgettable island offers 'the whole world in one day' - from the chance to swim in the warm seas to throwing snowballs on the slopes of Mt Teide, Spain's highest peak.
Spend New Year's Eve in the Canaries' great trading port of Las Palmas, gateway to Gran Canaria. Step ashore to explore the bustling metropolis of modern Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the old town, Vegueta, and perhaps take a shore excursion into the spectacular landscape further inland.
Day 15 (New Year's Eve)
Back on board, enjoy a night of celebrations as you welcome in 2018.
Step ashore as Magellan makes another Canaries call in Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote. Begin the New Year enjoying the warmth and - hopefully - sunshine of this famous holiday isle, and perhaps the opportunity to head to 'fire mountain' and the chance to take a camel ride to the edge of a volcano!
Day 16 (New Year's Day)
Madeira is a sun-blessed, lush, green sub-tropical paradise, the verdant island capital, Funchal a perfect, relaxing, captivating port of call. Don't miss the truly wonderful Botanical Gardens, or the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride from Monte to Livramento!
Today is spent at sea, enjoying life on board and making the most of Magellan.
This Portuguese port of Leixoes gives you the chance to step ashore, perhaps to join this afternoon's excursion, to the historic city of Oporto, in its picture-postcard setting on the River Douro.
Your last two days are spent at sea, with resolutions made, and no doubt reliving memories of the cruise as you head back into the English Channel.
Magellan returns to Tilbury at the end of a wonderful festive cruise.
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