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Christmas & New Year Cruise to Cape Verde Islands & Madeira

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Embark upon a sunny Christmas journey

What better way to spend the festive season than by being looked after by Magellan's attentive crew and entertained by a team dedicated to ensuring you have a truly unforgettable Christmas? Find out on this wonderful cruise to Portugal, the Canaries, Cape Verde and Madeira.

Discover life on board Magellan

Discover life on board MagellanThere's far more to life on board Magellan than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • 21 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 and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

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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Cruise Information

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, 1600hrs
  • Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day Five - Vigo, Spain
  • Day Six - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day Nine - Christmas Day at sea
  • Day 10 - Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands
  • Day 11 - Praia, Cape Verde Islands
  • Day 14 - Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Day 15 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
  • Day 16 - Arrecife, Lanzarote
  • Day 17 - Funchal, Madeira
  • Day 19 - Leixoes, Portugal
  • Day 22 - Arrive London Tilbury, 0800hrs

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Magellan. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.

Full Itinerary

Day One

Make your way to Tilbury, and board Magellan before she sails this afternoon.

Day Two

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.

Days Three and Four

Experience "life on the ocean wave" as you spend two days on board Magellan as she steams into warmer waters.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Days Seven and Eight

These two days are spent at sea, taking advantage of Magellan's many amenities as she continues her voyage.

Day Nine (Christmas Day)

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 10

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.

Day 11

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.

Days 12-13

Relax on board as Magellan spends another two days at sea.

Day 14

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.

Day 15 (New Year's Eve)

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.

Back on board, enjoy a night of celebrations as you welcome in 2018.

Day 16 (New Year's Day)

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 17

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!

Day 18

Today is spent at sea, enjoying life on board and making the most of Magellan.

Day 19

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.

Days 20-21

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.

Day 22

Magellan returns to Tilbury at the end of a wonderful festive cruise.

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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*This offer applies to new bookings made between 6th and 26th December 2017 (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.

Christmas & New Year Cruise to Cape Verde Islands & Madeira reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas & New Year Cruise to Cape Verde Islands & MadeiraScores 6.1 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
(6 out of 10)


Kelty, Fife Couple
The cruise was too long. The addition of Cape Verde was not great as seas rough and islands themselves disappointing. Health of passengers on board poor - many coughs and sneezes - in my opinion carried around the ship by the air conditioning which was too fierce considering it was not always hot and sunny outside therefore not heating the ship up! I was cold nearly all the time on board, especially in the restaurants and theatre. The infirmary was the busiest place on the ship! For most of the time, I was unwell, as were many passengers!
Confirmed traveller: 07 January 2018
Published on: 19 February 2018
(8 out of 10)


Weather could have been better
Confirmed traveller: 07 January 2018
Published on: 18 February 2018
(7 out of 10)


Edinburgh Friends
From icy winter to warmth and sunshine and back again! Colourful islands and interesting ports. Easy going sociable life aboard ship and sea to the horizon!
Confirmed traveller: 07 January 2018
Published on: 12 February 2018
(8 out of 10)


Taunton Couple
The Holiday was lovely but I would not want to visit Cape Ver D again as I found the last island there not up to visitor standard yet. It felt it was not safe. We were unlucky to visit on a day when there was a march against the Police!!
Confirmed traveller: 07 January 2018
Published on: 11 February 2018
(1 out of 10)


Milton Keynes Couple
Magellan not furnished suitably for the elderly passengers. We would NOT travel on Magellan again and have already complained to Cruise and Maritime A third of the passengers were affected by a viral complaint (spread via AC system (?)
Confirmed traveller: 07 January 2018
Published on: 11 February 2018

Thank you for your review and for contacting CMV directly, we are very sorry that some aspects of your trip did not meet with your full approval. We trust that CMV will respond to you shortly.

(8 out of 10)


Huddersfield Couple
Staff and crew couldn't have done better.
Confirmed traveller: 07 January 2018
Published on: 11 February 2018
(1 out of 10)


We booked this 3 week cruise really looking forward to a good time. We was hoping for music & dancing but what we got was quizzes 3-4 daily. The band only played 4 times in the theater. We felt so disappointed. We didn't go on a cruise to do jigsaws or to have the music stopped for a quiz then sung to by a member of the singers for the next 3/4 of an hour, it was like a residential care home and they even charged us gratuities for this bad service. As for the food the soup was served cold and the main course often too salty. We were so very disappointed as were a lot of the passengers. What has happened to the Magellan ??? And why Cape Verde where you needed a police escort because of the danger of being robbed etc. very frightening.
Confirmed traveller: 07 January 2018
Published on: 10 February 2018

We are very sorry that you were disappointed with our service on this occasion. I have passed your comments to our Customer Relations Department who will investigate the points you raise and reply directly within 28 days.