The Canary Islands are an archipelago of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is the largest and most popular island of the seven Canary Islands. On the island you can find the third highest volcano in the world; Teide volcano at 3,718 meters. A climb up the mountain will give you exceptional views over the island.
After our visit to the Canary Islands we leave the European continent behind and head south towards the African Cabo Verde islands. This will be our last stop before the ship turns her bow and heads west to Montevideo.
The islands of Cabo Verde are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, over 600 kilometers west of Senegal at approximately 16 degrees North. Cabo Verde consists of 9 inhabited and a few uninhabited islands.
Cabo Verde has a tropical climate. The sea temperature stays around 25 degrees Celsius and the often-strong trade winds originate from the northeast. It rarely rains and the bright sun shines constantly. On some days the fine dusty desert sand limits the sunlight (and even your sight). All islands are volcanic, but at the same time the terrain varies widely. The landscape consists of steep terrace fields with bananas and coffee plantations, sand deserts, black volcano’s and a fierce deep blue ocean. On some of the islands rare seabirds can be found. The waters are full of fly-fish, tuna, sea turtles and whales.
After just over a month at sea it is high time to stretch those sea legs on shore. After a voyage full of adventures with doldrums, swimming, lunch on deck, nice sailing and climbing the rigging the ship arrives at Montevideo.
Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay and located along the estuary of Rio de la Plata, which is around 200 km wide at the location of the city. Along this estuary, you can also find world’s longest sidewalk, 13,7 km long! The natural bay on which the city is located is situated in such a way that also for road transport Montevideo is an important stop between Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre in Brazil. One of the most popular places in the city is the Mercado del Puerto, the old harbor market in the Ciudad Vieja, where a lot of bars and restaurants are located.Discounted fare available if you join both voyage legsSail Leg 1 from Tenerife to Cabo Verde
Price: 1,190 EUR (2 person cabin reserved for couples travelling together) / 1,390 EUR (4/5 berth cabin).Sail leg 2 from Cabo Verde to Montevideo, Uruguay
Price: 2,890 EUR (2 person cabin reserved for couples travelling together) / 3,700 EUR (4/5 berth cabin)COMBINATION VOYAGE (Tenerife – Montevideo)Price: € 4890 EUROS pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 3910 EUROS pp in 4/5 person cabinThis voyage is part of a series of voyages by the ship to commemorate the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth.Set sail with the ship and celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure. Leaving from Sevilla, Spain in September 2019 sail south across the ocean and into the Strait of Magellan in Chile to arrive on December 12, 2019, in Punta Arenas. The ship will visit Puerto Williams and Cape Horn on the way to Antarctica. After visiting the white wilderness they will follow Magellans route again and sail the Pacific Ocean in early 2020.
Life on board
Onboard the ship we call our guests ‘voyage crew’. This means that the permanent crew will train you to be a sailor. Unlike going on a cruise, here you will be going on a hands-on, active sailing adventure. You will be divided into three watches; Red watch, Blue watch and White watch, named after the colors of the Dutch flag. You will be ‘on watch’ for four hours after which you have eight hours of free time.
During your four hours on watch there will be different tasks that will be divided between the members of your watch. There will always be two people on helm duty. You will together, maintain a steady course on the helm. The crew will explain how to steer the ship and what to look out for. During the watch there will also be two people on look-out duty at all times. On the bow of the ship, you will stand look-out. You spot ships, buoys, debris, and icebergs in the water then communicate this to the officer on watch. The rest of the watch members will be on deck duty. The permanent crew will give you sail training and you will assist in all sail handling. This involves setting- and taking away the sails by hauling- and easing lines, climbing the rigging to furl or unfurl the sails.
The crew will instruct you how to work on deck and you will learn how to trim the sails to the directing of the wind. During deck duty, there is also time to assist the crew with the maintenance of the ship. This way you will learn how to work with traditional tools and methods. Woodworking, sailmaking, celestial navigation, and traditional rope- and rigging work will all be apart of your sailing voyage. The captains and officers are easy to talk to and like to get involved in your sail training. They will explain traditional- as well as modern ways of navigation. They will organize and run you through safety drills and procedures.
During your eight hours ‘off watch’, there is time to rest and enjoy the scenery. You can read a book in the library or in the deckhouse. The bar will be open for a drink and a snack. The crew will be giving lectures on various subjects, from traditional sailors skills and knowledge to science and astronomy. During your time off watch, you can still assist the permanent crew and the voyage crew ‘on watch’ with sail handling and maintenance jobs. The galley team sometimes asks for a hand peeling potatoes or apples on deck so they can make yet another of their famous pies. In the deckhouse, there will be people playing games, reading books, listening to music, writing diaries and emails. Your off watch time is for you to fill in, you may do as little or as much as you would like. These hours are also for you to catch up on your sleep.
When you are setting sails, reading or working away on deck, in the galley they are always busy preparing meals to keep everyone well fed. Multiple course meals will be served three times a day with coffee and tea times in between, what ever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.
For those who booked the combi trip from Tenerife to Montevideo, it is possible to stay on board during the stopover in Sal, Cabo Verde on a breakfast-only basis.
During the days between two legs the crew will take care of cabin cleaning, taking in new stores and will be busy with custom procedures and maintenance. The careful attention that the crew want to give to our voyage crew will therefore be limited during those days.
After breakfast all guests will therefore be brought to shore, which is a good opportunity to stretch those sea legs and explore the island. No lunch or dinner will be served and after dinner you will all be welcomed back on board!