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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Amazon to the West Indies and Azores

This incredible 44-night no-fly cruise from Bristol Avonmouth showcases the mighty Amazon, the most diverse ecosystem on earth, plus the idyllic islands of the West Indies and Azores

No Fly Cruise
44 nights from £2999pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Toucan in the Amazon
  • Mindelo, Cape Verde
  • Santarem, Amazon
  • Manaus, Amazon
  • Fort George, Tobago
  • Barbados
  • Pitons, St Lucia
  • St John's, Antigua

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Second passenger cruises free PLUS free Additions Value Package! 1st passenger from £5999, 2nd passenger free. Complimentary Additions Value Package worth up to £238 applies to Cat 8 ocean view cabins and above. Subject to availability. Book by 28 Feb 2020

Amazon to the West Indies and Azores Special Offer

This once-in-a-lifetime voyage takes in the diverse Amazon with its abundant flora and fauna, as well as the sun-kissed islands of the West Indies, Cape Verde archipelago and Azores.

Join your ship in Bristol Avonmouth and cruise to pretty Cobh, gateway to the beautiful city of Cork and the legendary Blarney Castle. Continue to Vigo, home to Europe's largest fishing fleet and close to Santiago de Compostela, before heading to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

Mindelo is Cape Verde's answer to the Riviera and the last port of call before heading towards the mighty Amazon. Santarem is located at the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers, while Boca Da Valeria is a remote village inhabited by descendants of the Portuguese settlers. From Manaus, perhaps visit an ecological park, home to parrots and toucans, as well as flora including giant water lilies.

Enjoy an exciting Boi Bumba show in Parintins, a carnival of music and dance complete with flamboyant costumes. Continue to the beautiful fishing village of Alter do Chao where it's possible to swim in the stunning blue lagoon or explore the jungle, before spending a couple of days cruising the Amazon River, taking in the incredible scenery. Your ship then heads to the colourful islands of the West Indies and Azores, with highlights including Tobago, known as 'Robinson Crusoe Island', lively Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, and pretty Ponta Delgada, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

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Amazon to the West Indies and Azores Itinerary

Day 1 - Bristol Avonmouth (UK)

Embark your ship in Bristol Avonmouth. There is a free coach transfer from London Tilbury and London Victoria to Bristol Avonmouth.

Day 2 - Cobh (Ireland)

Cobh lies at the mouth of the River Lee and was known as Queenstown until 1922. Brightly coloured houses are overlooked by the imposing St Coleman's Cathedral. Cobh is the gateway to the city of Cork and the legendary Blarney Castle.

Days 3-4 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing days at sea.

Day 5 - Vigo (Spain)

In the Galician province of Pontevedra, situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, lies the city of Vigo. In 1702, an English and Dutch force fought and defeated the French and Spanish fleets anchored here. Vigo's fishing origin and strong maritime history has left an appealing old quarter with a labyrinth of steep and winding narrow streets. This is an excellent base from which to visit the towns and villages along the Vigo estuary and the Cies Isles that form part of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands. Nearby is Santiago de Compostela, Christendom's third most holy pilgrimage shrine.

Day 6 - Lisbon (Portugal)

The Portuguese capital has a quirky charm and much character. The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Perhaps enjoy a visit to the unique four-storey Belem Tower fortress, the breathtaking Jeronimos Monastery or the modern Monument to the Discoveries, shaped like the prow of a sailing ship. Lisbon's magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe.

Days 7-10 - At sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing days at sea.

Day 11 - Mindelo (Cape Verde)

Cape Verde is an archipelago made up of ten islands and eight islets. It is a remote, mountainous and unspoilt location 400 miles off the west coast of Senegal. In the days of sailing ships the wind pattern made it probable that ships sailing between Europe and the Americas or the East would find themselves passing nearby to these islands and they would call in for repairs and provisions. Surrounded by mountains, Mindelo, on Sao Vicente (St Vincent) is the largest port where you will find beautiful Portuguese colonial buildings.

Days 12-15 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing days at sea.

Day 16 - Fazendinha Pilot Station (Brazil)

Cruise ships entering the Amazon River must head to the Fazendinha Pilot Station. This is a technical call so independent passengers may not go ashore.

Day 17 - Santarem

Santarem is located at the joining of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers. Formally a village of the indigenous Tapajos Indians, it was later colonised by the Portuguese and today is the second largest town in the state of Para. Just outside the city, the turquoise waters of the Tapajos meet the ochre-coloured waters of the Amazon, which flow alongside each other without mixing. In this area are flooded forests, swamps and savannas.

Day 18 - Boca Da Valeria

This tiny remote village is inhabited by descendants of the Portuguese settlers who inter-married with the native Indians. Perhaps shop for local handicrafts.

Days 19-20 - Manaus

Founded by the Portuguese in 1669, Manaus is located 1,000 miles from the sea on the Negro River near its confluence with the Amazon River. It became one of the world's wealthiest cities at the height of the rubber boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and some of its former glory lingers in some of the grand buildings dotted about the city.

Day 21 - Parintins

This annual Bois Bumbas festival takes place in Parintins and is reportedly second only to the Rio Carnival. Enjoy a folkloric presentation of some of the elements of the festival during your visit.

Day 22 - Alter do Chao

Traditional stilted houses tower over a blue lagoon in the beautiful fishing village of Alter do Chao. Take the opportunity to swim in the tranquil waters or visit an Indian art museum in the jungle. Don't forget to try a glass of quarana made from caffeine seeds.

Days 23-24 - Cruising the Amazon River (South America)

Enjoy scenic cruising along the mighty Amazon River, taking in the incredible flora and fauna along the way. The Amazon is the most diverse ecosystem on earth.

Day 25 - Icoaraci (Brazil)

Icoaraci is your gateway to Belem, one of the first settlements along the Amazon River. Highlights include the neoclassical-style Theatro da Paz on the Praca da Republica and the lively Ver-o-Peso market.

Day 26 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 27 - Iles du Salut

The Iles du Salut are located off the coast of French Guiana. They were used as a penal colony from the 1800s, earning them a reputation for brutality.

Day 28 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 29 - Scarborough (Tobago)

Known as ‘Robinson Crusoe’ island, beautiful Tobago is a tranquil destination. You can sample Caribbean cooking at its best in Tobago with the speciality dish being a succulent stew of pork and beef known as pepper pot. Scarborough is dominated by Fort King George, an 18th century fortification named for King George III.

Day 30 - Castries (St Lucia)

The island of St Lucia is dominated by two distinctive Pitons. Its lively capital, Castries, has a colourful Creole atmosphere, while further afield lies more dramatic scenery to explore.

Day 31 - Bridgetown (Barbados)

Barbados is an idyllic island with golden beaches and swaying palm trees as well as crystal clear waters. Its capital, Bridgetown, has a British atmosphere and a statue of Nelson in Trafalgar Square.

Days 32-37 - At sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 38 - Horta (Azores, Portugal)

Horta is a colourful small port on Faial Island, one of the nine volcanic islands that make up the Azores. Horta's European influence can be seen in the many fine examples of ornate and beautiful churches, the Torre do Relógio Clock Tower and the 16th-century Forte de Santa Cruz.

Day 39 - Ponta Delgada

Magnificent architecture, 16th and 17th century artwork, and an array of fine churches are among the highlights of the pretty island of Ponta Delgada. The Archipelago of the Azores consists of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic, the largest being Sao Miguel, with its principal port city of Ponta Delgada.

Days 40-42 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 43 - Bristol Avonmouth (UK)

Spend time exploring Bristol, a city which straddles the River Avon.

Day 44 - At sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 45 - London Tilbury

Disembark the ship in London Tilbury.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 44 nights accommodation in cabin grade of your choice
  • Free pre-cruise coach transfer from London Tilbury and London Victoria to Bristol Avonmouth
  • Full board with traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK currency onboard
  • Child-free ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Shore Excursions
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