• Vigo – Spain

    After a bit of a ‘rocky’ night we arrived during breakfast at the port of Vigo in the province of Galicia, Spain. It is the home of Spain’s fishing fleet and an important industrial city for car making and ship building. Sir Francis Drake bombarded it in 1585 and again in 1589 when it was… Continue Reading

  • Sao Miguel–Ponta Delgada (Azores)

    Ponta Delgada is the capital of the Azores and also the largest municipality and it was here that we docked early on the morning of Valentine’s Day. It was a miserable looking start to the day, the volcanic highlands were shrouded in grey mist, thick rolling clouds marched across the sky and there was a… Continue Reading

  • Faial – Horta (Azores)

    Since leaving Antigua nestled serenely in its warm and calm Caribbean sea we have been making our way steadily north east through the choppier Atlantic Ocean. As each day passes the outside temperature has decreased from a fatigue inducing mid 30’s  to a more comfortable mid 20’s and lower. As we have been heading into… Continue Reading

  • Antigua – St. Johns

    Antigua is one of the smaller Leeward Islands and it was here that we berthed alongside three other large cruise ships in its capital St. Johns, just as we sat down for breakfast. Columbus named the island Santa Maria la Antigua as he sailed by in 1493, but it has been in British hands since… Continue Reading

  • St. Lucia – Castries

    The Magellan docked at breakfast time in the port of Castries, joining two other cruise ships that had already found their moorings. It was going to be a busy day for the inhabitants of the 2nd largest island in the Windward Islands. St. Lucia was discovered by Juan de Cosa who travelled with Columbus, but… Continue Reading

  • Barbados

    The Magellan arrived very early at her mooring in Bridgetown at 6.00am. This was lucky as she bagged the closest berth to the port terminal ensuring the passengers from the two cruise ships that arrived afterwards had a much longer walk. Interesting fact: Chicken is by far the most popular meat eaten on the island,… Continue Reading

  • Tobago–Scarborough

    You meet all types of people when on a cruise ship, the Magellan is by no means the largest ship plying its trade on the world’s seas but it still has its fair share share of oddities. It is no surprise that any establishment that provides wall to wall food and drink, 24 hours a… Continue Reading