Voyage through the Atlantic Ocean on your way to Praia, Sao Tiago Island, on this inspiring 7-day cruise. Embark the MV Plancius and witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like artic terns and long-tailed skuas who join you in crossing the Equator ("the line").
Day 1 : Ascension Island | Embark Days 2-6 : At Sea Day 7 : Praia, Sao Tiago, Cape Verde | Disembark
Witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds
Visit some of the most remote islands in the world
Observe the massive fortress on the hill of Cidade Velha
In the evening the vessel departs from Ascension Island. Ascension Island is a volcano in the middle of the ocean, about 1,280 kilometres (800 miles) to the northwest of St. Helena. It is a dry island with a moist and richly-vegetated peak named Green Mountain (859 metres; 2818 feet). For more than 300 years after its discovery, in 1501, the island was uninhabited. The few visitors were deterred from settling due to the aridity. It was eventually occupied in 1815 by the British who wished to prevent any possible use by the French for an attempt to release Napoleon from St. Helena.
At sea, witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like arctic terns and long-tailed skuas that join you to cross the Equator ("the Line").
Day 7 Praia, Sao Tiago, Cape Verde | Disembark
Disembark at 9.00 hours*. Passengers who fly from Praia on the night of April 30/ May 1 are offered an excursion in Praia on the island of Sao Tiago.
Praia on Sao Tiago, the main island of the southern group, has a character of its own. Make an excursion to Cidade Velha, steeped in history, and observe the massive fortress on the hill, built to deter English marauders in the period when the Crowns of Portugal and Spain were united and Portuguese possessions became as fair game to the likes of Drake and Raleigh as were Spanish ones. See the ruins of the Cathedral, the oldest Christian Church in the tropics, and the slave whipping post in the main square. The village is well watered and there are plantations of sugar cane, which support a rum distillery, and several species of birds. Have another guided stroll around the City of Praia, the capital of the Cape Verdes, which has given rise to a unique variety of folk music, which you shall hear as you pass the various bars!
* There are reserved rooms for the disembarking passengers in a hotel in Praia. Your luggage is collected and you can freshed up at the end of your excursion before traveling to the airport in the night or to your hotel if you are staying longer in Praia.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share twin price
-Children between the ages of 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Plancius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
• Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee, and tea
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• Comprehensive pre-departure material
• Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
• Pre- and post land arrangements
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes
• Meals ashore
• Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
• Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
• The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US Dollar $400 per passenger.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.