Cape Verde Islands: Fascinating Natural & Cultural Landscapes


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Ship
Sea Cloud
City
Las Palmas to Praia


Overview

The rich cultural mix of the Cape Verde Islands Not just geographically, Cape Verde is situated between Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. In the Portuguese colony that was a hub of the slave trade and exile for the religiously persecuted, since 1461 customs, musical traditions and genes amalgamated to the entirely new Creole culture. In 1975, the República Cabo Verde proudly declared its independence. São Vicente – native island of Cesária Évora Violin sounds mingle with African drums, Fado meets Polka and creates musical styles like Morna, Batuque and Funaná: The Cape Verde Islands are a melting pot of world music. Cesária Évora from lively Mindelo was the isles’ most famous singer. Barefoot and with a sweet melancholy, she sang of love, hurt and hope and is still revered today as the “Queen of Morna”. Santo Antão, the island of contrast The second largest island of Cape Verde enchants with its spectacular natural diversity. While the volcanic craters in the barren south are reminiscent of moonscapes, rocky mountainous landscapes alternate with green and fertile, tropical valleys in the north of Santo Antão. Besides pineapples, mango trees and coconut palms, sugar cane is also grown here – and distilled into the national schnaps Grogue. A lecturer accompanies the trip Exciting topics, background information and fascinating facts – our expert offers talks on a whole range of subjects from his specialist field.

Overview

  • CAPSC
  • 10 Days
  • Sea Cloud

Cruise Itinerary

  • Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain)
  • Praia (Cape Verde)
  • West Africa

Departures

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Cruise Itinerary

With its black volcano almost 2,000 metres (6,561 foot) high and endless white beaches along the coastline, the island of Gran Canaria displays a huge variety of landscapes. A "continent in miniature" with rugged rock formations, dense pine forests, dry valleys and reservoirs in the interior, lush vegetation in the north, shimmering dune landscapes in the south and weirdly shaped cliffs in the west. Almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, Las Palmas, is no less colourful, with its port and history stretching back 500 years. The showpiece of this historic old town is the magnificent Santa Ana Cathedral.








Itineraries are subject to change.


Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing) Length: 109 metres Passenger Capacity: 64 Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011 Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair. Welcome aboard a legend Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. At 360 feet she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable.  Discover the romance of tall ship sailingExperience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable. Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary slightly.

Highlights

• The rich cultural mix of the Cape Verde Islands • São Vicente – native island of Cesária Évora • Santo Antão, the island of contrast • A lecturer accompanies the trip

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