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Saturday, December 7, 2019

MSC Magnifica 14-night Northern Europe

MSC Magnifica in Le Havre

Day 2 – Le Havre, France

Our first port call Today we are in Le Havre, France. The ship travelled just 78 nautical miles across the English Channel last night and we were awoken by the ship performing a 180-degree turn...
Amsterdam canal with tourist boat

Day 11 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sailing into Amsterdam We awoke early this morning, the ship has slowed down to around 15kts and we are about to pick up the pilot from IJmuiden, The Netherlands. After receiving our pilot, he'll guide...
Cadiz Town Square

Day 6 – Cadiz, Spain

Visiting Andalusia We awoke early this morning and watched the ship's bow slowly rotate through 180-degrees as we quietly crept into the port of Cadiz. We are berthed at the Cadiz Cruise Terminal today and...
MSC Magnifica in the port of Leixoes

Day 4 – Leixoes, Portugal

Our first stop in Portugal As we have never actually been to Portugal, we were really looking forward to today (and tomorrow - Lisbon!) - after a fairly calm morning sail, we were due into...
MSC Magnifica aft view sea day 10

Day 10 – At Sea

Day at Sea Today is our third sea day on this cruise. We have a total of five sea days and they are nicely spread out throughout our voyage. We are continuing our sail from...
MSC Magnifica leaving IJmuiden locks

Day 12 – At Sea

Day at Sea Today we were up very early to catch the sail out of Amsterdam. We left our berth at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam at exactly 7am this morning. The ship gracefully slid into...
MSC Magnifica at the Port of Lisbon, Portugal

Day 5 – Lisbon, Portugal

Visiting the Portuguese capital This morning we are sailing into Lisbon, Portugal. This is the most Western capital of Europe and the capital of Portugal. We took on our pilot at 7am as we entered...
Port of Hamburg River Elbe waterfront walk

Day 13 – Hamburg, Germany

The River Elbe Today, we are sailing into the historic German port of Hamburg. The port dates back to the staggering year 1189. It is Germany's largest port for freight and cruise passengers and is...
MSC Magnifica as seen from Calshot

Day 15 – Southampton, UK

Disembarkation We awoke early this morning as we left the balcony curtains open and the sun beamed directly in at around 5am. Looking out I could just make out the Isle of Wight in the...
P&O Cruises Britannia passing Calshot

Day 0 – Pre-departure Day

Southampton arrival Well off we go - the drive down from the East Midlands down to Southampton isn't the shortest of journeys I have ever done to join a ship, but it certainly isn't one...

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