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Setting sail from Málaga
Málaga has at times had its reputation dragged down by association with the overdevelopment and high rise horrors of the Costa del Sol, which is a great shame, as there is plenty to satisfy the discerning traveller. The labyrinthine historic centre is right next to the cruise port, and has been given something of a makeover in recent years. Nowadays there are plenty of chic restaurants and bars where you can ease into the rhythms of life in southern Spain, before exploring sights including the intriguing, unfinished Gothic cathedral, and a museum devoted to Málaga's most famous son, Pablo Picasso.
Málaga closes for siesta so plan your visit to ensure you have scheduled a long relaxing lunch. Plan for an extensive tapas tasting, or great seafood a little way down the coast at El Palo.
Blessed with a dramatic setting on the steep banks of the river Douro, Portugal’s second city is currently enjoying something of a renaissance, and is best known as the home of the country’s most famous export, port wine.
Vigo is the biggest city in Galicia, Spain’s verdant northwest corner. The city itself is a busy fishing port with limited tourist appeal, but it’s a great base for striking out into the countryside, visiting the lovely Cíes Islands just offshore or joining the pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela, 60 miles to the north.
Douarnenez is synonymous with all things maritime, a bustling Breton port with four different harbours. In its 19th-century heyday Douarnenez grew prosperous from sardine fishing, and its modern attractions include an excellent maritime museum, with boats and tall ships from around the world.
An important naval base and major commercial port, Cherbourg is the gateway to the many attractions of Normandy, including the Bayeux Tapestry and the beaches where the D-Day landings took place. Cherbourg’s excellent Cité de la Mer maritime museum is also well worth a visit.
Rouen has endured a turbulent history: it was here that Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431, and much of the city was destroyed during World War II. Many cruise visitors head straight for Paris, an hour away by train, which is a shame since there’s so much to see in Rouen, including a beautiful cathedral and the atmospheric Medieval quarter.
United Kingdom: Cowes (Isle of Wight)
Every August sailors from all over the world descend on Cowes for Cowes Week, the world’s oldest sailing regatta, and the town has an unmistakable nautical vibe. Spend some time perusing the upmarket shops, tuck into some fish and chips or head out and explore the Isle of Wight's beautiful coastline.
Ostend is the largest city on the Belgian coast, with a long sandy beach and some handsome belle époque and art deco architecture. It’s a nice place to spend a relaxing day in port, or you can explore further afield with an excursion to nearby Bruges, Ghent or Antwerp.
Arriving in London (Greenwich)
Greenwich is one of London's most fascinating boroughs, rich in maritime history and with a discernible seaside feel, in spite of the fact that it lies just 8 miles downstream from the city centre. This was once the seat of British naval power, and you can learn more about the area's seafaring heritage at the fascinating National Maritime Museum. Other attractions include the Cutty Sark, the O2 Arena and the Royal Observatory, where you can straddle two hemispheres by placing one foot either side of the Greenwich Meridian Line.
Your home from home
Seabourn became the latest ultra-luxury cruise line to enter the expedition market in 2022 with the launch of Seabourn Venture, followed by sister ship Seabourn Pursuit in 2023.
What we love
Seabourn Venture and Pursuit bring the trademark Seabourn style and sophistication to the world of expedition cruising, with interiors by designer Adam D Tihany, sumptuous veranda suite accommodation and high-tech toys including a pair of six-seater submarines.
|The contemporary décor appeals to a sophisticated and cosmopolitan crowd, and the familiar Seabourn style of cruising is enhanced by an experienced expedition team.
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Where to stay in Málaga
We love the Málaga Gibralfaro Parador, in the old quarter with views over the harbour.
Travel north to Granada and the Alhambra Palace, an unmissable example of Moorish architecture in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.