Macaronesia & Bissagos Islands

Grand Expedition Cruise from Lisbon to Dakar (Southbound)

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Departure date
21 days

Cruise Overview

21-day expedition cruise from Lisbon to Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, the Bissagos Islands and Senegal

Sandy beaches and beautiful nature  

From Lisbon, we'll take in the picturesque beaches and scenery of Porto Santo before sailing on to Madeira to admire its verdant landscapes. We'll then head to the beautiful Canary Islands, making stops in La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.  

Island life  

Scan for hundreds of different bird species and rare saltwater hippos, manatees, turtles and more in the Bissagos UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Discover Cape Verde’s culture, fascinating geology and volcanic landscapes when we visit Boa Vista, Santiago, Fogo and Santo Antão.   

 Cultural flavours of Africa  

Your expedition cruise ends in Dakar, the buzzing capital of Senegal and the most vibrant, affluent and influential city in West Africa. After you disembark MS Spitsbergen, we'll take you on an included city tour to explore further.


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Enchanting Lisbon

Day 1

Bound for Madeira

Day 2

The sands of Porto Santo

Day 3

Verdant Madeira

Day 4

Bound for the Canary Islands 

Day 5

La Palma, the pretty isle

Day 6

Unspoiled La Gomera

Day 7

Remote El Hierro

Day 8

Bound for Cape Verde

Day 9-11

Rugged Santo Antão

Day 12

Volcanic Fogo

Day 13

Diverse Santiago

Day 14

A piece of the Sahara

Day 15

A day of relaxation at sea

Day 16

Bissagos expedition

Day 17-20

Delightful Dakar

Day 21

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 20-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • Please make sure you meet all vaccination requirements (global health insurance recommended)  
  • No gratuities expected 

Post-Programme in Dakar after the cruise

  • Dakar City Tour, day room at hotel in Dakar, including lunch 

What's not included

  • International flights 

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling 

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team