In the Wake of the Buccaneers

Lisbon, Portugal - Manaus, Amazon

Set sail on a unique adventure as you follow in the trail of the infamous pirates who made the Atlantic Ocean unsafe for centuries. Starting in Lisbon, Portugal, this 17-day expedition takes you to three uniquely different continents, as we sail down to Africa, Cape Verde and into the open waters across the Atlantic. Our voyage culminates in South America, where we take you deep into the impressive Amazon rainforest - a bold expedition for true adventurers.

  • Visit several interesting islands and cross the Atlantic Ocean
  • Explore the Amazon River and rainforest
  • Select from an exciting and varied excursion programme
  • Sail warm waters that were historically unsafe for centuries


Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Long Ben; pirates live on in history, whether by reputation, misplaced fame or cruelty. All of them enjoyed a specific period of success in their respective waters, and for every pirate fact there are scores of pirate legends. With numerous fictional pirate stories came also romantic idealised interpretations of pirate life and their amazing treasures.

X Marks the Spot

This is an expedition where we sail the waters that were made unsafe for centuries by pirates, buccaneers and privateers. Join us as we sail from Portugal, Spain and the old Barbary Coast to the Cape Verde Islands. Then we cross the Atlantic Ocean and explore the Amazon River and rainforest. Learn more about pirate history during the Middle Ages and the Golden Age of Piracy and about the rainforest ecology and see the unique wildlife on hikes or from a canoe.

Your holiday price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities


  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandator

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The itinerary

Trail the history of piracy and explore the rainforest ecology on a multi-continent expedition across the Atlantic.

29 September 2017

Departure port Lisbon, Portugal
Day 1
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At the mouth of the Tagus

Location: Lisbon

Lisbon's history revolves around its strategic geographical position at the mouth of the Tagus, where its spacious and sheltered natural harbour made the city an important seaport for trade between the Mediterranean and northern Europe. This is probably why Lisbon has a long history of pirate raids, from the Vikings and Saracen pirates to Dutch and English pirates later on. Before we sail, you can visit well-known buildings and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery. 

Day 2
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Golden oldie

Location: Cádiz, Spain

Cádiz is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic, and the long beaches invite you to enjoy a dip in the ocean. Cádiz is the one of the oldest cities in the Western world, founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 B.C. Later on the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors found their way to the city.

For 200 years, Cádiz was regularly attacked by the English. Sir Francis Drake may be remembered for circumnavigating the world, but he also happened to be Queen Elizabeth I's favourite privateer. His greatest act was a blow against the King of Spain: a raid on Cádiz that destroyed several ships that were being built for the great Armada that was to attack England.

Day 3
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Mixing old and new

Location: Casablanca, Morocco

Pirates in Morocco were known as the Barbary corsairs, and Casablanca was once a haven for pirates. Today the city displays an exotic mix of old and new. Stay on deck as we sail out from the White City to enjoy the view of the town and its harbour life with small and colourful wooden boats next to fishing vessels and huge ocean liners. See the Hassan II Mosque in the sunset, one of Casablanca's most famous landmarks.


Days 4-7
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Sailing Buccaneer waters

Location: Atlantic Ocean and North Atlantic Gyre

During the forthcoming days we will sail towards Cape Verde across the Atlantic and with the Canary Current, part of the North Atlantic Gyre. The North Atlantic Gyre is where the deep, cold and nutrient-rich water meets more shallow and warm waters, making this part of the ocean a remarkable fishing ground that is teeming with marine mammals and seabirds.

Spend your relaxing days at sea listening to the Expedition Teams fascinating lecture series and looking out for bird species such as Albatrosses or Petrels.

Day 8
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On pirate soil

Location: Praia, Cape Verde

The Cape Verde Islands were discovered in the beginning of the 15th century. Travellers frequently used them as a stop to take on food and water. The useful location led to attacks by many famous pirates and privateers such as Francis Drake, Henry Long, Ben Avery, Henry Morgan and William Dampier. Captain Kidd also frequently sailed these waters. Several treasure hunters believe that the Skeleton Island he refers to was actually Maio Island, next to Santiago and Praia where we make a stop. Enjoy a day of snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to experience the hectic pace of life on the island.

Days 9-13
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Be at one with the ocean

Location: Crossing the Atlantic Ocean

Enjoy being at one with the ocean and relaxing on deck or in the Panorama lounge, meeting and chatting with new friends. While sea days are ideal for relaxing, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Brazil, its nature, history and geography. Over the coming days, you’ll have the option to attend more interesting lectures with our Expedition Teams.

Day 14
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Prepare to land

Location: Crossing into the Amazon

The mighty Amazon River crosses the South American continent. The Amazon rainforest, home to more than a third of the world's animal species, surrounds it. As we sail along this river, you will have unbeatable views of the untamed rainforest and its biodiversity.

Ensure you engage in lectures by the Expedition Team to prepare you for the next day’s landings.


Day 15
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Take a stroll on shore

Location: Santarem, Brazil

The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and runs through the largest forest in the world. After seven days at sea, it will be great to feel land under your feet again. Stroll along the waterfront promenade in Santarém where the murky brown Amazon meets the dark blue-green Rio Tapajós. On one hand, this is a pleasant city, but it is also a gritty port town. Santarém is also the perfect starting point for several activities in the National Forest Tapajós, a beautiful forest where you can hike and canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.

Day 16
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Meet the locals

Location: Parintins, Amazonas

Parintins is a very small island with lots of small shops, eateries and a local cathedral that towers over the city. Take a walk to experience the everyday life here, enjoy one of the local drinks or taste the local soup, do some boi-dancing with the locals or join the Expedition Team for a hike or kayak trip in the jungle. 

Day 17
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Gateway to the Jungle

Location: Manaus

As the capital of the state of Amazonas, Manaus is the perfect base to explore the river system and rainforest with many excursions starting from here.

The city of 2 million people, is located within the rainforest and was once integral to the booming rubber economy in the 19th century. Today, its a tax-free haven, facilitating business investment and welcomes fellow travellers.

15 October 2017

Location Manaus, Amazonas
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