Canary Islands Cruise Original Map of Route Before Agadir Omitted

January 2014

We had never been on a cruise, and the promise of seeing many different destinations on a single holiday - without having to keep unpacking - was tempting.

Las Palmas - Santa Cruz de La Palma - Funchal - Puerto del Rosario - Arreceife - Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Las Palmas

Our first cruise will almost certainly also be our last.  Two problems marred our foray into this kind of holiday.  One - unexpectedly - was physical, with Steve experiencing issues walking on dry land after the motion of the boat - quite literally a problem with him finding his sea legs.  This malady stayed with him for a few days after our return to the UK.

The second issue was more of a cultural one.  It rapidly became obvious that the remainder of the passengers were twenty years or more our seniors, and totally white and British.  OK, we exaggerate.  There were two Japanese men, one mixed race pensioner couple, one young family, two Norwegian sisters and a couple of honeymooners.  And us.  But out of 1200 people?  And the evening entertainment was very much aimed at the market it had.  Luckily we had deliberately chosen a one-week cruise, specifically in case we found that it wasn't to our liking.

One disappointment that was beyond anyone's control was the last-minute cancellation of the only stop in Morocco, Agadir, because of the sea conditions.  We headed instead to Puerto del Rosario, the main town in Fuertaventura.  This turned out to be a very uninteresting place indeed.

Of the other stops on the itinerary, the two Santa Cruz's (de la Palma and de Tenerife) and Las Palmas were already well known to us from previous holidays.  Arrecife was new to both of us, although we had visited the island of Lanzarote separately in the past.  It was not sufficiently interesting to make us consider a return visit.  This was not true of Funchal, the capital of Portuguese Madeira, where we picked up an interesting vibe.

  Embarkation - Steve at Las Palmas Santa Cruz de la Palma View from our Porthole
View from our Porthole Funchal Madeira Cable Car Queue Funchal Madeira Cable Car
Funchal Madeira Cable Car Portrait Madeira - View of Funchal from Cable Car View of Funchal Madeira from Cable Car
Madeira View from Cable Car Phil at Monte in Madeira Sleigh in Monte in Madeira
Sleigh in Monte in Madeira Funchal Madeira Street Phil with Ship at Funchal Madeira
Puerto del Rosario in Fuertaventura Steve Playing Roulette  
Castle in Arrecife Lanzarote Steve at Castle in Arrecife Lanzarote Phil at Beach in Arrecife in Lanzarote
Sand Sculpture in Arrecife, Lanzarote Steve in Arrecife, Lanzarote Modern Art Museum in Arrecife, Lanzarote
Market in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Steve in Market in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Santa Cruz de Tenerife Seafront
Plaza d'Espagne in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Concert Hall in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Evening View of Boat in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Steve at Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas Gran Canaria Phil at Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas Gran Canaria Old Town in Las Palmas Gran Canaria
Steve at Columbus's House in the Old Town in Las Palmas Gran Canaria Steve eating Tapas in Las Palmas Gran Canaria  

 

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