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Canaries, Azores and Cape Verde Cruises

Explore the sun-drenched Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores or discover the diverse Cape Verde archipelago with our unique collection

The sunshine islands of the Canaries and the Azores in the North Atlantic have much to offer. Apart from the lure of year-round sun, the Canary Islands promise impressive beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes, sand dunes, gardens and world-class nature reserves.

  • Canary Islands Map
  • Volcanic landscapes on Fuerteventura
  • Gardens of Madeira

About Canary Islands Cruises

Gran Canaria boasts stunning desert scenery, amazing rock formations set amidst volcanic landscapes, and the flourishing greenery of Palmitos Nature Park as well as great beaches.

Tenerife offers green valleys, lush plantations and the volcanic ‘moonscape’ of the Mount Tiede National Park as well as its wonderful beaches. The beaches of Lanzarote have long been favoured destinations for sun-seekers, along with its fantastic solidified lava landscapes, best viewed from Fire Mountain.

Fuerteventura has a landscape formed as much by the climate as its volcanic past. The island’s proximity to the Sahara blesses it with particularly sunny weather, perfect for enjoying some of the best beaches in the Canaries. The small islands of El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera are less-well known but no less beautiful. El Hierro has a mixture of arid prairies and fertile land of Valle del Golfo planted with vines, bananas and pineapples.

The ‘garden isle’ of Madeira blossoms with colourful flowers - in the parks, botanical gardens and the vineyards that produce the wine that bears its name. The lush and mountainous islands of the Azores, lying nearly a thousand miles from the nearest mainland, provide perfect get-away-from-it-all destinations. The warm maritime climate supports a huge variety of exotic trees and flowers, and on Sao Miguel a huge volcanic crater cradles two picturesque lakes – one emerald green, one deep blue.

The Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa has an intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage. The islands are blessed with a year-round tropical climate and diverse landscapes, from verdant mountain ranges to towering volcanoes and pristine beaches. The well-preserved city of Mindelo, known as the cultural capital of the Cape Verde offers magnificent colonial buildings and lively restaurants.

La Gomera One of Lanzarote's superb beaches Maio, Cape Verde Islands

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  • Canary Islands and Madeira

    14 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus Columbus

    Explore the volcanic Canary Islands before heading to the stunning scenery of Madeira and historic treasures of Lisbon on this special 14-night family-orientated voyage from London Tilbury on board Columbus 2017 - Aug
    Save up to 48%!

    Canary Islands and Madeira No Fly Cruise
    From £999pp
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  • Springtime in the Canaries

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Canary Islands and Madeira, and discover the history of Gibraltar and Lisbon on this no-fly cruise from London Tilbury on board Magellan 2018 - Mar
    2nd passenger cruises free! Now from just £999pp

    Canary Islands & Madeira No Fly Cruise
    From £999pp
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  • Madeira and the Canary Islands

    15 Nights - Bristol and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    This autumn no-fly cruise from Bristol on Magellan explores the volcanic Canary Islands and stunning Madeira, as well as La Coruna, Lisbon and Cobh, rich in history and culture 2018 - Oct
    2nd passenger cruises free! Now from just £999pp

    Madeira and the Canary Islands No Fly Cruise
    From £999pp
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  • Canary Islands and Madeira Cruise

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus Columbus

    Visit the idyllic islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife and Madeira and the cultural cities of Amsterdam and Lisbon on this no-fly cruise from the UK 2017 - Oct
    Save up to 40%!

    Canary Islands and Madeira Cruise No Fly Cruise
    From £1079pp
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  • Contrasting Canary Islands

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus Columbus

    Discover the dramatic landscapes of the volcanic Canary Islands and exotic Madeira on this 15-night no-fly cruise from London Tilbury, with calls at Gibraltar, Amsterdam and Portugal 2018 - Oct
    2nd passenger cruises free! Now from just £1089pp

    Contrasting Canary Islands No Fly Cruise
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  • Summer in the Canaries

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus Columbus

    Visit the sun-kissed islands of Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Madeira on this no-fly cruise from London Tilbury, with calls at the fascinating ports of Amsterdam, Gibraltar and Lisbon 2018 - Jul
    2nd passenger cruises free! Now from just £1089pp

    Summer in the Canaries No Fly Cruise
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  • Landscapes of the Canary Islands

    15 Nights - Liverpool and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan Magellan

    This fantastic family-oriented no-fly cruise from Liverpool on Magellan explores the historic cities of Spain and Portugal, the sun-drenched Canary Islands and picturesque Madeira 2018 - Aug
    2nd passenger cruises free! Now from just £1089pp

    Landscapes of the Canary Islands No Fly Cruise
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  • Westbound Transatlantic Sailing

    16 Nights - Europe to Caribbean

    Star Clippers Ship - Royal Clipper Choice of Ships

    Re-live the romantic age of sail on one of these Westbound Transatlantic sailing crossings departing from Las Palmas or Lisbon to the Caribbean aboard Royal Clipper or Star Flyer 2017 - Nov
    2018 - Oct, Nov
    Save 20% on 2018 PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all dates!

    Westbound Transatlantic Sailing Cruise Only
    From £1126pp
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  • Christmas and New Year Canaries

    15 Nights - London Tilbury and back

    Cruise and Maritime Ship - Columbus Columbus

    Celebrate Christmas and New Year in style on this 15-night no-fly voyage to the idyllic Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal on board Columbus 2017 - Dec
    Save up to 45%!

    Christmas and New Year Canaries No Fly Cruise
    From £1189pp
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  • Morocco and Canary Islands

    7 Nights - Malaga to Las Palmas

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Flyer Star Flyer

    Discover the diverse Moroccan cities of Tangier and Casablanca and pristine beaches of Arrecife, Lanzarote’s lively capital, on this brand new voyage under full sail on tall ship Star Flyer 2017 - Oct
    Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Morocco and Canary Islands Cruise Only
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  • Canary Island Constellations

    14 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Enjoy some winter sunshine on this superb 14-night no-fly cruise to Madeira, where an overnight stop is the perfect opportunity for some fantastic stargazing with an expert astrologer, then on to the volcanic Canary Islands. Includes talks from a top astronomer and a masterclass from the ship's officers on how to navigate by the stars 2018 - Jan
    Save up to 35%!

    Canary Island Constellations No Fly Cruise
    From £1899pp
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  • Canary Islands Discovery

    7 Nights - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and back

    Variety Cruises Ship - Harmony V Harmony V

    Explore six of the volcanic Canary Islands, including picturesque Tenerife and stunning Lanzarote on this relaxing motor yacht holiday on board 49-passenger Harmony V, with return flights from the UK and a fascinating selection of optional excursions 2017 - Dec
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    Canary Islands Discovery Fly Cruise Package
    From £2085pp
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  • Spain to Morocco and the Canary Islands

    11 Nights - Malaga to Tenerife

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Experience the exotic sights and sounds of Morocco and discover the lesser-known treasures of the Canary Islands on this fascinating 12-day holiday with overnight hotel stays in Fez and Marrakesh. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers 2017 - Nov
    2018 - Nov
    Save up to £1000 per cabin!

    Spain to Morocco and the Canary Islands Fly Cruise Package
    From £2095pp
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  • A Passage to the Caribbean

    16 Nights - Tenerife to Bridgetown

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Sail from the idyllic islands of the Canaries and Cape Verde to Barbados to explore the culture and history of the Caribbean on this 16-night cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and expert guest lecturers 2017 - Nov
    Second passenger half price - now from just £2212pp!

    A Passage to the Caribbean Fly Cruise Package
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  • Canary Island Adventure

    13 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Discover the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands and the exotic gardens of Madeira on this no-fly cruise from Southampton on board Saga Sapphire 2018 - Mar
    Save up to 35%!

    Canary Island Adventure No Fly Cruise
    From £2276pp
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  • Canary Island Medley

    13 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Enjoy some winter sunshine on this no-fly cruise from Southampton exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Canary Islands and the exotic flora and fauna of Madeira 2017 - Dec
    Save up to 35%!

    Canary Island Medley No Fly Cruise
    From £2287pp
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  • Canaries in Spring

    14 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Join Saga Sapphire on this superb no-fly cruise from Southampton to explore the beautiful Canary Islands, the exotic island of Madeira and the Portuguese capital of Lisbon 2018 - Apr
    Save up to 35%!

    Canaries in Spring No Fly Cruise
    From £2334pp
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  • Jewels of the Canary Islands

    18 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Discover the breathtaking volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, unearth strong heritage in the Andalusian city of Cadiz on the Iberian Peninsula and visit the stunning Algarve in Portugal on this unique cruise from Southampton on Saga Pearl II 2017 - Nov
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    Jewels of the Canary Islands No Fly Cruise
    From £2349pp
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  • Madeira and the Canaries

    12 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Discover the colourful gardens of Madeira and the Canaries on this 12-night no-fly discovery cruise, with talks from celebrity gardener Chris Beardshaw 2017 - Oct
    Save up to 35%!

    Madeira and the Canaries No Fly Cruise
    From £2474pp
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  • Autumn in the Canaries

    13 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    This superb voyage from Southampton on Saga Pearl II explores the beautiful Canary Islands, the picturesque island of Madeira and lively Portuguese capital of Lisbon 2017 - Sep
    Save up to 30%!

    Autumn in the Canaries No Fly Cruise
    From £2547pp
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  • Morocco and the Hidden Canaries

    17 Nights - Portsmouth and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Discover the lively markets and impressive colonial architecture of the Moroccan cities of Tangier and Casablanca, before heading to the picturesque Canary Islands and Madeira on this fantastic no-fly discovery voyage from Portsmouth on Saga Pearl II. Includes talks by an expert geologist 2018 - Jan
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    Morocco and the Hidden Canaries No Fly Cruise
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  • Traditions of the Canaries and Africa

    20 Nights - Southampton to Portsmouth

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Enjoy some winter sun on this superb no-fly discovery cruise from Southampton exploring the picturesque Canaries, fascinating cities of West Africa and the rich heritage of Portugal on board Saga Pearl II, with talks from an anthropologist and cooking demonstration 2018 - Jan
    Save up to 15%!

    Traditions of the Canaries and Africa No Fly Cruise
    From £2799pp
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  • Contrasts of the Canaries and Cape Verde

    19 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

    Explore picturesque Madeira, the sun-kissed Canary Islands and volcanic Cape Verde archipelago on this autumn voyage from Southampton on Saga Pearl II 2017 - Nov
    Save up to 35%!

    Contrasts of the Canaries and Cape Verde No Fly Cruise
    From £2883pp
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  • Murder Mystery in the Caribbean

    32 Nights - Southampton and back

    Saga Ship - Saga Sapphire Saga Sapphire

    Discover palm-fringed tropical beaches, outstanding natural beauty and a laid back Caribbean way of life on this no-fly murder-mystery themed cruise. Includes a murder mystery evening on board, and talks on the television drama Death in Paradise, the life and works of Agatha Christie and law enforcement in the Caribbean 2018 - Jan
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    Murder Mystery in the Caribbean No Fly Cruise
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  • Madeira to Morocco and Seville

    10 Nights - Funchal to Seville

    Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    Explore the charms of Madeira, the Canaries, Morocco and southern Spain on this wonderful discovery voyage with a hotel stay in Marrakesh. Includes return flights, guided excursions and guest lecturers

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  • Canary Islands Highlights

    Arrecife

    The lunar landscape of Lanzarote is the result of heavy volcanic activity in the past, and there are 300 dormant volcanoes on the island known as the 'Mountains of Fire', where camel rides are offered through the petrified lava fields. Arrecife is the main port and capital and is close to the beach resort of Puerto del Carmen. Its pretty seafront is bordered by a promenade and gardens leading to the town's bazaar and the shopping district of Calle Leon y Castillo.

    Fuerteventura

    Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, and has the longest beaches in the archipelago, a mixture of white sand and black volcanic shingle. The island is generally regarded as the most pristine of the Canaries, and is a Biosphere Reserve crossed by volcanic peaks and edged with wide dunes. The most popular areas are situated away from the capital and port of Puerto del Rosario, the prettiest being Betancuria, where restaurants serve traditional food and there are the remains of a 15th-century monastery.

    Las Palmas

    This 15th-century city is the capital of Gran Canaria and has many colonial buildings, and a picturesque setting between the beaches of Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras. The city's historic district, Vegueta, is a World Heritage Site where sophisticated boutiques and a cosmopolitan atmosphere make Las Palmas a popular tourist destination.

    Madeira (Portugal)

    The lush island of Madeira is known as the 'Garden Isle' of Portugal, with exotic flowers and tropical vegetation covering its steep slopes. The port and capital of Funchal has a mountains backdrop, and its attractions include a wicker-sledge ride down a cobbled mountain track from Monte, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens. There are cafes, bars and restaurants in the city centre, and modern shopping centres.

    Madeira

    Ponta Delgada

    Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel is the pretty and historic capital of the Azores In the former monastery of Santo Andre is the Carlos Machado Museum, and Porta Delgada is a good base for tours to the lush interior, the extinct volcano of Caldeira das Sete Cidades and its two lakes. Also worth a visit is the botanical garden of Jardim Jose do Canto and Praca Goncala Velho Square, where there are shady cafes and the remains of the city walls.

    Ponta Delgada (Azores, Portugal)

    San Sebastian

    The capital of La Gomera, San Sebastian consists of tiers of cube-shaped houses rising up from the harbour. Close to the Iglesia de la Virgen de las Suncion is the Playa de San Sebastian, the place for bars, bodega restaurants and specialist shops. Christopher Columbus is believed to have lived in the Casa de Colon which is now open to the public. The 15th-century Torre del Conde tower is a military structure with connections to Columbus and the oldest building on the island.

    Santa Cruz

    La Palma is a mountainous and scenic island with an impressive volcanic crater, Caldera de Taburiente, and black volcanic sand beaches. The pretty town of Santa Cruz is the capital and main port, famous for its wooden balconies, cobbled streets, ancient buildings and the replica of Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, which houses the Maritime Museum.

    Santa Cruz (La Palma, Canary Islands)

    Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz is the capital of the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. It is a modern city with several attractions including Garcia Sanabria Park where there are sculptures by Joan Miro and Henry Moore, the colonial church of La Concepcion and the modernist Opera House. In Loro Parque there are tropical gardens and an aquarium housing sea lions, sharks and penguins.

    Santa Cruz (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

    Tenerife

    Tenerife is dominated by 3718-metre high Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, which can be accessed by cable car for stunning views of the other Canary Islands. The large variety of landscapes range from lush valleys, banana plantations and the moon-like white rock formations of the Lorno Blanco. In the Ethnographic Park are the mysterious stepped pyramids of Guimar, built along the same lines as those of Mexico and Peru.

    Tenerife (Canary Islands)
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