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Canary Islands Cruises

Canary Islands 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.

Cruise Collection 2020/ 2021/ 2022

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  • Westbound Transatlantic Sailing

    Star Clippers
    Choice of Ships
    Star Flyer 15 Nights Cruise Only from £1306pp Save 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), San Sebastian, St Maarten (Netherlands)
  • Canary Islands and Madeira in Winter

    Fred Olsen
    Lisbon 14 Nights No Fly Cruise from £1391pp Southampton (UK), Lisbon (Portugal), Funchal (Madeira), Santa Cruz de la Palma (La Palma, Spain), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife), Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Arrecife (Lanzarote), La Coruna (Spain), Southampton (UK)
  • Cultural Canary Islands Closer Cruise

    Fred Olsen
    Santa Cruz 14 Nights No Fly Cruise from £1499pp Southampton, Funchal, Madeira, Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastian de la Gomera, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Lisbon, Southampton
  • Spain and Morocco to the Canary Islands

    Star Clippers
    Star Flyer
    Malaga 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1590pp Save 10% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount Malaga (Spain), Gibraltar, Tangier (Morocco), Cadiz (Spain), Safi (Morocco), Arrecife (Lanzarote), Puerto del Rosario (Fuertaventura), Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
  • 16-night Portuguese Quest Voyage

    Azamara Quest
    Madeira 16 Nights Cruise Only from £1799pp Lisbon, Funchal, Madeira, Tenerife, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Mindelo, São Vicente Island, Salvador de Bahia, Rio de Janeiro
  • 16-night Portuguise Quest Voyage

    Azamara Quest
    Tenerife 17 Nights Cruise Only from £1892pp Complimentary Two-Cabin Upgrade on Selected 2021 Azamara Cruises! Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, Espírito Santo, Salvador de Bahia, Mindelo, São Vicente Island, Tenerife, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Funchal, Madeira, Lisbon
  • Canary Islands Escape

    La Belle des Oceans
    Tenerife 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1927pp Brand New Cruise! Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Puerto de la Estaca, Santa Cruz de la Palma, San Sebastian (La Gomera), Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Arrecife (Lanzarote)
  • Exploring the Azores and Portugal

    Fred Olsen
    Ponta Delgada 15 Nights No Fly Cruise from £1999pp Liverpool, Vigo (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Praia da Vitoria, Horta, Ponta Delgada, La Coruna (Spain), Liverpool
  • Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

    Fred Olsen
    Santa Cruz 14 Nights No Fly Cruise from £2299pp Southampton, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Sebastian de la Gomera, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Funchal, Madeira, La Coruña, Southampton
  • Balearic Island Discovery

    Fred Olsen
    Cadiz 17 Nights No Fly Cruise from £2399pp Liverpool, Cádiz, Mahón, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Cruising by Benirras Beach at sunset, Alcudia, La Savina, Formentera, Gibraltar, Liverpool

About Canary Island 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

Canary Islands Hightlights


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 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.


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 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)