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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

  • Contrasting Canary Islands

    Cruise and Maritime
    Choice of Ships
    Funchal 15 Nights No Fly Cruise from £929pp Save up to 50% PLUS additional discount of up to 25%!

    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

  • Westbound Transatlantic Sailing

    Star Clippers
    Star Flyer
    Star Flyer 15 Nights Cruise Only from £1246pp Save up to 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount!

    Re-live the romantic age of sail on one of this Westbound Transatlantic sailing departing from Las Palmas on Star Flyer

  • Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago

    Harmony V
    Maio, Cape Verde Islands 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1508pp Save up to 30% on cruise cost, or no single supplement, PLUS free upgrade, on selected departures!

    Discover the stunning Cape Verde Islands with their mix of African and Portuguese heritage and diverse landscapes, from mountain ranges to towering volcanoes and deserted beaches, on this relaxing cruise

  • Canary Islands and Iberian Treasures

    Cruise and Maritime
    Santa Cruz, Tenerife 16 Nights No Fly Cruise from £1119pp Save up to 45% PLUS additional discount of up to 20%!
  • Spain and Morocco to the Canary Islands

    Star Clippers
    Star Flyer
    Malaga 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1170pp Save 20% on 2020 departure PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!
  • Canaries at Christmas and New Year

    Cruise and Maritime
    Marco Polo
    Gibraltar 16 Nights No Fly Cruise from £2689pp
  • Canaries and Madeira at Christmas

    Cruise and Maritime
    Funchal, Madeira 17 Nights No Fly Cruise from £2909pp
  • Canaries and Cape Verde at Christmas

    Cruise and Maritime
    Funchal, Madeira 21 Nights No Fly Cruise from £3359pp
  • 16-night Portuguese Quest Voyage

    Azamara Quest
    Madeira 16 Nights Cruise Only from £1438pp Save up to 40%!
  • Canary Island Paradise

    Saga Sapphire
    Gran Canaria 14 Nights No Fly Cruise from £1851pp
  • 16-night Portuguise Quest Voyage

    Azamara Quest
    Tenerife 17 Nights Cruise Only from £1892pp Save up to 40%!
  • 21-night Western Africa Voyage

    Azamara Pursuit
    Gran Canaria 21 Nights Cruise Only from £5421pp Save up to 40%!
  • 22-night Western Africa Journey

    Azamara Journey
    Cape Town 24 Nights Cruise Only from £8975pp Save up to 40%!
  • Pure Canaries

    Spirit of Discovery
    Tenerife 13 Nights
  • Adventure in the Canaries and Morocco

    Saga Sapphire
    Tenerife 14 Nights
  • Spanish Islands of the Atlantic

    Spirit of Discovery
    La Palma, Santa Cruz 14 Nights
  • The Volcanic Isles

    Saga Sapphire
    Casablanca, Morocco 15 Nights
  • Canaries Christmas Cheer

    Saga Sapphire
    Santa Cruz, Tenerife 17 Nights

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 Highlights


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)