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Hi all,

We are looking to do a cruise in either April 2020 or May ,one goes to the islands and one does not .

Can anyone give us any feed back on what they are like and if they are worth the extra week travel?

Thanks in advance for you help.

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The islands are very different - a lot depends on which ones are offered. They have interesting history - Spanish colonial. Most of the old city centres look like South/Central American city centres (not really surprising as this was the jumping off point for the Americas. Geology fascinating (if you like volcanoes), interesting landscapes, wine and some art museums. Worth taking tours (or hiring a car), as the islands are not large and quite varied. Although officially in Europe, you are geographically in Africa, so it is warmer then the med in April, which is presumably why they do a couple of cruises there at either end of the Med season, when storms are still possible in Europe. 

 

Hope that helps

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We went to the Canaries on the Odyssey last spring. While we thought the islands were mildly interesting, we wished we were spending our time somewhere else. Of all the places we’ve been to, this is the only one we don’t want to visit again. But these things are so subjective! The couple in the adjoining suite said they absolutely loved the islands.

I enjoy painting watercolors of the buildings and landscapes we see on our cruises (after our return). I have not made any paintings of the Canary Islands, but maybe you’ll see something we missed. I hope this helps you with your decision. Ain’t it wonderful to have this sort of problem!

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We Brits (some of us) go out to the Canaries and Madeira (which is Portuguese) a lot in the winter, as they are mostly warm and sunny, being off Africa.  I personally do not find them particularly interesting or attractive, although tiny Gomera is nice, and Madeira (Funchal) is well worth a visit.  The others I could take or leave, and certainly do not find them preferable to interesting and attractive Mediterranean ports.  Being holiday resorts for northern Europeans in winter, there are a lot of towns with apartment blocks etc., and bars and restaurants which appeal to these 'snow birds',  (that is, not typically Spanish and the Canarian cuisine is not brilliant!.)

 

Madeira does make a great stop on the transatlantic  cruises, however.

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Our transatlantic crossing on the Quest this year included four of the Canary Islands, Casablanca, Tangier, and Portimao, Portugal (in the Algarve area.)  The crossing ended in Lisbon although we continued on for another two weeks disembarking in Dover.  Santa Cruz de la Palma - the North Island Discovery tour was very interesting providing a contrast between the laurel forest and the coastal banana plantations.  The next stop was Puerto de la Estaca, El Hierro; we stayed on the ship.  On Santa Cruz (Tenerife) we toured the enormous volcanic crater of Mount Teide with a circumference of 29 miles and an altitude of 12,270 feet.  On Lanzarote we thoroughly enjoyed the World of Cesar Manrique excursion.  This artist and landscape architect created some of the most fascinating and out of this world gardens and structures some of which are built in the caves of volcanic lava tubes.  Check it out on you tube.  For those not particularly interested in geologic sites the Canarias may not be of much interest but we thought this itinerary was great.  The TA itineraries for next year all look good.  We are considering doing the Quest April 20 TA .  We like that it departs from Miami;  we've grown weary of the Caribbean.  We like Madeira and found Tangier to be a fascinating place.  Never been to Malaga.  

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We've been to several islands on cruise ships.  We do not purchase tours and instead just walk around.  On one island we rode the city bus to a town up the mountain.  Very pleasant and safe and always some interesting place to have lunch.  Definitely a cross between Iberia and South America.  Have fun!

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Thank you all for your interesting advise, much appreciated and we are very lucky to have be able to choose.

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