Typical Canary Islands / Iberia Cruise

A811 6th May 2018 is almost the same as A628 detailed here. Most Canary Island Cruises will follow this route.
The Canary Islands itinerary is a favourite on many ships. Here it is explained, take a look at Jean’s films of the possible destinations and what you can expect there.

Our cruise overview – nice weather, flat seas and the Azura set sail under Captain Robert Camby, the man who always has a ‘thought for the day’. A pilot joins the ship at most ports to work with the Captain sailing in and out of the local port. Although Southampton is the home port of the Azura it still had a pilot who left at the Nab Tower at 1901 hours. Azura was sailing south-westerly for the English Channel and some guests were already dressed for dinner and eating. Choose, read first or watch a fast well edited compilation of the whole cruise ….

ep-462-43Good, you are reading my rant – As we sailed for three straight days it was a time to meet some of the P&O great entertainment staff under Bennie and her assistant Chris. Manuel Martinez is one of their best magician/comedians who never fails to deliver and however many times we see him the act changes as the guests fall prey to his antics. There was a great Tina Turner tribute and day time entertainment saw celebrity guest speaker Stuart St Paul start you on a journey in film you could have never expected.


We arrived in Madeira to leave the next morning at 1130 hours, which is not remadeira-shipally two days in Madeira. That might catch you out. But it is an evening out for many of the crew as well as the guests as they get a chance to dine out in a city. Madeira is terrific  and as one guest said to us, no matter how many times he comes back there he always finds something new to see. With great weather we made three films we encourage you to see. The Madeira at a glance film which is around ten minutes, even with the Famous Toboggan Ride film as a separate 4 minute downhill journey, and the Tropical Gardens in their beauty and a tightly cut film still commands 9 minutes. These three films will help you plan your next trip to Madeira. The afternoon was a relaxing time at sea to prepare early for the evening. Tours available.

lapalma-02LA PALMA

Was a long day ashore in La Palma with a back on board at 17.30 the ship sailed at 17.38 towards Tenerife.  La Palma is the smallest and least known of the Canary Islands and to a large extent the least spoiled. As it was daily condensed it was easy to make a film of the areas you can walk to, from the port to the castle and back taking much in. The views from the castle overlooking the bay are most worth the walk, the market the least. On the film we show you the concrete and timber replica of the Santa Maria, Columbus’ ship and as the beautiful Spanish balconies typical of the Canary Islands. Tour Options


A long day in Tenerife, re-boarding the ship at the end of an exhausting but very enjoyable day at 22.30. The weather was now warm and very pleasant. No thoughts of the falling leaves back home. The ship berths in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital city. Easily walkable with plenty to explore.  However, as we had never filmed Tenerife before we decided to show a little of what is close by as well.  We travelled by tram to the old very stylish town of La Laguna , then by bus into Puerto de la Cruz, on the north coast. We stopped to have lunch and the promenade is very attractive as is the dramatic coastline. We show you where the Botanical Gardens is, not far from Puerto de la Cruz and the Orchid Gardens, also the famous piles of stone on the sea front and promenade. Three short films or they can be seen as one adventure. Tour Options

gran-canaria-shipGRAN CANARIA

Gran Canaria offered normal hours on shore, the ship in promptly for the disembark and leaving at 1737 hours. It gave us time to go by bus to the old town and see the Cathedral and old houses, including Columbus’s house where he never lived, but there is a museum of relics from his frequent visits to repair his ship, then get a bus down to Maspalomas for lunch by the beach (with wine). So we offer two films, the old town and the beach or, the two cut as one. Tour options


With some sadness that Lanzarote was the last warm island and curiosity to see a small sea front bungalow we once owned in Puerto del Carmen. We wished we could have afforded to keep it, as yes, we had guessed, it was now a shop and probably worth a lot more. We did walk around in Arrecife,  and film the front and what is there despite it being closed as it was a Sunday. But we got the bus to Puerto del Carmen which still has a romantic old fishing bay even though it is much changed. It was an easy journey, only about 15 minutes. Many people opted to visit the famous Sunday market in Teguise, again a quick, cheap and easy journey by bus, and one that we will do next time. Tour Options

Next day we were at sea and although many stayed late in bed Stuart was back on stage at 1100 hrs telling the tale of taking the legendary rock band Status Quo from Coronation Street to Fiji and making a film that had a West End premiere and was released by Universal.

WHAT WE MISSED – The Fred Olsen ships also take in the african coast which is interesting.  Agadir, Casablanca and other options could be added to this route, and Thomson Cruises loves this route with ships stationed here for the Thomson Winter Cruises.


Lisbon got off to a bad start. Extensive road works both sides of the port meant solid traffic and as the buses have to go up the road to turn and come back it took 40 minutes for the shuttle to get back to the ship on the other side of the road. Our only sour moment of the whole cruise was that we asked a local rep if it would be quicker to walk and were given a short rude remark. We should have walked and like most others, we did walk back and will not use the Lisbon shuttle again. The town was very busy and with four ships in port,it was even busier with queues at the tourist office. It is not an easy city to see in a short time and most maps have a commercial inclination so we hope our film helps others see what they might want to do. We did it by Segway. Not an easy segway as it is rarely flat, the streets are cobblestones, but for the experienced or confident it is fun. Like Prague – hilly. Lisbon has so much to offer, I wish we could have stayed longer. But that is a good excuse for a revisit. There was a big sail away party. The weather was still great and everyone had a good time. Lisbon Tour Options – recommended as it is a complex city.

Next day at sea started the sail home and last rehearsals for the choir and their performance on the 20th, as many spent their time looking at brochures for their next cruise. Many booked while on board ship. Of the 3,000 passengers on board, 2,300 were returning customers and of the other 700, many had cruised before. It is addictive!

Back in Southampton, wishing we were off again. The ship had sailed 3,384 nautical miles on passage and visited six great ports. Seven if you count Southampton, we don’t have a film on that. England was cold and grey, but it’s always nice to come home.

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