Carnival in the Canary Islands

28th Feb 2019 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W1903
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Join Black Watch on a very special 14-night Canaries cruise perfectly timed to coincide with all the excitement and colourful celebration of one of the Atlantic archipelago’s most legendary festivals, Carnaval de Tenerife.

The Tenerife Carnival is considered the second most popular of its kind, only beaten by the world-renowned Rio Carnival, and an overnight stay in Santa Cruz de Tenerife will afford time to experience what makes this annual event such a unmissable spectacle. The carnival is all about fun, entertainment and celebrating life on the stunning island of Tenerife, and within the capital you’ll enjoy a taste of the action as the friendly locals parade through the city in their flamboyant costumes; street entertainers showcase their talents to the crowds; and musicians and dancers create a feast for the eyes and ears. And of course, there will be delicious food and drink to enjoy too. Alternatively, if you would prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of the city on this busy occasion, you could opt to relax and unwind on the island’s gorgeous golden-sand beaches; or take a trip to encounter mighty Mount Teide – the world’s third highest volcano. [ReadMore]

Along with Tenerife, this spellbinding itinerary also features another two of the Canaries most beautiful islands. In Gran Canaria – an island renowned for its year-round tropical climate – you can take in the mix of fine architecture in Las Palmas’ charming Vagueta district; or delve deeper to discover picturesque towns such as Puerto de Mogán and Santa Brígida. Or to make the most of the winter warmth, you could head to the oasis-like sands of Maspalomas Beach – the perfect place to soak up the sunshine – before sailing on the ‘Pretty Island of La Palma. Santa Cruz de La Palma is your stopping point for taking in the island’s soaring San Antonio Volcano, tumbling waterfalls and lush laurel forests. You’ll also visit the Portuguese ‘garden island’ of Madeira, where you can explore enchanting botanical gardens, experience staggering ocean vistas from atop the Cabo Girão sea cliff, or even indulge with afternoon tea at the famous Reid’s Hotel. On the Spanish and Portuguese mainland there are highlights galore to discover too, in historic La Coruña – home of the world’s oldest working lighthouse, Torre de Hercules – and Lisbon, Portugal’s picturesque capital.  

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.