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Islands of the Canaries

17th Jan 2020 14 nights Sails from Southampton Black Watch W2002
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person *
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Enjoy an altogether more rewarding and restful start to the New Year on a wonderful winter cruise to sun-drenched islands and fascinating cities. Stunning landscapes, gardens and beaches are yours to discover, all while enjoying seasonal warmth, in Madeira and the Canaries; then Cádiz and Lisbon will reveal a wealth of historical and cultural attractions.

A relaxing long weekend at sea will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to explore Madeira. After arriving in the capital, Funchal, you’ll be afforded time to seek out the attractions of Portugal’s ‘Garden Island’; highlights include the magnificent Cabo Girão, a towering sea cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the enchanting Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Four days in the Canaries follow, visiting four uniquely impressive Spanish islands. The ‘Pretty Island’ of La Palma will beg for your exploration during a call into Santa Cruz de La Palma; an astonishing UNESCO-listed wonderland of varied landscapes awaits. Choose to tour to the San Antonio Volcanic Park perhaps, to see wonders such at the Teneguia Volcano up-close; or uncover the secrets of ‘enchanted’ laurel forests. Then there’s Tenerife, offering plenty of unforgettable sights and experiences. Majestic Mount Teide, towering over Tenerife’s volcanic landscape, is a remarkable sight and the views on offer from Spain’s highest peak are not-to-be-missed. Elsewhere, the pyramids and poison gardens of Güímar are well worth a visit. [ReadMore]

Gran Canaria is the perfect place to indulge in a day of relaxation. This glorious island is renowned for its year-round warmth and particularly impressive beaches; from Las Palmas you could head to Maspalomas where rolling golden sand dunes will tempt you into hours of sunbathing. Alternatively, you may opt to continue your island exploration with a venture into the picturesque Agaete Valley or the dense Los Tilos forests. The final island on your itinerary is Lanzarote. A call at Arrecife will offer you the chance to head to the breathtaking Timanfaya National Park and the soaring peaks and open lava fields of the Fire Mountains for unmissable photo opportunities; or go in search of César Manrique’s iconic creations, such as Jameos Del Agua Cave. Before returning home, Black Watch diverts to two fantastic mainland cities. You’ll stop at the ancient city of Cádiz, situated on Spain’s sunlit Andalusian Atlantic coast, for sultry flamenco and delicious traditional tapas. Jerez, known for its sherry and equestrian art, can be visited on tour from Cádiz too. In Portugal, Lisbon beckons. Admire the architectural treasures of the Portuguese capital, such as Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, and be sure to visit the famous Pasteis de Belém to sample traditional egg custard tarts.

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.