Arrecife Cruises

Castillo San Gabrielle Castle and Puente de las Bolas Bridge, Arrecife
Castillo San Gabrielle Castle and Puente de las Bolas Bridge, Arrecife
Castillo San Gabrielle Castle, Arrecife

The bustling port of Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast is home to the biggest fishing fleet in the Canaries. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries the city was regularly attacked by pirates. To defend against these raiders, the court of Spain ordered two castles to be built. The first built in 1590, Castillo San Gabriel, now houses the island’s Ethnographic Museum, which tells the fascinating story of the islands' original inhabitants: the Guanche.  [ReadMoreMob]

Castillo San Jose followed later, providing employment and alleviating poverty on the island following volcanic eruptions in the 1730s - it became known as the Fortress of Hunger. Today, it is home to the Museum of International and Contemporary Art, with a small but impressive collection of modern paintings and sculpture. The excellent restaurant in its basement offers diners panoramic views over the harbour. Today, Arrecife is a quirky hotchpotch of sun-bleached buildings and has a pleasant Mediterranean-style promenade.

Cruises to Arrecife

Islands of the Canaries

Islands of the Canaries

Departs: Southampton • Fri 17 Jan 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2002

  • For an altogether more rewarding and restful start to the New Year, away from the typical cold and gloom back home, join Black Watch on this wonderful winter cruise to sun-drenched islands and fascinating cities in early 2020.
  • Take in beautiful botanical gardens and the Cabo Girão in Madeira; then head to the Canaries to explore the stunning landscapes of pretty La Palma, lunar-like Lanzarote, Gran Canaria – famed for its golden sand beaches and year-round warmth – and Tenerife, home to majestic Mount Teide.
  • After five days of incredible island exploration, your smaller-sized ship takes you to the Andalusian city of Cádiz on the Spanish mainland for sultry flamenco and traditional tapas; then on to Lisbon, Portugal’s attraction-packed capital, with its rich maritime heritage and impressive landmarks.

From £1,099pp

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Fred. Olsen’s Canary Island History

Fred. Olsen’s Canary Island History

Departs: Southampton • Tue 03 Mar 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2006

  • As Black Watch guides you between gorgeous destinations, you’ll learn of Fred. Olsen historical links to the Canary Islands with chances to visit attractions owned by the Olsen family and find out about Fred. Olsen’s influential role in the Canaries’ thriving export trade.
  • Highlights include the Olsen family-owned Hotel Jardin Tecina in La Gomera and the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar in Tenerife. You could also learn about how Fred. Olsen developed the Banana trade between Tenerife and London’s Canary Wharf.
  • Indulge in pure relaxation and rewarding exploration too – you can delight in the volcanic wonders of La Palma and Lanzarote; relax at the rolling sand dunes of Masapalomas in sun-soaked Gran Canaria; and immerse yourself in the springtime sights and scents of Madeira’s beautiful botanical gardens.

From £1,549pp

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Four Fred's in Funchal with the Canaries

Four Fred's in Funchal with the Canaries

Departs: Newcastle • Sun 29 Mar 2020
16 nights • Balmoral • L2003

  • Get set for seasonal sights, scents and sunshine as you welcome the arrival of spring with visits to a string of stunning Macaronesian islands. The diverse landscapes and tempting beaches of four beautiful Canary Islands feature, while your stop at Madeira will be one to remember.
  • In the Canaries, highlights include La Palma’s San Antonio Volcanic Park; magnificent Mount Teide in Tenerife; Gran Canaria’s sun-soaked Maspalomas sand dunes; and Lanzarote’s Fire Mountains. Madeira’s gorgeous botanical gardens, which burst into life in the spring, are not-to-be-missed.
  • What’s more, in Madeira, you’ll also be part of the very special ‘Four Fred.’s in Funchal’ event. Dock alongside Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch and experience a memorable day of celebration shared with crew and fellow guests from all four ocean-going ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Adult Only Sailing

From £1,899pp

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Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 28 Apr 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2012

  • Experience the delights of mainland Portugal and floral Madeira, mixed in with the sun, sand and stunning scenery of two gorgeous Canary Islands for good measure, on this springtime escape.
  • On the mainland, revel in Lisbon’s rich maritime history; discover enticing beaches and stunning scenery on the rugged Algarve coast; and tour to Oporto, for famous wine cellars and glorious riverscapes.
  • In Madeira, you’re in for wonderfully authentic experience: an overnight stay is timed to coincide with Funchal’s annual Flower Festival, a display of fabulous flora, colourful parades and locals dressed in elaborate costume.

From £1,849pp

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Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Departs: Southampton • Wed 11 Nov 2020
13 nights • Braemar • M2030

  • As temperatures begin to plummet in the UK, you’ll indulge in soothing warmth and discover astonishing wonders as Braemar brings you closer to four breathtaking islands in Macaronesia.
  • In the Canaries, you could take in the Pyramids of Güímar and mighty Mount Teide in Tenerife; seek-out Gran Canaria’s oasis-like sand dunes and verdant forests; explore Lanzarote’s lunar-like landscapes; and much more.
  • There’s a day in gorgeous Madeira too: perhaps trail the island’s unique levada walking routes; absorb the vibrant colours and sweet scents of tropical gardens; or take in spectacular ocean views from Cabo Girão – one of the world’s highest sea cliffs.

From £1,499pp

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Canaries & Portugal with Madeira Meteor Shower

Canaries & Portugal with Madeira Meteor Shower

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 08 Dec 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2032

  • Escape to Portugal, the Canaries and Madeira for a relaxing and rewarding pre-Christmas getaway filled with the sun, sea, sand and sights of breathtaking islands and attraction-packed cities.
  • An overnight stay in Funchal is an undoubted highlight, affording an opportunity to explore lush landscapes and botanical gardens before watching for the darting lights of magical Geminid Meteor Showers at night.
  • In the Canaries, there’s time to discover the volcanic wonders of Tenerife and Lanzarote; while on the Portuguese coast, Lisbon and Oporto await with their iconic landmarks, riverscapes and traditional flavours.

From £1,499pp

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Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

Departs: Southampton • Wed 06 Jan 2021
14 nights • Balmoral • L2101

  • After all the excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive season, this enticing escape to the winter warmth of the beautiful Canaries and Madeira is the perfect way to settle into the new year.
  • You’ll have chances to unwind on Gran Canaria’s golden sands; marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Tenerife and Lanzarote; explore the verdant lands of La Palma; and stimulate your senses with Madeira’s fragrant gardens.
  • Before and after your island hopping adventures, two picturesque mainland cities provide plenty of highlights: Lisbon and La Coruña boast an abundance of architectural, historical and cultural delights.

From £1,599pp

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Exploring Cape Verde & the Canaries

Exploring Cape Verde & the Canaries

Departs: Southampton • Fri 29 Jan 2021
18 nights • Balmoral • L2103

  • Immerse yourself in the colourful history and culture of Cape Verde; discover the iconic attractions of sun-kissed Canary Islands; and enjoy time to explore picturesque Portugal, on this epic 18-night adventure.
  • Be captivated by the African and Portuguese influences of Praia and Mindelo, where you can unearth fascinating archaeology, browse bustling authentic markets, indulge in traditional music, and much more.
  • In the Canaries, a smorgasbord of highlights await with calls to Tenerife and Lanzarote, including mighty Mount Teide and Timanfaya National Park; while there are chances to explore Madeira, Lisbon and Oporto too.

From £1,999pp

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Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Departs: Southampton • Mon 01 Mar 2021
13 nights • Balmoral • L2105

  • Recover from the long, cold winter with an indulgent island-hopping adventure in early spring, visiting five diverse destinations for soothing seasonal warmth, spectacular scenery and plenty of attractions.
  • Start things off with the lush, verdant landscapes, sweet smelling tropical gardens, and scenic trails of Madeira; then visit four breathtaking Canary Islands on consecutive days.
  • You can explore biosphere reserves and stargaze at La Palma; take in Tenerife’s Pyramids of Güímar and mighty Mount Teide; revel in Gran Canaria’s renowned warmth; and trail Lanzarote’s astonishing, lunar-like landscapes.

From £1,499pp

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Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Departs: Newcastle • Thu 01 Apr 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2109

  • Unearth the true essence of the Canaries and Madeira, as you sail between five diverse islands to savour a tempting menu of arresting landscapes, glorious beaches and soothing spring warmth.
  • After an Easter weekend to remember, including three restful sea days and a chance to explore pretty Oporto, you get to experience Madeira’s fragrant gardens and lush landscapes in resplendent seasonal bloom.
  • The breathtaking attractions of four inspiring Canary Islands await discovery: highlights include the volcanic wonders of Tenerife and Lanzarote; Gran Canaria’s oasis-like sand dunes; and La Palma’s Los Tilos forest.

From £1,899pp

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