Las Palmas Cruises

View of Las Plamas with red flower bush, Spain
View of Las Plamas with red flower bush, Spain

With its feel of mainland-Spain, spiced up with an eclectic mix of Asian and African cultures, Las Palmas is one of the Canary Island's most popular destinations, attracting sun-seekers who come to relax on its golden-sand beaches and soak up the gorgeous, year-round climate of Gran Canaria.

Founded over 500 years ago, Las Palmas is the largest city in the Canary Islands, and has three gorgeous beaches, including Playa de las Canteras, regarded as one of the world's best beaches, to enjoy.[ReadMoreMob]

Vegueta, the oldest quarter, is both atmospheric and fashionable, with extensive historical architecture plus a fine selection of boutiques and smart bars. At its centre stand the twin towers of Santa Ana Cathedral; started in 1500 but still unfinished, the cathedral has a unique mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Neoclassical styles in its construction. In Plaza Santa Ana, bronze statues of dogs – the Romans named the islands after legendary canines – stand guard over the 17th-century Palacio Regental, the Town Hall and the Bishop's Palace.

The sweet arc of Playa de las Canteras at the town’s other end offers the tantalising possibility of taking a dip between sightseeing and shopping. The bewildering maze of streets behind the beach hides many fine restaurants serving an array of wonderful Canarian cuisine.

Cruises to Las Palmas

The Canary Islands with Madeira

The Canary Islands with Madeira

Departs: Liverpool • Mon 28 Oct 2019
14 nights • Black Watch • W1925

  • The volcanic wonderlands and soothing seasonal warmth of four stunning Atlantic Ocean islands, including three of Spain’s sun-soaked Canary Islands, await you on this autumn escape on board Black Watch.
  • Your Canarian adventure will be packed with incredible sights and experiences – chances to traverse Lanzarote’s lunar-like landscapes; discover Gran Canaria’s gorgeous rolling sand dunes and picturesque valleys; and marvel at Tenerife majestic Mount Teide are among many highlights.
  • Madeira – Portugal’s ‘Garden Island’ – boasts plenty of attractions too, including beautiful botanical gardens and Cabo Girão, the world’s second highest sea cliff; while the mainland cities of Cádiz and Oporto, offering fine architecture and traditional flavours, are sure to delight.

From £1,599pp

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The Canary Islands with Madeira

The Canary Islands with Madeira

Departs: Southampton • Wed 30 Oct 2019
13 nights • Braemar • M1927

  • With Braemar bringing your closer to the best of four beautiful islands, from diverse landscapes to inviting beaches, you can choose to make the most of the Canaries and Madeira’s balmy autumn warmth with unforgettable explorations or hours of blissful relaxation if you wish.
  • Three breathtaking Canary Islands await you: Gran Tarajal, where you could while away a few hours on the warm sands of Jandia Beach; Gran Canaria, with it’s year-round sunshine, rolling sand dunes and gorgeous valleys; and Tenerife, home to the Pyramids of Güímar and magnificent Mount Teide.
  • Funchal is your gateway to Madeira’s resplendent botanical gardens, unique levada walking trails and spectacular Cabo Girão sea cliff, while you could visit Reid’s Hotel for an opulent afternoon tea. If all that wasn’t enough, you’ll head to mainland Spain and Portugal to visit La Coruña and Lisbon, too.

From £899pp

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The Warmth of the Canary Islands

The Warmth of the Canary Islands

Departs: Southampton • Fri 15 Nov 2019
14 nights • Balmoral • L1930

  • You’ll experience the many sides of Spain and Portugal as Balmoral guides you to a collection of diverse destinations. Volcanic landscapes, gorgeous gardens, astonishing natural wonders and more await at five stunning islands, before the delights of two charming mainland cities are revealed.
  • During four days in the Canaries, you can uncover highlights such as La Palma’s San Antonio Volcanic Park; magnificent Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak – in Tenerife; the rolling, sun-bathed sand dunes of Gran Canaria; and Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, home of the Fire Mountains.
  • At Madeira, Portugal’s beautiful ‘Garden Island’, you’ll be afforded time to explore enchanting botanical gardens and the levada walking trails; or head to Cabo Girão for spectacular ocean views. On the mainland, be sure to try authentic tapas in Cádiz and seek-out Lisbon’s architectural gems.

From £999pp

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Christmas & New Year Canaries Cruise

Christmas & New Year Canaries Cruise

Departs: Southampton • Sun 22 Dec 2019
15 nights • Black Watch • W1929

  • Packed with highlights, this fantastic cruise in the perfect escape from the winter weather and festive stress back home. You’ll enjoy extended stays at sun-kissed islands, with time to indulge in hours of relaxation or rewarding exploration; and celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style.
  • On board Black Watch, which will be festooned with traditional decorations for this cruise, you’ll feel full of festive spirit as you sail south, celebrating Christmas at sea with food, fun and themed entertainment as Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff take care of everything.
  • The excitement continues with an overnight stay in Madeira on Boxing Day before seeing out 2019 in the Canaries. Make the most of Gran Canaria’s renowned winter warmth; and visit Tenerife for an extended stay to go stargazing at Mount Teide and be part of the island’s New Year Eve celebrations.

From £2,599pp

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Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Departs: Southampton • Sun 22 Dec 2019
15 nights • Balmoral • L1933

  • Savour an unforgettable festive season with a chance to celebrate Christmas at sea; visit stunning destinations for an exciting end to 2019; and welcome the arrival of the New Year in style on this very special cruise to the Canaries, Morocco and Madeira on board
  • You’re in for a wonderful holiday from start to finish, beginning with a magical Christmas celebration on board your ship before calling into Casablanca for a Boxing Day filled with memorable experiences, including a chance to marvel at the Hassan II Mosque and explore bustling local souks.
  • A post-Christmas island-hopping adventure kicks-off in the Canaries, visiting Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma. Then it’s on to Madeira to explore botanical gardens and scenic walking trails, and welcome the arrival of 2020 with views of one of the world’s greatest New Year’s fireworks displays.

From £3,099pp

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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 £1,799pp

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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 £1,599pp

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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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Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage

Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage

Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
140 nights • Boudicca • D20GV

  • A holiday beyond your wildest dreams, this 140-night voyage to some of the world’s most iconic and intoxicating destinations offers authentic cultures and traditions, amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and much more.
  • Experience an exhilarating Asian exploration, to learn of samurais and geishas in Japan; explore the war-torn history of Vietnam; sample India’s engrossing hustle and bustle; and even celebrate New Year’s Eve in stunning Singapore.
  • African adventures include chances to seek-out South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game and Madagascar’s iconic flora and fauna; explore the colossal Namib Desert; marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza; and sail the impressive Suez Canal.

From £13,999pp

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Island Discovery with South Africa & the Namib

Island Discovery with South Africa & the Namib

Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
28 nights • Boudicca • D202728

  • Discover distant destinations galore on this epic journey, from a string of stunning Macaronesian and South Atlantic islands, to captivating towns and cities in Namibia and South Africa.
  • Visit Madeira, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and two Cape Verde islands, then enjoy the rare chance to admire Ascension Island’s verdant landscapes and explore St. Helena’s links to Napoleon.
  • Finally, during visits to Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, you could go in search of pink flamingos in their natural habitat and tour to the world’s largest desert, before stopping overnight in iconic Cape Town.

From £3,999pp

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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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Atlantic Islands & Desert Dunes

Atlantic Islands & Desert Dunes

Departs: Santa Cruz de Tenerife • Thu 12 Nov 2020
21 nights • Boudicca • D2028

  • Discover distant destinations galore on this epic journey, from a string of stunning Macaronesian and South Atlantic islands, to captivating towns and cities in Namibia and South Africa.
  • Visit Tenerife, Gran Canaria and two Cape Verde islands, then enjoy the rare chance to admire Ascension Island’s verdant landscapes and explore St. Helena’s links to Napoleon.
  • Finally, during visits to Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, you could go in search of pink flamingos in their natural habitat and tour to the world’s largest desert, before stopping overnight in iconic Cape Town.

From £3,599pp

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Remote Islands & African Wildlife

Remote Islands & African Wildlife

Departs: Santa Cruz de Tenerife • Thu 12 Nov 2020
35 nights • Boudicca • D202829

  • Seek-out the world’s largest desert, iconic landmarks and legendary wildlife in Africa; and sample paradise at a collection of idyllic Indian Ocean islands – all in just over a month – on this incredible holiday.
  • You can experience an ultimate South African safari; encounter Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; explore the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon at Mayotte; and see the Seychelles giant land tortoises.
  • You’ll also visit the sun-kissed Canaries and verdant Cape Verde; take in rarely-visited Ascension and St Helena; visit Namibia for the Namib Desert; and stop overnight in captivating Cape Town.

From £5,299pp

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Canaries Christmas & New Year

Canaries Christmas & New Year

Departs: Southampton • Tue 22 Dec 2020
15 nights • Balmoral • L2033

  • Sailing to the gorgeous, sun-kissed islands of the Canaries and Madeira to uncover a seemingly endless list of highlights, you’ll experience a magical, memorable and laidback festive season.
  • Spend Christmas at sea, indulging with delicious food, festivity and fantastic entertainment; then enjoy a relaxing and rewarding Boxing Day exploring the scenic trails and floral gardens of Madeira.
  • In the Canaries, visits to four spectacular destinations renowned for their year-round warmth, breathtaking beaches and volcanic landscapes culminates with a spectacular New Year’s celebration in Tenerife.

From £2,299pp

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Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 22 Dec 2020
15 nights • Black Watch • W2033

  • Escape to the sunnier climes of southern Spain, the Canaries and Madeira for a magical festive season filled with unforgettable sights, experiences and spectacular celebrations.
  • You’ll enjoy a care-free, relaxing Christmas at sea with all the trimmings; spend Boxing Day is laidback Cádiz; and celebrate the arrival of 2021 with one of the world’s greatest New Year’s fireworks displays in Madeira.
  • You’ll be able to explore to your hearts content among the volcanic landscapes and inviting beaches of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife; and discover the iconic landmarks and traditional flavours of Lisbon and Oporto too.

From £2,599pp

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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 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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