Santa Cruz, La Palma Cruises

Traditional building with balcony flowers, Spain
Traditional building with balcony flowers, Spain
Central square in old town with Salvador  Church, Spain

La Palma’s small, yet pretty capital city - is one of the Canary Island’s true gems. Boasting colonial-style architecture, a swathe of charming beaches, restaurants and bars, Santa Cruz is typically Canarian and has something for everyone.

Conquered by the King of Castile in the 15th century, Santa Cruz de La Palma was a key trading post between Spain and the Americas, and the city’s fascinating history can be explored in the historic quarter – one of Spain’s Historic-Artistic sites.[ReadMoreMob] The Naval Museum is a replica of Christopher Columbus's 15th-century Santa Maria sailing ship.

Stunning palaces and sumptuous merchants’ houses butt up against the grand town hall, built during the reign of Phillip II. Religious buildings include the Renaissance-style Church of El Salvador, with a tower of volcanic stone, and the Church of Santo Domingo, which houses a superb collection of Flemish paintings.[ReadMore]

The compact city centre is incredibly picturesque, and the newly redeveloped beach and promenade have boosted the city's resort credentials. Calle Real, the city’s main street, is famous for being both a Property of Cultural Interest and a Historic-Artistic Site. Santa Cruz’s finest restaurants, shops and prettiest squares are found here, and sampling the delicious local cuisine and local culture is highly recommended.

Cruises to Santa Cruz de La Palma

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 £1,499pp

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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 £1,849pp

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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 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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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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Around the World from Liverpool

Around the World from Liverpool

Departs: Liverpool • Wed 06 Jan 2021
112 nights • Black Watch • W210107

  • Embark on an incredible 108-night global exploration aboard Black Watch and discover iconic sights and unforgettable experiences amongst some of the world’s most breathtaking and inspirational destinations.
  • Explore Havana via classic car; sample paradise at unspoilt South Pacific Islands; marvel at Sydney’s famous landmarks, including Harbour Bridge and the Opera House; and tour to the Taj Mahal from Kochi.
  • Experience the contrasts between vibrant Singapore and rarely-visited Indonesian islands; sail the remarkable Panama and Suez canals; uncover the ‘lost city’ of Petra; and much more on one epic voyage.

Around the World from Liverpool

Around the World from Liverpool

Departs: Liverpool • Thu 07 Jan 2021
111 nights • Black Watch • W210102

  • Embark on an incredible 108-night global exploration aboard Black Watch from Liverpool and discover iconic sights and unforgettable experiences amongst some of the world’s most breathtaking and inspirational destinations.
  • Explore Havana via classic car; sample paradise at unspoilt South Pacific Islands; marvel at Sydney’s famous landmarks, including Harbour Bridge and the Opera House; and tour to the Taj Mahal from Kochi.
  • Experience the contrasts between vibrant Singapore and rarely-visited Indonesian islands; sail the remarkable Panama and Suez canals; uncover the ‘lost city’ of Petra; and much more on one epic voyage.

Around the World

Around the World

Departs: Southampton • Fri 08 Jan 2021
108 nights • Black Watch • W2102

  • Embark on an incredible 108-night global exploration aboard Black Watch and discover iconic sights and unforgettable experiences amongst some of the world’s most breathtaking and inspirational destinations.
  • Explore Havana via classic car; sample paradise at unspoilt South Pacific Islands; marvel at Sydney’s famous landmarks, including Harbour Bridge and the Opera House; and tour to the Taj Mahal from Kochi.
  • Experience the contrasts between vibrant Singapore and rarely-visited Indonesian islands; sail the remarkable Panama and Suez canals; uncover the ‘lost city’ of Petra; and much more on one epic voyage.

From £12,199pp

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Caribbean & Atlantic Island Discovery

Caribbean & Atlantic Island Discovery

Departs: Southampton • Fri 08 Jan 2021
21 nights • Black Watch • W2103

  • Escape the January cold and gloom and start 2021 in style on an unparalleled voyage to paradise, providing opportunities to enjoy the classic Caribbean highlights and experiences of stunning, sun-kissed islands.
  • Whet your appetite with stunning gardens and landscapes of Madeira and the Canaries, before arriving in Barbados for the laidback vibes of Bridgetown, the remarkable Harrison’s Cave and sea turtle viewing tours.
  • Discover the famous beaches and historic sites of Antigua; immerse yourself in Tortola’s fascinating pirate-influences history and sample authentic Caribbean rum in Tortola; and enjoy Grand Turk’s breathtaking white sands and inviting warm waters.

From £2,949pp

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Idyllic & Cultural Island Discovery

Idyllic & Cultural Island Discovery

Departs: Southampton • Fri 08 Jan 2021
80 nights • Black Watch • W210305

  • Experience an unforgettable start to 2021 and set sail on an epic voyage to discover world-famous landmarks and spectacular landscapes, cultural delights and much more among some of the world’s most awe-inspiring regions and destinations.
  • Cross the Atlantic to sun-kissed islands in the Caribbean; visit the legendary city of Havana; navigate the Panama Canal; and discover paradise at idyllic South Pacific islands such as Bora-Bora and Mystery Island.
  • See Sydney’s iconic landmarks; enjoy a rare visit to Burnie, Tasmania; delve into fascinating Australian history at Albany; and much more, then revel in the contrasts of Asia, showcased by Indonesian island scenes and Singapore’s spectacular cityscape.

From £10,349pp

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Caribbean, Cuba & the South Pacific

Caribbean, Cuba & the South Pacific

Departs: Southampton • Fri 08 Jan 2021
56 nights • Black Watch • W210304

  • Begin 2021 with a holiday of a lifetime and discover authentic cultures, amazing wildlife, iconic landmarks and out-of-this-world landscapes as you sail halfway around the world via spectacular islands and cities.
  • Your enthralling journey includes time in the Caribbean, to indulge in pure relaxation and laidback island exploration; a chance to explore Havana via an iconic classic car; and a memorable navigation of the Panama Canal.
  • The unspoilt, sun-splashed scenes of South Pacific islands such as Nuku Hiva, Bora-Bora and Tahiti will bring dreams of paradise to life, before Sydney presents its world-famous attractions, such as Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

From £7,299pp

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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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