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The Canary Islands archipelago is part of Spain, but is actually located closer to the northern coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. This dichotomy of country and location creates an exotic travel experience that blends the rhythm of island life with the cultural influences of Europe. Add in a bunch of volcanoes, otherworldly-looking sand dunes, palm-tree lined beaches, and a vibrant art scene, and you have a recipe for travel nirvana that Canary Islands cruises make easy to get to.
Our European cruises to the Canary Islands will take you to some of the most beautiful destinations in this archipelago in comfort and luxury. Once there, you will get an in-depth experience of what makes the Canary Islands so special thanks to our extensive offering of shore excursions and onboard presentations about the culture and history of the Canary Islands.
The highlights of Canary Islands cruises are mostly found within nature and the gorgeous landscape of the island. You’ll also find local culture, too, whether in the pretty port cities or farther inland.
The Canary Islands are home to exquisite national parks rich in flora and fauna. You’ll find a varied terrain that changes from park to park, from the majestic beauty of Tenerife’s Teide National Park, to the barren volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote.
You are on island time after all when you experience one of our cruises to the Canary Islands, so use some of your time in port to lounge on one the Canary Island’s exotic white and black sand beaches. Enjoy aqua bays framed by bright green palm trees and cliffs of volcanic rock.
The Canary Islands’ geographic makeup consists of hundreds of volcanoes. Experiencing these volcanoes and the impact they’ve had on the land – whether from a lookout point, up close on a crater drive, or from above on a helicopter tour – is a highlight of Canary Islands cruises.
You’ll find an emphasis on cuisine and the arts in the Canary Islands. In Lanzarote, see the architecture and sculptures of César Manrique, who is credited with helping to put Canary Islands tourism on the map. In Tenerife, visit one of its many restaurants to try the local specialty of roasted potatoes with mojo sauce.
The islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria create a triangle of exciting ports to visit during Canary Islands cruises. Discover the bustling port cities located in these islands and escape to the stark natural beauty around the islands. Plus, cruises to the Canary Islands give you the chance to do so in combination with visiting other popular European cruise ports.
The shore excursions you can do during Canary Islands cruises will give you a wonderful introduction to the culture and landscape of the region while providing in-depth experiences to learn more about the islands.
Experience the Canary Island’s vast volcanoes on a shore excursion. Walk through a lava tunnel in Lanzarote. Marvel at Mount Teide, the highest point in the Canary Islands, from Teide Observatory, which is also an astronomy center.
Sample the Canary Island’s best cuisine on Canary Islands cruise excursions. From vegetable heavy dishes to fresh seafood, you’ll delight in the rich, exotic flavors of the Canary Islands’ cuisine. Those flavors extend to the wine, and tasting some in local wineries is another tasty excursion.
There is no shortage of outdoor activities in the Canary Islands, and a Canary Islands shore excursion can help you experience one. Go swimming or snorkeling off of one of the Canary Island’s exquisite beaches. Hike along craters and lava gorges. Zip down water slides at Siam Park.
You’ll find most Canary Islands cruises occur during the autumn months, with most departing in October and November.
The Canary Islands are also popular stops on Transatlantic cruises and make for a blissful day in port before or after making the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Transatlantic cruises usually occur in April or November.
The itinerary lengths vary from ten days to sixteen days, providing a long and restful vacation with some island adventure mixed in. Depending on the itinerary, you may only visit Tenerife, though some – like the ones aptly titled Canary Islands Cruise – include all three of our Canary Islands ports of call.
Some of these itineraries are on two of our new Edge-class ships: Celebrity Edge® and Celebrity Apex®.
The Canary Islands have a climate that varies between tropical and arid depending on where you are exploring, so pack accordingly with clothes suitable for warm weather that will dry quickly in the event of a tropical rain shower. You’ll want to stick in bathing suits for the beaches and water sports, action appropriate clothes for hiking, and sunhats and sunglasses to see all those gorgeous Canary Islands sights without having to squint through the lovely sunshine.