Atlantic Islands cruises

Warm year-round temperatures are a feature of a cruise to Madeira, which lie off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s why it remains so popular as a winter sunshine destination. Less often visited and further out into the Atlantic, you may choose to discover the Portuguese Azores – and all these islands are perfect to explore from a luxury Cunard ship.

Experiences

The Atlantic Islands’ diverse landscapes include black sand beaches, cloud forests and towering sand dunes. You may appreciate this on a cable car up to Tenerife’s Mount Teide on a wicker toboggan through the steep streets on Madeira or during camel rides across the volcanic scenery of Lanzarote. Nature has been kind to the Azores too, from spectacular Fire Lake on land to dolphin and whale watching offshore.

History

While the Romans knew the Canaries as the Fortunate Isles, they never settled in great numbers. It was over the course of the 1400s that the Spanish laid claim to the islands, and Columbus used the both the Canary Island and the Azores as stopovers during his crossings to the New World.

Culture

A laid back lifestyle is the signature of any Atlantic Island cruises. Whichever island you explore, you’ll notice a love of the outdoors and a real connection with the natural environment. Cosy cafés and bars line the towns that have grown around fishing harbours and beautiful beaches. You may hear the sounds of local folk music, while the Auditorio de Tenerife is an emblematic performing arts centre.

Cuisine

Being islands, expect wonderfully fresh fish – restaurants often offer menus shaped by that day’s catch. The constant sun also means rich tomatoes and plump olives feature in many dishes. The Azores are also known for their pineapples, which they claim as the finest in the world.

Location

Featured cruises to the Atlantic Isles and Canaries

  • Iberian Adventure

    Featured Cruise

    Mon 5 Nov to 16 Nov 2018

    Iberian Adventure

    Queen Victoria

    11 nights from $1,399 per person

  • The Canary Islands

    Featured Cruise

    Sun 2 Dec to 14 Dec 2018

    The Canary Islands

    Queen Elizabeth

    12 nights from $1,549 per person

  • The Canary Islands

    Featured Cruise

    Wed 9 Oct to 21 Oct 2019

    The Canary Islands

    Queen Victoria

    12 nights from $1,849 per person

Atlantic Isles Cruises

Available cruises: 10

Wonderful places to visit

With a pristine beauty preserved by their splendid isolation, the Atlantic Islands encompass the lush greenery of the Azores, Madeira's sub-tropical archipelago and the volcanic island of St Helena, famous as the place of Napoleon Bonaparte's exile.

Azores

Experience the wild loveliness of the Azores, and discover a dramatic volcanic landscape. You may also have the opportunity to explore the historic city of Angra do Heroismo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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