Puerto del Rosario cruises

Puerto del Rosario is the capital of Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, at the eastern end of the archipelago. It has around 40,000 inhabitants and was originally known as Puerto de las Cabras, meaning ‘Port of the Goats.’

3,000 hours of sunshine each year bathes the beaches that wrap the 90 miles around its coast, ranging from those well served by shops and restaurants, to stretches of golden sand that are totally undeveloped. The beaches, along with the verdant volcanic landscapes, are a major reason the island is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. What’s more, the mix of trade winds and Atlantic Ocean swells offer the perfect mix for watersports enthusiasts. Fuerteventura is considered a windsurfer’s and kite surfer’s paradise.

Puerto del Rosario’s Cultural Heritage

Founded at the start of the fifteenth century by a Norman knight, Betancuria was the island’s capital until 1860 and remains one of the most significant historic areas in all the Canary Islands. Among its highlights are the church of Santa Maria de la Concepcion, with its distinctive square tower, the chapels of Santa Ines and Nuestra Señora de la Peña, and a Franciscan convent.

You could imagine how the island must have seemed to early arrivals, when you take to the waves aboard an authentic Spanish schooner with towering masts and ornate woodwork, a real glimpse into the maritime past. 

Discover Puerto del Rosario

The capital is a pleasant town to meander through at leisure, though more it often acts as a springboard into a wider perspective on the island. A visit to an aloe vera farm might be on the cards, telling the story of the medicinal plant that has been harvested in Fuerteventura for centuries.

The island is known for its ‘queso majorero,’ a highly-prized goats' milk cheese, and you can also visit the island’s cheese makers.

Many visitors head to the northeast tip of the island and the Corralejo National Park, where the expanse of undulating dunes extends towards the Atlantic waves. Just offshore, Lobos Island makes a charming day trip, totally uninhabited and reached by catamaran.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Betancuria & the Caves of Ajuy

    Pay a leisurely visit to 2 of the most pristine villages on the island. Explore spectacular caves and enjoy some local shopping.

    Betancuria & the Caves of Ajuy

    Your tour takes you to picturesque Ajuy - a small fishing village on the west coast of Fuerteventura. It truly is a location not to be missed when visiting the island. Still un-touched by time, this local village has dramatic views out to sea and a soft black-sand volcanic beach, framed by high rising cliffs on either side.

    From the village, you’ll enjoy a walk along the scenic coastal path, which leads all the way along the cliff tops to the spectacular Ajuy Caves – one of Fuerteventura’s must-see highlights. There are steps that that lead you down to explore the fascinating caves from the inside.

    After leaving Ajuy, travel to nearby Betancuria, the very first capital of the island. Here, you’ll enjoy some free time to explore the pretty streets with their traditional Canarian architecture. Alternatively, you may like to find a café to sit in and admire the village, surrounded by an impressive mountain range, or visit the village shops to see if you can find a local bargain to take home with you.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. There is a steep incline at the beginning of the walk to the caves and a lot of steps into the caves. The Ajuy Caves contain rough ground.

    Tour code

    FUE_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • 4x4 Adventure

    Hop aboard a rugged 4x4 vehicle and explore quiet villages, farmland, and the volcanic region of the island.

    4x4 Adventure

    Your tour sets out heading north for a stunning photograph stop at the island’s magnificent and famous sand dunes. The white and golden sands, alongside the crystal turquoise sea make for some truly spectacular photo opportunities.

    Continuing on to Corralejo, your tour heads off-road to take in the Bayuyo Volcano. You’ll follow the road towards the west coast of the island, through the fascinating ‘volcano route’ towards Lajares, a sleepy village much loved by surfers.

    From El Cotillo the tour heads north to the rugged and wild coastline. You’ll stop at El Toston, a lookout which was built in the 18th century to defend the island from pirate invasions. Then it's time to head to the village of Vallebron, where the guide will explain the local farming industry.



    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4x4 jeep or Land Rover and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate. There is approximately 1¾ hours of walking on this tour. Each jeep can accommodate six guests. Comfortable non-slip shoes, swimwear, towel, jacket and camera are all recommended. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Guests are not allowed to drive the jeeps.

    Tour code

    FUE_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Fuerteventura Trike Adventure

    Head out from the port and explore the sights and scenery from the seat of your own motorised trike!

    Fuerteventura Trike Adventure

    At the pier, your trusty steed awaits….a motorised trike – basically, a comfortable 3-wheel motorbike that’s really easy to drive. Your instructor will provide a safety briefing, running you through all the information that you’ll need to drive like an expert, and you’ll even have time to try it out before you set off.

    After leaving the port, you’ll drive inland towards the village of Betancuria, stopping just before it at the breathtaking Morrovelosa viewpoint. Here, you’ll have some free time to take in the spectacular views and enjoy a coffee.

    The trip back to the pier will take you along a different route to enable you to enjoy as much of the island as possible and really get your mileage out of the afternoon. Each trike has three seats so all the family can join in the experience!

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by motorised trike. The price of this tour is per bike so please ensure that you only book one ticket. There is only one driver per trike and they must be over 25 and bring a full, valid driving licence. Guests must wear the appropriate attire including closed toe shoes. Flip flops are not allowed. A lightweight jacket and jumper are recommended. Helmets must be worn at all times.

    Tour code

    FUE_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2 hours