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Southampton , England | Vigo , Spain | Lisbon , Portugal | Seville (Cadiz) , Spain | Lanzarote , Canary Islands | Gran Canaria , Canary Islands | Tenerife , Canary Islands | La Palma , Canary Islands | Madeira (Funchal) , Portugal | La Coruna , Spain | Southampton , England

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ANTHEM OF THE SEAS

ANTHEM OF THE SEAS

FROM CITY LIGHTS TO ISLAND SIGHTS

Anthem of the Seas® isn't the same old song. It's a Tri-State thrill ride that packs in cutting edge experiences— like North Star®, which gives you 360-degree views from 300 feet above sea level. And flavor firsts, like creative fare at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Plus showstoppers like We Will Rock You.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Southampton, England

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

HISTORIC MYSTERIES

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

North Star During Dusk
Family Fun at the Skate Rink

North Star During Dusk
Family Fun at the Skate Rink

THINGS TO DO

North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck
North Star®

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Stand in a jewel-shaped capsule that reveals breathtaking 360-degree views as you gently ascend 300 feet above sea level.

Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade
SeaPlex®

HAVE THE PLAYTIME OF YOUR LIFE

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

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RipCord® by iFLY®

GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN

Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Vigo, Spain

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Galicia

Get a taste of Spain's Galicia region in the bustling port city of Vigo. See the work of local artists at the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art. Then, head to the Cies Islands for a dip in the clear blue waters surrounded by the region's forested mountains. Later, feast on huge grilled red prawns and meaty mussels with a glass of crisp Galician white wine.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
A lake in Castrelos Park in Vigo, Spain
The Rande Bridge over the Vigo River in Spain

Get a taste of Spain's Galicia region in the bustling port city of Vigo. See the work of local artists at the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art. Then, head to the Cies Islands for a dip in the clear blue waters surrounded by the region's forested mountains. Later, feast on huge grilled red prawns and meaty mussels with a glass of crisp Galician white wine.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
A lake in Castrelos Park in Vigo, Spain
The Rande Bridge over the Vigo River in Spain
Things To Do

in Vigo

View of the Santa Maria church with the Marvao castle in the distance in Vigo, Spain

Read the Fine Print

Located in Vigo's Old Town, Museo Municipal de Vigo tells the broader story of Vigo and the rest of Galicia. Learn about the region's main historical claim to fame, the Camino de Santiago — a pilgrimage leading to the Galician church where, legend has it, the remains of the Apostle James are housed. Or head to Museo do Mar de Galicia, which focuses on the region's seafaring culture and legacy.

Interior of the Monte Real Castle

Appreciate the Bigger Picture

Put on a wider lens by hiking up to Castelo do Castro, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and its port. Another place to appreciate an eclectic cross-section of local Vigo life is Plaza Porta do Sol, a popular meeting point where you can enjoy some of the city's finest people-watching.

A beach in Cies Islands in Spain

Islands Await

Take the 45-minute boat ride to the Cies Islands. Here, you'll find calm white-sand beaches with pristine blue waters, surrounded by views of the dramatic mountainous landscape. There are also caves to explore here, as well as some of the area's best bird-watching.

A platter with oysters with two glasses of wine, bread and a sliced lemon

Local Cuisine

You'll notice lots of oyster sellers throughout Vigo's city center, but if you're looking for a meal that's less raw, sit down for a casual tapas lunch at Old Town eateries. Highlights include chipirones — grilled baby squid with lemon and herbs — and calamares en su tinta, calamari served in its own ink. Wash it down with a glass of albarino from Rias Baixas, a nearby Galician winemaking region where they produce crisp, dry white wines.

A store in Vigo, Spain that sells wicker baskets and goods

Shopping

You'll find the most picturesque shopping in Vigo amid the seafood sellers or O Calvario Municipal Market. Since you probably won't be able to take fresh fish back with you, walk down the Rua Cesteiros shopping street to bargain for local souvenirs and handicrafts, much of which centers on traditional basket weaving.

INSIDER TIP

Even if you speak Spanish, you'll notice the local language is something a little different: The Galician dialect is a unique blend of Portuguese and Spanish.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Lisbon, Portugal

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Great Views

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal
Things To Do

in Lisbon

View of the Pena National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal

Get Romantic

Step into the pages of a fairy tale in Sintra, a UNESO World Heritage Site a short ride from Lisbon. The city's awash in colorful buildings and grand forts, including the Romanticist architecture of the pastel-hued Pena Palace — more like a castle, really — and the extravagant Quinta da Regalaira villa. Or, wander through gardens inspired by Dante's "Inferno."

Tables on a terrace in Lisbon, Portugal

Go View-Hopping

There's no other way to explore Lisbon than to see it from the miradouros, the hilltop lookout points scattered around the city. Ride the Santa Justo Lift to catch a glimpse of the city below. Enjoy an evening drink at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Finally, watch the sunset behind the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge.

Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Architectural Adventure

History buffs should head to Belem. See the 16th-century Manueline architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery. Lisbon, Portugal cruises will allow you to visit the final resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama before walking to the river to snap a photo of the Torre de Belem, a 16th-century fort that appears to float in the ocean.

A tray full of Pasteis de Nata pastries in Lisbon, Portugal

Local Cuisine

You'll find plenty of Portuguese delicacies around Lisbon. Follow the locals to the nearest food truck for a bifana, a sandwich of pork marinated in white wine and garlic sauce. Snack on salty sardines over a glass of wine, or devour a pasteis de nata, the famous egg tart that packs a creamy, cinnamon-infused custard in a crisp shell.

Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewelry in the backstreets of Bairro Alto. Feira da Ladra, or "thieves' market," is the place to go for handmade crafts and antiques. Looking for a high street? Walk down Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade to shop international brands.

INSIDER TIP

Tram 28 is the best-known tram line, taking riders through all the must-see neighborhoods, but the trolleys fill up quickly. Opt for a lesser known route to avoid crowds.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Seville (Cadiz), Spain

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Spanish Adventure

Seville’s distinct personality is intoxicating. Wander its narrow streets and you’ll discover palaces built by Moorish kings in Old Town and lively tapas bars in Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España, and stroll through greenery at Maria Luisa Park. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring. Marvel at Spanish masterworks at the Museum of Fine Arts. Or breathe in citywide views from Torre del Oro.

View of the Seville, Spain cityscape
A canal going through the Spain Square in Seville
A bull fighting arena is Seville, Spain

Seville’s distinct personality is intoxicating. Wander its narrow streets and you’ll discover palaces built by Moorish kings in Old Town and lively tapas bars in Santa Cruz. Admire the lavish stylings of Plaza de España, and stroll through greenery at Maria Luisa Park. Stand in Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring. Marvel at Spanish masterworks at the Museum of Fine Arts. Or breathe in citywide views from Torre del Oro.

View of the Seville, Spain cityscape
A canal going through the Spain Square in Seville
A bull fighting arena is Seville, Spain
Things To Do

in Seville (Cadiz)

View of the courtyard in the Alcazar Palace

PALATIAL PROPORTIONS

Trace Seville’s more than 1,000-year history among the regal rooms of Alcazar palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site at the city’s core is not only home to a mixture of architecture styles, but also some of Europe’s oldest gardens.

The Seville Cathedral in Seville, Spain

GOTHIC GLORIES

Enter Seville Cathedral, one of the world’s largest gothic churches, to explore its five naves and see the tomb of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus. The attached Giralda Tower stands as the old minaret of an Arab mosque— and a climb to the top rewards you with sweeping views of the city.

A flamenco dancer in Seville, Spain

SETTING THE STAGE

From the first note plucked on the guitar to the clamor of castanets, a sevillana flamenco show is altogether captivating. First trace the history of this mysterious art at the Museo del Baile Flamenco, viewing historical photos, dresses and shawls. Then experience the thrill of a live performance for yourself in a local flamenco tablao.

A tapas plate with serrano ham, cheese, and olives

LOCAL CUISINE

The tradition of Spanish tapas supposedly started in Seville, and here you can nosh on small bites of cured meats, cheeses and olives aplenty. Try cold gazpacho soup or a serranito sandwich. Sweet lovers indulge in churros and pestiños (honey-infused fritters). Cadiz is the area’s seafood capital, while Huelva makes tasty goat’s milk cheese — and nearby Jerez pumps out gallons of fino (dry sherry wine).

Flamenco shoes for sale in Spain

SHOPPING

Hit the Triana neighborhood for authentic Spanish azulejos (ceramic tiles), or Calle Sierpes for silk shawls. Buy flamenco wear along Calle Cuna and bullfighting posters in Plaza de Toros. Other stores around town sell traditional espadrilles, while El Jueves street market is best for books and artwork.

INSIDER TIP

The train ride from Cadiz to Seville is approximately 90 minutes each way.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish

THINGS TO DO

Michael's Genuine® Pub

CHEERS TO CRAFT BEERS

Food and drink. It doesn’t have to be so complicated. That’s the philosophy at Michael's Genuine® Pub, the first American gastropub at sea, brought to you by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz.

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Chicken Porcini Bruschetta, food, poultry, restaurant, dish
Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Volcanic Views

A beach lover's paradise, the small island of Lanzarote is also a land shaped by volcanoes, where vegetables and grapes grow in rich volcanic soil. Visit the National Park, where more than 350 volcanic cones rise from the ground, and tour a local artist's home built into boulders in a lava field. Head to Famara Beach for a sun-soaked surf and views of the pink cliffs that surround the shoreline.

View of Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
View of Flamiingo Beach lined wth palm trees in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
A tropical cactus garden in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A beach lover's paradise, the small island of Lanzarote is also a land shaped by volcanoes, where vegetables and grapes grow in rich volcanic soil. Visit the National Park, where more than 350 volcanic cones rise from the ground, and tour a local artist's home built into boulders in a lava field. Head to Famara Beach for a sun-soaked surf and views of the pink cliffs that surround the shoreline.

View of Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
View of Flamiingo Beach lined wth palm trees in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
A tropical cactus garden in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Things To Do

in Lanzarote

View of the Timanfaya National Park landscape

Nature's Fury

In the Timanfaya National Park, the Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were created when more than 100 volcanoes erupted in the 18th century. Visit the park on a camel safari and feel like a boss. At its El Diablo restaurant, dine on fish and meat cooked on a volcanically heated grill.

City center of Teguise in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Quiet Charm

The small, 15th-century town of Teguise was the original capital of Lanzarote, and colonial mansions still line its cobblestone streets. Costa Teguise is a quiet tourist resort with strict policies about sustainable development, so it's maintained its old charm while also offering visitor amenities.

Entrance of the Cesar Manrique House museum in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Celebrate the Artist

You'll see the work of local artist Cesar Manrique around Lanzarote, and you can visit his striking home, built into boulders in a lava field. This extravagant cave now serves as a foundation dedicated to his life and art. Works by his contemporaries, such as Tapies, Millares and Picasso, are also exhibited there.

A whole roasted fish on a silver plate

Local Cuisine

Everywhere in Lanzarote, you'll find fresh fish such as dorado (sea bream), vieja (parrot fish) and cherne (sea bass), often simply grilled and served with small potatoes and local greens. The condiment of choice is red or green mojo sauce, made with chilis grown in the rich volcanic soil — drizzle it over your fish and potatoes, or slather it on bread. Wash it down with glass of local malvasia, a white wine with tropical fruit notes that can be either dry or semi-sweet.

An assortment of traditional Spanish fans

Shopping

Much of Lanzarote's shopping is centered in the capital city of Arrecife, where you'll find plenty of small, outdoor markets where you should expect to haggle. Look for locally made lacework, pottery, woven baskets, decorative fans and jewelry crafted from the green, volcanic gemstone called olivine.

INSIDER TIP

The best way to explore the island is by renting a car, and bike rentals are also popular and easy.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Grand Island

When you arrive in Gran Canaria, set off on an island adventure by car, bike or foot. Take in the bold colors and tropical vibes of this beautiful Spanish port. Famous for its white-sand beaches and foggy mountaintops, Gran Canaria gives you a one-stop, multisensorial experience. You'll find an array of terrains, from rocky coasts to lush forests, as well as plenty of urban verve in capital Las Palmas.

Puerto Ricos beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Aerial view of Amadores Beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Boats docked at a marina in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

When you arrive in Gran Canaria, set off on an island adventure by car, bike or foot. Take in the bold colors and tropical vibes of this beautiful Spanish port. Famous for its white-sand beaches and foggy mountaintops, Gran Canaria gives you a one-stop, multisensorial experience. You'll find an array of terrains, from rocky coasts to lush forests, as well as plenty of urban verve in capital Las Palmas.

Puerto Ricos beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Aerial view of Amadores Beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Boats docked at a marina in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Things To Do

in Gran Canaria

The Santa Ana Square in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Upbeat Urban Center

Discover Gran Canarias' capital, and feel the eclectic beat of a city that blends African, Indian and Chinese influences. You can sense the Mediterranean vibes as you walk by this international city's port, shopping districts and restaurants. Its most emblematic building? Las Palmas cathedral, which took over 400 years to complete.

Coastal sand dunes in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Saharan Oasis

Head to the southern part of Gran Canaria to experience a desert-like atmosphere. In Maspalomas, you'll encounter dunes believed to have formed after a tsunami hit this part of the island. While you're there, take a break from the arid landscape and escape to the nearby botanical garden or beach.

Puerto de Morgan coast in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Coastal Utopia

You have to see Gran Canaria's coastline to believe it. It shifts from rugged and monumental to pristine and sandy. Cruise to Gran Canaria and hop on a car, a bike or a safari-style tour and get to know this tropical destination that's unlike any other.

A plate of grilled octopus

Local Cuisine

A combination of African, Spanish and Latin-American dishes appear in Gran Canarias' gastronomy, with original creations like Polvitos Uruguayos (a light cheesecake with dulce de leche), chipirones con mojo verde (grilled squid in a herby sauce) and the popular bienmesabe (a dense pastry made of almonds). And don't miss the ultra-fresh tropical fruits during your Canary Island cruise.

Ceramic mugs for sale in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Shopping

Las Palmas is the shopping capital of the Canary Islands. The main shopping street is Calle Mayor de Triana, a pedestrians-only boulevard that features a variety of stores offering local souvenirs like Canarian straw hats, pottery based on ancient designs, local rum and cigars. Another great shopping destination is Maspalomas, where El Faro Boulevard and El Tablero offer fashion and souvenirs made by locals.

INSIDER TIP

Be sure to pack sun block — the UV rays aren't messing around in Gran Canaria.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Tenerife, Canary Islands

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Adventure in Tenerife

Eclectic Tenerife is the largest of Spain's enigmatic Canary Islands. Head to the lively streets of capital city Santa Cruz to see the 16th-century Iglesia de la Concepcion and the ultra-modern Auditorio de Tenerife. Or get to know the most rugged natural landscapes in Europe: Explore the volcanic vistas of Mount Teide National Park, or hike the laurel tree-canopied mountains of Anaga.

Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
A beachfront walking path at El Duque beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
View of the Candelaria Church on the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands

Eclectic Tenerife is the largest of Spain's enigmatic Canary Islands. Head to the lively streets of capital city Santa Cruz to see the 16th-century Iglesia de la Concepcion and the ultra-modern Auditorio de Tenerife. Or get to know the most rugged natural landscapes in Europe: Explore the volcanic vistas of Mount Teide National Park, or hike the laurel tree-canopied mountains of Anaga.

Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
A beachfront walking path at El Duque beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
View of the Candelaria Church on the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands
Things To Do

in Tenerife

A large outdoor swimming pool in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Chill Out in Santa Cruz

If culture and history are your thing, there's plenty in Santa Cruz-proper to keep you stimulated. Make a stop at the illuminating Natural History Museum or the Basilica de Candelaria shrine, which only dates back to 1959 but manages to feel older in decidedly modern Santa Cruz.

An aerial view of Las Teresiteas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Hit the Beach

While most of Tenerife's best beaches are far outside the center of Santa Cruz, you have a couple of options a short taxi or bus ride away. The most popular is Las Teresitas, whose golden sands look particularly striking contrasted with the crystalline blue water that laps at them.

View of the volcanic landscape of El Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tip Top of Tenerife

Take a taxi to the base station of El Teide, a volcano that's also the highest mountain peak in all of Spain. Ride the cable car to the top, where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of Tenerife. Alternatively, head to wild beaches like Fanabe and Almaciga — the latter features unique black sand.

Three whole grilled fish with potatoes and salad on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers a mix of traditional Spanish food and local Canarian food. It's just as easy, for example, to find a restaurant that serves small-plate tapas and sweet sangria as it is to enjoy Sancocho, a bass filet served with boiled potatoes and spicy mojo sauce. Follow up a filling meal with a shot of Cobana, a banana liquor native to the Canary Islands.

An assortment of souvenir shells

Shopping

If you like bargaining, try your luck at Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa, open every day until 2:30 p.m. Here, you'll find local handicrafts like ceramic dishware made from volcanic stone, as well as clothing and shoes at wholesale prices. Sunday afternoons, there's a flea market near Santa Cruz's main station.

INSIDER TIP

Tenerife looks small on the map, but the island's mountainous terrain and developing infrastructure can make journeys here longer than you might imagine, so plan accordingly.

DAY 10 - DOCKED

La Palma, Canary Islands

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Island Adventure

La Palma is a small and peaceful island with a slow, friendly pace of life. Also called La Isla Bonita — the Beautiful Island — it's the perfect place for outdoor adventure. Conquer your fears and paraglide over the lush, mountainous landscape. Scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters, or simply kick back on a black-sand beaches. Head to Caldera de Taburiente National Park, named for a massive volcanic crater, which offers more than 600 miles of trails ripe for the exploring.

Volcanic coastal view of La Palma, Canary Islands
The Charco Verde volcanic beach in La Palma, Canary Islands
A narrow street with flowers and colorful buildings

La Palma is a small and peaceful island with a slow, friendly pace of life. Also called La Isla Bonita — the Beautiful Island — it's the perfect place for outdoor adventure. Conquer your fears and paraglide over the lush, mountainous landscape. Scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters, or simply kick back on a black-sand beaches. Head to Caldera de Taburiente National Park, named for a massive volcanic crater, which offers more than 600 miles of trails ripe for the exploring.

Volcanic coastal view of La Palma, Canary Islands
The Charco Verde volcanic beach in La Palma, Canary Islands
A narrow street with flowers and colorful buildings
Things To Do

in La Palma

La Fajana natural swimming pool in La Palma, Canary Islands

Pool Party

Find your way up to La Fajana on the north side of the island, and swim in the crystal clear waters of its three natural ocean pools. They're all situated next to each other and protected from the waves.

Salt extraction in La Palma, Canary Islands

Pass the Salt

Visit the salt fields at Las Salinas de Fuencaliente in the south, where sea water gathers in shallow ponds. The sun evaporates the water, and salt remains to be sold all over the island. Migrating birds rest in this area, declared an Official Site of Scientific Interest.

Various colors of raw silk thread

Take the Silk Road

Silk has been produced in La Palma since the 16th century, and the craft continues. Take a guided tour of the Silk Museum, and you'll see the traditional techniques, starting with caring for live silk worms and finishing with selling the items produced here in the gift shop.

Canary style potatoes served with sauce

Local Cuisine

La Palma celebrates the Spanish tradition of tapas, called enyesques here. Cruise to La Palma to try papas arrugadas, a dish made from potatoes boiled in saltwater until it evaporates, leaving a delicious crust. For a shareable feast, seek out sancocho canario — a whole fish served with sweet potatoes, the roasted grain gofio and the spicy sauce mojo picon, made with olive oil, cumin, hot peppers and vinegar.

A man rolling cigars

Shopping

Shop in Santa Cruz de La Palma, the island's capital and second largest city, which sits along the island's eastern coast. Here, colorful homes with flower-filled balconies sit alongside stores and markets on steep cobblestone streets. Cruise to the Canary Islands and pick up hand-crafted textiles, fine embroideries, traditionally made cheese, local jewelry and hand-made cigars.

INSIDER TIP

Bring your sneakers: The least developed Canary Island, La Palma is best seen on foot.

DAY 11 - DOCKED

Madeira (Funchal), Portugal

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

Coastal beach

Portugal's Madeira island is a natural paradise. The lush mountains, brilliant flower gardens and jagged cliffs offer the perfect backdrop for an adventure-filled holiday. Break a sweat hiking one of the levandas, or cool off with a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters. Or indulge in some local cuisine, like grilled mussels or espetada, Madeira's answer to the grilled beef kebab.

A panoramic view of Camara de Lobos in Portugal
A famous botanical garden in Madeira (Funchal), Portugal
Tables set up at a waterfront restaurant in Madeira (Funchal), Portugal

Portugal's Madeira island is a natural paradise. The lush mountains, brilliant flower gardens and jagged cliffs offer the perfect backdrop for an adventure-filled holiday. Break a sweat hiking one of the levandas, or cool off with a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters. Or indulge in some local cuisine, like grilled mussels or espetada, Madeira's answer to the grilled beef kebab.

A panoramic view of Camara de Lobos in Portugal
A famous botanical garden in Madeira (Funchal), Portugal
Tables set up at a waterfront restaurant in Madeira (Funchal), Portugal
Things To Do

in Madeira (Funchal)

A woman climbing the staircase at Pico de Areeiro in Madeira (Funchal), Portugal

Get Irrigated

A trip to Madeira isn't complete until you've walked along a levanda. With over 3,000 kilometers of irrigation channels around the island, the routes are endless. Wander deep into chasms, across mountains or through long tunnels, and discover some of the best views on the island.

Ponte do Gabrie on the coast of Portugal

Shipwreck Dives

Strap on your diving gear and jump into the crystal-clear waters of Madeira. Explore shipwrecks like Bowbelle, and observe sea life like anemones, fish and seals with a front-row seat to one of the best diving locations in all of Europe.

View of Madeira (Funchal), Portugal from a mountain

View From the Air

Take to the sky to catch a glimpse of Madeira Island from above. Adrenaline junkies will soar through the heavens while hang-gliding or paragliding over massive mountains and bewitching blue waters. First-timers are welcome, and tandem options with a guide are available.

A round honey cake

Local Cuisine

On Madeira island, you'll find plenty of fresh seafood to sink your teeth into. Try filete de espada, a swordfish filet prepared the Madeiran way, with passion fruit and banana sauce. If that's too sweet for you, try the smoky espetada madeirense, beef cubes on a skewer cooked over wood or charcoal. Got a sweet tooth? Cruise to Madeira to try bolo de mel de cana, the local honey cake.

An assortment of headdresses and hats in Madeira (Funchal), Portugal

Shopping

Shop till you drop on Funchal's main streets. Find regional goods, Portuguese delicacies and international shops in the capital city. For a more local feel, head to Feira da Lagartixa. Cruise to Madeira and try your bartering skills at the flea market on Saturdays, and discover unique treasures to bring back home with you.

INSIDER TIP

Travel from mid-April to mid-May to see the flower festival.

DAY 12 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Couple Enjoying the Sun on the Solarium
Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider

Couple Enjoying the Sun on the Solarium
Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider

THINGS TO DO

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

DAY 13 - DOCKED

La Coruna, Spain

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:30 PM

Big Adventure

Get to know La Coruna by walking the Paseo Maritimo, an ocean-facing promenade that'll take you past some of the city's must-see sights. Pop into the Aquarium Finesterre and say hi to the energetic seals that sun themselves on the outdoor terrace. Climb the hill to the Tower of Hercules, a Roman-era lighthouse that's still in use today. See Celtic artifacts and 16th-century cannons at the fortress of Castillo de San Anton.

Seasdie city view of La Coruna, Spain
View of the harbor of La Coruna, Spain
View of buildings in San Andres de Teixido in La Coruna, Spain

Get to know La Coruna by walking the Paseo Maritimo, an ocean-facing promenade that'll take you past some of the city's must-see sights. Pop into the Aquarium Finesterre and say hi to the energetic seals that sun themselves on the outdoor terrace. Climb the hill to the Tower of Hercules, a Roman-era lighthouse that's still in use today. See Celtic artifacts and 16th-century cannons at the fortress of Castillo de San Anton.

Seasdie city view of La Coruna, Spain
View of the harbor of La Coruna, Spain
View of buildings in San Andres de Teixido in La Coruna, Spain
Things To Do

in La Coruna

A close up view of the Tower of Hercules in La Coruna, Spain

To the Tower

Visit the Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rising between Orzan Bay and Artabro Gulf, it's one of the oldest working lighthouses in the world. It's said that Ireland was discovered from the top of the tower — try to spot it from while you're at the top. Inside you can see remains of its Roman building materials.

View of La Coruna, Spain for San Pedro Park

Hold Down the Fort

Bring a picnic to the former military fort Monte de San Pedro. Today, the site is a picturesque park where you'll find a maze made of Italian plants, a duck pond, a children's playground and a panoramic elevator that takes you up high for the city's best views.

A plate with pulpo a la gallega, grilled octopus, and boiled potatoes

Local Cuisine

Local shellfish is king in La Coruna. Try pulpo a la gallega, Galician-style octopus served with potatoes and spiced with paprika. Explore Calle Estrella, La Coruna's hot spot for tapas. Must-try small plates include navajas — steamed razor clams and tequenos, a flash-fried dough stuffed with melty cheese. Wash it all down with the city's signature beer, Estrella Galicia.

Hand painted ceramic pottery for sale in Spain

Shopping

You'll find good shopping just off the Calle San Andres. La Coruna's Marineda City, not far from the heart of the city, is Spain's largest shopping center complex. It offers shops, restaurants, an ice rink and a movie theater. Calle Real has luxury shops that sell antiques, jewelry, fashion and traditional hand-painted ceramics.

INSIDER TIP

Most shops close for an afternoon siesta of two to three hours.

DAY 14 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

A gang of rockers on stage with their fists up during a We Will Rock You broadway show on a cruise.
Performer doing a stunt on stage during The Gift Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

A gang of rockers on stage with their fists up during a We Will Rock You broadway show on a cruise.
Performer doing a stunt on stage during The Gift Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

THINGS TO DO

Rockers with mohawks singing to We Will Rock You soundtrack in broadway show onboard a cruise ship.
We Will Rock You

DO THE FANDANGO

The Olivier Award winning musical We Will Rock You pits "real music" against futuristic pop, settling the score with killer Queen classics and rock anthems.

A clock and scooter depicted in the Gift Cruise Show poster by Royal Caribbean
The Gift

ENJOY THE PRESENT

Embark on a musical journey of fantasy and illusion that begins one stormy night with the arrival of a magical gift.

Performers on stage with pink lights at night show of Spectras Cabaret on Anthem.
Spectra's Cabaret

LIFE IS A CABARET

Experiential cinema comes alive to pop culture anthems in this mindbending mix of music and tech. Welcome to Spectra's Cabaret.

DAY 15 - Arrival Day

Southampton, England

ARRIVES:
5:30 AM
PRIME ENGLISH

COUNTRYSIDE

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

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