12 Night Discover The Canaries Cruise on Anthem of the Seas from Southampton, England Tenerife, Canary Islands, El Duque beach
The 12 Night Discover The Canaries Cruise from Southampton, England visits Vigo, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Lanzarote, Canary Islands; Gran Canaria, Canary Islands; Tenerife, Canary Islands; Madeira (Funchal), Portugal; Southampton, England. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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12 Night Discover The Canaries Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Anthem of the Seas
Day 1 - Southampton, England
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Vigo, Spain
Day 4 - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Day 7 - Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Day 8 - Tenerife, Canary Islands
Day 9 - Madeira (Funchal), Portugal
Day 10 - 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - Southampton, England
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Tenerife, Canary Islands, El Duque beach
View of El Duque beach at Costa Adeje in Tenerife, Canary Islands
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12 Night Discover The Canaries Cruise

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Leaving from
Southampton, England
Onboard
Anthem of the Seas
Day Port
1
Southampton, England
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Vigo, Spain
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4
Lisbon, Portugal
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8
Tenerife, Canary Islands
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9
Madeira (Funchal), Portugal
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10 - 12
Cruising
Day at sea
13
Southampton, England
Arrives at 5:30 AM
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Your ship Anthem of the Seas

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Anthem of the Seas
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Anthem of the Seas, Aerial view with North Star
An aerial view of Anthem of the Seas with North Star
Get to know
Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas® isn't the same old song. It's a 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.

UPGRADE YOUR PLAY

Defy gravity with a free-falling experience on Ripcord® by iFLY®. Practice your surf skills on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Score views 300 feet above sea level in North Star®. And witness a spellbinding show in Two70®.

A CULINARY CAPITAL AT SEA

This is a culinary scene to rival many metropolitan cities. Get your family-style fix at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, and sip cocktails crafted by robots at the Bionic Bar®. Venture down the rabbit hole at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Or dine like a VIP at Coastal Kitchen — exclusively for suites guests and Pinnacle Club members.

WHOA-WORTHY SHOWS

Settle in for the best of Broadway at Sea. Watch as cinema, pop culture and tech combine in Spectra's Cabaret. Embark on a musical journey of fantasy and illusion in The Gift. And rock out to Queen classics in We Will Rock You.

Day 1: Southampton, England

Day 1
Southampton
England
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Southampton, England, The Bargate gatehouse
The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
Things to do in
Southampton
Departs at 5:00 PM
Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town — walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 — Southampton is where the historic ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.
Southampton, England, Stonehenge
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.
Southampton, England, SeaCity Museum
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.
Southampton, England, The Bargate Close Up View
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.
Southampton, England, Fish and chips
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.
Southampton, England, Various Antiques
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: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Mom and Son on Bumper Cars
Mon and Son Driving and Enjoying the Bumper Cars
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Quantum of the Seas North Star Sunset
Quantum of the Seas North Star Sunset

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.

Solarium

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.
Young Boy being Splashed at the H20 Zone Water Park
Young Boy Testing the Water at the H20 Zone Water Park

H2O ZoneSM Water Park

Splish, splash, kids have a blast at this water park, loaded with interactive geysers shooting out from colorful, climbable creations, plus water cannons, pools, and waterfalls.
Man Arrive on the top of the Rock Wall
Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Vigo, Spain

Day 3
Vigo
Spain
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Vigo, Spain, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Things to do in
Vigo
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The sun will shine upon you as you enter the harbor of Vigo, the largest city in Spain's autonomous Galicia region. Start your adventure by ascending the Castro Fortress — you can take in views of the city and the lushly forested mountains around it from these granite-walled 17th-century fortifications. Then, learn up about the region at one of Vigo's excellent museums: Museo do Mar Galicia features exhibits on the local oceanography and ecosystems, while the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a changing lineup of participatory workshops and installations by innovative artists working today. Later, stretch your legs on the GR-53, a 25-mile path along the coastline and low mountain peaks around the city, or relax by the blue waters of Cies Beach.
Vigo, Spain, Marvao castle and Santa Maria church
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.
Insider tip
Even if you speak Spanish, you'll notice the local language is something a little different: Galician is a unique blend of Portuguese and Spanish.
Vigo, Spain, Monte Real Castle
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.
Insider tip
Be sure to check the schedule for the museums and shopping centers you want to visit — most are closed on holidays.
Vigo, Spain, Cies Islands beach
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.
Vigo, Spain, Oyster platter
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.
Vigo, Spain, Wicker Basket store
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.

Day 4: Lisbon, Portugal

Day 4
Lisbon
Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal, Aerial View
Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
Things to do in
Lisbon
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Lisbon is a quintessential European city, full of natural beauty, historic architecture and culinary pleasures — not to mention one of the best climates anywhere on the planet. To get to know Portugal's capital, walk between the captivating miradouros — terrace viewpoints that are scattered on the hilltops, offering stunning vistas from the sea to the castles and beyond. Watch as the light peeks through the clouds and shines down on The City of Seven Hills during your cruise to Lisbon. If you're a history buff, head to Belem or nearby Sintra to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regalaira.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pena National Palace
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."
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.
Lisbon, Portugal, Tables On A Terrace
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.
Insider tip
Pick up a Lisboa Card for discounts and free entry to big tourist attractions and public transport.
Lisbon, Portugal, Jeronimos Monastery
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.
Lisbon, Portugal, Pasteis De Nata Pastry
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.
Lisbon, Portugal, Souvenir Magnets
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.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Jamie's Italian Bruschetta
Jamie's Italian Bruschetta Close-Up
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Parfait Dessert
Coastal Kitchen, cruise dining Parfait dessert bowl. Served with fresh berries and a thick & creamy Greek-style yogurt.

Coastal Kitchen

Exclusively for suite guests and Pinnacle Club members, Coastal Kitchen fuses Mediterranean influences with farm-fresh flavors from California. Filled with Pacific Coast favorites and Med-inspired entrees, the menu here rotates to spotlight delicious, seasonal ingredients. And you can pair every bite with a glass or bottle of wine off a list that includes vintages from the sun-kissed valleys of Napa to the golden-green hills of Tuscany.
Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chops Grille℠

For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialized in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.
Solarium Bistro Breakfast
Solarium Bistro Buffet Style Breakfast

Solarium Bistro Restaurant

Emphasizing fresh ingredients and Mediterranean flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Solarium Bistro offers a bright and breezy gastronomic getaway at sea. Serve yourself from stations piled high with Med-inspired dishes and savor every bite inside or al fresco beneath the sun — or the stars.
Cafe Two 70 Soup and Sandwich
Cafe Two 70 Soup and Sandwich Lunch

The Café @ Two70

The Café@Two70 is a gourmet marketplace where every meal comes with a side of captivating views. Choose from a variety of savory hot-pressed sandwiches, crisp custom-made salads, homemade soups and more — all packed up picnic-style, so you can enjoy them while looking out floor-to-ceiling windows in Two70® or anywhere else onboard.

Day 6: Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Day 6
Lanzarote
Canary Islands
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Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Papagayo Beach
View of Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Things to do in
Lanzarote
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, is home to gorgeous aquamarine seas, white-sand beaches and nearly year-round sunshine. From that even arose a series of black-ash vineyards that now produce award-winning wines — not to mention strange, haunting beauty. UNESCO has dubbed the island a biosphere reserve protected site, and its remote, wild beaches are the perfect place for a surfing excursion or a simple afternoon spent relaxing at what feels like the edge of the world.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Teguise city center
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.
Insider tip
The best way to explore the island is by renting a car, and bike rentals are also popular and easy.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Cesar Manrique House Museum
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.
Insider tip
There are plenty of reasonably priced taxis.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Whole roasted fish
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.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Traditional Spanish fans
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.

Day 7: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Day 7
Gran Canaria
Canary Islands
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Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Puerto Ricos Beach
Puerto Ricos beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Things to do in
Gran Canaria
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Floating off the west coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is an island where nature's many faces come together. A rocky coastline embraces most of the island, while beaches dot the periphery. Desert-style dunes adorn the south, and leafy mountains crown the center. Outdoor lovers will find spectacular views while they surf, hike, bike or go on a road trip with Canary Islands cruises. Meanwhile, urbanites can stroll through the museum, cafes and town squares of Las Palmas — this cosmopolitan center is the seventh-largest Spanish city, filled to the brim with buildings that make you forget you're on a tiny island.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Santa Ana Square
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.
Insider tip
Be sure to pack sun block — the UV rays aren't messing around in Gran Canaria.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Sand Dunes
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.
Insider tip
If you're planning to head to the mountains, pack a rain jacket: It rains almost every day at higher elevations here.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Puerto de Morgan Coast
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.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Grilled Squid
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.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Ceramic Mugs
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.

Day 8: Tenerife, Canary Islands

Day 8
Tenerife
Canary Islands
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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Las Teresitas beach
Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
Things to do in
Tenerife
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Canary Islands sit more than 1,000 miles from mainland Spain — but as your ship docks at the largest island, Tenerife, you'll feel like you've entered another world. Exploring the island's diverse nature will reinforce this: The landscape here ranges from to deserts to dense forests to spectacular beaches. Cool off in the Bajamar natural salt-water pools, or go scuba-diving among octopus and barracudas in Tabaiba. When you're tuckered out from your adventure, head to a seaside restaurant for a glass of sangria and crusty bread slathered with almagrote, a local hard-cheese spread flavored with tomato, garlic and paprika.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Large outdoor swimming pool
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.
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.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Aerial view of Las Teresitas beach
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.
Insider tip
If you happen to visit Tenerife in February, make sure to check out the island's annual Carnival, a raucous event not to be missed.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Grilled whole fish
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.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Souvenir shells
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.

Day 9: Madeira, Portugal

Day 9
Madeira
Funchal, Portugal
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Madeira (Funchal), Portugal, Panoramic view over Camara de Lobos
A panoramic view of Camara de Lobos in Portugal
Things to do in
Madeira
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Portugal's island of Madeira is an adventure junkie's paradise. Explore this unique island by land, sea or air. Trek the levandas, the island's open canal system, and take in panoramic views of the mountains and the ocean. Dive into the deep blue sea to swim with fish and rare seals with your Madeira cruise. If you're looking for something to spike your adrenaline, soar above the island while hang-gliding or paragliding. In the mood for more low-key exploration? Stop by a local bakery for a slice of queijada, a regional cheescake, and walk along the harbor in Funchal, taking in the 17th-century architecture.
Madeira (Funchal), Portugal, Woman climbing Pico de Areeiro
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.
Insider tip
Travel from mid-April to mid-May to see the flower festival.
Madeira (Funchal), Portugal, Ponte do Gabrie
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.
Insider tip
There are nine tourism offices in Madeira if you need some local information.
Madeira (Funchal), Portugal, View from mountain
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.
Madeira (Funchal), Portugal, Honey Cake
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.
Madeira (Funchal), Portugal, Traditional Headdresses
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.

Day 10 - 12: Cruising

Day 10 - 12
Cruising
At Sea
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We Will Rock You Broadway Show Rockers Mohawks Singing Entertainment
Rockers with mohawks singing to We Will Rock You soundtrack in broadway show onboard a cruise ship.
NIGHTS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
Music Hall
Music Hall

Music Hall

The set list is always changing at Music Hall. Get a front row view from anywhere on the dance floor while cover bands rock like the real thing — or take in the scene in an intimate hideaway corner with your favorite cocktails. This is the premier place for live music lovers.
The Gift Cruise Show With Performer Doing Stunt for Royal Caribbean
Performer doing a stunt on stage during The Gift Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

The Gift

Embark on a musical journey of fantasy and illusion that begins one stormy night with the arrival of a magical gift.
Two70 Starwater Show
Dancer and Singers Performing on the Starwater Show

Two70®

By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views through windows two decks high. By night, the lights go down, the windows become screens and the space comes alive with aerialists, robots and much more. This is Two70® — a place that can take you anyplace.
Anthem of the Seas Skybar North Bar Cocktails
Anthem of the Seas Skybar North Bar Cocktails

North Star Bar

After you’ve taken a ride on the North Star℠, featuring brilliant 360º views from 300 feet above sea level, celebrate your unforgettable ascent with something sparkling, mixed, frosty, or tropical. At North Star Bar, the sips are just as impressive as the sights.

Day 13: Southampton, England

Day 13
Southampton
England
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Southampton, England, Yachts docked at Ocean Village Marina
Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
Things to do in
Southampton
Arrives at 5:30 AM
Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town — walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 — Southampton is where the historic ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.
Southampton, England, Stonehenge
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.
Southampton, England, SeaCity Museum
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.
Southampton, England, The Bargate Close Up View
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.
Southampton, England, Fish and chips
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.
Southampton, England, Various Antiques
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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