Warm year-round temperatures are a feature of a cruise to the Canary Islands and Madeira, which lie off the northwest coast of Africa. It's why they remain 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 cruise ship.
For dazzling floral displays Madeira cannot be beaten. Whether you visit the Botanical Gardens, and there are several to choose from, or simply walk through the town, the exotic flora is rich, gaudy and vivid. The “Bird of Paradise Flower” is so lifelike you will not believe it cannot fly.La Palma is one of the smaller and less well known islands of the Canaries. For such a small land mass it has a varied landscape of black sand volcanic beaches and diverse plant life to intrigue and fascinate discerning visitors.
Whale watching excursions are possible off the shores of all the islands. The anticipation of the majestic creatures surfacing is heightened when you hear the mystical blow and feel the spray when they come up for air. Dolphins too swim in the waters and seem to frolic and play when they have an appreciative audience.