Atlantic Islands 

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Unparalleled variety awaits in the Atlantic Ocean, where the Canary Islands are sure to captivate with their persistently mild weather and contrasting colourful flora, imposing volcanic landscapes and fine, sandy dunes.

The Canary Islands

Columbus visited the Countess la Bobadilla on La Gomera, and Vasco da Gama, the namesake explorer of our ship, made a stop on Tenerife, as did Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin.

On the island of Lanzarote, enjoy one of the most unique experiences in Europe, Timanfaya National Park, where the rugged volcanic landscape still seems to rise-up from deep within the long-cooled lava fields. La Palma, the fifth largest island in the Canaries, also impresses with its rustic rocks, laurel forests, roaring waterfalls and fantastic volcanoes. The second smallest island, La Gomera, is greener and more fertile in the north thanks to the trade winds, while to the south, the sandy beaches are perfect for relaxation.


Picturesque fishing villages, fantastic coastal views, unusual rock formations and roaring waterfalls, there’s so much to see on this gem of an island. Madeira’s capital city of Funchal offers a host of sights as well, including the Sé Cathedral and the famous farmer’s market, filled with everything from exotic fruits to colourful flowers and fresh fish. In the botanical gardens are a magnificent collection of camellias dating back to the turn of the 19th-century, centennial trees, a rose garden and many other charming horticultural designs.

The Azores

Situated a little under halfway to the American mainland, Portuguese seafarers discovered the Azores in the early 15th-century and named the tiny archipelago “Ilhas dos Açores” in honour of the hawks they saw nesting on the islands. It later transpired that the birds were buzzards, but by then the name had stuck. A paradise for nature lovers, a wide variety of endemic plants flourish in the rich volcanic soil, and with a little luck you may also see an Azores noctule, or a Monteiro’s storm petrel, hovering in the Atlantic trade winds.

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