This fun cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona includes stops at Madeira, the Canary islands of Tenerife and Lanzarotte, and the towns of Agadir and Casablanca in Morocco. And towards the end of the cruise you dock at Cadiz from where you can take a tour to explore the lovely Spanish city of Seville. There are also two full days at sea during this 10 night voyage giving you plenty of time to relax and make the most of all the wonderful facilities on board the fabulous Seven Seas Explorer.
Your cruise begins in the Portuguese capital with plenty of time to explore before setting sail. Legend has it that Ulysses founded Lisbon, calling it Olisipo. Others claim that the name is Phoenician, but all agree it’s one of Europe’s most fascinating destinations. The elegant ‘City of Explorers’ overlooks the River Tagus, and has lots of distinctive neighbourhoods. Tour the Alfama with its winding streets stroll to Bairro Alto and hear Portugal’s Fado music, see the lavish palace of Queluz and Sintra’s Royal Palace.
Today is your first full day at sea and a good time to discover all that this modern cruise liner has to offer as you sail across the Atlantic. Food plays an important part of every cruise and at the ship's Culinary Arts Kitchen you can learn how to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes in a welcoming environment reminiscent of the most prestigious cooking schools in the world in both layout and design. And when you are not preparing meals you can dine at one of the eight specialist restaurants on board.
Your first port of call on the cruise is Funchal, capital of the island of Madeira, which is often described as the “Island of Eternal Spring.” Entirely volcanic in origin, the soil combines with the mild climate to produce an abundance of green as well as multi-coloured vegetation. The rugged landscape, scenic fishing villages, magnificent vistas and ideal climate bring the island fame as a year-round resort. Before leaving this panoramic Atlantic isle, be sure to sample a glass of the famous Madeira wine.
Santa Cruz de la Palma
Today you can discover gorgeous Santa Cruz de La Palma with its colourful buildings, 18th century mansions with wrought-iron balconies draped with lush bougainvillea, dramatic volcanic mountains, and fertile green valleys set amid a pristine turquoise sea. Explore the star-shaped 17th Century Castillo de Santa Catarina fortress, visit the Moorish influenced Iglesia de El Salvador to admire the luminous stained-glass windows and stroll along O’Daly Street browsing through boutiques and artisan shops.
Today the Seven Seas Explorer docks on the popular holiday island of Tenerife. Here you can experience the island's privileged setting which allows you to enjoy beautiful beaches such as las Teresitas; admire the enchanting Orchid Gardens, founded in 1774 as a historic English garden, or visit the awesome Teide National Park, the symbol of the island. There are lots of tours available today and they can can all be booked on board.
Discover exotic Arrecife with its modern, yet relaxed attitude rising pristine and white against a barren volcanic landscape along a turquoise bay. Visit Timanfaya National Park and marvel at the twisted lava formations and caves, explore El Charco de San Gines, a salt-water lagoon filled with colourful fishing boats, visit the International Museum of Modern Art in the Castle of San Jose, and the Archaeological Museum in the Castle San Gabriel. And enjoy tapas and a glass of wine at one of the seaside cafés.
Located along North Africa's Atlantic coastline in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, Agadir was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1961 demolished most of the historic Portuguese, Arab and French colonial structures. Modern Agadir is a posh, upscale resort offering golden sand beaches and activities from tennis, horse riding and golf. Visitors looking for a memento can bargain in the colourful souks and excursions can take you to ageless Berber villages, or scenic Souss Valley and the High Atlas.
You've seen the film, now visit the place for real. Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and industrial centre. Its renaissance came with the French protectorate under its first resident general, Lyautey. It was largely his ideas on public works and the layout of the new city which gave Casablanca its wide boulevards, public parks and fountains, and imposing Moresque civic buildings. Lots to see and do today so Play it Again Sam!
Lots of choices today when you arrive at Cadiz. Andalusia's world-renowned capital, has undergone major restoration in recent years. Palm trees, gracious squares, flower-filled parks, ubiquitous red-tile roofed buildings, and bustling street markets make this a most delightful port and the old town, on the tip of the peninsula, is buzzing with beautiful, lively plazas. From here you can also take a day trip to Seville, where you can visit the beautiful Alcazar and the majestic cathedral with its huge tower.
The second of your two full days at sea so make the most of it as you cruise past the Balearic Islands towards Barcelona. The ultimate indulgence is a day at the serene Canyon Ranch spa, where you can choose from an array of experiences such as signature massages and therapeutic bodywork, aromatherapy, ayurvedic and seaweed treatments, as well as facials. There is also a fitness centre and jogging track and great on board entertainment throughout the day and night.
Your cruise comes to an end today when you arrive at Barcelona, one of Europe’s most stunning cities. Barcelona balances the medieval intimacy of its Gothic Quarter with the grace and distinction of the wide boulevards. It was the home of architect Antoni Gaudí, whose Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell and Casa Milà are must visits. View the splendid works at the Picasso Museum and discover the city's passionate ambiance at a flamenco show before heading to the airport for your flight home.