The Canary Islands present often overlooked but beautiful destinations. Warm throughout the year, these islands offer stunning beaches and fauna which make these island's cruise favourites.
The warm winter months and steady ocean breezes of the summer lend themselves to cruise holidays in the region at all times of the year. However, the Canary Islands tend to enjoy warmer winter temperatures than Madeira, and Gran Canaria is usually a little warmer and sunnier than Tenerife, although the tax free shopping options available in both of the latter ports tend to wash away gloom about chillier weather. Voyage durations between the islands are relatively short and so ships tend to make use of sheltered waters..
For those who are interested in sailing on a cruise around the Christmas and New Year period, this is definitely an itinerary not to be missed. There are many celebrations on the islands around this time of year and Funchal is regarded as one of the most visually spectacular New Year's fireworks displays in the world.