Profiles of the
Canaries & Portugal

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Amid the stunning Azores — Europe's best-kept secret — are the islands of Santa Maria and São Jorge. Each offers an incredible experience, from local vineyards where grapes are cultivated in unique, stone volcanic walls to natural swimming pools that entice you and your fellow explorers into an enchanting adventure. Take a 4x4 jeep tour across the captivating landscapes of Praia da Vitória, another of the Azores Islands, exploring rolling hills adorned with vibrant green pastures, orchards and cozy vineyards shielded by striking, black basalt walls. Staying late in Funchal, there's plenty of time for the full Madeira experience, such as visiting the Old Blandy Wine Lodge, a winery that has been in business for over 200 years. With a rich and savory mix of Spanish, African, and Latin American roots, Canarian cuisine entices you and your fellow connoisseurs to dive deep into the local culinary traditions. Join your fellow explorers on a Moroccan tea and bread experience in Tangier, discovering the secrets of making the perfect mint tea and gaining a greater appreciation for the shared ritual.

Cultural Expedition

Las Palmas to Casablanca

April 15, 2025

12 Nights

World Traveller



FREE Cultural Immersion



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NS Navigator Suite $18,499 pp $9,249 pp
DS Discovery Suite $17,499 pp $8,749 pp
JS Journey Suite $16,999 pp $8,499 pp
E1 Horizon Deluxe Stateroom $11,999 pp $5,999 pp
E2 Veranda Deluxe Stateroom $12,499 pp $6,249 pp
A1 Horizon Stateroom $8,999 pp $4,499 pp
A2 Horizon Stateroom $8,499 pp $4,249 pp
B1 Veranda Stateroom $9,499 pp $4,749 pp
B2 Veranda Stateroom $8,999 pp $4,499 pp
AO Adventure Oceanview Stateroom $7,299 pp $3,649 pp

Fares are subject to change at any time without notice. Port charges of $350 per guest are additional.

Apr 15 Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Canary Islands, Spain Depart: 11:00 pm

Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), Canary Islands, Spain

One of Spain’s Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is best known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its capital, Las Palmas, offers some of the best beaches on the island with shorelines bordered by coral barriers that shelter swimmers. Make the trek up to the neighborhoods of San Nicolas and San Juan for remarkable views of the homes below. Within the capital’s heart you can find the Pueblo Canario, a replica of a traditional Canarian village where you can learn about the island’s culture and how it has evolved.

Apr 16 Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain

Formed off the coast of Morocco, the volcanic Canary Islands offer rugged and captivating landscapes with black and white sand beaches. The port city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a rich combination of historical architecture and modern design, leads the way to exploration of the islands, sometimes referred to as the Canaries.

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, lies off the northwest coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. A walk along the Santa Cruz promenade comes with views of lush green flora and rocky mountain peaks against blue sky. Playa Jardin offers spectacular views of black sand dotted with verdant palm trees and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic lapping against the shore, creating a vibrant picture of paradise.

Mount Teide, the highest point of elevation in Spain, offers breathtaking views with a short cable car ride up near its summit. The active volcano offers fertile grounds that are home to over 150 plant species, making it a colorful landscape you will not want to miss. Its walking paths give you the chance to challenge your muscles to the ultimate hike.

The cuisine of the Canary Islands is a rich and savory mix of Spanish, African, and Latin-American foods. Even one of its staple foods, bananas, originated in Asia. This cultural combination of foods makes eating in the Canaries an adventure of its own. With flavors of fish, rice, meat, and locally grown fruits and vegetables, your taste buds will never be bored.
Apr 17 Santa Cruz (La Palma), Canary Islands, Spain Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 3:00 pm

Santa Cruz (La Palma), Canary Islands, Spain

With a historic quarter declared a Historic-Artistic Site, Santa Cruz de la Palma offers colonial homes and paths that invite you to wander through the Canary Islands’ past. Take an invigorating uphill hike to the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves, La Palma’s prime landmark. Over at Maroparque, animal lovers can revel in the rescue center. Displaying an array of wildlife, this small zoo invites you to let out your inner child. Along Playa de Santa Cruz de la Palma, you find a contrasting scene of black-sand beach against a backdrop of verdant hills, a vibrant image you’ll want to get lost in.

Apr 18 Funchal (Madeira), Portugal Arrive: 11:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Funchal (Madeira), Portugal

The lava-formed landscapes of the island of Madeira call out to explorers to discover its lush scenery and rugged coastlines. The island’s capital and biggest town, Funchal, offers invigorating adventures like an elevated cable car ride ascending the green slopes up to Monte for incredible sky-high views. As you rise to the top you see a sprawling, lively city and at the end of the ride, the Madeira Botanical Gardens await with enchanting flora. You can find your way back down with a wooden toboggan ride. For the full Madeira experience, visit the Old Blandy Wine Lodge, a winery that has been in business for over 200 years.

Apr 19 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Apr 20 Santa Maria Island (Azores), Portugal Arrive: 9:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Santa Maria Island (Azores), Portugal

Amid the stunning Azores — Europe’s best-kept secret — is the charming island of Santa Maria, the oldest of the archipelago’s isles. It’s home to the Azores’ only white-sand beaches, including the beautiful Formosa Beach, whose waters beckon you and your fellow explorers for a swim. Nearby, the Macela viewpoint offers panoramic vistas as far as the eye can see, inviting a sense of pure exploration. Gather your fellow explorers for an adventure to the local Maia’s vineyards, where grapes are cultivated in unique, stone volcanic walls known as currais. The wine produced on this island, “vinho de cheiro,” is only produced for domestic consumption. Find your way to São Brás Fort, a 16th-century defense against pirate attacks that has stood the test of time and holds its place in history as an important site from the Age of Discovery.

Apr 21 São Jorge Island (Azores), Portugal Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

São Jorge Island (Azores), Portugal

Amid the stunning archipelago of the Azores is São Jorge Island, providing impressive views of all its sister islands atop its lush hills. Known as the "Dragon Island" for its connection to the lore of Saint George the dragon slayer, and its patron saint, São Jorge inspires a sense of magic and mystery. The historic city center of Velas invites you and your fellow explorers to stroll its streets in search of local favorites among the bars and restaurants. The path may lead you to the Jardim da República, a verdant paradise amid the stone walkways. Home to Europe’s only artisanal coffee plantation, Fajã dos Vimes, the island beckons you to savor the incredible taste and aroma of locally grown coffee as you discover the fertile, cooled lava fields where the fruit grows. The Preguiça natural swimming pools entice you and your new friends with the promise of an enchanting adventure amid the Azores’s natural beauty.

Apr 22 Praia da Vitoria (Azores), Portugal Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 3:00 pm

Praia da Vitoria (Azores), Portugal

Along the eastern shore of the Azores’ Terceira Island sits Praia da Vitória. Amid its picturesque main square, you find the charming parish church with Manueline architecture, a Gothic doorway and a golden Baroque side chapel. From the Serra do Cume Viewpoint you’ll see verdant stretches of valleys and fields that offer an expansive perspective of the vila. Concrete platforms built into lava rocks along the oceanside create an astonishing scene at the nearby Praia dos Biscoitos, where the waves crash against the volcanic shoreline. Make your way toward the center of the island for a hiking adventure around Furnas de Enxofre, where volcanic activity occurs as hot springs and sulfurous fumaroles

Apr 23 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Apr 24 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Apr 25 Portimão, Portugal Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Portimão, Portugal

Along the southwestern coast of the Algarve region of Portugal lies the vibrant port city of Portimão, equal parts history come to life and modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar contain prehistoric remnants of the country’s beginnings while Praia da Rocha (Rock Beach) presents the quintessential beach scene that makes this an ideal, tropical getaway. Not far from here you’ll find Praia dos Três Castelos, a beach well-known for its strange and dramatic rock formations of limestone. Located in the urban setting of Portimão, the Fort of Santa Catarina creates a stark contrast with its medieval construct, where walking the ancient paths call to your inner child and make you feel a sense of wonder and imagination.

Apr 26 Tangier, Morocco Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Tangier, Morocco

A Moroccan port in the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier has acted as the connection between Europe and North Africa since Phoenician times. It’s also a less-traveled port, so it offers a more authentic feel to city life in Morocco. Wander the medina to lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets leading to the Grand Socco marketplace. The Kasbah Museum, the old sultan’s palace restored to its former glory, contains a dazzling array of detailed maps, mesmerizing courtyards and signature Moorish architecture. Explore the Caves of Hercules, near Cap Spartel just outside of Tangier city limits.

Apr 27 Casablanca, Morocco Arrive: 8:00 am

Casablanca, Morocco

Iconic in its own right, the Moroccan city of Casablanca is a pillar of the local culture before French colonization. Marrakesh, meanwhile, offers an abundance of classical, Moorish architecture and the breathtaking gardens of the Bahia Palace dating back to the 12th century. The energy hums amid the Central Market of Casablanca and your senses are enthralled at Marrakesh’s Jemaa el-Fnaa. The monumental Hassan II mosque is a triumph of traditional, Moorish architecture combined with innovations of the 20th century. Known for having the largest minaret in the world and towering above the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a magnificent sight from afar, but a closer look inside provides an even grander sight, as its glass floor gives way to views of the Atlantic beneath its foundations

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