Canary Islands Seeing Record Cruise Traffic


A major winter cruise destination in Europe, the Canary Islands is seeing record-breaking traffic for the 2022-2023 season.

Capacity Breakdown:

AIDA Cruises
Ships: Four – AIDAnova, AIDAsol, AIDAbella and AIDAstella
Homeports: Puerto del Rosario, St. Cruz de Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Hamburg (Germany)
Itinerary highlights: Funchal, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Puerto del Rosario, Arrecife and more

AIDA Cruises has two ships sailing regularly in the Canary Islands this winter, including the AIDAsol and the AIDAnova – the largest ship sailing in the region.

In addition to the Canaries-based ships, the AIDAbella is also visiting the destination during its winter program. Sailing roundtrip from Germany, the vessel offers a 21-night voyage to Iberia and the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Iberian Peninsula in March.

A fourth vessel, the AIDAstella is also offering longer itineraries to the region sailing from Palma de Mallorca, its homeport in the Mediterranean.

TUI Cruises
Ships: Three – Mein Schiff 4, Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff Herz
Homeports: Grand Canaria and Tenerife (Spain); Bremerhaven (Germany)
Itinerary highlights: La Gomera, La Palma, Puerto del Rosario, Arrecife, Funchal, Mindelo, Praia, Agadir and more

The Mein Schiff 4 and the Mein Schiff Herz are spending the winter season sailing in the Canaries for TUI Cruises.

Offering regular cruises in the region, the vessels sail from two different homeports – Grand Canaria and Tenerife – and also visit other nearby destinations such as Madeira, Morocco and the Cape Verde archipelago.

The Mein Schiff 3 is also set to visit the region in early 2023, as part of its program of longer roundtrip cruises departing from Germany.

P&O Cruises
Ships: Five – Azura, Iona, Arvia, Ventura and Aurora
Homeports: Tenerife (Spain); and Southampton (England)
Itinerary highlights: Gran Canaria, La Palma, Arrecife, Puerto del Rosario, Funchal, Arrecife and more

With the Azura based in the destination for the first time, P&O Cruises is deploying five ships in the Canary Islands this season.

Sailing from Tenerife on a weekly basis, the vessel is being joined by the Iona, the Ventura and the Aurora, which offer longer cruises to the Canaries from P&O’s homeport in Southampton as part of their broader winter programs.

Before repositioning to the Caribbean in January, the new Arvia also visited the region during its maiden voyage.

Marella Cruises
Ships: One – Marella Explorer
Homeports: Gran Canaria and Tenerife (Spain)
Itinerary highlights: La Gomera, Arrecife, Puerto del Rosario, Funchal, Agadir and more

Marella Cruises is offering fly-cruises to the Canary Islands onboard the Marella Explorer.

Spending the entire winter season in the region, the vessel offers three different seven-night itineraries to popular destinations in the Atlantic, including not only the Canaries, but also the Madeira Island and Morocco.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Ships: One – Norwegian Sun
Homeports: Tenerife, Málaga and Tenerife (Spain); Lisbon (Portugal)
Itinerary highlights: Cádiz, Gibraltar, Arrecife, Puerto del Rosario, Gran Canaria, Casablanca, Agadir and more

After seeing its program in Asia cancelled, the Norwegian Sun is spending the winter season sailing in the Canaries.

Offering ten- and 11-night cruises, the vessel sails to varied destinations in the region, including the Spanish archipelago as well as Madeira, Gibraltar and Morocco, in addition to continental Spain and Portugal.

Other cruise lines sailing in the region this winter include:

  • Azamara
  • Saga Cruises
  • Olsen Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Cunard Line
  • CroisiEurope
  • Sea Cloud
  • Costa Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Nicko Cruises


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