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Travel Review: Canary Islands with AIDAnova 2019

At the end of February we were on a Canary Islands trip with AIDAnova, the newest cruise ship from AIDA Cruises. We have done this tour in 2018 with the AIDAprima, so we knew about what to expect. Nevertheless, we looked forward to the upcoming 7 days and could not wait to finally go.

Before the trip, I introduced you to my packing list for the 7-day journey. Read here how I packed for the trip and what could not be missing.

Itinerary

The itinerary of the 7-day trip was as follows:

DayPortArrivalDeparture
Saturday
(day of arrival)
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria 10:00 pm
Sunday Day at sea
Monday Funchal, Madeira 07:30 am 11:00 pm
Tuesday Day at sea
Wednesday Santa Cruz, Tenerife 05:00 am 10:00 pm
Thursday Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura 09:00 am 09:00 pm
Friday Arrecife, Lanzarote 01:00 am 07:00 pm
Saturday Las Palmas, Gran Canaria 05:00 am

Arrival

We booked the trip as an individual traveler. That means, arrival and departure is on your own. AIDA also offers arrival packages, the shipping company then takes care of booking the flight. Then you don’t have any influence on the flight times, you can only choose the airport.

On saturday morning we were heading for Stuttgart Airport. Unfortunately Condor did not offer in-flight entertainment during the flight, so we had to pass the time with music and a good book. After 4 hours flight time, which passed surprisingly fast, we landed at about 4:00 pm on Gran Canaria. At sunny 23° we took a taxi to the harbour of Las Palmas.

Airplane View

And there it was: the AIDAnova. My first impression: This ship is huge! I knew AIDAprima from last year, but that was one size bigger. The fact that such a huge ship can sail the oceans amazes me again and again.

Sideview of AIDAnova

Immediately after the baggage claim we received our boarding passes and were ready to explore the ship. We first took a look at our cabin (we had booked a veranda cabin on deck 14) before we started strolling across the ship and the first impressions collapsed on us. The evening ended relaxed and we enjoyed the departure of the ship from the port of Gran Canaria with some cocktails aside. Madeira, here we come!

Sunset at Gran Canaria

Exploring the ship

Day 2 of the journey had begun, we were on our way to Madeira. There was a light swell and here and there it was wobbling a bit more than usual. We decided to take a tour of the ship on this day. In my opinion, the ship is a highlight for everone: Those who like to be active can let off steam in the climbing garden or the water slides, while you can relax in the Theatrium with a show in the evening or go for miniature golf. Young and old alike are offered a programme here.

Exploring Madeira

Day 3: we arrived at 06:00 am at the harbour of Funchal/Madeira. The port of Funchal is the most beautiful port on this journey. You have a fantastic view of the city, it’s beautiful.

Funchal, Madeira

We have already booked tickets in advance for a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Thus we could explore Funchal completely for ourselves. First we visited the old town of Funchal and the market hall Mercado dos Lavradores, with its fruit and vegetable stalls and the fish hall. On the way to the cable car, the main attraction of Funchal, we walked through the small streets of the city. If you want to take the cable car up to Monte, you should bring some time with you: The waiting time there is up to 40 minutes. But the time went by faster than we thought (it was not 40 minutes 🙂 ) and we could get into the gondola. With the cable car you have a wonderful view of Funchal and the harbour, it’s really worth a recommendation. At Monte itself we visited the pilgrimage church and then set off for lunch. In the afternoon we strolled along the promenade until we returned to the ship in the evening with a tuk tuk.

Relaxing at the sea

As the day on Madeira was exhausting, the following day at sea was very quiet. After breakfast we played a round of minigolf and afterwards enjoyed a homemade ice cream on board (simply heavenly 🙂 ). In the afternoon we made ourselves comfortable in the Theatrium with a cocktail and watched the interview with the captain of AIDAnova. So we ended the day comfortably and looked forward to the next day – Tenerife.

Tenerife – a beauty in the pacific ocean

Tenerife is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful islands of the Canary Islands. In the north of the island there is the Anaga mountain range, which is very popular for hiking. Beautiful beaches stretches across the south of the island, making it a holiday stronghold.

On Tenerife we made our way to the Loro Parque. This is probably one of the most famous attractions of the island and accordingly it was full. The park offers various shows, we have seen the Orca and Dolphin show. In addition, the birdlife of the park is really impressive and for holidays with children the park is a must.

Wellness at Fuerteventura

On Fuerteventura we had booked a wellness suite for 4 hours in the morning. The suite is truly a piece of luxury that you can treat yourself to on such a journey. The suite can be used by up to 4 people and offers a whirlpool, a waterbed, 2 massage loungers and its own outdoor area on deck with two sun loungers and comfortable armchairs. The price included a breakfast and a bottle of sparkling wine. In addition, all lotions and peelings available in the suite can be used.

In the afternoon we went to the city centre of Puerto del Rosario and along the harbour promenade. In the evening we lay down at the nearby beach and enjoyed the last sunbeams of the day. I took the opportunity to continue writing my travel journal 🙂

Holiday Final at Lanzarote

The last day of the journey has begun – time passes so quickly. On Lanzarote we stayed on the ship, spent the lunch in the Four Elements, the bathing paradise of the ship with its three water slides. The rest of the day we strolled across the ship, drank cocktails and let the holiday pass in review. In the evening we had to pack our suitcases again for the journey home.

All good things must come to an end…

The day has come for us to return home. Our flight to Stuttgart left at 4:00 pm, so we left the ship after lunch and made our way back to the airport of Gran Canaria. The flight, like the outward flight, was quiet and we were tired of the holidays, the impressions and the experiences of the last days. The holiday was again a complete success and it will certainly not be our last cruise.

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