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mfs1011's Port Reviews of Las Palmas, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Vigo
Independence of the Seas cruise in April 2012
Member Name: mfs1011
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: mfs1011's Independence of the Seas Review
Las Palmas
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
An easy port for access to shops and the beach. Lots of announcements on the beach about jellyfish which scared some from swimming. I saw one dead jellyfish on the beach and none in the water.

There's shopping mall within easy walking distance which is good for WiFi and your usual selection of Spanish shops.

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Tenerife
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We hired a car from Cicar, located in the Ferry Terminal near the dock. Cheap prices and good terms. Book online in advance.

There is a great locals beach north of Santa Cruz which is about 10 minutes drive from the port north of Santa Cruz on the TF11

http://g.co/maps/e6sw5

We drove up to Mt Teide in our hire car and then hit the beach.

Would it be possible for Indy to call into Los Cristianos rather than Santa Cruz? The weather in the south is far better.

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Lanzarote
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Arrecife is a commercial centre with little to commend it, so again we hired a car from Cicar for a reasonable price. We walked 50 yards from the ship to the car hire office and we were on the road 10 minutes later.

From there you can pretty much reach anywhere in the island in under an hour.

We suggest a visit to Jameos del Agua or Timanfaya if you are not a beach type. The beach at Costa Teguise isn't bad or Puerto del Carmen isn't far either.

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Vigo
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Vigo is a commercial port that is cashing in on the cruise market. There is a shopping mall right outside the cruise terminal and further afield there is a shopping precinct with a reasonable choice of shops. We simply strolled ashore in the limited time we had.

There are some decent taperias within easy walking distance. At Matalanza we had complimentary snack tapas with €3 glasses of wine. Bargain.

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