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IANP64's Port Reviews of Madeira (Funchal), Tenerife, Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura
Celebrity Eclipse cruise in September 2012
Member Name: IANP64
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: IANP64's Celebrity Eclipse Review
Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Walked into town to the cable car to Monte. At the top walked around the church and took distant photos of the ship. Went down on the wicker sledge and had a great laugh. Not as fast as we thought and in parts the guys had to pull the sledge along due to new tarmac. Seems a tip is required as you alight. Taxis are waiting to take you into the town but we elected to walk. Tough on the knees tho' and you need to be fairly fit as it is quite a jaunt. Toured the fantastic fruit and fish market - marvelled at the choice of fish especially the massive tuna. Found Blandy's Wine Tasting which is worth a visit.
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Port Rating: Not Rated
Walked into town and found a nice park area for a coffee. Went right across the town to the Water Park but failed to find the entrance. Our friends found it and enjoyed it. Walked back to the ship along the waterfront.

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Las Palmas
Port Rating: Not Rated
This was Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. We set off to walk to the old town but gave up due to the heat and the distance. Came back thro' the marina and had a coffee overlooking the boats.Went to the beach opposite the port which was excellent. Protected by a rock wall it was ideal for a dip. Gorgeous beach with loads of loungers and brollies. Enjoyed a few quiet hours here in the sun.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Walked into town - quite a walk to get out of the port. Missed the tiny sign on the right for the exit and walked in a loop until we found it. Poor signing needs a better job. Long walk into town but once we found the little harbour full of colourful little fishing boats we thought it worthwhile. Nice little cafe for a coffee in the far corner. Bought a cheap Casio watch.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Took a taxi from the port to Carijelo, on the north west of the island. Would have been cheaper to hire a car! Fantastic ride towards the beach across a sandy desert that was normal looking sand and not the black sand found in the Canaries. Walked and paddled in the clear warm water until we found a nice shady spot. Swam for ages and had lunch, with fantastic Sangria, in a little beach cafe. They were later doing a barbie but we were too early and too hungry to wait. There were some great apartments next door which we found the phone number for. Great day.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Did the bus tour - plenty to choose from right by the ship. Walked the old town, found a local cafe/bakery whose coffee was the best we have ever tasted and only 1.10 euros a cup! Lisbon is full of places to see and experience and cheaper too than Spanish ports. A word of warning, the map they give you is deceptive as the scale makes everywhere appear closer than it really is. It is a massive city and you can't do it all in a day on foot.

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