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Sycamoregirl's Port Reviews of Tenerife, Las Palmas, La Palma, Madeira (Funchal), Lanzarote
Thomson Majesty cruise in February 2013
Member Name: Sycamoregirl
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: Sycamoregirl's Thomson Majesty Review
Port Rating: Not Rated

A baggage-handlers' strike meant we were nearly two hours later than planned at the port, and did not have opportunity to explore.

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Las Palmas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Took an open-top bus and jumped off near the cathedral which had a stunning mosaic and a peaceful garden, not much time to explore but a very pleasant afternoon.

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La Palma
Port Rating: Not Rated

It was Sunday, so very quiet, and considering that the island depends on tourism it was surprising that most shops were closed - but everybody needs a day off.
We found a lovely cafe/bar next to a church and enjoyed a delicious, very reasonably priced lunch.

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Madeira (Funchal)
Botanical Garden Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

Too many people in party. Impossible to hear guide, made own way to exit.

Cable Car Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Efficiently run, stunning views. Again, pestered to buy photographs.

Toboggan Rides Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

We felt like cattle being herded around, and, should we go there again, will certainly travel independently.

The toboggan ride is very over-rated and we were pestered to buy photographs.

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Mountain of Fire Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Terrific. Very good value, would recommend it.
Informative and highly efficient guide, full of enthusiasm and in no way pushy. We were told about the island and about its amazing geology. The day started with a camel ride, a quiet sedate ride with a lovely guide who was pleased to take pictures with customers' own cameras. On Fire Mountain, care was taken to ensure everyone had a good view of the demonstrations and there was time to take photographs and enjoy the area.
We were also taken to a wine merchant's, and, unlike in Morocco, we did not feel under pressure to buy.

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