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Auntiebones's Port Reviews of Las Palmas, La Palma, Madeira (Funchal)
Thomson Majesty cruise in April 2013
Member Name: Auntiebones
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: Auntiebones's Thomson Majesty Review
Las Palmas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This was an easy port to DIY. We walked off the ship and into the town within five minutes. A short stroll through the shops and we reached the beach for a couple of hours sun bathing and playing in the soft white sand. We popped into the main shopping centre but were unimpressed. A lot of shops unoccupied and certainly no Wow factor. But we did get a free WiFi signal.

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La Palma
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
We were lucky that we docked on the first Sunday of the month as the local craft market was on. A wide variety of homemade goods and car boot sale items. Free samples of liqueurs and a band playing. We then walked down the main street called O'Daly street. Keep going right and you reach Columbus's ship or at least a full size replica. You cant climb on board but walk up to the fort and you can look down on it. A beer at the street cafee by the Columbus ship was 5 euros. Walk back down to the front and get your pint for 1 euro or an amazing hot chocolate for 1 euro 50cent. We only had a few hours at this port but that was more than enough as there was very little to see.
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Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We had a 20 minute walk from the ship to get into the main town. We were pestered by two men holding birds of prey and a camera. A firm no thank you was needed. We also came across a few beggar's. A clean looking town with a few market stalls. We carried on to the Cable Car, another 15 minutes away. We queued for about 20 minutes but it was worth it for a scenic ride up into the mountains. Not suitable for any one with vertigo. It was much colder at the top and I wished I had taken a jacket. 10 euros one way or 12.5 euro for a round trip. Plus 10 euros for a photo of you on the cable car. We had a look around. it was another 10 euros if you wanted to go into the gardens. We made our way towards the toboggans and queued again. 15 euros each to ride half way down, but for a seven minute and 13 seconds ride it was well worth it. Oh and surprise, surprise another 10 euros for another photo. Now you have a choice, a 10 euro taxi to the bottom of the very steep hill or walk it for 20 minutes, strain your calf muscles and dodge the speeding taxis followed by a 30 minute walk back to the ship. We walked down and then I limped for the next three days.

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