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LadyGM's Port Reviews of Madeira (Funchal), Tenerife, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, La Palma
Thomson Celebration cruise in February 2009
Member Name: LadyGM
Cruise Date: February 2009
Embarkation: Funchal
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: LadyGM's Thomson Celebration Review
Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our tour in Funchal included a cable ride up to a small village where we could hurtle back down in a toboggan. The views of the island whilst in the cable car were pretty spectacular.

The tour also included entrance to the Botanical Gardens where we were amazed at some of the plants that were in full bloom although it was early February.

We ended the tour with some Madeira wine tasting - very pleasant!

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Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
The island of Tenerife was a great disappointment for us. We had been particularly looking forward to seeing Mount Teide, but our tour was cancelled as heavy snow and bad weather had resulted in the Mount Teide National Park being closed for safety reasons.

Instead we had free time in Tenerife and we stayed in the capital, visiting a couple of museums and galleries.

We would like to visit Tenerife another time, and if we get a chance to visit Teide, then our rating for this port of call will rise to 5+.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

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Las Palmas
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Las Palmas in Gran Canarias was a fascinating place to visit. The main reason for our visit was to see the Bandama crater. The drive up and then back down was hair-raising to say the least. Our driver was to be congratulated for successfully negotiating all the hairpin curves and other obstacles.

The beautiful houses and public buildings in Gran Canaria were also explained to us by our knowledgeable guide. We visit the house, now a museum, that Columbus once stayed in and this helped us to appreciate the role of the Canary Islands in history.

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La Palma
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Being volcano enthusiasts, in La Palma we chose the tour that would take us to see some of the islands craters and calderas. We also visited a small botanical garden and an area that highlighted the varying architecture of the Canaries.

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