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Richard Barrett's Port Reviews of Madeira (Funchal), La Palma, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Lisbon
Oceana cruise in November 2011
Member Name: Richard Barrett
Cruise Date: November 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: Richard Barrett's Oceana Review
Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Having been there several times, we know what to expect. However this time was the first for my wife taking ashore here mobility scooter...not a good thing as most of the pavements are small cobbled stones which gave a bumpy ride. A good way to see the town is the Red Sightseeing bus which can be taken from near the exit of the port gates. To walk from the ship to the centre takes only about 15/2 minutes.

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La Palma
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Had not been there before. Again took the mobility scooter, so it was only relatively short walk to the centre. A delightful old town.
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Las Palmas
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Within a short 10 minute walk from the ship is a delightful long town beach stretching some 2 or more miles of promenade dotted with several cafes and restaurants. We took the Red Sightseeing bus which went from just outside the gangways of the ship. Very handy. However, it takes you around very congested concrete lined buildings so there is not really much to see...not really a good idea. Best to head for the town beach, do a bit of retail therapy on the way, and brunch and swim at the beach.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Tenerife...this time we went on the Excursion down to Playa de Americas in the south of the island some one hour away. Well worth the trip. Beautiful curved promenades with lovely restaurants along it...marble tiled pavements, manicured flower beds, good looking shops.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Lisbon is such a lovely place having been there very many times before.However, this time it was Christmas Eve and there was simply no one about (11-3ish).We still enjoyed our visit but we felt sorry for the shopkeepers. Just outside the port are the Red Sightseeing buses and this particular port of call has a lot to offer and so a trip on the hop on and off bus is well worthwhile as it is such a lovely City.

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