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nw_man's Port Reviews of Vigo, Lisbon, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Madeira (Funchal)
Independence of the Seas cruise in January 2012
Member Name: nw_man
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: nw_man's Independence of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Not much in Vigo really, a nice fort at the top of a large hill with spectacular views. Its not walk able if you aren't fit, trust me. A lot of steps. They have also made a reconstruction of an Iron / Bronze Age settlement that they have unearthed at the site. The usual shops etc. We have seen it now, we probably wouldn't return.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We took a ships excursion in the morning, it started well with a visit to the wonderful Belem Tower, then a drive to Estoril, which totally underwhelmed us. Not really worth the money to be honest.

In the afternoon we took a FREE walking tour with a guy called Uwe, and it was brilliant. Uwe took us all over Lisbon, showing us sights and telling us information we would never have got for ourselves.

The downside of Lisbon was the distance from dock to centre. A fair way indeed, NOT walkable at all. We took a cab there for 10 Euros but the tram return for about 3 Euro, much better !

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
I am rating Lanzarote a 3/5 as the port itself, Arrecife, is not much to write home about. It's a bit of a walk from port to town centre and so having been there a lot before we took a very cheap cab to Costa Teguise, the next town down the coast.

Cab cost 7 Euro one way.

Costa Teguise is absolutely idyllic, pedestrianised sea front, gorgeous beach, excellent weather and cheap beer ! What more could you ask for ?

Possibly our best day of the entire cruise.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Ahhh, Tenerife, one of the most driest and pleasant places on earth.

IT RAINED. HARD. All day !

Hired a cab driver to take us on a tour of the north and west sides of the island, got to La Laguna, a world heritage site supposedly and was totally under whelmed, mind you it was bucketing down with rain and I was dressed suitably for the occasion in t-shirt and shorts..... it was sunny when I got off the boat !

Then we went to Puerto De La Cruz ( with several stops along the way such as La Oratava ) and had a really good afternoon watching massive waves crash against the sea defences.

Wandered the town, had a little drink, people watched.

A good day despite the rain.

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Las Palmas
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Again, been here before so decided to take a ships excursion round the island for the morning. Not very good.

Got back to Las Lamas lunchtime, and walked into town, it has a nice long beach area, shops and bars etc.

Also an amazing science museum type place :)

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Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Madeira, what a beautiful island.

Gorgeous, stunning, exceptional.

Once again we did our usual and haggled a taxi driver who gave us the most brilliant island tour. For 100 Euro Gabriel the driver took 4 of us on an extensive trip, we even tipped generously.

Saw the 2nd highest cliff in Europe, and hung off its edge... an amazing fishing village, a medieval church, some crazy people hurtling down the streets in wicker baskets ( one crashed into a car lol ) and still had time for the fish market and some shopping before we reluctantly set sail.

We will be back.

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