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rozzyb's Port Reviews of Vigo, Lisbon, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Madeira (Funchal)
Independence of the Seas cruise in February 2012
Member Name: rozzyb
Cruise Date: February 2012
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Canary Islands
Member Review: rozzyb's Independence of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
It was Sunday so most of the shops were closed. We got a good flavour of the place though by walking up to the castle and back via some gardens.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Did our own thing & hired a large taxi for 6 of us and did a private tour of the city and all the touristy things. There were plenty of photo stops, chances to go into the cathedrals etc and we had 2 hrs shopping time in the centre before our taxi came to collect us and take us back to the ship. We paid 30 euros each.
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Las Palmas
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Took the number 1 bus to the Old Town and had a wander, called for a drink, did some shopping (I hadn't packed enough short sleeved t-shirts for the warmth we were having so had to buy some more!)Then we headed back to the main centre and walked there, finding the beach and prom area.

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Taganana Walking Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A bus tour through the mountains from the dry arid side of the island through the lush forests and humid mountain tops to Taganana and La Laguna. Had a picnic of local wine, olives, goats cheese and bread but this was a 9.30am!! It would have been better around lunch time. A tour on foot at La Laguna. Visited the convent, church and market before heading back. Had several photo opportunities on the journey

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Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our shortest time on shore, but we knew what we wanted to do and had plenty of time to do it. Took the shuttle bus into town $7 to save time walking in. It was about a mile, but would have used up valuable time, so the bus seemed a good idea.

Took the cable car up to Monte. It costs 10 euro single and 15 euro return. We got single tickets and then made for the toboggan ride back down which was great fun! The toboggan costs 12.5 euros each and is well worth it. It is not at all dangerous and you should not be worried about sustaining any injuries.

There is also a very good botanical garden at Monte, but we didn't go there, although we could see down into it from the terrace at the top. Very nicely landscaped.

We got a taxi back down the latter part of the hill after getting out of the toboggan, again to save time. Taxis are everywhere.

The Old Town is very arty with lots of murals on doorways & walls & lots of interesting individual shops. Found an outdoor bar and sampled some Madeira wine AND brandy at lunch time. Very reasonably priced. We bought a bottle of Madeira to take home and it cost 7 Euros.

A very nice day out.

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