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About Fuerteventura

The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary Islands -- 665 square meters -- and is the closest to the coast of Africa, with Morocco just 65 miles away. Around 100,000 people call Fuerteventura home, yet the goat population exceeds the number of humans. The islanders say Fuerteventura has the best climate of the Canary Islands. It certainly does not rain much, and the island has no permanent rivers, although dry riverbeds suggest that the skies open at least occasionally. The island is mountainous but offers good beaches and it's heaven for windsurfers, thanks to strong and steady winds on the south coast.

Tourism is the biggest industry on the island, and Fuerteventura has been a destination for package holidays since 1968. Today, the principal resorts are in the south and the north, while Puerto de Rosario, the small capital and the place where your ship docks, is located on the northwest coast.

Puerto del Rosario was known as Puerto de Cabras (port of goats) until 1956, when it adopted its current and more pleasant name, port of the rosary. The town has two notable sites, the home of the exiled poet Miguel de Unamuno, which is now a museum. The other is the culture center (Casa de la Cultura), where exhibitions, plays and concerts are held. However, planners recognize the need to develop the town to make it more attractive to visitors, and there are plans to build a municipal park and a quarter to serve the tourist industry.

Although tourism started in Fuerteventura quite late, there were many earlier visitors. These included the guanches, a people who came from Africa and who were the first humans to inhabit the island. In 1352, missionaries from Catalonia landed on the island, but they left after only a few years. In 1402, the Norman knight Jean de Bethencourt landed there under the sponsorship of the king of Castile. His force of 63 quickly conquered most of the island, although the mountainous interior took a little bit more work to bring under Bethencourt's control. Unlike in the cases of many islands conquered by Europeans, other powers showed little interest in Fuerteventura, and it has always remained under Castilian and, following the reconquista of 1492, Spanish rule.

Puerto del Rosario, the main town, has little to offer and so it pays off to explore rather than stay in the town. You can get a good glimpse of this island in just a day along scenic drives through its mountainous inner regions, where there are few signs of human activity. Expect to find great sand dunes, swimming and other outdoor activities.


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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Palma de Mallorca
    Visiting:
    Alicante, Malaga ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AIDA
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    8 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (AIDA)
    • Day 1
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 2
      Alicante
    • Day 3
      Malaga
    • Day 4
      Malaga
    • Day 5
      Cadiz
    • Day 7
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 8
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 8
      Lanzarote
    • Day 9
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
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    AIDAcara - AIDA

    First ship for what's now Germany's largest cruise line

    Caters to German-speaking Europeans

    Ultra-casual vibe appeals to young, active cruisers

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    Sail Date Dec 2013
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Las Palmas
    Visiting:
    San Sebastian, Tenerife ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AIDA
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    14 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (AIDA)
    • Day 1
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
    • Day 2
      San Sebastian
    • Day 3
      Tenerife
    • Day 4
      La Palma
    • Day 6
      Ponta Delgada
    • Day 7
      Ponta Delgada
    • Day 8
      Praia da Vitoria
    • Day 10
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 11
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 13
      Lanzarote
    • Day 14
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 15
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
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    AIDAcara - AIDA

    First ship for what's now Germany's largest cruise line

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Las Palmas
    Visiting:
    San Sebastian, Cape Verde ... see more
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    AIDA
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    14 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (AIDA)
    • Day 1
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
    • Day 2
      San Sebastian
    • Day 5
      Cape Verde
    • Day 6
      Mindelo (Sao Vicente)
    • Day 9
      Tenerife
    • Day 10
      El Hierro
    • Day 11
      La Palma
    • Day 12
      Lanzarote
    • Day 13
      Lanzarote
    • Day 14
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 15
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
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    AIDAcara - AIDA

    First ship for what's now Germany's largest cruise line

    Caters to German-speaking Europeans

    Ultra-casual vibe appeals to young, active cruisers

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 6
      Gran Canaria
    • Day 7
      Tenerife
    • Day 8
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
    • Day 9
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 10
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      La Coruna
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Southampton
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    Queen Victoria - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

    Cons

    Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

    Bottom line

    Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere

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    Queen Victoria Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Like P&O with bells on, except for the restaurant which was abit crap ..
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Third time on Victoria and still good
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  • 35 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Corsica, Marseille ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    35 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Corsica (Ajaccio)
    • Day 3
      Marseille
    • Day 4
      Barcelona
    • Day 5
      Valencia
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Casablanca
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Lanzarote
    • Day 10
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cape Verde
    • Day 14
      Cape Verde
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 18
      Tenerife
    • Day 19
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Praia da Vitoria
    • Day 22
      Ponta Delgada
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Cruising
    • Day 25
      Lisbon
    • Day 26
      Lisbon
    • Day 27
      Seville
    • Day 28
      Malaga
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 32
      Catania
    • Day 33
      Naples
    • Day 34
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 35
      Genoa
    • Day 36
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Costa Luminosa - Costa Cruises

    Vibrant nightlife that lasts from dusk to (almost) dawn

    Fabulous pizza and pasta

    Relatively liberal policies for smokers

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    Costa Luminosa Reviews

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    3.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    Costa Luminosa, a twin to Costa Deliziosa, is a warm, whimsical ship with a simple layout that'...

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    Ladyinflight
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    It was alright.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Exceeded expectations, I want to go back !!!!
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Cunard Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (Cunard Line)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 6
      Gran Canaria
    • Day 7
      Tenerife
    • Day 8
      Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
    • Day 9
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 10
      Madeira (Funchal)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      La Coruna
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Southampton
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Hamburg
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    Queen Victoria - Cunard Line

    Pros

    Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

    Cons

    Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

    Bottom line

    Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere

    Reviews

    Queen Victoria Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Queen Victoria enjoyed a $40 million refurbishment in 2017, which involved slicing off the back...

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    plodus
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Mostly great!
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    bobcat131
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Never again on Cunard
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Florence
    Visiting:
    Genoa, Marseille ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 2
      Genoa
    • Day 3
      Marseille
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 7
      Tenerife
    • Day 8
      Lanzarote
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Malaga
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Costa Favolosa - Costa Cruises

    Fourth ship in Costa's Concordia class

    Plenty of bars, lounges and discos

    Teen area has PlayStations, dance club & 4D cinema

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    Costa Favolosa Reviews

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    Costa Favolosa, the fourth ship in Costa Cruises' Concordia class, launched July 2011. The 114,...

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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    7 Nights Cruise to North Europe on Costa Favalosa
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Enjoyable interlude.
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Fuerteventura

    Leaving:
    Genoa
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Fuerteventura ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    11 Night Cruise to Fuerteventura Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Genoa
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Fuerteventura
    • Day 6
      Tenerife
    • Day 7
      Lanzarote
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Malaga
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 12
      Genoa
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    Costa Favolosa - Costa Cruises

    Fourth ship in Costa's Concordia class

    Plenty of bars, lounges and discos

    Teen area has PlayStations, dance club & 4D cinema

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    Costa Favolosa Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    0.0/5

    Costa Favolosa, the fourth ship in Costa Cruises' Concordia class, launched July 2011. The 114,...

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    Upset Cruisers
    Sail Date Oct 2018
    If you're English Speaking AVOID COSTA!!!!!!!!!
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    Sail Date Oct 2018
    Never again with Costa..
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