The Norwegian Sun is a lovely fairly small ship with a maximum capacity of 1,936 passengers but it seemed really spacious as it was just 80% full. It was built in 2001 but refitted in 2018, so looked like new (after a 2 year pause for COVID). Embarkation in Lisbon was very easy and the 8 day cruise finished at Málaga having visited Madeira and various Canary Islands.
In November 2022, passengers on Spanish and Canary Islands public transport were still required to wear face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID but this was not required on board the ship.
We were surprised to find that the Canary Islands are on the same time zone as the UK (and Portugal) being one hour behind most of Europe.
9106 is a 4 berth cabin used as 2 berth, so there was plenty of room. The bathroom was tiny but worked well.
A sunny 23 degrees C in November cannot be bad, so we enjoyed their famous custard tarts with coffee and explored the town. The flower sellers in their national dress were not in their usual spot as the road was being got ready for a Christmas Market. We did, however, see them in the main market, surrounded by numerous fruit stalls selling figs and dates.
The ship docked at Santa Cruz within easy walking distance of the town. It is a pleasant town with some interesting old buildings, so we simply walked around the roads that run north and south for about 1 Km near the port. The small indoor market, which is not far from the port was worth a visit. We contemplated getting the (number 103) bus to Puerto de la Cruz but the idea was "rained off".