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Silver Spirit - Travel Log of Cruise to the Canary Islands, Morocco, and Madeira

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Silversea Silver Spirit docked on the island of Madeira

Silversea Silver Spirit docked on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal

Silver Spirit in Madeira (c) Linda Garrison
Cruise ships sail the oceans of the world, and many vacationers travel to Europe for their cruise vacation, with most sailing the Mediterranean or northern Europe. One enchanting part of the world very familiar to Europeans, but not so familiar to those from the Americas, are the islands that lie off the coast of northwest Africa. The Canary Islands (Spain) and Madeira (Portugal) are popular vacation destinations, and cruise ships sailing to and from Europe often stopover at one or more of the islands when repositioning between Europe and the Caribbean.

A few cruise lines like Silversea Cruises spend a little longer in the area, providing their guests the opportunity to explore several of the islands. I sailed on the Silver Spirit's last European cruise of the year, before she headed for warmer waters in the winter months. It was the first time I had cruised on the 540-guest ship since not long after her launch in December 2009. I'm happy to report that this fabulous luxury ship is as great as I remembered. The suites, common areas, dining venues, and amenities are superb, and the service is impeccable. Anyone who loves a luxury vacation and appreciates the accoutrements found on a small vessel like the Silver Spirit will have memorable experiences on this ship.

One of the things I love about Silversea Cruises is their diverse, creative itineraries, and this one was no different than other Silversea voyages I've enjoyed. Our nine-day cruise had a great mix of ports of call--cities, small towns, and those with alluring culture, history, and natural wonders. We also had a relaxing (and very much needed) day at sea. Click on each link below to view more about our voyage on the Silver Spirit.

  1. Overview of Silver Spirit Cruise
  2. Lanzarote (Canary Islands) - Fire Mountains, Vineyards, and Volcano Tubes
  3. Agadir, Morocco - Fantasia Show and Souk
  4. Casablanca, Morocco - Day Trip to Rabat
  5. Silver Spirit - Day at Sea
  6. Madeira - A Ride on a Toboggan
  7. La Palma (Canary Islands) - Island Highlights
  8. La Gomera (Canary Islands) - Hiking in Garajonay National Park
  9. Tenerife - (Canary Islands) - A Day in Teide National Park

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