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EU Western and Atlantic Islands icover the Atlantic Islands in the South, ranging up the Atlantic Coast of Europe from Spain to Germany.
The Atlantic Islands comprise of the Canaries and Madeira, and are located off the north west coast of Africa. Cruises here also often include a visit to African ports, particularly Casablanca.
These cruises are often escapes from the colder weather in Northern Europe
Western Europe cruises focus on the Atlantic ports of Spain, Portugal, France and Germany, and enable guests to visit some of Europe’s greatest cities including Paris (from Rouen), Berlin (from Warnemunde) and Amsterdam.
While cruises are available year round, generally the Atlantic island cruises are escapes from the northern winter (October to March) while cruises to the European Capitals are scheduled through the northern summer (May to September)
Key ports visited include Tenerife, Funchal, Casablanca, Lisbon and Vigo for the Atlantic Islands, and Hamburg or Amsterdam for Western Europe
The Canary Islands have a warm, sunny climate with an average temperature of 19-22°C (66-72°F) throughout the year. In the summer the daily highs are about 27°C and nightly lows of 18°C from June to September. In the winter the daily highs are about 16°C and nightly lows rarely much below 8°C.
Photo Credit: Madeira by John Simos