MSC Cruises has announced an exciting new venture for travelers: basing a ship in the stunning Canary Islands for the very first time. This decision promises an exceptional opportunity for those seeking a memorable winter getaway during the 2024-2025 season.

The centerpiece of this venture is MSC Opera, which will embark on 7-night itineraries, offering passengers an immersive experience in the diverse landscapes and rich cultures of the Canary Islands. Departing from Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Tenerife, the ship will navigate through six ports of call, including Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura, Funchal in Madeira, Santa Cruz de la Palma in La Palma, and Arrecife in Lanzarote, before returning to Tenerife.

One of the highlights of this itinerary is its flexibility in embarkation options, providing convenient access for travelers with different schedules and preferences. Whether boarding in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, Madeira, or Arrecife, MSC Opera ensures a hassle-free embarkation process.

Moreover, each port of call offers extended stays, allowing travelers ample time to explore and enjoy the unique attractions of each destination. From relaxing on pristine beaches to exploring historical landmarks and indulging in local cuisine, passengers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the charm of the Canary Islands.

  • Gran Canaria (Las Palmas):

    • Las Canteras: World-famous beach with crystal-clear waters.
    • Casa de Colón: Museum highlighting the history of the Canary Islands.
    • Vegueta: Picturesque historical quarter with cobblestone streets.
  • Lanzarote (Arrecife):

    • Castillo de San Gabriel: Ancient fortress housing Arrecife’s history museum.
    • Charco San Ginés: Charming lagoon with fishing houses, bars, and restaurants.
    • Timanfaya National Park: Stunning volcanic landscapes outside the city.
  • Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife):

    • Plaza de España: Iconic square.
    • Auditorio de Tenerife: Striking white wave auditorium.
    • El Teide National Park: UNESCO World Heritage Site with Mount Teide.
  • Madeira (Funchal):

    • Zona Velha: Historic center.
    • Madeira Botanical Garden: World-class botanical gardens.
    • Cabo Girão: One of the highest cliffs in Europe.
  • Fuerteventura (Puerto del Rosario):

    • Artistic streets adorned with sculptures and art.
    • Lively harbor with shops and restaurants.
    • Gateway to Fuerteventura’s stunning natural landscapes, including Corralejo sand dunes.
  • La Palma (Santa Cruz de la Palma):

    • Plaza España: Picturesque square dating back to the Renaissance.
    • El Salvador Church: 16th-century landmark.
    • Caldera de Taburiente National Park: Dramatic volcanic crater and lush forests.

Onboard MSC Opera, travelers can expect a range of amenities and activities to suit every taste and preference. From diverse dining options to vibrant entertainment venues and dedicated play areas for children and teens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the onboard gym, walking track, and spa facilities, providing opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation throughout the journey.

As travelers embark on this unique voyage with MSC Opera, they’ll have the chance to discover the beauty and charm of each destination at their own pace. Whether exploring the historic streets of Gran Canaria or admiring the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, the Canary Islands offer a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered.