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Madeira, Portugal

No-fly Canaries & Portugal on Celebrity Apex

12-day luxury ocean cruise

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Short description

Discover the islands and coastlines of Spain & Portugal in style


  • Experience all the luxuries of Celebrity Apex
  • Skip the airport on a roundtrip sailing from Southampton
  • Soak up autumnal sunshine in Portugal, the Canary Islands, and mainland Spain
  • Enjoy relaxing days at sea
  • Choose from a range of varied shore excursion to suit all interests

In Brief

  • 2 Nights At sea
  • 1 Night Funchal
  • 1 Night Tenerife
  • 1 Night Gran Canaria
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Lisbon
  • 1 Night Porto
  • 1 Night La Coruña
  • 1 Night At sea


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No-fly | Ocean cruise

Departing from Southampton, this no-fly voyage hops between idyllic Atlantic islands and the city sights of Portugal and northwest Spain. It all begins with a leisurely two days at sea, as you sail south with all the facilities of Celebrity Apex® at your disposal. Then, having swapped Madeira's fortified wines and cliff-framed coast for the Canary Island's golden beaches and soaring volcanoes, you'll return north, pausing to explore Lisbon, Porto and La Caruna en route back to southern England.  

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart from Southampton

Your journey begins in Southampton as you board the new cutting-edge Celebrity Apex, your home for the next 11 nights. From its unique outward-facing design to the innovative Magic Carpet restaurant which sores 13 stories above the sea, Celebrity Apex breaks the mould of traditional ship design. Once you're settled into your beautifully appointed and modern cabin of choice, you'll depart in the late afternoon. Dinner is served onboard this evening, where you can select from a whole host of restaurants and eateries, from the four main complimentary restaurants – covering everything from American-style food to authentic Greek cuisine – to a selection of specialist dining spots featuring everything from seafood speciality to a high end steakhouse.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: D

Days 2-3
Days at sea

Continue your journey from the UK to Madeira, enjoying these two days at sea, relaxing and taking advantage of all that Celebrity Apex has to offer. The Apex is designed to unite indoor and outdoor living, redefining luxury at sea. Choose to relax by the pool, recharge with a pamper day in the spa, or indulge in the fantastic dining options onboard.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal is the largest city on the island of Madeira. Its variety of fruit, flowers, and vegetation have earned it the reputation as the ‘Floating Garden.’ Scenic splendour abounds, from dramatic cliffs to lush valleys, calling to mind far-flung tropical paradises such as Hawaii.

Shore excursions today vary from a scenic drive to take in the highlights to more specialised options. A 4x4 adventure takes you through some of Portugal’s natural wonders, a cable car ride whisks you to new heights, and a foodie tour gives you the taste of Funchal, just to name a few.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife’s rugged coastline is only the beginning of the geological diversity this cultural and natural wonder has to offer. The northern part of the island is verdant and green from the frequent rains, and the south is altogether more arid. The culture on offer is just as varied. Discover mysterious step pyramids at Güímar, meet the world’s largest collection of parrots at Loro Park for a splash of colour, or sample fresh fish, cheeses, and wines on the island. Alternatively, explore the volcanic moonscape on a 4x4, ascend to the volcanic crater at Mount Teide, or set out on a tapas walking tour.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Gran Canaria is often called ‘The Small Continent’ because of its varied micro-climates; and, along the coasts, you’ll see a mix of its craggy shores and sandy beaches. The outdoorsy will enjoy the ample opportunities for hiking, horse riding, and water sports. But, those looking for a taste of the local culture should head into the Agaete Valley to visit a local farm, where you can sample local wines, cheeses, and cakes. To dip your toe into a more cosmopolitan feel, visit Las Palmas for bustling shopping streets and perhaps a museum tour or two before popping into a local eatery reflecting the unique blend of Spanish, African, and South American flavours that make up the regional cuisine.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Day at sea

Enjoy another day at sea to relax on the ship and take advantage of all the fabulous amenities and onboard programmes.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s long and impressive history extends back before the Roman Empire. In centuries past, it was one of the world’s great naval and shipping powers. Today, it is a hub of finance, entertainment, arts, and more. Explore the city on a wonderful highlights tour, discovering Graca, the city’s old district filled with tiled buildings and mansions, and Chiado, the arts district chock full of boutiques, galleries, and theatres. While you’re here, sample a bottle of Port wine for which Portugal is famous.

If you’d like to get outside of the city, a quick tram ride transports you to charming cobblestone Baixa. Alternatively, allow yourself to be lured away and pampered in the resort cities of Estoril and Cascais.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Porto (Leixoes), Portugal

Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city, after Lisbon, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Its name hints at Portugal’s most famous export: port. The city’s skyline is made up of impressive bell towers, majestic beaux art buildings, and grand churches, creating a truly romantic feel. A highlights tour will give you a feel for this city’s long history and vibrant culture.

But, you’ll have plenty of other shore excursions from which to choose too. Follow in the footsteps of nearly seven million pilgrims per year and visit the holy city of Fatima and its Chapel of Apparitions. Learn the history of Portugal at the medieval palace of Guimarães, or pop into the Douro Valley for a wine tour.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 10
La Coruña, Spain

La Coruña is the capital of Spain’s Galicia region, and this seafaring city boasts 2,000 years of history. Panoramic ocean views await you at every turn, and much of the city’s ancient history can be discovered along the streets of its ‘Ciudad Vieja’ or ‘Old Town.’ Follow cobbled lanes up and down hills, past Gothic churches and medieval relics. A still-working Roman lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules, sits at the tip of the city and dates to the 1st century AD.

Beyond taking in the phenomenal historical aspects of this city, you may also enjoy soaking up the sun on a stunning beach or hitting the streets of this commercial and cultural hotspot for some shopping.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Day at sea

Enjoy one last day at sea as you begin to make your way back to the UK. If you haven’t stopped in at the spa, now is the time to do so. Sample that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, or go back to your favourite one for one last taste.

Stay: Celebrity Apex

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Return to Southampton

You’ll arrive back in Southampton early this morning where you'll enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and making your way home.

Meals: B


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