World Voyager - Tenerife, Azores, Madeira

World Voyager - Tenerife, Azores, Madeira

Author Anne Plau

Traveling during a pandemic is not easy. Our cruise with the World Voyager was supposed to be from Lisbon to Hamburg. Since almost all ports on this tour were closed to cruise ships at the end of May 2021, nicko cruises had come up with something. 

Ten days before we left, the proposal came with a changed route: From Tenerife should it go to the Azores with stays on eight of the nine inhabited islands and then on to Madeira Island walk. What a journey! We accept.

WORLD VOYAGER - in the port of Santa Cruz de TenerifeWORLD VOYAGER - in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife


From Tenerife to the Azores

On May 28th we will fly up from Düsseldorf with a stopover Lanzarote to Tenerife. We reach our destination a little late.

Traveling in times of Covid-19 

At Tenerife Airport we are expected by cruise line staff. The arriving passengers must each be brought to World Voyager together - in a so-called bubble. A comfortable van takes us to the port of Santa Cruz in 45 minutes. A quick test is carried out before check-in, then we are allowed on board.

WORLD VOYAGER - Reception


WORLD VOYAGER - Reception


WORLD VOYAGER - Infirmary


WORLD VOYAGER - Infirmary 


The hygiene regulations are comprehensive. Two PCR and regular rapid tests, daily temperature measurements, disinfection and medical masks are mandatory for everyone on board. After going ashore, the masks that were worn must be disposed of and new ones used. The mask requirement ends when you sit in the public areas or in the cabin.

A chic cabin 

Our cabin 606 is forward on deck 6. It is not large, but furnished in a classy and stylish manner. The beds are inviting and comfortable. There are practical things like a kettle, espresso machine, and bendable reading lights by the bed. A small balcony and a spacious bathroom complete everything. And our cabin stewardess Nicki ensures meticulous cleanliness. 

WORLD VOYAGER - our cabin


WORLD VOYAGER - our cabin


WORLD VOYAGER - our cabin - wet room


WORLD VOYAGER - our cabin - wet room 


Life on board 

On board the World Voyager one can easily find one's way around. The cruise ship is 126 meters long and 19 meters wide. A maximum of 200 passengers live on three decks. The public areas such as the restaurant, grill, lounges, shop, bars, spa and gym are located on a further three decks.

WORLD VOYAGER - coffee station and smoothie bar


WORLD VOYAGER - coffee station and smoothie bar


WORLD VOYAGER - Fitness


WORLD VOYAGER - Fitness 


There is enough space everywhere. At normal times, around 100 crew members take care of the passengers. We travel at non-normal times. There are 48 passengers and 102 crew members on board. Not many people have dared this cruise, but at some point it has to start again.

We stay overnight in Santa Cruz. We won't leave Tenerife until the next evening. We enjoy the tranquility on board, the delicious food and the careful service. The restaurant is spacious and there is an almost completely covered outdoor area. The food has five star quality. Particularly good: the portions are not too big. However, you can always get another one.

World Voyager - Restaurant - Al Fresco Terrace

World Voyager - Restaurant - Al Fresco Terrace


Shore excursion to Pico del Teide 

In the morning it is the turn of important things such as sea rescue exercises, PCR tests and information about the current hygiene rules on board and during shore excursions.

Our excursion to Teide and the Cañadas starts at noon. The tour lasts five hours and is beautiful.

Tenerife - Pico de Teide

Tenerife - Pico de Teide


This is mainly due to the weather. It's 22 degrees, the sky is clear and blue with a few clouds as decoration. From every mirador we stop at, we have an unobstructed view of the Pico del Teide. We drive into the caldera up to the Roques de Garcia. The way back leads past the Observatorio Astronómico del Teide and “La Tarta”, a geological formation created from lava flows. It is called a cake because of its layers of color.

Tenerife - Pico de Teide and Roques de Garcia


Tenerife - Pico de Teide and Roques de Garcia


Tenerife - La Tarta rock layer


Tenerife - La Tarta rock layer 


More about our excursion: Panoramic trip by bus to Pico del Teide.

For us, Tenerife is very beautiful with around 10 percent of the usual number of tourists. For the residents of the Canary Islands, living and working conditions are difficult during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is little time back on board, then we set off for the Azores. In front of Santa Cruz, a number of unoccupied cruise ships lie in the roadstead. We recognize "Mein Schiff Herz“And four AIDA ships. At some point it will start again for them too.

WORLD VOYAGER - in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife


WORLD VOYAGER - in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Unemployed AIDA ships off Tenerife


Unemployed AIDA ships off Tenerife 


Stormy seas 

Overnight it got stormy with winds of up to seven Beaufort. The sea is lively and short, powerful waves hit the World Voyager.

We're seasick until noon. The room service provides us with tea and bread rolls. It is best to hold out horizontally. Pills are available free of charge at reception, and at some point they will help. Why I get seasick after more than 35 cruises will remain a mystery to me.

WORLD VOYAGER - Wine tasting on the Al Fresco terrace


WORLD VOYAGER - Wine tasting on the Al Fresco terrace


WORLD VOYAGER - Mystic Restaurant - Dessert


WORLD VOYAGER - Mystic Restaurant - Dessert 


In the afternoon it gets better, certainly also because the wind subsides. The temperature rises to 20 degrees and the sun is shining. In the evening we enjoy the delicious dishes in the restaurant again.

A calm day at sea 

The sea has calmed down further and our seasickness is almost forgotten. It is warm enough for breakfast on the terrace. Then Atlantic walking is the order of the day on the path from deck 8. One lap is 135 meters, we walk at least eight laps. Unfortunately we don't see whales or dolphins.

WORLD VOYAGER - pool deck


WORLD VOYAGER - pool deck


WORLD VOYAGER - Jogging Track


WORLD VOYAGER - Jogging Track 


The World Voyager Bridge is an "open bridge". Twice a day - for a total of four hours - passengers can visit the bridge without prior registration. This is a service for guests that is not possible on large cruise ships.

WORLD VOYAGER - bridge


WORLD VOYAGER - bridge


WORLD VOYAGER - bridge


WORLD VOYAGER - bridge 


Next, we visit some of the cabins with the cruise manager. Since the ship is not very busy, we see almost all cabin classes. As with our cabin, the equipment is functional and elegant, the design is straightforward everywhere.

The whale alarm is in the late afternoon and we see our first humpback whale.

sequel follows

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