More cruise ships than last year are expected to dock in various ports around the Canary Islands this winter and La Gomera is becoming ever more popular as a port of call every year. The pier of the island's capital San Sebastian is just now being extended yet again to accommodate the larger cruise ships. Excusions on La Gomera were ranked top by passengers of several cruise lines in the past couple of years. The elegant tall ships 'Sea Cloud I + II will be calling again this winter, too, as USA Today has reported:
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''Sea Cloud Cruises is offering something unusual for sailing fans this fall as its two sailingships travel in tandem for several days. The Hamburg-based line says the 65-passenger Sea Cloud and 94-passenger Sea Cloud II will sail together around the Canary Islands starting on Nov. 20 in a meet-up "designed so that sails and sailing are at the forefront."
The two vessels will meet in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands and sail together from Tenerife to La Gomera and El Hierro. Passengers on each of the ships will have the chance to tour the other vessel during an "open house" party planned for Nov. 21 in Tenerife. To be part of the tandem sailing, sailing fans need to sign up for the Nov. 17 sailing of the Sea Cloud II from Las Palmas to Gran Canaria (fares start at 4,095 per person) or the Nov. 19 sailing of the Sea Cloud from Las Palmas to Gran Canaria (fares start at $4,395 per person).
Built for American cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1931, the Sea Cloud is among the most famous sailing ships afloat and is often billed as the world's most luxurious tall ship. It features authentic, four-masted rigging and lovely restored interiors that evoke a bygone era.''