The Canary Islands and the Azores are known for sunshine and a temperate climate that make almost every day a beautiful day at the beach. Though remote, both locations are tied to European countries: The Canaries are a Spanish archipelago off the southwestern coast of Morocco, and the Azores are an autonomous Portuguese island chain way off that country’s western coast. Both chains are volcanic, with peaks and craters defining the unique landscapes. The islands are often included on transatlantic itineraries as ships reposition themselves to or from the Caribbean or Mediterranean Sea. Cruises are usually 10 days to two weeks (including five or six days at sea during the actual ocean crossing). Shorter trips that just include the islands typically launch from Southampton, England.