The world’s biggest 14-storey cruise liner, The Independence of the Seas, which was recently-christened jewel in the crown of the Royal Caribbean fleet, made its first ever stop in Tenerife and docked in Santa Cruz on Saturday with 3600 passengers on board and a crew of just over 1000 from 75 different companies.

A special reception was held in Santa Cruz to mark the ship’s maiden visit. The Captain said that the Canaries will feature prominently in the liner’s cruises for at least the next two years.

The liner then called into Las Palmas on Sunday before heading across to Lanzarote and up to Portugal.