poormom.....We shall be sailing to the Canaries, Madeira and Morocco Dec 2014 and are absolutely fascinated with those locations (all of which shall be new to Us). Make sure Your Credit Card companies are advised as to Your travel, obtain a modest supply of English Pounds and Euros in advance......purchase more at a bank as needed in the host country. Relax and enjoy!!! English is surprisingly in widespread use and have a English/Spanish phrase book handy.......try to memorize the basics (Ex. Where is the Bathroom?)......Pick up some 2-4 year old guidebooks via Ebay......pack lightly.....and Your good to go!!!