Funchal, Madeira Luxury Cruises

The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira consists of a range of inhabited and uninhabited islands and islets. The largest of those islands are Porto Santo, and the island of Madeira which gave its name to the archipelago as a whole. Madeira’s capital city is Funchal, and is a cruise port that provides access to this beautiful collection of land masses. Of the two main islands, Madeira became the most popular due to the lush, green landscape. Porto Santo is still a popular tourist destination, but is dryer and much less developed.

Sightseeing in Funchal

As you walk around Funchal, and further afield, you’ll see a variety of colourful plants and animals including lizards, birds and butterflies. Funchal was named after the fennel plants, found in abundance on the island, and it’s Madeira’s natural beauty that’s the biggest attraction for tourists. Many people enjoy walking over the undulating terrain, and Levada walking is a popular activity which involves navigating the extensive network of irrigation ditches which are no longer used for their original purpose. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Funchal, and across Madeira as a whole:

Madeira Botanical Gardens

These beautiful gardens are home to a wide variety of plants, and are a beautiful attraction at any time of the year. Views of the island are exceptional from certain parts of the garden.

Funchal Cable Car

The cable car takes you over Funchal, to the mountain town of Monte. It’s a scenic journey, and gives you a chance to appreciate the island without using up your energy.

Monte Toboggans

The Monte toboggans are a traditional attraction that you should certainly consider on your cruise excursion. They’re fast wicker sledges each seating two, and are driven down the mountains by professional guides. The toboggans take you back down the mountain, from Monte to Funchal, reaching speeds of up to 20mph.

Shopping in Funchal

The island of Madeira is a great place to buy unique and interesting items, ranging from souvenir towels to fashionable items of clothing. Traditional folk fashions include colourful woven and knitted hats, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. Madeira’s markets – including those in Funchal – are the perfect place to buy fresh foods including fruit that you can enjoy immediately. You’ll also want to consider buying locally-produced dessert wines, which are sweet and come in many varieties.

Eating out in Funchal

In Funchal, you’ll struggle to find an authentic meal that isn’t seasoned with garlic. The island’s cuisine is influenced by the foods served in mainland Portugal, and the most common dishes are tomato and onion soup, marinated beef and espada, which is a black scabbard fish that’s freshly caught in the waters surrounding Madeira and is often served with banana, salad and potatoes. Fish stew, goat and rabbit are found on most authentic restaurant menus, along with salted codfish which you’ll often see named as bacalhau.

Reid’s Palace is an attraction as much as somewhere to enjoy a light meal. It’s a historic, pink hotel and is worth a visit on your cruise excursion. You can see the port from the hotel, and will love their typically English afternoon tea complete with Madeira cake, sandwiches and hot drinks. It’s the perfect way to unwind before returning to your ship.

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1 Canaries and Azores
22 September 2019 - 11 nights

Southampton | Ponta Delgada | Madeira (Funchal) | Tenerife | Lisbon | Southampton

Cruise Only£2769pp
2 Canary Islands
03 October 2019 - 10 nights

Southampton | Madeira (Funchal) | Tenerife | Gran Canaria | Lanzarote, Canary Islands | Vigo | Southampton more

Cruise Only£3099pp
3 Canaries and Azores
13 October 2019 - 11 nights

Southampton | Ponta Delgada | Madeira (Funchal) | Tenerife | Lisbon | Southampton

Cruise OnlyCall
4 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands II
19 October 2019 - 14 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Malaga | Tangier | Casablanca | Arrecife | San Sebastian, La Gomera | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Funchal (Madeira) | Portimao | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£5229pp
Cruise Only£5229pp
5 Atlantic Idyll
02 November 2019 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal (Madeira) | Bridgetown | Roseau | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£3549pp
Cruise Only£3199pp
6 Atlantic & Caribbean Idyll
02 November 2019 - 21 nights

Lisbon | Funchal (Madeira) | Bridgetown | Roseau | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£5229pp
Cruise Only£5139pp
7 Westward Journey Voyage
05 November 2019 - 16 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Malaga | Gibraltar | Funchal (Madeira) | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami more

Fly Cruise£2529pp
Cruise Only£2159pp
8 Atlantic Soiree - Barcelona to Miami
06 November 2019 - 15 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Cartegena, Spain | Malaga | Seville | Seville | Funchal (Madeira) | St Georges, Bermuda | Miami more

Fly Cruise£2549pp
Cruise Only£1999pp
9 Portuguese Discoveries
13 November 2019 - 17 nights

Lisbon | Funchal (Madeira) | Santa Cruz De La Palma | Tenerife | Mindelo | Salvador De Bahia | Vitória | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro more

Fly Cruise£2999pp
Cruise Only£2519pp
10 Barcelona to Miami
06 February 2020 - 14 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Cadiz (Seville) | Funchal (Madeira) | King's Wharf, Bermuda | King's Wharf, Bermuda | Miami

Fly Cruise£6559pp
Cruise Only£5999pp
11 Atlantic & Mediterranean Odyssey
06 March 2020 - 26 nights

Miami | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Madeira (Funchal) | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Provence (Marseille), France | Monte Carlo | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Rome, (Civitavecchia) | Naples | Corfu | Dubrovnik | Split, Croatia | Venice | Venice more

Fly Cruise£5980pp
Cruise OnlyCall
12 Atlantic Crossing - Miami to Barcelona
06 March 2020 - 14 nights

Miami | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Madeira (Funchal) | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain

Fly Cruise£2940pp
Cruise OnlyCall
13 West Indies to Spain - San Juan to Barcelona
12 March 2020 - 13 nights

San Juan | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Madeira (Funchal) | Seville | Valencia | Barcelona, Spain

Fly Cruise£2790pp
Cruise OnlyCall
14 Exotic Caribbean & Atlantic Sunsets
14 March 2020 - 25 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | Antigua | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Funchal (Madeira) | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£7039pp
Cruise Only£6779pp
15 Yachtsmans Caribbean Atlantic Sunsets
21 March 2020 - 18 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Funchal (Madeira) | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£4469pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
16 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal (Madeira) | Funchal (Madeira) | Lisbon | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
17 Atlantic Memories
28 March 2020 - 11 nights

Bridgetown | Funchal (Madeira) | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£2849pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
18 Awe of the Atlantic - Miami to Rome
31 March 2020 - 15 nights

Miami | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Funchal (Madeira) | Malaga | Barcelona, Spain | Monte Carlo | Rome, (Civitavecchia) more

Fly Cruise£3849pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
19 Miami To Barcelona
03 April 2020 - 14 nights

Miami | King's Wharf, Bermuda | King's Wharf, Bermuda | Funchal (Madeira) | Malaga | Alicante | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£4899pp
Cruise Only£4259pp
20 Essence of the Atlantic - Buenos to Lisbon
04 April 2020 - 18 nights

Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Sao Paulo (Santos) | Rio De Janeiro | Recife | Mindelo (Sao Vicente) | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Funchal (Madeira) | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise Only£3369pp
21 Transatlantic Explorer
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Ilhabela | Rio De Janeiro | Salvador De Bahia | Cape Verde Islands | Cape Verde Islands | Funchal (Madeira) | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£9969pp
22 Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona
06 April 2020 - 16 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal (Madeira) | Seville | Seville | Gibraltar | Malaga | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£4259pp
Cruise Only£4319pp
23 Crossing to Iberia - Miami to Barcelona
11 April 2020 - 14 nights

Miami | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | Funchal (Madeira) | Seville | Barcelona, Spain

Fly Cruise£2759pp
Cruise Only£1929pp
24 Perfection Across the Atlantic
16 April 2020 - 14 nights

New York | King's Wharf, Bermuda | Funchal (Madeira) | Malaga | Cartegena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£5739pp
Cruise Only£5059pp
25 Atlantic Sunsets
20 April 2020 - 15 nights

Miami | Funchal (Madeira) | Tangier | Malaga | Barcelona, Spain

Fly Cruise£4399pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
26 Azores & Ireland Transatlantic
24 April 2020 - 14 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Madeira (Funchal) | Cork | Belfast | Liverpool | Dublin

Fly Cruise£4919pp
Cruise Only£4289pp
27 Barcelona to New York
08 September 2020 - 16 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Malaga | Cadiz (Seville) | Funchal (Madeira) | Ponta Delgada | Horta | Hamilton | Hamilton | New York more

Fly Cruise£4849pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
28 Lisbon to Barcelona
25 September 2020 - 12 nights

Lisbon | Funchal (Madeira) | Funchal (Madeira) | La Gomera | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria | Arrecife | Casablanca | Cadiz (Seville) | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£4849pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
29 Spain, Portugal & Canary Islands
28 September 2020 - 11 nights

Southampton | Madeira (Funchal) | Tenerife | Gran Canaria | Lisbon | Lisbon | Vigo | Southampton more

Cruise Only£4699pp
30 Spain, Portugal & Canary Islands
19 October 2020 - 11 nights

Southampton | Madeira (Funchal) | Tenerife | Gran Canaria | Lisbon | Lisbon | Vigo | Southampton more

Cruise Only£4039pp
31 Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
08 November 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Tangier | Funchal (Madeira) | San Juan | San Juan | Ft. Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£4319pp
Cruise Only£4319pp
32 Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
10 November 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Cadiz (Seville) | Funchal (Madeira) | San Juan | Ft. Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
33 Barcelona To Miami
13 November 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Alicante | Malaga | Cadiz (Seville) | Funchal (Madeira) | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Miami more

Fly Cruise£5189pp
Cruise Only£4639pp
34 Portuguese Quest
14 November 2020 - 16 nights

Lisbon | Funchal (Madeira) | Santa Cruz De La Palma | Tenerife | Mindelo | Salvador De Bahia | Rio De Janeiro more

Fly Cruise£2889pp
Cruise Only£1779pp
35 Atlantic Horizons
21 November 2020 - 14 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Cartegena, Spain | Malaga | Funchal (Madeira) | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Nassau | Miami more

Fly Cruise£2449pp
Cruise OnlyCall
36 Expedition Atlantic Isles
09 October 2021 - 18 nights

Lisbon | Madeira (Funchal) | Ilha De Porto Santo | Funchal, Portugal | Santa Cruz De La Palma | San Sebastian | Porto Novo | Dakar, Senegal | Banjul, Gambia | Rio De Janeiro more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£13229pp
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