Cruises: 3158

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.

  • 1
1 Miami to Barcelona
22 March 2019 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | Hamilton | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Cadiz, Spain | Barcelona, Spain

Fly Cruise£3899pp
Cruise Only£3279pp
2 Miami to Lisbon
25 March 2019 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Horta | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal more

Fly Cruise£5319pp
Cruise Only£4789pp
3 West Indies to Spain - San Juan to Barcelona
29 March 2019 - 13 nights

San Juan | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Madeira | Seville (Cadiz) | Strait Of Gibraltar | Valencia, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£2890pp
Cruise OnlyCall
4 Miami to Barcelona
02 April 2019 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Tangier, Morocco | Barcelona, Spain

OLife Ultimate - It's ALL included
Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£2499pp
Cruise Only£1739pp
5 Atlantic Memories
06 April 2019 - 11 nights

Bridgetown, Barbados | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon, Portugal

Fly Cruise£2999pp
Cruise Only£1739pp
6 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands I
17 April 2019 - 14 nights

Lisbon, Portugal | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain | Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain | Puerto De La Estaca, El Hierro, Canarias, Spain | Las Palmas, Spain | Arrecife, Canary Islands | Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Spain | Casablanca, Morocco | Tangier, Morocco | Malaga, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£4939pp
Cruise Only£4939pp
7 Canaries and Azores
22 September 2019 - 11 nights

Southampton | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Madeira | Tenerife | Lisbon, Portugal | Southampton

Cruise Only£2789pp
8 Canary Islands
03 October 2019 - 10 nights

Southampton | Madeira | Tenerife | Gran Canaria | Lanzarote | Vigo | Southampton more

Cruise Only£2939pp
9 Canaries and Azores
13 October 2019 - 11 nights

Southampton | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Madeira | Tenerife | Lisbon, Portugal | Southampton

Cruise Only£3229pp
10 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands II
19 October 2019 - 14 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Tangier, Morocco | Casablanca, Morocco | Arrecife, Canary Islands | San Sebastian, La Gomera | Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain | Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain | Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Portimao (Algarve) - Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal more

Fly Cruise£5219pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
11 Atlantic Soiree
06 November 2019 - 15 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | St Georges, Bermuda | Miami, Florida more

OLife Ultimate - It's ALL included
Fly Cruise£2429pp
Cruise Only£1999pp
13 Barcelona to Miami
07 February 2020 - 14 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Cadiz, Spain | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Miami, Florida

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
14 Atlantic & Mediterranean Odyssey
06 March 2020 - 26 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5980pp
Cruise OnlyCall
15 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3449pp
Cruise Only£3449pp
16 Miami To Barcelona
03 April 2020 - 14 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£4939pp
Cruise Only£4399pp
17 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 (Tenerife), Canary Islands, Spain | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£3749pp
Cruise Only£2549pp
18 Transatlantic Explorer
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£3749pp
Cruise Only£3799pp
20 New York to Barcelona
16 April 2020 - 14 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£5889pp
Cruise Only£5229pp
21 Barcelona to New York
08 September 2020 - 16 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4179pp
Cruise Only£4179pp
22 Lisbon to Barcelona
25 September 2020 - 12 nights

Lisbon, Portugal | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | La Gomera | Las Palmas, Spain | Arrecife, Canary Islands | Casablanca, Morocco | Cadiz, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4799pp
23 Spain, Portugal & Canary Islands
28 September 2020 - 11 nights

Southampton | Madeira | Tenerife | Lisbon, Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal | Vigo | Southampton more

Cruise OnlyCall
24 Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
30 October 2020 - 24 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Cadiz, Spain | Cadiz, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Gibraltar | Palma De Mallorca | Valencia, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Tangier, Morocco | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | San Juan | San Juan | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3919pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
25 Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
10 November 2020 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£3999pp
26 Barcelona To Miami
13 November 2020 - 15 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£5089pp
Cruise Only£4639pp
  • 1
Prices are subject to change and availability. Prices may vary depending on airport selected.

Cruise Lines

By providing your email address and clicking the Submit button, you consent to us sending you cruise holiday deals by email. For further details, please see our Privacy Policy here.

SixStarCruises acts as a retail agent to you and also as a disclosed agent of the holiday provider. Many of the flight inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking terms and conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate click here www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. Visit the foreign travel advice site for the latest travel updates.
Need help with your next SixStar cruise? Call one of our Concierge, FREE today on 08082026105.