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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 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal | Funchal | Lisbon | Lisbon

Fly Cruise £3459pp
Cruise Only £3459pp
2 Atlantic Memories
28 March 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise £2929pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
3 Miami To Barcelona
03 April 2020 - 14 nights

Miami | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Funchal | Malaga | Alicante | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £5149pp
Cruise Only £4649pp
4 Transatlantic Explorer
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Ilhabela | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Salvador De Bahia, Brazil | Cape Verde Islands | Cape Verde Islands | Funchal | Lisbon more

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

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Gibraltar | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £4699pp
Cruise Only £4699pp
6 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands I
08 April 2020 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Puerto De La Estaca, El Hierro, Canarias, Spain | Las Palmas | Arrecife | Puerto Del Rosario | Casablanca | Tangier | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £3619pp
Cruise Only £4269pp
7 New York to Barcelona
16 April 2020 - 14 nights

New York | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Funchal | Malaga | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £5399pp
Cruise Only £4869pp
8 Azores & Ireland Transatlantic
24 April 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise £3759pp
Cruise Only £3189pp
9 Lisbon to Barcelona
25 September 2020 - 12 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Funchal | La Gomera | Las Palmas | Arrecife | Casablanca | Cadiz | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £4459pp
Cruise Only £4459pp
10 Spain, Portugal & Canary Islands
28 September 2020 - 11 nights

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

Cruise Only £3269pp
11 Spain, Portugal & Canary Islands
19 October 2020 - 11 nights

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

Cruise Only £3549pp
12 Atlantic Odyssey
07 November 2020 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | St. John’s, Antigua | Basseterre | Fort De France | Bridgetown, Barbados

Fly Cruise Call
Cruise Only £3319pp
13 Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
08 November 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Cadiz | Funchal | Puerto Rico (San Juan) | San Juan Del Sur | Ft. Lauderdale

Fly Cruise £4599pp
Cruise Only £4599pp
14 Barcelona To Miami
13 November 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Alicante | Malaga | Cadiz | Funchal | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Miami more

Fly Cruise £5089pp
Cruise Only £4649pp
15 Portuguese Quest
14 November 2020 - 16 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Santa Cruz, La Palma | Tenerife | Mindelo | Salvador De Bahia, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil more

Fly Cruise £3189pp
Cruise Only £1879pp
16 Grand Voyage of Discovery
26 March 2021 - 17 nights

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Salvador De Bahia, Brazil | Praia | Mindelo | Funchal | Funchal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise £6529pp
17 Canaries to Catalonia - Lisbon to Barcelona
24 May 2021 - 10 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Santa Cruz, La Palma | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Arrecife | Agadir | Casablanca | Seville (Cadiz) | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £3959pp
Cruise Only £3529pp
18 Lisbon to Lisbon
08 October 2021 - 12 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Horta | Praia Da Vitoria, Azores | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | Sant Cruz De La Palma | Canary Islands (Las Palmas) | Arrecife | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise £4599pp
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19 Expedition Atlantic Isles
09 October 2021 - 18 nights

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

Fly Cruise £14839pp
Cruise Only £12749pp
20 Barcelona to Lisbon
24 October 2021 - 12 nights

Barcelona | Malaga | Cadiz | Casablanca | Arrecife | Canary Islands (Las Palmas) | La Estaca (EI Hierro) | Sant Cruz De La Palma | Funchal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise £4189pp
Cruise Only £3799pp
21 Western Africa Voyage
30 November 2021 - 21 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Tenerife | Gran Canaria | Banjul | Tema | Luanda | Walvis Bay | Luderitz | Cape Town more

Fly Cruise £5659pp
Cruise Only £5299pp
22 Miami to Lisbon
01 April 2022 - 14 nights

Miami | Great Stirrup Cay | Hamilton | Hamilton | Horta | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | Funchal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise £5269pp
Cruise Only Call
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