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 Canary Islands
03 October 2019 - 10 nights

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

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2 Canaries and Azores
13 October 2019 - 11 nights

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

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3 Atlantic Idyll
02 November 2019 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Bridgetown | Roseau | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£3519pp
Cruise Only£3199pp
4 Westward Journey Voyage
05 November 2019 - 16 nights

Barcelona | Malaga | Gibraltar | Funchal | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£2459pp
Cruise Only£2099pp
5 Atlantic Soiree - Barcelona to Miami
06 November 2019 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga | Seville | Seville | Funchal | St Georges, Bermuda | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£2999pp
Cruise Only£2999pp
6 Portuguese Discoveries
13 November 2019 - 17 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2979pp
Cruise Only£2489pp
7 Lisbon to Miami
23 November 2019 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Ponta Delgada | Horta | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£4899pp
Cruise Only£4419pp
8 Barcelona to Miami
06 February 2020 - 14 nights

Barcelona | Cadiz | Funchal | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Miami, Florida

Fly Cruise£5979pp
Cruise Only£5479pp
9 Atlantic & Mediterranean Odyssey
06 March 2020 - 26 nights

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

Fly Cruise£8290pp
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10 Atlantic Crossing - Miami to Barcelona
06 March 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2890pp
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11 West Indies to Spain - San Juan to Barcelona
12 March 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2790pp
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12 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal | Funchal | Lisbon | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£3839pp
Cruise Only£3839pp
13 Atlantic Memories
28 March 2020 - 11 nights

Bridgetown | Funchal | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£2729pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
14 Miami To Barcelona
03 April 2020 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Funchal | Malaga | Alicante | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4899pp
Cruise Only£4259pp
15 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 | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£3349pp
Cruise Only£2499pp
16 Transatlantic Explorer
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

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

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

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal | Seville | Seville | Gibraltar | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4219pp
Cruise Only£4269pp
18 Crossing to Iberia - Miami to Barcelona
11 April 2020 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | Funchal | Seville | Barcelona

Fly Cruise£2799pp
Cruise Only£2229pp
19 Perfection Across the Atlantic
16 April 2020 - 14 nights

New York, United States | King's Wharf | Funchal | Malaga | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona more

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

Miami, Florida | Funchal | Tangier | Malaga | Barcelona

Fly Cruise£3699pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
21 Azores & Ireland Transatlantic
24 April 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4229pp
Cruise Only£3699pp
22 Barcelona to New York
08 September 2020 - 16 nights

Barcelona | Malaga | Cadiz | Funchal | Ponta Delgada | Horta | Hamilton | Hamilton | New York, United States more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4799pp
23 Lisbon to Barcelona
25 September 2020 - 12 nights

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

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

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

Cruise Only£4699pp
25 Canaries to Catalonia
04 October 2020 - 10 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | Santa Cruz De La Palma | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Arrecife De Lanzarote | Agadir | Casablanca | Seville | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£2129pp
Cruise Only£1649pp
26 Spain, Portugal & Canary Islands
19 October 2020 - 11 nights

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

Cruise Only£3849pp
27 Atlantic Odyssey
07 November 2020 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal | St. John's, Antigua | Basseterre | Fort De France | Fort De France | Bridgetown more

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Cruise Only£3389pp
28 Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
08 November 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Tangier | Funchal | San Juan, Puerto Rico | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Ft. Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£5579pp
Cruise Only£5579pp
29 Barcelona to San Juan
08 November 2020 - 11 nights

Barcelona | Tangier | Funchal | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fly Cruise£3839pp
Cruise Only£3839pp
30 Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
10 November 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Cadiz | Funchal | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Ft. Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£3839pp
Cruise Only£3839pp
31 Barcelona To Miami
13 November 2020 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5169pp
Cruise Only£4789pp
32 Portuguese Quest
14 November 2020 - 16 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2889pp
Cruise Only£1599pp
33 Atlantic Horizons
21 November 2020 - 14 nights

Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga | Funchal | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Nassau | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£2449pp
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34 Miami to Barcelona
25 March 2021 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Funchal | Malaga | Barcelona

Fly Cruise£5769pp
Cruise Only£4969pp
35 Grand Voyage of Discovery
26 March 2021 - 17 nights

Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Salvador De Bahia | Praia (Cape Verde) | Mindelo | Funchal | Funchal | Lisbon more

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

Lisbon | Funchal | Santa Cruz De La Palma | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Arrecife De Lanzarote | Agadir | Casablanca | Seville | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£2899pp
Cruise Only£2479pp
37 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 Cruise£15249pp
Cruise Only£13089pp
38 Miami to Lisbon
01 April 2022 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | Hamilton | Hamilton | Horta | Ponta Delgada | Funchal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£5379pp
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