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About Madeira

When you embark on one of our Madeira cruises it will become clear why this destination is known as the Garden Island - it is simply awash with colour from a breathtaking display of sub-tropical plants and flowers. So it is hardly surprising that large and colourful flower markets are one of the most arresting features of Funchal, Madeiras capital.

Cruise visitors here will discover that the market town is easily walkable although, the further inland you explore, the steeper and narrower some of the streets become. Locally made wicker furniture, lacework and tapestries all make good buys along with the ubiquitous Madeira wine.

Funchal is also the base for tours to the islands botanical gardens; the fishing village of Camara de Lobos where Churchill went to paint; Camacha, the wicker centre; the levada walks, part of an ancient irrigation system; and to Reids Hotel for traditional afternoon tea, making cruises to Madeira a must see.

 

Shore excursions in Madeira

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Cable Car and Toboggan

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

This picturesque trip gives a new dimension to Madeira, with stunning views from a cable car and a thrilling toboggan ride.

A rack and pinion railway once took passengers up the hillside from Funchal and the return to the coast was by toboggan. The railway closed in 1939, but an Austrian company has constructed a cable car for the trip up to Monte, noted for its many fine properties and gardens. The Funchal station is situated in the old part of town, and the journey from Funchal to Monte takes 15 minutes. (The cable car access is similar to a ski lift. The car does not stop for boarding; it just slows in motion).

Experience the ancient wicker-sled transport on a thrilling 10 minute toboggan ride. The drivers run alongside the toboggans, pushing and steering and using their rubber-soled boots as brakes. Continue by coach to Pico Dos Barcelos, a flower-decked belvedere where you’ll have possibly the best view towards the east.

Your excursion ends at a wine lodge in Funchal, where you have the opportunity to sample the different types of Madeira wine, ranging from the dry Sercial to sweet Malmsey.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, cable car, toboggan. . Infants aged 3 years and younger are not permitted to participate in this tour due to restrictions on the Toboggan. The toboggan is a popular tourist attraction and there may be queues before boarding. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and follow the instructions of the toboggan drivers once seated. Toboggans hold up to 3 participants (2 adults and 1 child).

Canyoning

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

An action packed tour, perfect for thrill seekers!

A scenic drive brings you to Funchal Ecological Park for your Canyoning adventure.

You will be met by your knowledgeable guide who will provide you with safety equipment and instructions. Then, let the fun commence as you begin your adventure splashing and sliding down the beautiful river falls of Madeira.

This exhilarating sport will have you swimming, jumping and rappelling in small waterfalls, deep ravines and gushing river currents with the help of fixed ropes.

A unique way to discover the natural beauty of Madeira’s hidden wonders set deep inside the secluded valleys. Crystal clear pools, white water streams and cascading waterfalls make this an adventure to remember.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Care must be taken to follow all instructions given by the guides. Pregnant women and children under the age of 14 may not participate, the maximum weight limit is 240lbs. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition and is not suitable for passengers who suffer from heart, neck, shoulder or back problems, seizures, asthma or balance disorders. You should be a competent swimmer and prepared to get wet. Wetsuits and safety equipment are provided and must be worn at all times. Please wear a swimsuit, casual warm clothes and strong closed toe shoes with a good grip that can get wet and remember to bring a towel, change of shoes and clothing. It is advisable to take a bottle of water and sunscreen. The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. The Canyoning lasts approximately 2 ½ hours. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

The Caves of São Vicente

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Explore a labyrinth of lava caves at the picturesque village of São Vicente.

Embark on a scenic drive along the south western coast of Madeira, before reaching the pretty secluded village of Serra de Agua, nestled within a lush green ravine. Enjoy a brief photo stop and visit a traditional bar to sample the local drink ‘poncha’ made from rum and honey!!!

Next, you’ll head to São Vicente’s Caves and Volcanism Centre, to explore the entrails of the earth. The caves are made up from a series of lava tubes that were formed during a volcanic eruption over 400 thousand years ago. Admire the volcanic stalactites, ‘lava cakes’ and the erratic block. Your cave exploration ends at the Volcanism Centre where you can enjoy a 3D film experience which allows you to relive Madeira’s formation nearly 5 million years ago.

Before returning to Funchal, take advantage of some free time to capture the natural beauty and breathtaking scenery of São Vicente.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour itinerary may operate in reverse. Passengers are advised to bring a jacket, as the temperature will be noticeably cooler underground. Footwear suitable for walking over rough, uneven and wet ground is essential. The caves can often become slippery and care should be taken. This tour includes approximately 1 hours’ walking over some uneven and cobbled ground.

Deep Sea Fishing

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Try your luck at ‘hooking’ a large fish on the high seas.

Madeira is ideally situated on the migratory routes of large game fish and in addition there other species that are resident throughout the year.

The target species are mainly Spearfish, Albacore, Wahoo and Dorado and you may be lucky enough to encounter both Blue and White Marlin. From novice to expert you can experience an enjoyable fishing trip with the surrounding beauty of Madeira as a backdrop.

Enjoy some snacks and drinks whilst waiting for the ‘Big One’ to bite.

Essential information

Passengers wishing to travel on the boat and not take part in the activity should book the Deep Sea Fishing Guest option. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as experienced fishermen. Pregnant women and children may not participate in this tour. This tour is not suitable for passengers with back problems. Please note that catches are not guaranteed and are dependent on the time of year and local conditions on the day. Numbers are limited; early booking is recommended.

Deep Sea Fishing – Guest Only

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

An opportunity to accompany friends or family on a fishing trip as they try their luck at ‘hooking’ a fish on the high seas.

Take the opportunity to accompany a friend or family member on a Deep Sea Fishing tour.

Madeira is ideally situated on the migratory routes of large game fish, and in addition there are other species that are resident throughout the year.

The target species are mainly Spearfish, Albacore, Wahoo and Dorado and you may be lucky enough to encounter both Blue and White Marlin. Sit back and relax onboard the fishing boat with the surrounding beauty of Madeira as a backdrop.

Enjoy some snacks and drinks whilst observing your friends and family as they wait for the ‘Big One’ to bite.

Essential information

This tour is available only to passengers whose friends or family are booked on FNC010 Deep Sea Fishing tour. It is not an option for an individual to book without another member in their party booking FNC010 Deep Sea Fishing. Passengers on this tour will travel on the boat but not take part in the activity. Pregnant women and children may not participate in this tour. This tour is not suitable for passengers with back problems. Please note that catches are not guaranteed and are dependent on the time of year and local conditions on the day. Numbers are limited so early booking is recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to Madeira

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