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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.

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 tour FNC-013 Deep Sea Fishing - Guest. 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.

Discover Whales and Dolphins by RIB

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Observe whales and dolphins the more adventurous way!

The Atlantic Ocean around the Madeira Islands is an idyllic spot for marine mammals, and up to 20 species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) have been spotted in these waters.

A short drive takes you to Funchal Marina, where after a brief introduction you’ll board your high-speed RIB for your thrilling adventure on the water. A Marine Biologist is on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding the various types of sea mammals that visit the waters of Madeira.

Ensure to keep your eyes peeled for short-finned pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins and common dolphins that will amaze you with their acrobatic moves. You may even be lucky enough to spot the Risso’s dolphins, beaked whales and killer whales that occasionally visit the seas of Madeira.

An experience not to be missed!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and RIB. Children under the age of 8 and passengers with back or neck injuries, or those who are pregnant, should not participate in this tour. The sighting of whales and dolphins is not guaranteed. There is no shelter on board the RIB. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn, the ride can be bumpy and fast. Flat shoes, preferably with rubber soles, are recommended. In case of poor weather conditions this tour may be cancelled. 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.

 

A selection of cruises to Madeira

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