A fun way to re-live Christopher Columbus’s voyage of discovery.
From Nazare Viewpoint, enjoy a panorama of the city of Funchal, including the bay, harbour, and the surrounding hills. Then it’s time to let the fun begin as it’s ‘all aboard’ the ‘Santa Maria’ a life size replica of Christopher Columbus’s flagship.
The ship was built by Robert Wijntje, a native Dutchman, and as no original plans of the ‘Santa Maria’ existed, Robert was forced to rely on books and pictures to try to build his replica as close to the original as possible. He could never have imagined the interest his project would attract; for when the ‘Santa Maria’ sailed into Lisbon to represent ‘Madeira Wine’ in the ‘Expo 98’, she received 97,016 visitors in just 25 days.
At 22 metres long, with 3 masts, (the tallest of which is 16 metres high), and built entirely of mahogany it is no wonder she is the most photographed boat in Madeira.
You’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time to the 15th Century, as the crew dressed as pirates perform what would have been their daily routine. Take in the breathtaking views over the sea and the island of Madeira as you enjoy refreshments of honey cake and Madeira wine.
This excursion will operate by coach and boat. This tour is non-exclusive to P&O Cruises and may be cancelled in poor weather conditions. There are approximately 10 steps to board the boat. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.