Madeira Cruises

The magic of Madeira

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The Garden of Eden may be closer than you think


The island’s geography alone is enchanting: volcanic peaks are feathered with pine forests; on the fringes, most beaches like Calheta are blessed with golden sand, except for Ribeira Brava – a litmus strip of striking black volcanic grain and pastel-blue Ocean.


These beaches set a relaxed scene for Paradise Found, but Madeira is a theatre of adventure deserving exploration. You’ll be ‘living levada loca!’ navigating through the elaborate system of 16th century mini-canals (or levadas), built to irrigate rainfall. Weaving through forests and waterfalls, these walks will delight leisurely amblers while ardent ramblers will be rewarded with astonishing valley views, particularly from Pico Ruivo’s soaring summit. However, the caves of São Vicente could well be the highlight of your cruise to Madeira.


From the flowering laurel to the hillside villas and chapels, white is a trending colour. In Funchal – Madeira’s untarnished urbane capital – you can sip a balmy latte while snacking on ‘Bolo do Caco’ bread enriched with garlic, parsley and butter. Obviously, you can’t leave your cruise to Madeira without a bottle of its fortified finest and there’re plenty of wine lodges to visit, including The Old Blandy (in Funchal) which educates with tastings and talks. It’s a great way to wind down after a traditional toboggan ride, if feeling audacious enough.


In Funchal, a flora-filled exuberance compensates for the lack of golden beaches. Here, thousands of vibrant, exotic plants vie for attention, exemplified by the luscious likes of Jardim Botânico, the city’s pride and joy, and the nearby Monte Palace Gardens. Below, the ‘Mercado dos Lavradores’ is a bustling hive of activity, with many vendors still donning traditional Madeiran garb.


It’s fitting that the national flower is the Bird of Paradise here; whether inhaling eucalyptus in the woodlands, caressing expertly handmade embroidery, sipping a glass or five of world-renowned vinho, watching whales or simply enjoying a soundtrack of melodic fado, all the senses will be in for a stimulating rollercoaster ride through paradise when you embark on your next cruise holiday to Madeira.


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Featured Madeira Cruises


from £3,529pp
Cabin type: Inside

Cape Town to Southampton

All meals throughout your cruise - from five course a la carte dining to informal buffets and late-night snacks, Self service tea & coffee facilities at selected venues., All evening entertainment,…

08 February 2018 | 35 Nights
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines : Boudicca

Itinerary
Cape Town, South Africa, Luderitz, Namibia, Walvis Bay, Namibia, Jamestown, St. Helena, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Dakar, Senegal, Praia, Cape Verde Islands, Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands, Santa Cruz,…

from £1,446pp
Cabin type: Inside

Canary Islands & Morocco from Barcelona

Full board accommodation, Freestyle Dining On Board - Dine where & when you like, 24-hour dining venue on select ships, Premium Drinks Package, Fantastic entertainment on board every evening, All on…

28 March 2019 | 10 Nights
Norwegian Cruise Line : Norwegian Spirit

Itinerary
Barcelona, Spain, Casablanca, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Funchal, Granada (Malaga), Alicante, Spain, Barcelona, Spain

from £3,958
Cabin type: Solo

Flavours of the Canaries

Return chauffeur service to the port, or free car parking, Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not…

30 October 2018 | 14 Nights
Saga Group : Saga Pearl II

Itinerary
Portsmouth, England, Funchal, Madeira, Santa Cruz, La Palma, San Sebastian, La Gomera, Puerto Del Rosario,Fuerteventura, Leixoes(for Oporto), Portugal, Portsmouth, England

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