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Cruises to Funchal

The garden island of Madeira

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Christmas & New Year in the Canary Islands

  • 23 Dec 2020
  • 14 nights
  • Ship: Queen Victoria
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Arrecife, Lanzarote - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Santa Cruz, Tenerife - La Palma, Spain - Funchal, Madeira - Lisbon, Portugal - Southampton

Includes: Choice of car parking, on board spend or coach transfers*, Earn exclusive cruise miles, No-fly cruising, Fantastic destinations*

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2022 No-Fly South & Latin America Grand Voyage

  • 04 Jan 2022
  • 81 nights
  • Ship: Black Watch
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Itinerary: Southampton - Lisbon, Portugal - Funchal, Madeira - Santa Cruz, Tenerife - Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands - Salvador - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Ilhabela - Montevideo, Uruguay - Buenos…

Includes: Free on board spend of up to £1,200*, Free gratuities worth up to £790*, 76 night voyage featuring the panama canal & cape horn*, Exclusive launch savings of up to £860*

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Arcadia's 2021 No-Fly Grand World Cruise

  • 03 Jan 2021
  • 100 nights
  • Ship: Arcadia
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Itinerary: Southampton - Madeira, Portugal - Bridgetown, Barbados - Oranjestad, Aruba - Panama Canal - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - Cabo San Lucas - San Francisco, California, USA - Hilo -...

Includes: Exclusive free pre-cruise hotel stay*, Exclusive complimentary afternoon tea for two at the ritz*, No service charge on board saving up to £1,386*, On board spend of up to...

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Be enchanted by beautiful Funchal

Cityscape, Funchal, Madeira

Cityscape, Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, Madeira

Madiera Island Botanical Gardens, Funchal

Madiera Island Botanical Gardens, Funchal

Madiera Island Botanical Gardens, Funchal

Madiera Island Botanical Gardens, Funchal

Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Funchal

Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Funchal

View of Cabo Girao cliff, Madeira

View of Cabo Girao cliff, Madeira

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1. Experience the nightlife

FunchaI by day is an awe-inducing amphitheatre of red-roofed homes on lush, escalating hillsides. By night, it is a mesmerising sea of twinkling city lights and a hive of activity. Evenings offer a wealth of opportunities, from world-class dining washed down with aromatic Madeira wine to all-night dancing and spectacular firework shows. It is home to the world’s largest New Year display and two vibrant, pre-Lent carnivals that fill the streets with samba and laughter.

2. Fantastic flora

The name Funchal refers to the abundant fennel that grew here when it was colonised by the Portuguese. Though it is a far cry from the wild, uninhabited island of the fifteenth century, flora-filled exuberance is still a major part of its appeal. Vibrant gardens and banana plantations thrive in the shelter of the valleys’ luxuriant slopes; perfectly manicured terraces are scattered across the capital.

3. Get a birds-eye view 

Take in verdant views as you ride the cable car from old town to Monte. At the top, amble amidst exotic plant-life, free-roaming birds and historic pieces at the Monte Palace Tropical Garden and Museum. For more lovely blooms visit the Palheiro Gardens and Jardim Botânico or, for untamed allure, take a trip to Laurisilva forest, a UNESCO Nature Site in the centre of Madeira Island. Enjoy postcard-perfect surroundings with a hike from Rabaçal to the 25 Fontes Falls, or head to Curral das Freiras, a valley framed by majestic mountains. During the spring there’s also a flower festival that shouldn’t be missed.

4. Soak up the sun

Golden bays aren’t Funchal’s strong point, though its black sands, pebble beaches and an open air lido still offer pleasant spots to soak up some sunshine. Head west along the promenade for Praia Formosa, visit Garajau in the east with its imposing Cristo Rei statue, bathe in the natural swimming pool at Porto Moniz, or visit the nearby island of Porto Santos.

5. Take a tour of the vineyards

Much like its most famous son, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, everything in Madeira’s untarnished little capital has been nurtured to perfection. Don’t forget to sample the island’s most delicious export – enjoy a glass of its famous wine as you relax in the cosmopolitan marina. Take a vineyard tour of visit Blandy's Wine Lodge to fully appreciate why this mouth-watering produce has been highly regarded for centuries, even by  William Shakespeare.