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Madeira Holidays

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Sip cocktails, people watch and indulge in the chic bars and restaurants around Funchal’s lively marina.

Chill out on one of Funchal’s Blue Flag beaches, consisting of black volcanic sand and pebbles.

Hike the ‘25 Natural Springs’ trail in the Rabaçal nature reserve for some jaw-dropping views.

Be blown away by a holiday to Madeira, an island of surprises. Experience the warm sunshine, mild Atlantic waters, dramatic volcanic scenery and lush tropical landscapes in this Portuguese archipelago, situated 300 miles west of Morocco. A stunning destination on your holiday to the Mediterranean, Canaries and North Africa.

Madeira is renowned for its dolphin and whale watching, and for high-action watersports such as diving, surfing, paddle boarding and coasteering. Marvel at the exotic flowers and trees in the Botanical Gardens, then savour delicious mangoes, bananas and passionfruit in Funchal’s colourful Mercado dos Lavradores market.

During your holiday in Madeira, get snapping at Funchal’s main sights, including the Cathedral, Santa Clara Convent and lively Old Town, or enjoy an exhilarating toboggan or cable car ride. For breathtaking views, head to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff in Europe.

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When can we take you to Madeira?

Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this port. The calendar shows you when one or more ships are departing on a cruise itinerary to Madeira. New itineraries will be added, so it’s worth checking back.

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The best of Madeira - things to see and do

Spot dolphins and whales at sea, try exhilarating watersports, or revel in Madeira’s lush gardens and landscapes. From Funchal’s lively marina to breathtaking Cabo Girão, you’ll have fun in Madeira.

Join in the fun with festivals

  • 120 ratings

Madeirans love a party and there are lively festivals year round, devoted to wine, food, folklore, flowers, art, music and fish. If you’re lucky to be there at festival time, join in the fun.

Savour mouth-watering local food

  • 230 ratings

Exotic fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, seafood, beef kebabs, honey cake, the local ‘poncha’ drink and Madeira wine – indulge in Madeira’s mouth-watering local produce and cuisine.

See the sights from a cable car

  • 230 ratings

Madeira’s cable cars are a great way to see the island’s stunning landscapes. Ride from Funchal to the town of Monte or hop on the cable car at the Madeira Botanical Gardens.

Ride on Funchal’s famous toboggans

  • 230 ratings

Take an enjoyable toboggan ride down to Funchal from Monte, in a wicker sledge reaching speeds of up to 48 kms per hour.

What ships can I choose for my Madeira cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.

    Make the most of Madeira with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way. Ride on Funchal’s famous wicker toboggans, marvel at stunning vistas from a lofty cable car or from the highest cliff in Europe, and sample delicious Madeira wine. Or enjoy an exhilarating 4x4 adventure in Madeira’s lush tropical interior. To book the best Madeira holiday, see some of our most popular excursions below.

    City, cable car, Monte and Toboggan

    Explore the city of Funchal, sample Madeira's world famous wine and admire traditional embroidery. Thrill to panoramic views on a cable car ride to Monte then hop on a toboggan for a terrific downhill ride.

    4X4 Madeira adventure

    Take a thrilling jeep adventure through Madeira, encountering forest areas only accessible via 4-x-4. Fly past lush vegetation, mountains and off-road areas on this once in a lifetime experience.

    Panoramic drive with Madeira wine tasting

    Enjoy breathtaking views at Cabo Girao, one of the highest cliffs in Europe. Stroll among fishing boats at picturesque Camara de Lobos and drive through lush vineyards to a tasting of fine Madeira wines.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you'll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry.

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    Go beyond Madeira

    Have you considered these popular ports outside of Madeira?

    • 250 ratings

    Explore Lisbon on foot or on its famous trams. With St George’s Castle, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Alfama district and the Belem Tower to discover plus much more, it’s a winner.

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