Cruises to Funchal, Portugal

Hop on board one of MSC's Mediterranean Cruises to Funchal. The great Portuguese poet, playwright and author, Júlio Dinis famously described Funchal as; “The sea on one side, the mountains on the other, and between these two majestic splendours, the city smiles like a child sleeping, safe and warm, between its parents”. Find the perfect Mediterranean Cruise to Funchal with MSC Cruises.

Funchal: A beautiful Mediterranean haven and the very soul of Portugal


The great Portuguese poet, playwright and author, Júlio Dinis famously described Funchal as; “The sea on one side, the mountains on the other, and between these two majestic splendours, the city smiles like a child sleeping, safe and warm, between its parents”. We can’t think of a prettier and more inviting introduction to this beautiful Mediterranean haven.

Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira is the very soul of Portugal.
Settlers over 500 years ago were attracted to this sheltered spot, which is set in a natural ‘amphitheater’. Gentle slopes, abundant with flowers, rise above the pretty harbor to almost 1200 meters.

The magnificent bay of Funchal, with its glittering blue waters is home to the port, just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Thanks to its strategic mid-Atlantic location, Madeira has been an important stopping point for ocean-going ships for many years and was an important port of call for the routes on cruise ships between Europe and Africa and America.

As part of your Mediterranean cruise vacation with MSC Cruises, your luxury cruise ship will also call in at this exquisite holiday destination.

MSC Cruises is renowned for offering some of the best luxury cruise package deals around. Our shore excursions will take in the best that this cosmopolitan and attractive city has to offer with its lush parks, elegant boutiques shops and hotels.

Scenic excursions feature a unique basket ride down the mountainside.

Book your cruise to Funchal with MSC Cruises today!

Cruise to Funchal - Portugal - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

Directions


The port is a 20-minute slightly uphill walk from the town centre. A taxi service is available from the dockside to the town centre.

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 FUN01 - PICO DOS BARCELOS (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Tasting included  Leave the vessel and get ready to fall in love with the lush landscape of the island. A coach drive will take you to the town of Pico dos Barcelos from where you can admire breathtaking views over the island of Madeira. Continue to Monte and visit to “Nossa Senora da Monte” church. We will indulge in the fun local past-time of toboggan riding as we take ride in a wicker chariot through the streets ! The pace changes at Livramento point where we will visit an embroidery factory. During the tour you will have the chance to sample some of the local Madeira liqueurs. Please note: the toboggan station may be crowded and it may be necessary to wait and/or queue before getting in. Comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 FUN01WI - PICO DOS BARCELOS  (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Tasting included  Leave the vessel and get ready to fall in love with the lush landscape of Madeira. A coach drive will take you to the town of Pico dos Barcelos from where we can admire breathtaking views over the island of Madeira. Continue to Monte and visit to “Nossa Senora da Monte” church. We will indulge in the fun local past-time of toboggan riding as we take ride in a wicker chariot through the streets ! The pace changes at Livramento point where we will visit an embroidery factory. During the tour you will have the chance to sample some of the local Madeira liqueurs. Please note: the toboggan station may be crowded and it may be necessary to wait and/or queue before getting in. Comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 FUN02 - FAIAL (approx. 8 hours, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Tasting included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Starting out from the port of Funchal, the capital of the verdant island of Madeira, the tour first takes you to Terreiro de Luta, Poiso and Pico de Areeiro for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The excursion continues with a visit to a local trout farm in Ribeiro Frio – which means cold river in Portuguese – and a scenic drive through sugar cane plantations up to Faial, a pretty village located along Madeira’s northern coastline. The tour then continues on to Machico, a historical fishing village, before heading for Portela in the north of the island near Porto da Cruz. An enjoyable wine-tasting session awaits you here, one of the certain highlights of the tour. There will also be time to relax over a delicious lunch. Your tour comes to an end with your return to the ship. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. This excursion is unsuitale for guests with heart problems due to the height reached.

Price per person $114.00 Adults $80.00 Children

   


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 FUN02WI - FAJAL (approx. 8 hours, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Tasting included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Starting out from the port of Funchal, the capital of the verdant island of Madeira, the tour first takes you to Terreiro de Luta, Poiso and Pico de Areeiro for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The excursion continues with a visit to a local trout farm in Ribeiro Frio – which means cold river in Portuguese – and a scenic drive through sugar cane plantations up to Faial, a pretty village located along Madeira’s northern coastline. The tour then continues on to Machico, a historical fishing village, before heading for Portela in the north of the island near Porto da Cruz. An enjoyable wine-tasting session awaits you here, one of the certain highlights of the tour. There will also be time to relax over a delicious lunch. Your tour comes to an end with your return to the ship. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. For MSC Armonia 2-day calls, this tour is available on the first day. This tour is unsuitable for guests with heart problems due to the height reached.

Price per person $113.00 Adults $79.00 Children

   


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 FUN03 - EIRA DO SERRADO, MONTE & CABLE CAR (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Tasting included  Shopping  An approx. 30-minute coach drive brings you to the town of Eira do Serrado for a short stop to look around. Perched at a height of 1,026 metres above sea level, the place offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and the village lying in Nun’s Valley below. Next up is the town of Monte, situated high in the hills, to visit the Catholic pilgrimage site of Nossa Senhora do Monte, a church with beautiful gardens full of the typical lush vegetation that thrives in Madeira’s exceptional microclimate. Be prepared for jaw-dropping views as you take the cable car down from Monte back to Funchal. This is a perfect opportunity to take photos and capture these special vistas for your memory book. There will also be time to shop, visit a local embroidery factory and participate in a wine-tasting session. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $60.00 Adults $42.00 Children

   


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 FUN03WI - EIRA DO SERRADO, MONTE & CABLE CAR (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Tasting included  An approx. 30-minute coach drive brings you to the town of Eira do Serrado for a short stop to look around. Perched at a height of 1,026 metres above sea level, the place offers gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and the village lying in Nun’s Valley below. Next up is the town of Monte, situated high in the hills, to visit the Catholic pilgrimage site of Nossa Senhora do Monte, a church with beautiful gardens full of the typical lush vegetation that thrives in Madeira’s exceptional microclimate. Be prepared for jaw-dropping views as you take the cable car down from Monte back to Funchal. This is a perfect opportunity to take photos and capture these special vistas for posterity. There will also be time to shop, visit a local embroidery factory and participate in a wine-tasting session. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. For MSC Armonia 2-day calls, this tour is available on the first day.

Price per person $60.00 Adults $42.00 Children

   


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 FUN04 - CABO GIRAO & RIBEIRA BRAVA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  After first heading to the Pico da Torre vantage point for the panoramic view, the excursion then continues on up to Cabo Girão, which is the world’s second-highest cliff face. The outlook from the safety railings is out of this world and a great place from which to take photos, but is equally lovely from a little way back. After an opportunity to try the local speciality – a tasty cocktail called poncha – and take in the scenery, the final leg on the tour begins with a 1-hour drive to Ribeira Brava. Situated on the southwest of Madeira, the pretty little town is a hive of street cafés and shops. It is believed the town’s name derived from the wild (Brava) river (Ribeira) that once flowed through the area. Your tour concludes with your return to Funchal and the ship. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended.

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 FUN04WI - CABO GIRAO & RIBEIRA BRAVA (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  After first heading to the Pico da Torre vantage point for the panoramic view, the excursion then continues on up to Cabo Girão, which is the world’s second-highest cliff face. The outlook from the safety railings is out of this world and a great place from which to take photos, but is equally lovely from a little way back. After an opportunity to try the local speciality – a tasty cocktail called poncha – and take in the scenery, the final leg on the tour begins with a 1-hour drive to Ribeira Brava. Situated on the southwest of Madeira, the pretty little town is a hive of street cafés and shops. It is believed the town’s name derived from the wild (Brava) river (Ribeira) that once flowed through the area. Your tour concludes with your return to Funchal and the ship. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. For MSC Armonia 2-day calls, this tour is available on the second day.

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 FUN05 - DISCOVERING FUNCHAL (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Shopping  Your discovery tour of Funchal, the capital of Madeira, begins with a drive to the town of Monte and the mid-18th-century church of Nossa Senhora do Monte, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site, along with its beautiful gardens. Have your camera poised for the next leg: a ride on Madeira’s new cable car service from Monte to the island’s Botanical Gardens. Though short, the ride promises spectacular views of Funchal bay and the River João Gomes in a laurel-forested area of outstanding natural beauty. The lush vegetation found in the Botanical Gardens, including both indigenous and other varieties, comprises more than 2,000 plants. A chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the local produce market is next, after which the tour draws to a close with a visit to a nearby embroidery factory. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $63.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 FUN05WI - DISCOVERING FUNCHAL (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Shopping  Your discovery tour of Funchal, the capital of Madeira, begins with a drive to the town of Monte and the mid-18th-century church of Nossa Senhora do Monte, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site, along with its beautiful gardens. Have your camera poised for the next leg: a ride on Madeira’s new cable car service from Monte to the island’s Botanical Gardens. Though short, the ride promises spectacular views of Funchal bay and the River João Gomes in a laurel-forested area of outstanding natural beauty. The lush vegetation found in the Botanical Gardens, including both indigenous and other varieties, comprises more than 2,000 plants. A chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the local produce market is next, after which the tour draws to a close with a visit to a nearby embroidery factory. Please note: comfortable shoes and a coat are recommended. For MSC Armonia 2-day calls, this tour is available on the second day.

Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 FUN09 - EXPLORING FUNCHAL BY 4X4 (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  New  The historical city of Funchal has been Madeira’s capital for more than 500 years and its greater municipal area is also home to a panoply of untouched natural beauty that this exciting road trip in a 4x4 will give you a chance to experience at first hand. Once settled in your modern jeep, you will make your way inland through one of Madeira’s most enchanting forest regions, whose abundance of wild fennel also gave Funchal its name. As you travel along a pleasantly meandering and undulating route, you can sit back and savour amazing views of mountain peaks, cascading rivers and verdant valleys – and capture some fabulous vistas for posterity during numerous photo stops. Largely hidden by the mountainous topology of this volcanic island, these secluded areas and protected natural habitats promise to give you an authentic taste of the island in its purest form, “essence of Madeira”, if you will. Your essential exploration of Madeira’s scenic interior and celebration of off-road driving comes to a close with your return to the ship, richer in experiences and memories. Please note: this tour is considered to be unsuitable for pregnant women as well as for guests with mobility, back or neck problems or who use a wheelchair. Guests must be at least 13 years of age to take part. The driver will provide information in English only.

Price per person $84.00 Adults $59.00 Children

   


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 FUN09WI - EXPLORING FUNCHAL BY 4X4 - approx. 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  The historical city of Funchal has been Madeira’s capital for more than 500 years and its greater municipal area is also home to a panoply of untouched natural beauty that this exciting road trip in a 4x4 will give you a chance to experience at first hand. Once settled in your modern jeep, you will make your way inland through one of Madeira’s most enchanting forest regions, whose abundance of wild fennel also gave Funchal its name. As you travel along a pleasantly meandering and undulating route, you can sit back and savour amazing views of mountain peaks, cascading rivers and verdant valleys – and capture some fabulous vistas for posterity during numerous photo stops. Largely hidden by the mountainous topology of this volcanic island, these secluded areas and protected natural habitats promise to give you an authentic taste of the island in its purest form, “essence of Madeira”, if you will. Your essential exploration of Madeira’s scenic interior and celebration of off-road driving comes to a close with your return to the ship, richer in experiences and memories. Please note: this tour is considered to be unsuitable for pregnant women as well as for guests with mobility, back or neck problems or who use a wheelchair. Guests must be at least 13 years of age to take part. The driver will provide information in English only. For MSC Armonia 2-day calls, this tour is available on the second day.

Price per person $83.00 Adults $58.00 Children

   


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 FUN10 - WILDLIFE EXPLORATION BY BOAT (approx. 2.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  New  Channel your inner Cousteau and set sail for a thoroughly immersive – yet dry – exploration of the thrilling marine wildlife found in the offshore waters of Madeira’s south coast. Once briefed and safely on the boat, you can begin to look forward to the thrilling moment when you spot your first dolphin or whale at close quarters, a memory simply made to be cherished. Your marine biologist guide will keep you ‘infotained’ with fascinating facts about the various species that call this part of the Atlantic Ocean home. The roughly 2-hour turn on the boat will give you plenty of time to take in your surrounding and watch out for pods of whales and dolphins before you begin to head back to the shore and leave the delightful company of these endearing aquatic mammals. Please note: guests must be in good health and at least 11 years of age to take part. The tour is considered to be unsuitable both for guests suffering from neck or back problems and for pregnant women. Information will be provided in English only during the tour, which will also run in the event of rain, provided the water is calm. While sightings of whales and dolphins cannot be guaranteed, they are very likely (more than 90% success rate).

Price per person $101.00 Adults $71.00 Children

   


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 FUN10WI - WILDLIFE EXPLORATION BY BOAT - approx. 2.5 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  Channel your inner Cousteau and set sail for a thoroughly immersive – yet dry – exploration of the thrilling marine wildlife found in the offshore waters of Madeira’s south coast. Once briefed and safely on the boat, you can begin to look forward to the thrilling moment when you spot your first dolphin or whale at close quarters, a memory simply made to be cherished. Your marine biologist guide will keep you ‘infotained’ with fascinating facts about the various species that call this part of the Atlantic Ocean home. The roughly 2-hour turn on the boat will give you plenty of time to take in your surrounding and watch out for pods of whales and dolphins before you begin to head back to the shore and leave the delightful company of these endearing aquatic mammals.Please note: guests must be in good health and at least 11 years of age to take part. The tour is considered to be unsuitable both for guests suffering from neck or back problems and for pregnant women. Information will be provided in English only during the tour, which will also run in the event of rain, provided the water is calm. While sightings of whales and dolphins cannot be guaranteed, they are very likely (more than 90% success rate). For MSC Armonia 2-day calls, this tour is available on the first day.

Price per person $100.00 Adults $70.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.