Funchal Cruises

Boudicca cruising Funchal, Madeira
Boudicca cruising Funchal, Madeira

Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Madeiran archipelago, has a timeless old-world charm. Enhanced by a subtropical climate that fills this 'floating garden' with the year-round colours and perfumes of flowers and fruit, Funchal was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. His praise of the city has ensured British visitors always receive a warm welcome from locals.

Backed by rolling hills, the town is famous for its harbour, the 17th century São Tiago Fortress (now the Contemporary Art Museum) and world renowned Madeiran wine cellars.[ReadMoreMob] Funchal’s parks and gardens are a delight, and a hike through the Laurel Forest nearby is highly recommended. The ancient Funchal Cathedral mixes Gothic and Romanesque architecture, and is noted for its impressive carved wooden ceiling.

Cruises to Funchal

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Departs: Southampton • Mon 01 Mar 2021
13 nights • Balmoral • L2105

  • Recover from the long, cold winter with an indulgent island-hopping adventure in early spring, visiting five diverse destinations for soothing seasonal warmth, spectacular scenery and plenty of attractions.
  • Start things off with the lush, verdant landscapes, sweet smelling tropical gardens, and scenic trails of Madeira; then visit four breathtaking Canary Islands on consecutive days.
  • You can explore biosphere reserves and stargaze at La Palma; take in Tenerife’s Pyramids of Güímar and mighty Mount Teide; revel in Gran Canaria’s renowned warmth; and trail Lanzarote’s astonishing, lunar-like landscapes.

From £1,499pp

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Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Exploring the Canaries & Madeira

Departs: Newcastle • Thu 01 Apr 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2109

  • Unearth the true essence of the Canaries and Madeira, as you sail between five diverse islands to savour a tempting menu of arresting landscapes, glorious beaches and soothing spring warmth.
  • After an Easter weekend to remember, including three restful sea days and a chance to explore pretty Oporto, you get to experience Madeira’s fragrant gardens and lush landscapes in resplendent seasonal bloom.
  • The breathtaking attractions of four inspiring Canary Islands await discovery: highlights include the volcanic wonders of Tenerife and Lanzarote; Gran Canaria’s oasis-like sand dunes; and La Palma’s Los Tilos forest.

From £1,899pp

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Wine Regions of Portugal, Spain & France

Wine Regions of Portugal, Spain & France

Departs: Newcastle • Sat 04 Sep 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2128

  • Indulge yourself in the authentic flavours of Portugal and France, as you explore a gorgeous island and charming cities selected for their links to world-renowned wines.
  • You can join the celebrations at Madeira’s annual Wine Festival; visit Oporto, famed for its port wines; and even visit a family-run French vineyard.
  • There are plenty of other highlights too, from the tropical gardens and landscapes of Madeira to the historic sites of Bordeaux, where Balmoral docks close to the city centre.

From £1,699pp

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Winter Warmth of the Canaries

Winter Warmth of the Canaries

Departs: Portsmouth • Wed 17 Nov 2021
13 nights • Balmoral • L2136

  • Visiting four fabulous islands with a wealth of breathtaking attractions, you’re in for an incredible journey of Canarian discovery on board Balmoral.
  • Volcanic landscapes will beg for your exploration at La Palma, Tenerife and Lanzarote, while enchanting forest, mysterious pyramids, subterranean caverns and much more awaits you too.
  • There’s also a visit Madeira, to explore famous botanical gardens and unique walking routes; and you might even witness the awe-inspiring wonder of the Leonids meteors at night.

From £1,499pp

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Cultural Canary Islands Closer Cruise

Cultural Canary Islands Closer Cruise

Departs: Southampton • Tue 23 Nov 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2129

  • With smaller-scaled Braemar bringing you closer to the diverse landscapes and natural wonders of the balmy Canaries and Madeira, feel a world away from the autumn gloom back home.
  • Three sun-kissed Canary Islands await exploration; immerse yourself in the blissful, unspoilt beauty of volcanic peaks, fauna-rich forests and poison gardens in La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife.
  • Discover Madeira’s resplendent botanical gardens and beautiful walking trails during an extended stay in Funchal; plus, taste Lisbon’s authentic culture and history.

From £1,499pp

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Festive Escape to Madeira, Portugal & Spain

Festive Escape to Madeira, Portugal & Spain

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Dec 2021
11 nights • Balmoral • L2138

  • Enjoy a pre-Christmas cruise with a twist, as you visit Portugal, Spain and Madeira – rather than popular tourist spots in Western and Central Europe – for a feast of fun and festivity.
  • Feel a buzz of excitement amongst the Christmas markets, illuminations and decorations of four enchanting destinations. Funchal, Lisbon – Portugal’s capital – and Vigo are particular highlights.
  • There’s time to discover other highlights too; you can take in Madeira’s lush landscapes and botanical gardens, immersive yourself in Lisbon’s local culture, and seek-out the maritime landmarks of La Coruña.

From £1,199pp

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Caribbean Islands and Festive Celebrations

Caribbean Islands and Festive Celebrations

Departs: Southampton • Tue 07 Dec 2021
30 nights • Braemar • M213031

  • Escape the gloomy British winter, as well as the stress of the busy festive period, and cruise across the Atlantic to the Caribbean for a simply unforgettable holiday.
  • Spend almost three weeks hopping between islands such as St Kitts, Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia for spectacular scenery, beaches and an authentic taste of the Caribbean.
  • Enjoy a Christmas Day of fun, food and festivity on board Braemar, welcome 2022 in style, watching St Maarten’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, and spend three unforgettable days in Havana, Cuba.

From £3,849pp

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Canaries Christmas & New Year

Canaries Christmas & New Year

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 21 Dec 2021
14 nights • Borealis • S2129

  • Escape to sunnier climes for a magical and memorable festive season filled with unforgettable island sights, experiences and spectacular celebrations.
  • Enjoy a magical Christmas, with a feast of fun, food, and festivity on board Borealis and time in Tenerife; and see in 2022 with one of the world’s greatest New Year’s fireworks displays in Madeira.
  • In between the Christmas and New Year celebrations, there are visits to four beautiful, culture rich islands on consecutive days – Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma and La Gomera await.

From £2,299pp

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Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks

Departs: Southampton • Wed 22 Dec 2021
14 nights • Balmoral • L2131

  • Savour an unforgettable festive season as you sail to and visit a string of stunning, sun-kissed Atlantic Ocean islands on board.
  • Celebrate Christmas at sea with fun, festivity and delicious food; and in Madeira, welcome the arrival of 2022 in style as spectacular New Year’s fireworks illuminate Funchal’s night sky.
  • You’ll have time to explore Madeira’s gorgeous gardens and trails too, while an post-Christmas Canary Island hopping adventure takes in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma.

From £2,299pp

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Atlantic Islands & Brazilian Icons

Atlantic Islands & Brazilian Icons

Departs: Southampton • Tue 04 Jan 2022
25 nights • Bolette • T2202

  • Seek out some of Brazil’s most iconic attractions, from the world famous landmarks of Rio de Janeiro to legendary rainforests, on this epic voyage.
  • You can revel in unrivalled views from Sugarloaf Mountain, watch the sunset from Copacabana Beach, have a private mass at mighty Christ the Redeemer, and much more.
  • Explore historic Salvador and uncover gorgeous natural treasures at Ilhabela, plus visit attraction-packed Montevideo in Uruguay and a trio of beautiful Atlantic Ocean islands – Tenerife, Madeira and São Vicente.

From £3,599pp

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South America with the Chilean Fjords

South America with the Chilean Fjords

Departs: Southampton • Tue 04 Jan 2022
49 nights • Bolette • T220203

  • Experience the very best that one of the world’s most intoxication regions has to offer, on this extensive, in-depth exploration of South America packed with countless highlights throughout.
  • After crossing the Atlantic, discover authentic Brazil, from the iconic sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro to golden beaches and Atlantic rainforests within reach of Ilhabela.
  • Experience the contrasts of Patagonia in Argentina and Chile; discover arid frontiers and wonderlands of snow-capped peaks, plus experience scenic cruising of astonishing Chilean Fjords.

From £6,699pp

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Canaries & Madeira Winter Warmth

Canaries & Madeira Winter Warmth

Departs: Southampton • Wed 05 Jan 2022
14 nights • Balmoral • L2201

  • Enjoy the comfort of Balmoral and the soothing warmth of the Canaries and Madeira – the perfect way to escape the winter cold and recover from the hectic festive period.
  • Uncover the delights of Madeira, with its tropical gardens and lush landscapes, and gorgeous Gran Canaria, famed for its tropical climate and oasis-like beaches.
  • Four days of engrossing Canary Island discovery includes a visit to Tenerife, home of mighty Mount Teide and the mysterious Pyramids of Güímar, and lunar-like Lanzarote too.

From £1,699pp

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Islands of Cape Verde, Madeira & the Canaries

Islands of Cape Verde, Madeira & the Canaries

Departs: Southampton • Wed 19 Jan 2022
19 nights • Balmoral • L2202

  • Experience the colourful history, culture and spectacular beauty of glorious islands; the feel of soothing winter warmth on your skin; and the magic of Atlantic Ocean cruising.
  • Enjoy an authentic taste of Cape Verde; get amongst the bustle of African markets, move to the beats of traditional dance, marvel at spectacular landscapes, and much more.
  • Discover three beautiful Canary Islands on your Atlantic exploration, for volcanic landscapes and natural wonders; and indulge in the sweet scents and flavours of Madeira.

From £2,099pp

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Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

Departs: Newcastle • Mon 02 May 2022
16 nights • Balmoral • L2211

  • Experience the excitement and traditions of Madeira Flower Festival, and immerse yourself in a fusion of floral colour, fragrance and beauty, on this very special springtime cruise celebration.
  • Explore Madeira’s lush landscapes and tropical gardens too; and seek out horticultural wonders – such as Tenerife’s poison gardens and the cactus gardens of Lanzarote – in the Canaries.
  • You can also delight in the maritime history of La Coruña and Lisbon, Portugal’s capital; and visit Claude Monet’s iconic house and gardens from Honfleur.

From £1,999pp

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Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

Canary Islands & Madeira Winter Warmth

Departs: Southampton • Tue 02 Feb 2021
14 nights • Balmoral • L2103B

  • After all the excitement, stress and strain of the hectic festive season, this enticing escape to the winter warmth of the beautiful Canaries and Madeira is the perfect way to settle into the new year.
  • You’ll have chances to unwind on Gran Canaria’s golden sands; marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Tenerife and Lanzarote; explore the verdant lands of La Palma; and stimulate your senses with Madeira’s fragrant gardens.
  • Before and after your island hopping adventures, two picturesque mainland cities provide plenty of highlights: Lisbon and La Coruña boast an abundance of architectural, historical and cultural delights.

From £1,599pp

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Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Departs: Dover • Thu 25 Mar 2021
14 nights • Bolette • T2106

  • Experience the seemingly endless rewards of the hard-to-reach Azores, as Bolette takes you on an unforgettable journey to three of this remote archipelago’s most beautiful and diverse islands.
  • Astonishing wonderlands of emerald-green landscapes, mighty volcanos and vast craters, out-of-this world lakes and thermal pools, and picturesque cities await, on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel.
  • The highlights aren’t restricted to the Azores though: there’s also opportunities to stimulate your senses with Madeira’s stunning scenery, fragrance and flavours; and explore UNESCO-listed Oporto.

From £1,299pp

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Four Ladies in Lisbon with the Canaries

Four Ladies in Lisbon with the Canaries

Departs: Dover • Mon 18 Oct 2021
15 nights • Bolette • T2125

  • Experience an enriching, in-depth discovery of the Canaries, with consecutive visits to five of the archipelago’s most beautiful, vibrant and culture-rich islands.
  • Enjoy time in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and Lanzarote to seek-out volcanic wonders, sample local culture or perhaps simply relax in the sunshine on glorious beaches.
  • What’s more, there’s also a special visit to Portugal’s capital, to experience a memorable day of celebration and festivity at the unmissable ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’ event.

From £1,899pp

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Landscapes of the Canary Islands

Landscapes of the Canary Islands

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Dec 2021
14 nights • Bolette • T2129

  • Prepare for the busy festive period on a pre-Christmas getaway packed with the sun, sand and sights of a string of gorgeous islands.
  • Tenerife is sure to be a highlight; an extended stay timed to offer a chance to witness the magical ‘shooting stars’ of the Geminid Meteor Shower.
  • You could also see Mount Teide in Tenerife; explore the volcanic landscapes and verdant forests of La Gomera and La Palma; and indulge in the renowned warmth of Gran Canaria.

From £1,399pp

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Journey to the Islands of the Caribbean

Journey to the Islands of the Caribbean

Departs: Southampton • Tue 07 Dec 2021
16 nights • Braemar • M2130

  • Escape for some well-earned rest, relaxation and soothing sunshine in the Caribbean as the British winter takes hold and the busy Christmas period fast approaches.
  • Leaving the UK’s gloomy shores behind, you’ll experience the magic of an Atlantic Ocean crossing en route to the Caribbean, visiting picturesque Lisbon and gorgeous Madeira en route.
  • Your immersive Caribbean exploration takes in stunning St Maarten; St Kitts, for a chance to ride the island’s scenic railway; beautiful Basse-Terre; and vibrant Barbados.

From £1,699pp

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Latin America with the Chilean Fjords

Latin America with the Chilean Fjords

Departs: Southampton • Tue 04 Jan 2022
79 nights • Bolette • T2201

  • Immerse yourself in an intoxicating blend of history, culture and beauty as you discover iconic destinations and unforgettable highlights on an epic, in-depth exploration of Latin America.
  • You can have a private mass at Rio’s legendary Christ the Redeemer; dance the tango in Buenos Aires; tour to magnificent Machu Picchu; and much more.
  • Scenic cruising by Cape Horn; through the Chilean Fjords spectacular mountains and glaciers; and navigating the Panama Canal will create everlasting memories.

From £8,299pp

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