Port of Funchal

For many years, until the Second World War, Madeira was a stopping point for the great ocean-going liners, thanks to its strategic mid-Atlantic location. It was an important port of call for the routes between Europe and Africa and America. Many cruise ships call at Funchal today. 
Some of the features of Madeira that have contributed to its success in the cruise market are its strong tourist tradition, based on peace and safety, the support services for visitors, and its friendly inhabitants. No less important are geographical factors like environment, climate and location.

The region’s ports are on the cruise circuits between Madeira, the Canary islands and North Africa. There are also some routes operating from the western Mediterranean or the Atlantic coast of Europe, including Lisbon. Funchal is also an important port of call for annual trans-Atlantic repositioning voyages by ships transferring from America to Europe, and vice-versa.