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FUNCHAL, PORTUGAL: HERE WE COME... After 8 days crossing the Atlantic, we were ready to set foot on land!
Even the funny hat man is glad to see land ...
... s a swim in the sea water filled pool, which is nearly as cold as Lake Wanaka and ensures lengths are done in record breaking time, followed by 15 minutes in the Jacuzzi (We do shower after leaving the gym!) Rhianwyn has attended the craft class and after being sent away the first time and told to come back in two days succeeded in making a crochet bag, only for the feisty Italian leading the session to exclaim, "It's wrong" and unravel ...
... language from quite a reasonable distance, and figured we were probably good for 6 euros should he sidle up alongside us. And so the dodgy knees won the vote and we jumped in and enjoyed the 5-10 minute cab ride which just seemed to go down down and still further down before arriving on flat ground in the heart of the city. Just 'there' indeed!
So as we wandered these magnificent stone footpaths paved with pictures of Portuguese explorers from times gone by, ...
... Chef John Pugh and got some fascinating insights into the high standards and wonderful fare they deliver to us every day. It was fabulous and we are looking forward to the second last day on board when they do the Galley lunch, providing a spread which is laid out throughout this huge galley kitchen.
After today we have one more full day at sea before we reach Funchal in Madeira which we believe is really beautiful. We're contemplating a cable car ride ...
... don't know if we can get there. It's a kilometre away and we only have 2 more hours"
"What do you call those floatey things that you take when you're skiing?" "Well, Calgary Girl, do you mean gondolas?" "Yes, gondolas. They're right there and they're also on my map so I now know where we are. Or where we were.."
"Hey, this tunnel is on ...
TripAdvisor Reviews Santa Maria Funchal
Other places to stay in Funchal
Rua Imperatriz D. Amelia 55, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $101
- Loved the Hypnotist!
- Beautiful-We were treated with great care.
- Fabulous! No kids!
Rua Simplicio dos Passos Gouveia, 29, Funchal | 5 star hotelfrom $186
- Nice, Relaxing Hotel
- Great suites
Estrada Monumental 175-177, Funchal | 5 star hotelfrom $201
- A wonderful hotel.
- Would definitely reccommend
- This hotel exceeded our expectations....
Largo Antonio Nobre , Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $111
- Would stay at this hotel again
- Our most enjoyable holiday for years!
- Great location for Town Centre
Estrada Monumental 284, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $69
- Good Honest Value
- Very pleasant hotel
- Good Hotel
Lido - Rua de Leichlingen nos. 2-4, Funchal | 5 star hotelfrom $111
Estrada Monumental 316, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $76
Rua Nova Vale D'Ajuda, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $65
Rua Simplicio Passos Gouveia, 21, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $159
- Will return
- Madeirn Magic
Estrada Monumental, 147, Funchal | 5 star hotelfrom $217
- Watch out for the afternoon tea !!
- Maderia magic
- Superb Hotel
Praia Formosa , Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $138
- Heaven on Earth, Perfect Holiday
- Faultless in every respect!
- Excellent hotel
Estrada Monumental 265, Funchal | 5 star hotelfrom $147
Quinta Calaca 1, Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $73
- Un hotel muy bonito
- Dated dark and dingy
- Sehr nettes Hotel
Rua Ponta da Cruz, 23, Funchal | 5 star hotelfrom $115
- A Grand Holiday indeed!
- 5* holiday at its best
- Very Nice hotel
Estrada Monumental 302, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $55
- Good location
- Better than expected
- Past it's sell-by date
Estrada Monumental 306, Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $51
Rua da Casa Branca 98, Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $47
Rua do Gorgulho 2, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $135
- A 5-star hotel in all but name
- Our first trip to madeira
- Shear Elegance
Azinhaga da Casa Branca 7, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $92
Rua do Cabrestante 25, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $78
Estrada Monumental 256, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $83
Avda do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses 50, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $142
- Wonderful Friendly Staff and Good Quality Accommodation
- Good all round hotel
- Perfect Location
Rua da Casa Branca, Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $49
Estrada Monumental 239, Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $39
Rua Leichlingen 7, Funchal | 3 star hotelfrom $159
- Loved the veiws
- Exc with a baby - space, comfort, resort facilities but not too "resorty"!
Estrada Monumental 194, Funchal | 4 star hotelfrom $92