“Norwegian Epic” and ‘Celebrity Silhouette’ debut in Funchal. Jacaranda in bloom.


Two cruise ships have made their first appearance in Funchal in the last week.

Ugly ship?

This morning (Sunday) the Norwegian Epic is due arrive at around 9.00am with 4228 passengers on a 22 day cruise on board. This is the first ship of the new generation of cruise ships built by Norwegian Cruise Lines. During its construction in France the ship was the target of several ............  ...read more

Dengue campaign. Beatles Boat “illegal”

Apologies for the relatively infrequent postings of late – business, for some strange reason, has been frantic for the last month! – tourism in Madeira seems buoyant, at least from our perspective. Hopefully there will not be any bad news this year – no more fires, floods or fever. ............  ...read more

“Troika” visits Portugal today. Bail-out loan repayment extension. Venezuelan elections

‘Troika’ comes to Portugal today aware of the intentions of the Government to circumvent Constitutional Court ruling

The ‘Troika’ returns to Portugal today (Monday) after extending by seven years the deadline for the country to pay the bail-out loans. Press Agency Lusa reports that elements of the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Monetary ............  ...read more

Portuguese Court blocks austerity measures. “Maritime Cluster of Macaronesia”. Choupana Hills recovery plan.

Portuguese Court creates Eurozone uncertainty

On Friday the single currency bloc, still reeling from the botched Cyprus bail-out, was plunged into fresh uncertainty as the Portuguese constitutional court blocked four out of nine austerity measures aimed at meeting the conditions of its €78bn bail-out, forcing the government to find savings ............  ...read more

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