Busy morning in Funchal!

World Voyager marks the return of cruise ships

The World Voyager arriving in Funchal this morning

A busy morning in Funchal as the World Voyager arrived in port and preparations continue for tomorrows celebrations of Portugal Day. Motorists are advised to avoid the centre of the city as there are numerous diversions and road closures.

JM reported first thing this morning that the ‘World Voyager’ was already in the port of Funchal, after months with no cruises ships being seen. The ship in the Mystic Cruises fleet belongs to Portuguese businessman Mário Ferreira and is operated by the Portuguese-German company Niko Cruises.

This is the debut of a cruise operation between the islands of the Azores and Madeira, which arrived in the Madeiran capital with 55 passengers (other sources report 51), mostly German, who had boarded in the Canaries before visiting the Azores, and 100 crew on board, all equipped with PCR tests for SARS-Cov-2.

The Azores visit began on the island of Ponta Delgada and included later passages through the islands of Graciosa, Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Terceira and Santa Maria, before heading to Funchal to complete an eight-day cruise.

The vice president of the Regional Government was in attendance to officially welcome the ‘World Voyager’, with the new route testing all the port’s health security logistics, being a clear sign that the port infrastructure is prepared for the return of cruise ships.

On Friday, the ship leaves Funchal with 78 passengers, anchors in Desertas and then docks in Porto Santo, where tourists will be able to ride in a bubble and help boost local commerce.

A new tab has been added to the top of each page with a link to resources dealing with COVID-19 in Madeira – this covers the latest government regulations on travel to the island, how to get a PCR test, and many other links that will be useful to people wanting to travel to and from Madeira

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found in an earlier post

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post

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