The news on the grapevine is that this year’s ferry will be the Volcan de Timanfaya. The ship entered service in 2004 and has 206 cabins, can carry approximately 1,000 passengers and 300 cars. Naviera Armas used this ship on their Madeira – Portimão – Canary Islands route in 2006.
Settling on this year’s ship has not been plain sailing as the ‘Volcan de Tijarafe’, last year’s ferry is currently operating on the Balearic Island route, forcing the Madeirense Navigation Company to make another choice from the Naviera Armas fleet. Initially, the Madeiran operators hoped to be able to lease the new Villa de Teror. However, this has only just been built and is currently undergoing sea trials, but these should be completed soon with the ferry becoming operational from mid-June this year. Being a newer ship, it has an increased passenger (1,500) and vehicle (450) capacity.
In a statement Madeirense Navigation Company administrator, Duarte Rodrigues confirmed that everything has been agreed for this year’s ferry service but confirmed that finding a ship for the summer period had not been easy.
Tickets will be available from Monday.
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