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First Portuguese Built Cruise Liner Arrives in Madeira

The first oceanic cruise ship built in Portugal arrived for the first time in Funchal harbour at 06:15 this morning. Arriving in Madeira from Lisbon, the World Explorer will leave later today for Santa Cru de Tenerife, Canary Islands.  It is the smallest of the three ships expected to dock in Funchal harbour today and is currently moored at the North Pier.

According to the company website, the World Explorer is a 5-star all-balcony-suites all purpose-built Polar expedition ship who is capable of sailing through one-metre thick ice.   It also boasts plenty of space for guests and a variety of public areas where guests can relax based on their travelling styles and needs.


• 5-star service
• Explorer Lounge on Deck 4 for jovial communal engagement
• Observation Lounge on Deck 7 for quiet contemplation and skyline views
• Bow Observation Deck with 3-5 m wide walkway which circles the forward bow 30’ above the water line making it ideal for wildlife viewing
• Library area on Deck 4 for wildlife watching and relaxing in a slightly more intimate environment
• Introverts may prefer the privacy of their own cabin, as every cabin features either a private balcony or large windows for direct ocean views
• Exceptional storage, with a mudroom for the heavy items, as well as plenty of closet space.

• Balconies/Juliet balconies in all cabins
• Outdoor running track
• Gym and sauna
• Spa with changing rooms, showers, and lockers
• Glass domed observation lounge
• Dedicated lecture theatre
• Large, separate bar/lounge
• Optional al-fresco dining
• Library and bistro seating areas with ocean views off both sides of the ship
• Mud room
• 2 lifts

Ship Specifications
• Staff & Crew 125
• Guests 176
• Length 413 feet (126 meters)
• Breadth 62 feet (19 meters)
• Draft 15 feet (4-7 meters)
• Propulsion 2x Rolls Royce 9,000 kw
• hybrid diesel/electric Ice Class 1B
• Cruising speed 16 knots in open water
• Registered in Portugal
• Lifeboats 2 fully enclosed

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