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Busy Easter at Port of Madeira

The Ports of Madeira, Funchal and Porto Santo, has confirmed that during Easter week (Sunday 10th until tomorrow the 17th), 21 cruise liners carrying a total of 11,556 passengers and 8,032 crew will have docked in the region.  To this, they add a further seven mega-yachts, including the Illusion, which docked this afternoon in Funchal harbour.

While talking to reporters, the President of APRAM, Paula Cabaço, said:

“It has been an excellent period for our ports. The number of cruise liner stopovers has nearly reached 2019 figures. However, in terms of passenger movement, it is not yet and it will take some time before we reach pre-pandemic figures. In addition, many of the ships visiting us are smaller and this, naturally, is reflected in the global movement of passengers.”

Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, Mein Schiff 4, Seven Seas Voyager and Scenic Eclipse are expected to dock in the Port of Funchal.

Mein Schiff 4 arrives at 6:00 am from Ponta Delgada, with 1304 passengers and 764 crew, and will remain in Madeira for 32 hours, before sailing to La Palma at 2 pm.

Seven Seas Voyager will dock at around 6:45 am having sailed from Lisbon. There are 427 passengers and 454 crew members onboard, and will leave for La Palma at 5:00 pm.

The Scenic Eclipse, a small six-star ship, will arrive from Lisbon at 7:00 am, with 152 passengers and 166 crew onboard. She will remain in harbour for 18 hours before leaving on Monday, at 1 am, for Porto Santo.

The Illusion will remain in port for 117 hours, allowing the eleven crew members some R & R time.  The yacht then leaves for Gibraltar on the 21st of April.

Samantha Gannon

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