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Jack_Tar's Port Reviews of Madeira (Funchal), Tenerife, Lanzarote, Grenada
Norwegian Jade cruise in December 2011
Member Name: Jack_Tar
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: Jack_Tar's Norwegian Jade Review
Madeira (Funchal)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Private tour arranged. When the driver said the tour we had booked there would be parts that would be cloudy and miserable, he suggested that he would show us the best parts around Funchal for the same price.

Well he did not disappoint, he had a good sense of humour. Also he said if we wanted to stay longer in one place it was no problem. We visited various place , to name a couple , the fisherman's port and he directed us to a real grubby bar (it was actually nice as it was used by the local fisherman) We ordered Madeira Poncha which features sugar cane "aguardente" (firewater similar to white rum), lemon and bee's honey, even though nowadays there are several variants made from fruits such as passion fruit, orange or Tangerine that substitute the lemon. The secret is to mix all the ingredients with a "mexilote", a typical stick with a phallic form. We actually watched the barman mixing and pounding the ingredients in the bar it is a bit time consuming, but well worth it and it is very potent.

We also went to Monte where the start of the Toboggan run is also Nossa Senhora do Monte' a church situated at the top of an impressive flight of steps.

At the end we asked if he could take us to a nice restaurant, not a touristy one. He said there was one but it wasn't cheap neither too expensive. Again he was spot on and we invited him to dine with us it was O Barqueiro.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Free shuttle to entrance to docking pier. This was a DIY tour of Santa Cruz by foot, mainly window shopping. Big shopping centre over 7 floors
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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Arrecief , Breakfast room service. Off ship at 09.30 free bus/coach shuttle to town as a sign states it is 2.5km (59mins) walk. The dock is a working dock with containers etc, and does not have a picturesque outlook as some people thought it should have had. Again DIY tour of town by foot, Interesting and pretty place. Market stalls along the sea front selling usual stuff. Rolex, Omega watches €20 then barter. Leather and lace toys

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
It was really Malaga, but its not in the drop down menue. A bus service from the ship to the end of the entrance of the port (fee) can be walked and at the entrance there are shops. Again a DIY tour by foot, Really nice place good Architecture, nice shops quaint building even a C&A for the Brits. Found a backstreet bar which served fantastic crepes and coffee. Also a amrket near the port entrance mainly selling christmasy stuff. Also you could have a horse and cart ride tour.

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