Second sea link viable
Thanks to Maurice for having researched this one in some detail. The alternate route to Madeira may be required if airlines flying to Madeira cease their services as often as they have just this week! – see Germania and Thomas Cook on previous posts. The island seems to be running out of airlines that want to come here.
Maurice has unearthed a method of travel between mainland Portugal & Caniçal on the container ship Funchalense 5. His enquiry with Empresa de Navegação Madeirense has revealed the possibility of travelling on the cargo ship “Funchalense 5” between the ports of Leixões, Lisbon and Caniçal. ENM are part of the Sousa Group, which operated the much-awaited passenger ferry between Funchal and Portimao that finally returned in its latest manifestation last year.
The cost of the voyage in a cabin is €140/person/trip (meals included). According to the information sent to Maurice, travellers are required to provide only basic information, including phone number, address, and a copy of their ID card/Passport.
Travellers are also required to take out Personal Accident Insurance,” the sole responsibility of the passenger, specific to cover risks and civil liability for the sea voyage, in container ships, between the intended ports”.
The ship completes a seven-day circuit and the schedule is on their website. Baggage: only 1 item allowed up to 20kg