The trip between Lisbon and Funchal was really exceptional thanks to the kindness and professionalism of the crew that was always available to answer all our requests. A trip far too short.
It was my first cruise aboard Santa Maria Manuela but it will certainly not be the last.
Catherine - France
I can't imagine the Santa Maria Manuela having a bigger fan than me. It was a remarkable experience and I really enjoyed getting to know the crew as well as all of the passengers. It was a great group of people to spend 6 days with.
Sailwiz - Spain
It was obvious that the crew was very capable of doing everything without the help of the passengers, but I loved that they wanted us to be involved and gave us tasks that we could do. It is also evident how important safety on board is and I was impressed to see all of the crew members in harnesses and helmets whenever they were in slightly precarious positions preparing a sail to be raised or fixing something.
Sailwiz – Spain
The trip was absolutely incredible. I am extremely impressed with the ship and the crew. I felt very at home on board and the crew was so kind, helpful and knowledgeable. I feel like I learned so much about the ship and navigation and I know many of the other passengers feel the same. I truly enjoyed the trip and hope that I will go aboard again.
Julia – USA
My friends and familly are all '50 shades of green' with envy. Thankyou from Andrew and me to you and the crew for an experience of a lifetime.
Gordon - Scotland
As for the trip to Madeira was the best experiences I have had and I take the opportunity to congratulate your team and crew who are fantastic ...
We want to say THANK YOU to all the crew they all were so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. If the world would follow Santa Maria Manuela’s example we would all live in a better place.
Peter & Ron, UK
Absolutely loved the trip from Lisbon. Such a beautiful ship - have fallen completely in love with her and can't wait to book the next trip.
The trip at SMM was fantastic! It exceeded everyone's expectations and in particular mine. The crew was very professional, the service was good. The work done on the ship by my team was very important for us to work many skills, in particular: humility to learn; coordination; help, communication, resilience and respect for command (authority, hierarchy and discipline).
Terrific crew & ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew & Guests very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. It would be difficult to find a better one.
This is a terrifically well run vessel, or was on this trip. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operation & involvement in the vessel's past history. The Island was beautiful and rather unexpected. Best wishes & Good Luck for the future. Very many thanks
Keith - England
Wonderful days, beautiful places, fantastic dives and a great crew.
It was a terrific journey in Azores on the gracious ship with very experienced and hospitable team who did their best to keep us safe, entertained and engaged in their work with sales. It was as well a great pleasure to have our morning yoga classes on the deck. Crew, thank you for your care. You are the best!
It was a wonderful journey. The ship is beautiful and in a perfect condition, we felt comfortable at any time, thanks to the gentle team. The meals were very tasteful (thanks to the cook!).
Katrin - Holand
We really enjoyed our Madeira-Tenerife crossing onboard SMM. Great crew, fantastic downwind sailing, pleasant ‘guests’.
Pierre - France
The crew took good care of us, I just hope they enjoyed the trip as much as we did. Could not have been any better.
Irmgard – Germany
Without a doubt, this year the best experience I had was being on board Santa Maria Manuela. The days on board were extraordinary. Crew 5⭐
Nuno - Portugal
The trip was even more beautiful and exciting than the pictures. Photos cannot begin to reflect the experience.
We have had the most amazing time. The crew were so friendly and helpful ….the food was great throughout, and the cabins were really comfortable, … and we both climbed the rigging as the sun was setting over Porto Santo to round off a brilliant last day with the new friends we met.
The bosun is an impressive member of the team, a true seaman in every way, keen to share his knowledge and a good leader with the junior crew
We both loved the experience in the Zodiac and swimming. Going out on the bowsprit and up the rigging were also very memorable.
Interacting with all the crew members we can feel the Team spirit and that was the most important!
Seeing the ship sailing with all the sails in the middle of the ocean was one of the most beautiful moments.
The SMM looked very nice with an interior and deck remodel.
The best magic, besides being with a very special group, was coming on deck to see the stars at 5 am and see the sunrise. The dolphin encounter was also special.
A dream experience of an Irish family, mother and 2 older children.
It was a daily pleasure to watch the highly competent and motivated crew perform their duties!
Sailing with strong winds and watching the dolphins check on us!
The dolphins travelling alongside us when we travelled out of Pta Delgada, I will always remember.
It was an excellent choice for our honeymoon. Everyone contributed greatly to a very welcoming trip!
I have been doing celestial navigation for 40 years and had many great experiences with mate Paulinho taking evening star sights together.
I want to especially note the Captain (Joao) and Second Officer Joao who were wonderful showing us how to steer, explaining the maps and routes and contributing to learning.
Unforgettable trip from the moonlit nights to spotting dolphins and sharks and whales. Just being on board of SMM was great.
I had an amazing time and would want to return to SMM again!
A very nice deck party
Climbing up the mast ladder was a real adrenaline rush but the view from up there was so worth it, I loved it!
Three hurrahs to all members for their empathy, their commitment in well being of customers and complete availability to answer all questions and demands. Congrats!!!
The crew are first rate; very professional, attentive and unfailingly careful for our comfort and safety.
All Crew members from sailing to Service allowed us to have a very good Time on Board.
Everybody is top top top.
Could not have been any better. We especially enjoyed working with the crew.
The crew was excellent, spoke fluent english and were always happy to engage in conversation and share their knowledge and opinions.
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THE HISTORY OF SANTA MARIA MANUELA
This was a special day in Lisbon. Hundreds of people gathered on the docks of Rocha do Conde de Óbidos, in Alcântara, to witness the launch of two ships that had just been built: Santa Maria Manuela and Creoula.