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V16 - Blue water crossing to the Azores

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*Travellers must be between 14 and 80 years old on the date of sailing to be eligible for the trip.

Destination: Lisbon, Portugal – Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores

Dates: 29 July (Embark 16h00) - 5 August (Disembark 10h00)

Voyage highlights

  • Set sail from Lisbon's 25 de Abril suspension bridge
  • 785 nautical miles of hands on sailing to the Azores
  • Spot for whales and dolphins, share sailing stories by the bar or lose yourself in a good book
  • Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • After disembarking at the end of the voyage consider spending a few days exploring Sao Miguel’s Sete Cidades volcano lakes

Voyage description

In 2016, National Geographic Traveler elected the Azores archipelago the most beautiful place in the world and there can be no better way to reach these islands than on board the Santa Maria Manuela.

This 785 nautical mile blue water crossing is a classic tall ship sailing experience. The usual wind is abeam from the north throughout this voyage, offering a perfect sailing angle for our schooner sails.

There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved with the ship’s life. Volunteers to hoist and trim the sails speed are always welcome, and the feeling of helming a 68m sailing ship as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor.

Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there's the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.

2023 will mark the 39th anniversary of the ban on whaling in the Azores. Since 1984, whale numbers have grown, and they have returned to their old feeding grounds of the Azores. As we near the islands we might get lucky and catch sight of one of these magnificent creatures. Sperm whales are the resident species, with blue, fin and sei whales, and bottlenose, Atlantic spotted and common dolphins are also common at this time of year.

We finish our voyage in the cosmopolitan mid-Atlantic city of Ponta Delgada, outward looking, with a thriving economy and lively culture. After an evening of celebrations with fellow shipmates and a sumptuous deck BBQ, we encourage you to spend a few days exploring the island.

Boasting over five centuries of history, Ponta Delgada is a multifaceted city where tradition lives hand-in-hand with the present. Be sure to visit the Igreja de São Sebastião, the Igreja de São Pedro and Igreja São José, and the Convent and Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Esperança. To the west lie Lagoa das Sete Cidades, the Azores' most recognized natural monument, named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.


Weather:
In August, the Azores enjoy a delightful climate, characterized by mild temperatures and balmy sea breezes. Expect daytime temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F), ideal for both sailing and land-based exploration.


When preparing for your voyage please bear in mind:

  • Your passport must have at least 6 months validity at the time of travel
  • The SMM is granted no flexibility for the embarkation and disembarkation times from the customs authorities
  • All guests must be between the age of 14 and 80 yrs at the time of travel

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