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V21 - Autumn blue water sailing Lisbon to Funchal

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

Itinerary: Lisbon, Portugal – Porto Santo & Funchal, Madeira

Dates: 18 October (Board 1600h) – 24 October (Disembark 1000h)

Voyage highlights

  • Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • Set sail from Lisbon's 25 de Abril suspension bridge
  • Sail 521 nautical miles into the Autumn sun with a following wind
  • Hands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ship’s life
  • Spot for whales and dolphins, fish, share sailing stories by the bar or lose yourself in a good book
  • Support our citizen science project to raise awareness of the problem with marine litter
  • Stop to swim in the clear blue waters of Porto Santo with its 9 km beach
  • Consider spending a few days exploring the striking mountainous island of Madeira after you disembark

Voyage description

This voyage takes us from Lisbon, Portugal’s historic capital, to the semitropical island of Madeira, with stops to swim in the clear blue waters of Porto Santo and stroll along its famous 9 km white sand beach.

We set sail on this iconic ocean voyage along Lisbon's historic city shoreline, passing under the 25 de Abril suspension bridge and into the setting sun. With 521 nautical miles of open ocean ahead, there is an open invitation to get fully involved in all aspects of sailing, from helming to trimming sails and from navigation to going aloft. When not involved in sailing, there’s plenty of time to read, play board games, or share sailing stories at the bar.

During this iconic ocean voyage, it's impossible not to be captivated by the beauty and power of the ocean. As we venture further into the Atlantic Ocean, it may seem equally impossible that humans could have had any negative impact on such a remote stretch of water. At this point, thanks to the support of our partners at Waste Free Oceans, we invite our guests to participate in our citizen science project to help assess the purity of the waters in which we sail. At intervals during the voyage, we will trawl a small net to capture what is floating in the ocean, whether plankton, fish, or small pieces of ocean litter and microplastics. Many find it shocking to discover evidence of humanity's impact on the environment hundreds of miles offshore, but witnessing this has a powerful effect, inspiring us to take action. Your contribution will help raise awareness and inspire change.

Porto Santo’s nine golden kilometers of fine sand, bathed by the turquoise waters of the Atlantic, provide an enviable view for the passengers of Santa Maria Manuela as we arrive. The ship anchors right in front of this beach, which in 2012 was voted by ‘7 Wonders: Beaches of Portugal’ as "the best dune beach" and is said to have medicinal qualities. After a dip in the tepid waters of Porto Santo, there is nothing better than relaxing in the sand dunes before returning to the ship for sundowners.

Arriving in Funchal by sea offers stunning views of the city perched on an ancient volcanic slope, a mecca for hikers, cyclists, and golfers. Shadowing the city are impressive mountains covered in laurel bushes and banana trees, a natural park which was nominated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

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