How the trip will be:
In 2016, National Geographic Traveler elected the Azorean archipelago the most beautiful place in the world. All different, all equally beautiful, this voyage gives us the option to visit Terceira, Graciosa, São Miguel and Faial. Trainee guests are invited to get involved in all aspects of the life of the ship as we sail between the islands, with plenty of time to explore their hilly slopes, local culture and food.
Why this trip is for you:
Spot whales in St Jorge Channel;
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo;
Visit the extinct volcano Algar do Carvão and swim in the natural lava pools of Biscoitos;
Discover local food and wine
"Whilst our captain and crew will always use their best efforts to keep to the schedule, you safety is their primary concern and all itineraries are subject to weather and sea-state conditions"
Christened in 1937, and after many decades as a Portuguese cod fishing vessel in Newfoundland the renovated Santa Maria Manuela today is amongst the more comfortable tall ships on the water. All are welcomed aboard as members of the sailing crew and given every opportunity get personally involved in the sailing of the ship. No previous sailing experience is required to enjoy a voyage aboard the Santa Maria Manuela, just a spirit of adventure.
The ship follows a varied schedule including sail training programs, tall ships races, adventure sailing holidays, diving expeditions golf tours and island and coastline hops with the opportunity to enjoy the local food and culture. We also offer team development programs in partnership with a professional corporate training company.
The ship's facilities include kayaks, stand up paddle boards, fishing equipment and two 14 man power boats, adding to the fun at anchor. Cabins are basic but comfortable, each with a private ensuite shower and toilet. Wifi is available through the ships satellite system.
The Salon Terra Nova seats 42 for meals with bench sofas also offering enough comfort to relax or to be used for company meetings. Bars on deck and below help to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Food is a key part of the Santa Maria Manuela experience, with the ship's cook providing a variety of traditional Portuguese cuisine and other international dishes.
The ship is available for individual or group holidays, whole vessel charter, business meetings, events and product launches, and as a location for films.