Set sail from Lisbon's 25 de Abril Bridge golden suspension bridge on a 1100 nautical mile voyage north to Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy.
The journey north is typically against the prevailing winds meaning we spend much of the journey under motor. For this reason we have set the price low, which makes it ideal for mile builders. Never the less all all trainee guests are invited to take part in the ships life, and it's watch system, navigation and even maintenance. When you are not involved on deck there's plenty of time to fish, read, play board games or share sailing stories by the bar.
We approach Rouen up the famous River Seine in time for the city's vibrant Harbour Festival. Dubbed "the city with a hundred bells chiming in the air," the city's cathedral is a highlight together with the Claude Monet galleries making the city the birthplace of Impressionism.
Set sail from Lisbon's 25 de Abril Bridge golden suspension bridge;
Log 1100 sea miles – much of this voyage will be upwind so we will be predominately under motor.
Gain hands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ships life
There's plenty of time to fish, read, play board games or share sailing stories by the bar.
"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.