Bordeaux, the wine city:
The ship sails from beautiful wine city of Bordeaux across the notorious Bay of Biscaya towards La Coruna, in the north of Spain. As the winds in this area can be unpredictable, we have allowed 3 days to make the crossing to La Coruna. If we make good progress in favorable winds, we will stop in La Coruna for half a day to visit the city and its many restaurants. At the end of the day, the ship departs for Porto, where we plan to arrive the night of July 1 or Saturday morning of July 2.
Why this trip is for you:
Set sail from the beautiful wine city of Bordeaux and arrive in Porto, the capital of Portugal's Douro wine region;
Hands-on sailing experience in all aspects of the ships life;
All trainee guests are invited to take part in the ships watch system
"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.