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Mon 29-07-2024, 16:00Lisbon, Portugal Mon 05-08-2024, 10:00Ponta Delgada, Azores Santa Maria Manuela 7 NightsSM290724 V16

Traditional sailing, majestic sea life and rich culture

Join us aboard Santa Maria Manuela for an unforgettable sailing adventure from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Experience the thrill of traditional tall ship sailing, learn the ropes with our expert crew, and possibly witness the awe-inspiring sight of whales in their natural habitat. Our voyage concludes in the captivating city of Ponta Delgada, where history and culture await.

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail in comfort aboard the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
  • A hands-on sailing experience aboard a historic 1937 tall ship
  • Set sail from Lisbon’s 25 de Abril suspension bridge
  • 785 nautical miles of hands on sailing to the Azores

Santa Maria Manuela

Vessel type / Rig Gaff Schooner
Guest Berths 50
Beam 33ft
Draft 18ft
Deck Length 173ft
Overall Length 225ft
Tonnage 992 tons
Year Built 1937
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Voyage Description

Azores Atlantic Ocean Voyage on Tall Ship Sailing Morgenster with Classic Sailing

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Setting Sail from Lisbon

Our journey begins in Lisbon, a city teeming with history and culture. As we leave the Tagus River, we’ll be treated to stunning views of the Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, bidding us farewell on our adventure to the Azores.

Along the Way

The Atlantic Ocean offers an ever-changing canvas of natural wonders. As we sail, keep an eye out for playful dolphins riding the bow wave or the majestic sight of whales in their natural habitat. Since 1984, whale numbers have grown in this area, 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. The ocean’s hues shift with the sky, from deep blues to fiery sunsets, providing a perfect backdrop for sharing stories and making new friends.

Arriving in Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada welcomes us with its unique blend of modern vibrancy and rich history. If you have time to explore, consider visiting the stunning twin lakes of Sete Cidades or the historic churches dotting the city. The local cuisine, with its fresh seafood and Azorean specialties, is a must-try.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Expect a classic tall ship sailing experience, with northerly winds providing ideal conditions for our schooner. The Santa Maria Manuela is built for these waters, and our skilled crew is eager to share their knowledge. Whether you’re at the helm or simply enjoying the journey, each day promises new delights and challenges.

A NOTE ON VOYAGE DESCRIPTIONS

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Start & End Port

Lisbon, Portugal

Yard of the Palace

Trams in Lisbon

Worthwhile Journeys

You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

Keeping in Touch The exact location of your ship may not be known until closer to your joining time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s mobile/cell phone number with you in case you are delayed or there are any other problems on the day.

What to Do in Lisbon

History Lisbon is a city steeped in maritime history. The Maritime Museum and the Jerónimos Monastery are a nod to Portugal’s illustrious sea voyages. For history buffs, the Alfama district is a labyrinth of narrow streets, capturing Lisbon’s Moorish past.

Culture Fado music often wafts through the air as you navigate the city’s hilly terrain. If you find yourself here in June, you’ll catch the vibrant Festas de Lisboa, featuring a parade of colourful sardine floats.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor From Lisbon’s shoreline, you might glimpse the towering statue of Christ the King and the 25 de Abril Bridge, a near-twin of San Francisco’s Golden Gate. The Tagus River offers natural shelter, historically providing a safe haven for sea vessels.

Entertainment You’ll find plenty of traditional Fado houses, jazz bars, and modern nightclubs. Docas de Santo Amaro is known for its nightlife where the quayside bars become vibrant as the sun sets.

Eating Out Don’t leave without tasting a pastel de nata. Seafood is, naturally, a staple, with bacalhau (salt cod) appearing in countless forms. For wine, you’d be amiss not to have a glass of vinho verde or port.

Nature Beyond the hustle and bustle, Lisbon has beautiful natural landscapes to offer, including the nearby Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, a grand blend of forested hills and rugged coastline.

Unique Features Lisbon’s trams are not only an effective way of tackling its many hills, but they offer a unique and historical ride through the city’s most scenic routes.

Accommodation For classic Portuguese grandeur, try the Pestana Palace or the Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon.

Official Tourist Website Visit Lisbon’s official tourism website for more information.

Weather Lisbon Winters are mild, with January hovering around 11°C. Spring offers pleasant temperatures, while summers can soar up to 30°C. Autumn is a transitional period, with mild to warm weather.

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

Special Interests If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

How to Get There

From the UK Lisbon is well connected by air to major cities in the UK. Alternatively, trains from London to Lisbon via Paris and Madrid are also available.

From Europe Trains and flights from several European cities make Lisbon easily accessible.

From North America Direct flights are available from several major cities in the United States and Canada.

From Australia While there are no direct flights from Australia, one-stop flights via Asian or Middle Eastern hubs are commonly used.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Worthwhile Journeys

You are going to be spending some time in the ports you embark and disembark from. These aren’t just logistical points; they’re opportunities for further enrichment. Take an extra day to discover what’s beyond the harbour. It’s not merely about filling time; it’s about making the entire journey worthwhile.

Keeping in Touch The exact location of your ship may not be known until closer to your joining time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s mobile/cell phone number with you in case you are delayed or there are any other problems on the day.

What to Do in Ponta Delgada, Azores

History Ponta Delgada offers a rich tapestry of history for anyone keen to learn. Must-visit landmarks include the Fort of São Brás and the Gothic Church of São Sebastião. Both give you a palpable sense of the Azorean past.

Culture Local festivals like Santo Cristo dos Milagres are a spectacle of Azorean culture. The arts are well represented, particularly in the Carlos Machado Museum, which covers everything from natural history to fine art.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor As a sailor, you’ll be enchanted by the headlands and bays surrounding Ponta Delgada. The lighthouse of Ponta do Arnel is a particularly stirring sight for any mariner.

Entertainment From traditional Fado music to bustling nightclubs, the nightlife in Ponta Delgada can be as relaxed or energetic as you want it to be.

Eating Out Indulge in local Azorean delicacies like lapas grelhadas (grilled limpets, not sure about that!) or cozido, a meat and vegetable stew cooked underground by volcanic steam.

Nature Beyond the town, the Azores are a haven for nature lovers. Volcanic craters, lush forests, and serene lakes await your exploration.

Unique Features What sets Ponta Delgada apart are the black-and-white mosaics decorating the town’s pavements and walls, a testament to the volcanic rocks that form the island.

Accommodation Well-known hotels include the Azor Hotel and the Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico. For those looking to relax, the Ferraria Spa offers geothermal bathing.

Official Tourist Website Visit Azores

Weather in Ponta Delgada, Azores Winter is mild, averaging around 14°C, whereas summer highs can reach up to 26°C. Spring and autumn are quite temperate, perfect for any outdoor pursuits.

Sea and Beyond: A Responsible Mariner’s Guide Since you’re already investing in a unique sailing adventure, why not extend that spirit to your travel choices? Opt for more sustainable methods of transport where possible like trains, coaches or sharing a car. If you fly, and we realise this may well be the case, you could research some ways to offset the carbon created by the flight.

Special Interests If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

How to Get There

UK From the UK, direct flights are sparse. However, connecting flights via Lisbon are convenient. Alternatively, consider flying to a nearby European city and taking a flight from there.

Europe Most European travellers find it easiest to fly into Lisbon and then catch a domestic flight to Ponta Delgada.

North America From North America, you’ll typically have a layover in mainland Portugal, usually Lisbon or Porto, before flying to the Azores.

Australia Aussie travellers should expect at least two layovers, likely in Asian and European hubs, before reaching Ponta Delgada.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Santa Maria Manuela

Below is a recommended travel packing list for a sailing voyage.

Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet, towels for cabin (but please bring your own beach towel)

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but you can purchase drinks from the bar (you can set up a tab and pay at the end).

What to Bring

For any destination north of Cape Verde warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet as salt water soaked shoes take a while to dry. Madeira, Portugal and the Azores in summer can get pretty hot and it is easy to get sunburn at sea as the air is clear. The Cape Verde are in a tropical climate so a good sun screen is essential. Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need.

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage.

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.
  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • gloves - either sailing gloves or gardening type gloves
  • Wet weather clothing – water proof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Trainers or deck shoes
  • shorts and t shirts
  • nightwear (ear plugs ?)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • swimwear (googles are useful)
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance
Extras
  • Musical instruments
  • games or cards
  • book/kindle
You can buy Santa Maria Manuela caps on board.

Diving Holidays on Santa Maria Manuela - Kit List

Please note the ship will only be carrying scuba diving equipment on the specialist diving voyages. On a diving voyage - Bottles and weights are included in the voyage price. If you need diving equipment other than bottles and weights it is €150 extra Nitrox costs €5 euros a dive Classic Sailing will expand on this kit list shortly.

Review

We had the most amazing time. The crew were so friendly and helpful, the food was great throughout, and the cabins were really comfortable. We both climbed the rigging as the sun was setting over Porto Santo to round off a brilliant last day with the new friends we met. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Ian & Dayna

I have sailed many times on tall ships, this is by far the best yet.

Richard
sailing for beginners

 

Terrific crew and ship and a lovely passage to the Azores. Crew and guests were very good and patient with someone who only spoke English. This is a terrifically well run vessel. Excellent accommodation, well serviced by a professional crew. All very friendly, helpful and willing to give information throughout. Many opportunities to get involved in most aspects of the ships operations. Very many thanks.

Keith

An amazing ship and amazing crew.

David

We had a terrific and adventurous time on board during Sachsen Sail in the Bay of Biscay. Thank you to all Santa Maria Manuela crew members!

Mario

Un voilier merveilleux avec un équipage très sympathique. Merci pour tout.

A splendid ship with a very kind crew. Thank you for everything.

Marie-Francoise

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