São Miguel (Azores) – Lisboa (PTR)
Travel in comfort in the newly renovated Santa Maria Manuela
Sail 800 nautical miles from the Azores to Lisbon with the usual wind abeam
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
Sail into Lisbon at sunrise under Lisbon’s 25 de Abril suspension bridge
After disembarking consider spending a few days exploring Lisbon with its bustling cobbled streets, rich history, ancient culture and vibrant night life.
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In 2016, National Geographic Traveler elected the Azores archipelago the most beautiful place in the world and there can be no better way to see these islands than on board the Santa Maria Manuela.
This 800 nautical mile blue water crossing is a great tall ship sailing experience. The usual wind is from the north throughout this voyage so we hope to sail all the way with the wind on our beam just as she was designed to sail 80 years ago when she sailed to Newfoundland on the cod expeditions.
2019 marked the 35th anniversary of the ban on whaling in the Azores. Since the ban their numbers have grown and they have returned in good numbers to their old feeding grounds of the Azores. As we leave 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.
There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved with all aspects of the ship’s life. Volunteers to hoist the gaff tops and trim the sails for best speed are always welcome, and the feeling of helming a 67m sailing ship with the sensation as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever.
Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there’s the opportunity to go up the mast or relax in the bowsprit netting. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.
As we sail along this historic trading route back to continental Europe, you may find it impossible not to be captivated by the beauty and power of the ocean. It may seem equally impossible that man could have had an impact on such a remote stretch of water. It is at this point that, 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, be it plankton, fish or small pieces of ocean litter and microplastics. Many find it shocking to see evidence of mans impact on the environment hundreds of miles offshore, but this has a powerful effect, inspiring us to take action, and your contribution will help raise awareness, and inspire change.
There can be no more spectacular way of seeing Lisbon’s historic shoreline than sailing up the Rio Tejo and under the famous 25 April suspension bridge as sun rises.
If you have the time after disembarking consider spending a few days exploring Lisbon with its bustling cobbled streets, rich history, ancient culture and vibrant night life.
18 (Board at 1600h) – 27 August (Disembark 1000h)
For this product the Portuguese taxation will be applied. If you require an invoice it is necessary to request it to Santa Manuel Manuela S.A. with tax number 515 755 028.
Santa María Manuela
The Santa Maria Manuela was launched on 10 May 1937 in Lisbon. It is a 67-metre sailing ship. The ship was named after the owner’s wife, Maria Manuela, mother of 16 children. The main function of the Santa Maria Manuela was cod fishing. The Santa Maria Manuela underwent a number of structural changes over the years, from the removal of the masts to the installation of a navigation bridge. In 1993 the ship was considered obsolete, was dismantled and only the steel hull remained. The following year the Santa María Manuela Foundation was created, a project that united 17 institutions under the same purpose: to recover the ship. The SMM now has unique conditions for sea voyages, events, parties and training at sea. Predominant colour WHITE.
Map of the journey
What is included
- All meals on board Santa Maria Manuela – including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- One bed in a shared cabin.
- Tea, coffee, water and juice throughout the day.
- Safety equipment.
- Accommodation in a twin cabin with private bathroom.
- Sail 154 nautical miles along the Mediterranean coast.
- All the learning on board with a qualified crew.
- Public liability insurance.
What it does not include
- Travel to and from the ship.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks at the bar (you will have an open bar tab during your trip, which you can pay for at the end, by cash or card, before disembarkation).
- Any excursions or meals taken on land.
- Any excursions or meals taken ashore.
- Cost of entry visas to the various countries.
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