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An Azores Cruise: A Voyage to Remember

Sete Cidades, Azores

Set sail with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and embark on a remarkable Azores cruise, a voyage you'll treasure forever. Nestled in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies the Azores, an enchanting archipelago brimming with natural wonders and cultural heritage. Whether a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking tranquillity, this captivating destination promises an unforgettable experience. In contrast to Portugal's more renowned island, Madeira, the Azores are relatively secluded, making access reasonably challenging. With limited direct flights from the UK, cruising to the Azores is perhaps the best way to explore this fascinating region.

Planning your Azores holiday could not be simpler, from choosing the perfect itinerary and selecting the correct accommodation, to catering for special requests. Prepare for an Azores holiday of a lifetime with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines!

The Natural Beauty of the Azores

Comprised of nine volcanic, emerald-green islands, each with its distinct charm, the Azores stands as an unspoiled gem begging to be explored. It boasts a varied geographical makeup of majestic mountains, volcanic craters, verdant valleys, picturesque lakes, hot springs, and lush fields.

São Miguel, the largest island, is home to the Sete Cidades crater lake, a natural marvel with contrasting blue and green hues that enchants visitors. Meanwhile, Pico Island is renowned for its imposing volcanic peak, Mount Pico, which offers awe-inspiring views from its summit.

When it comes to climate, the Azores benefits from mild temperatures year-round. Its oceanic climate ensures comfortable weather, making it an ideal destination for outdoor pursuits. Summers are pleasantly warm, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, while winters remain mild, rarely dropping below 10 degrees Celsius. The region experiences high humidity and occasional rainfall, contributing to its lush vegetation and vibrant landscapes.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Azores is its rich biodiversity. The coastal areas offer excellent opportunities for spotting dolphins, whales, and various seabird species, while the verdant forests harbour endemic plants such as Azorean heather and Canary laurel.


The Azores has a distinctive cultural identity shaped by its Portuguese roots, isolated location and volcanic landscape, beckoning visitors to delve beyond the scenic vistas.

Many historical gems are scattered across the islands, making for enriching exploration. From ancient fortresses and charming churches to impressive museums, these sites offer a glimpse into the region's vibrant past. Terceira Island's UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angra do Heroísmo boasts well-preserved architecture and ancient cobbled streets, perfect for soaking up some of the local history.

Another way to truly immerse yourself in the local lifestyle of the Azores is by engaging with the friendly islanders. Experience their warm hospitality as you interact with artisans, fishermen, and farmers, who are always eager to share their stories. The islands' agricultural prowess is also evident at the pineapple and tea plantations and dairy farms, all important attributes of the Azorean identity.

Of course, no visit to the Azores would be complete without savouring the mouthwatering cuisine. Sample local delicacies such as cozido das furnas, a traditional meat and vegetable stew cooked underground using volcanic heat, or try the famous queijadas, a sweet pastry made with local cheese. From fresh seafood to hearty stews, there's a diverse array of culinary treats that'll delight your taste buds.


Whether you're looking for a relaxing escape or an action-packed itinerary, we have a variety of sailings that cater to different preferences. Our ships sail to the islands of Terceira, São Miguel and Faial, often calling into another of Portugal's archipelagos – the 'garden island' of Madeira, too.

Choosing the right cruise for you

We offer a selection of Azores cruises ranging from 13-15 nights, with highlights including itineraries timed to coincide with the Perseid Meteor Shower, when vibrant blue hydrangeas – the region's national flower – are in bloom, and an unforgettable Easter escape.

Enhancing your time ashore

During your Azores cruise, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a selection of Shore Tours that showcase the best of this beautiful archipelago. Head out on a whale-watching trip; discover Algar do Carvão, one of the world's only volcanoes that you can explore inside on foot; take a scenic drive to the Sete Cidades crater lakes; hike amongst varied landscapes on the Misterios Negros Nature Trail; visit Furnas Valley, home to hot sulphur springs, steaming fumaroles and lush green mountainsides; and learn about how the islands cultivate pineapples and tea.

our sample Azores cruise shore tours

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