Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada city and Atlantic ocean coast on Sao Miguel Island, Azores
Ponta Delgada city and Atlantic ocean coast on Sao Miguel Island, Azores
The astonishing Lagoon of the Seven Cities

Ponta Delgada, the main town on the island of São Miguel, is the capital of the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The town’s cosmopolitan atmosphere belies its 500 year history, and the surrounding island boasts beautiful lakes, mountains, sandy beaches and the stunning crater lakes of the extinct Sete Cidades volcano.

A fine collection of buildings, narrow cobbled streets and squares, are a firm reminder that this was once a key staging post between Europe and the Americas.[ReadMoreMob] Intermingled are cool parks, enchanting squares, a modern marina, restaurants and waterside cafés. Its lakeside, whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs look out to enchanting mountain plains.

The striking, three-arched city gates, Portas da Cidade – which once stood in the harbour and now reside in Gonçalo Velho Cabral Square, were dedicated to the Portuguese navigator who discovered the Azores. The Gothic Church of St. Sebastian and The Convent and Chapel of Our Lady of Hope, which is home to a revered image of Christ, are both worth uncovering. The Carlos Machado Museum offers diverse artefacts of Azorean culture, while Igreja Matriz Church, with its splendid clock tower, is one of many beautifully ornate towers to be found.

The ‘Green Island’ also offers canoeing and other sports activities on lakes located in the craters of its dormant volcanoes. The island’s beauty can also be enjoyed by horse riding or cycling.

Cruises to Ponta Delgada

South American Exploration

South American Exploration

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Jan 2020
70 nights • Balmoral • L2001

  • Experience an extensive, in-depth exploration of South America as Balmoral guides you to a string of incredible destinations to bring you the very best of this intoxicating, culturally diverse and simply spectacular part of the world.
  • Calls at captivating cities and stunning islands in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Chile and Colombia offer chances to uncover iconic landmarks including Christ the Redeemer; ancient sites such as Machu Picchu; beautiful beaches; and much more.
  • You’ll also visit Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts for sun-kissed beaches and an authentic taste of paradise in the sun-soaked Caribbean; as well as three beautiful Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, where lush, flora-rich landscapes await your exploration.

Adult Only Sailing

From £6,999pp

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Patagonia, Falklands & the Caribbean

Patagonia, Falklands & the Caribbean

Departs: Buenos Aires • Wed 29 Jan 2020
47 nights • Balmoral • L2001BC

  • With scenic cruising of incredible waterways and visits to stunning South and Central American destinations, topped off with time in the Caribbean, you’re in for an expedition packed with highlights.
  • There’s two rare calls in the Falklands; chances to marvel at the spectacular scenes of Lower Patagonia, the Andes and Chilean Fjords; and three days in Peru, with time to tour to magical Machu Picchu.
  • You’ll also experience a navigation of the remarkable Panama Canal, and visit two historic cities in Costa Rica and Colombia, before enjoying a taste of paradise in Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts.

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The Caribbean, Colombia & the Panama Canal

The Caribbean, Colombia & the Panama Canal

Departs: Callao • Tue 18 Feb 2020
27 nights • Balmoral • L2001C

  • Sail from Peru back to the UK, visiting stunning South American and Caribbean destinations en route, and you’ll experience scenic and historic wonders galore during a relaxing and highlight-filled holiday.
  • Begin your adventure in memorable fashion, with a sailing of the engineering wonder that is the Panama Canal, before Puerto Limón and Cartagena de Indias add Hispanic heritage and flair to the mix.
  • Classic Caribbean highlights and experiences compete for your attention – from tasting authentic rum to unwinding on glorious beaches – in Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts.

From £3,299pp

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Caribbean, Central America & the Azores

Caribbean, Central America & the Azores

Departs: La Romana • Thu 27 Feb 2020
30 nights • Braemar • M200506

  • Immerse yourself in the rich history, heritage and culture of diverse South and Central American destinations, and indulge in a slice of paradise in the idyllic Caribbean on this epic 30-night adventure.
  • Visits to incredible destinations in Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia will offer plenty of unforgettable experiences – highlights include chances to see the impressive Panama Canal in action; explore captivating Cartagena de Indias; and go in search of wonderful wildlife from Puerto Limón.
  • For glorious sunshine and spectacular sights, Braemar will take in a collection of stunning Caribbean islands. Jamaica, St Lucia – home to the soaring Twin Pitons, Barbados, St Kitts – with its world-famous scenic railway, St Maarten and Antigua, boasting 365 gorgeous beaches, all await you.

Adult Only Sailing

From £3,257pp

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Islands of the Caribbean & the Azores

Islands of the Caribbean & the Azores

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 12 Mar 2020
16 nights • Braemar • M2006

  • Indulge yourself with a slice of the paradise lifestyle on this early spring escape to the sun-kissed Caribbean, where visits to a string of beautiful islands will present you with charming cities, inviting beaches and clear-blue waters, and stunning natural wonders.
  • Begin your holiday in Barbados before cruising to St Lucia, home to the soaring Twin Pitons and the Diamond Botanical Gardens; St Kitts, for its famous scenic railway; Antigua, boasting 365 gorgeous beaches and interesting historical sites; and dual-controlled St Maarten, for diverse cultural highlights.
  • Sailing back to the UK across the Atlantic – one of the great cruising routes – will be an unforgettable experience too, taking in the awe-inspiring Azorean island of São Miguel before visiting the laidback Spanish city of La Coruña.

Adult Only Sailing

From £1,599pp

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Four Fred's in Funchal with the Azores

Four Fred's in Funchal with the Azores

Departs: Liverpool • Thu 26 Mar 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2009

  • Portugal’s remarkable diversity and beauty is yours to experience, as Black Watch takes you to beautiful islands in the Azores, Madeira – the gorgeous ‘Garden Island’ – and Leixoes, gateway to the culture-rich, attraction-packed second city.
  • In the Azores, three of the archipelago’s beautifully unspoilt islands – Terceira, Faial and São Miguel – await, with verdant volcanic scenes of incredible craters, lakes and geo-thermal pools to explore, while on the mainland, you can visit Oporto for world-famous port wines and fine architecture.
  • What’s more, in Madeira, you’ll also be part of the very special ‘Four Fred.’s in Funchal’ event. Dock alongside Braemar, Balmoral and Boudicca and experience a memorable day of celebration shared with crew and fellow guests from all four ocean-going ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet.

Adult Only Sailing

From £2,899pp

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Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Departs: Southampton • Tue 14 Apr 2020
14 nights • Braemar • M2009

  • You’re in for inspirational experiences and unforgettable sights throughout this exhilarating adventure, as Braemar takes you to the verdant islands of the remote Azores and breathtaking Madeira.
  • In the Azores, you can explore intriguing volcanic landscapes; see mighty Mount Pico; seek-out resident sperm whales; marvel at the mesmerising blue and bright-green crater lakes of the Sete Cidades Volcano; and much more.
  • Funchal is your gateway to the lush-green landscapes of Madeira, best explored via the unique levada trails; enchanting tropical gardens bursting with vibrant colour and sweet scents; and Cabo Girão, one of the world’s highest sea cliffs.

From £1,699pp

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Azorean Islands & Portuguese Cities

Azorean Islands & Portuguese Cities

Departs: Liverpool • Sat 12 Sep 2020
13 nights • Black Watch • W2026

  • Revel in the sheer remoteness, spectacular natural beauty and remarkable diversity of the Azores, as Black Watch presents you with a triple helping of this breathtaking Atlantic archipelago in less than two weeks.
  • Volcanic wonderlands await you on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel, with towering mountain peaks, vast craters and lakes, verdant emerald green valleys and much more to discover.
  • Your smaller cruise ship will also take you to the Portuguese mainland, to explore attraction-packed Lisbon and UNESCO-listed Oporto, with its famous wine cellars and stunning riverscapes.

From £1,899pp

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North American Waterways in the Fall, with New York

North American Waterways in the Fall, with New York

Departs: Southampton • Tue 29 Sep 2020
34 nights • Balmoral • L2026

  • Experience the seasonal scenic splendour of North America’s East Coast in the fall, with rare scenic cruising of size-restricted rivers and waterways and visits to remarkable cities in the US and Canada.
  • Admire autumn-coloured countryside scenes of red, yellow and brown woodlands as you sail the Cape Cod and Chesapeake & Delaware Canals; and enjoy a special journey along the Hudson River.
  • Sail by the Statue of Liberty and spend two days in New York, rich with world-famous attractions; visit Baltimore, gateway to Washington DC; immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland; and much more.

From £4,999pp

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Idyllic Islands of the Caribbean

Idyllic Islands of the Caribbean

Departs: Liverpool • Fri 06 Nov 2020
32 nights • Black Watch • W2031

  • Hopping between breathtaking destinations, you’ll experience the best of the Caribbean, uncovering classic island favourites alongside some lesser-known, idyllic gems on this incredible journey.
  • Enjoy laidback vibes and authentic rum in Barbados; see St Lucia’s soaring Twin Pitons; explore unspoilt, sparsely populated Mayreau; and gain an insight into the life of cocoa farmers in Grenada.
  • Revel in the postcard-perfect scenes of Bequia; indulge with ‘proper’ Caribbean flavours of rum and creole cuisine in Martinique and Guadeloupe; ride the famous St Kitts Scenic Railway; and take you pick of Antigua’s legendary beaches.

From £3,699pp

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Voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean

Voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean

Departs: Southampton • Tue 24 Nov 2020
16 nights • Braemar • M2031

  • Join Braemar for a well-earned escape to the idyllic islands of the Caribbean and swap the winter weather and pre-Christmas stress at home for sun, sea, sand and indulgent relaxation.
  • Experience a restful Transatlantic crossing, whetting your appetite in the verdant Azores en route, before your Caribbean island-hopping adventure takes in six simply unforgettable destinations.
  • Visit stunning St Maarten; Antigua, famed for its 365 beautiful beaches; St Kitts, for one of the world’s great railway journeys; St Lucia, home to the soaring Twin Pitons; Grenada; and beautiful Barbados.

From £1,649pp

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Caribbean Return

Caribbean Return

Departs: Bridgetown • Thu 04 Mar 2021
16 nights • Braemar • M2105

  • Immerse yourself in the spellbinding beauty and absorbing cultures of the Caribbean to the full, as you visit four wonderfully diverse West Indian destinations on this unforgettable island-hopping adventure.
  • After joining Braemar in Barbados, you can see the soaring Twin Pitons or help students at a local school in St Lucia; then take the chance to ride one of the world’s greatest scenic railways in St Kitts
  • Then there’s visits to Antigua and St Maarten, where simply glorious beaches and fascinating historic sites await. That’s all before heading for home across the Atlantic, stopping at the Azores and La Coruña en route.

From £1,699pp

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Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Scenic Landscapes of the Azores & Madeira

Departs: Dover • Thu 25 Mar 2021
14 nights • Boudicca • D2106

  • Experience the seemingly endless rewards of the hard-to-reach Azores, as Boudicca takes you on an unforgettable journey to three of this remote archipelago’s most beautiful and diverse islands.
  • Astonishing wonderlands of emerald-green landscapes, mighty volcanos and vast craters, out-of-this world lakes and thermal pools, and picturesque cities await, on the islands of Terceira, Faial and São Miguel.
  • The highlights aren’t restricted to the Azores though: there’s also opportunities to stimulate your senses with Madeira’s stunning scenery, fragrance and flavours; and explore UNESCO-listed Oporto.

From £1,699pp

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Whales, Waterfalls & Volcanic Islands

Whales, Waterfalls & Volcanic Islands

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 19 Apr 2022
17 nights • Black Watch • W2210

  • With the help of ORCA, look out for various species of whale living freely in the deep blue Atlantic waters surrounding the contrasting islands of Iceland and the Azores.
  • Revel in the astonishing beauty of Azorean volcanos, crater lakes and vibrant valleys, and the drama of awe-inspiring Icelandic scenery boasting soaring mountains, sheer cliffs and stunning waterways.
  • Delve into rich history and culture, with time ashore to explore fascinating historic quarters, traditional fishing ports and an exciting, cosmopolitan capital city.

From £2,299pp

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