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Ponta Delgada, Portugal Luxury Cruises

Ponta Delgada is a city on the island of Sao Miguel, right at the heart of the Azores Archipelago. Long considered the commerce and culture capital of the entire region, Ponta Delgada is not the kind of port where you're going to be finding the usual line-up of tourist magnets and souvenir shopping. If you were looking for a low-key city break that won't have you jostling with the crowds, this is undoubtedly the place.

If you've travelled across Europe, you've no doubt seen countless historical districts and old towns, some which can inspire a bit of déjà vu. If you want to explore an historical township with a tantalising difference, Ponta Delgada offers rare architecture and colonial influences, all within the gorgeous surroundings of an island paradise.

Sightseeing in Ponta Delgada

The Volcanic Lakes

The entire Azores Archipelago is famed for its volcanic activity, with an eruption transforming the geology of the island as recently as 1957. The result is a landscape rugged and enchanting, dotted with volcanic craters overgrown by the flora and fauna. From the centre of Ponta Delgada, a short drive can take you to Pico de Barrosa, from which you can get an incomparable view of Fire Lake and the crater rim of Vista Do Rei. The volcanic soil at these sites creates a patchwork of colours stretching to the horizon, so make sure to bring your camera.

Convento de Esperanza and Igreja de Santo Cristo

The Convent of Esperanca and the Church of Santo Cristo are located in town centre, just a street or two away from Fort Sao Bras. The interior of the church is magnificent to look at, but of particular note is the public chapel which is just to the right of the entrance. An arched ceiling adorned with glittering gold inlays and detailed columns welcomes visitors into the main foyer, and it only becomes more spectacular from there. Make sure to dedicate a full afternoon to soaking up the atmosphere.

Carlos Machado Museum

Founded in 1876 by Carlos Maria Gomes Machado, this intriguing museum is housed within a former convent, giving its galleries an auspicious air of history before you've even seen the exhibits. Originally a place in which to bring together prized examples of Azorean Natural History, the museum now has exhibitions which include regional cave painting, ancient sculptures, and even a whole gallery to the primitive tools and weaponry of the island's first settlers.

Shopping in Ponta Delgada

The islands produce a brilliant range of wines and cheeses, but the key thing is to look for the local favourites throughout the sprawl of vendors and stalls within the centre of town. The city itself is also home to many locals making handmade crafts in the boutiques and markets.

Eating out in Ponta Delgada

O Corisco Restuarante is a wonderful place to sample the local delicacies, such as grilled mussels, swordfish, and even mussels, clams and shrimp. The lunchtime and evening menus are equally exquisite, so drop in any time of day to be guaranteed a delectable meal.

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1 Miami to Lisbon
25 March 2019 - 14 nights

Miami, Florida | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Horta | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal more

Fly Cruise£5319pp
Cruise Only£4789pp
2 Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Lisbon
02 April 2019 - 13 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Hamilton | Hamilton | Horta | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Lisbon, Portugal

Fly Cruise£4099pp
Cruise Only£4649pp
3 Bermuda and Azores
21 April 2019 - 12 nights

New York | Hamilton | Hamilton | Horta | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Lisbon, Portugal | Lisbon, Portugal more

Fly Cruise£2189pp
Cruise Only£1469pp
4 Trade Winds Translantic
28 April 2019 - 15 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | King's Wharf | King's Wharf | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Lisbon, Portugal | Bilbao | Le Havre | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£7269pp
Cruise Only£4929pp
5 Rome to New York
29 April 2019 - 16 nights

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Barcelona, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Horta | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | New York more

Fly Cruise£4699pp
Cruise Only£4059pp
6 New York City to Amsterdam
15 May 2019 - 15 nights

New York | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Brest | Cherbourg | Brussels / Brugge (Zeebrugge) | Amsterdam | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£4379pp
Cruise Only£3769pp
7 Canaries and Azores
22 September 2019 - 11 nights

Southampton | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Madeira | Tenerife | Lisbon, Portugal | Southampton

Cruise Only£2789pp
8 Canaries and Azores
13 October 2019 - 11 nights

Southampton | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Madeira | Tenerife | Lisbon, Portugal | Southampton

Cruise Only£3229pp
9 Mid Atlantic Crossing - Lisbon to Miami
16 December 2019 - 11 nights

Lisbon, Portugal | Ponta Delgada | Hamilton | Miami, Florida

Fly Cruise£2390pp
Cruise OnlyCall
10 Miami to Miami
06 January 2020 - 131 nights

Miami, Florida | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Cartagena, Colombia | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | San Juan Del Sur | Puerto Quetzal | Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa), Mexico | Cabo San Lucas | San Diego | San Francisco | San Francisco | Honolulu | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Apia, Samoa | Lautoka | Auckland, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin | Bali | Bali | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang | Langwaki | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat, Oman | Fujairah | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Khasab | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Ephesus (Kusadasi) | Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Sicily,(Catania) | Sorrento | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Alicante | Malaga, Spain | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£51879pp
Cruise OnlyCall
11 San Francisco To San Francisco
24 January 2020 - 131 nights

San Francisco | Honolulu | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Papeete | Moorea | Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Apia, Samoa | Lautoka | Auckland, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin | Bali | Bali | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang | Langwaki | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat, Oman | Fujairah | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Khasab | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Ephesus (Kusadasi) | Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Sicily,(Catania) | Sorrento | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Alicante | Malaga, Spain | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami, Florida | Cartagena, Colombia | Colon | Panama Canal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | San Juan Del Sur | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Mazatlan | Cabo San Lucas | San Diego | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£56869pp
Cruise Only£53369pp
12 Rome (Civitavecchia) To Miami
29 April 2020 - 18 nights

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Alicante | Malaga, Spain | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£7179pp
Cruise OnlyCall
13 Barcelona to New York
08 September 2020 - 16 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Cadiz, Spain | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Horta | Hamilton | Hamilton | New York more

Fly Cruise£4179pp
Cruise Only£4179pp
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