Floating in the Atlantic Ocean nearly a thousand miles from the mainland, the lush green Azores Islands are dotted with picturesque villages, pristine beaches, and volcanic craters. Explore these beautiful islands, once a favorite target of pirates and now a peaceful autonomous region of Portugal, aboard the elegant Sea Cloud II, one of the most luxurious vessels afloat.
Each island visited has its own special character: São Miguel’s geothermal hot springs, steaming geysers, and crater lakes; the spectacular blue hydrangeas on Faial; Pico’s whale-hunting turned whale-conservation history; the wine-making tradition of Terceira; and lovely Santa Maria, prized for its beautiful beaches.
In the grand tradition of ocean crossings aboard the finest sailing vessels, guests aboard Sea Cloud II will enjoy the amenities of a five-star cruise, the atmosphere of a romantic tall ship, and the thrill of sailing beneath 30,000 square feet of billowing hand-set sails. En route to Lisbon, enjoy a diverse educational program featuring speakers representing a fascinating range of topics. A post-trip extension in Portugal’s capital city and the nearby royal retreat of Sintra is available.