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Island Hopping in the Azores

Tired of the Mediterranean? Not interested in the West Indies or further afield? Then take a moment to consider the attractions of the Azores. For those seeking an informative cruise around some extraordinarily beautiful and untouched islands, the Azores offers so much. After the success of our last visit to the region with the MS Island Sky, we are delighted to be bringing our much loved small ship back to the archipelago in 2014.

Far out in the Atlantic, some 800 miles from the Portuguese coast, the nine islands of the Azores are known for their spectacular volcanic scenery, abundant flora and peaceful lifestyle. But, the appeal of this remote and unsophisticated archipelago is difficult to define in words. If you appreciate dramatic scenery, walking through verdant mountain landscapes, exploring islands where time appears to be standing still, watching for passing whales and learning about the local people and their customs, then this cruise could be for you.

In the times of sailing, the Azores was the confluence of the great trade routes from Africa and beyond and from the continent of South America to Great Britain. On leaving the Azores we will follow in their wake looking out for whales and migrating birds on a 1200 mile crossing that will bring us to the enchanting Isles of Scilly, Britain’s own little Atlantic archipelago and a fitting place for our penultimate call.

Joining us onboard during our visit to the Azores will be our local guides who will not only inform us ashore, but sail with us between the islands and share their knowledge, whether out on deck or during an evening meal.

11 April, 2019 to 23 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Island Hopping in the Azores, departing on 11 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Standard Single £ 4995 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Standard Stateroom £ 4995 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Classic Stateroom £ 5295 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Superior Stateroom £ 5495 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Deluxe Stateroom £ 5895 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Junior Suite £ 6295 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Owners Suite £ 6995 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Serenissima Suite £ 7495 GBP pp
The cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience. There are eight different grades of cabins arranged over five decks, and all staterooms feature either windows or portholes. Windows and portholes do not open in the cabins/suites, except for the Serenissima Suites (numbers 701 – 704) which have a window and a balcony door which opens out onto the balcony. Facilities include: • Air conditioning (please note that only the Serenissima Suites have individually controlled air-conditioning) • Dressing table with chair or stool • Private bathroom with bath or shower and shampoo, conditioner and body lotion • Hairdryer • Mini Bar (Serenissima Suites only) • Balcony (Serenissima Suites only) • Robe and slippers • Safe • Flat screen television • Telephone (charges apply) • Wardrobe • Wi-Fi access – You will require your own laptop, tablet or smartphone (charges apply)
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Island Hopping in the Azores itinerary:

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Day 1 - LONDON TO PONTA DELGADA, SAO MIGUEL ISLAND.
Fly by scheduled flight via Lisbon and, upon arrival, transfer to the MS Island Sky for embarkation. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure as we will be moored overnight.
Day 2 - SAO MIGUEL.
Today we will explore the Furnas Valley, an enormous valley and luxuriant garden in the east of the Island. This is an area of diverse volcanic activity and we will see the famous lake, surrounded by the calderas and boiling sulphur pools. After a visit to the village of Furnas and the botanical gardens we return to the ship this afternoon and set sail for the island of Terceira.
Day 3 - TERCEIRA.
This morning explore Angra do Heroismo, a charming UNESCO heritage town with a distinct Mediterranean flavour. Enjoy a walking tour that takes in the Misericorda church, Convent do Sao Francisco, public gardens and museum. In the afternoon there will be free time to hike to Monte Brasil to see the fortification and view, or relax and wander the historic town.
Day 4 - FLORES & CORVO
Named after its abundant flora, Flores is often regarded as the prettiest of the Azores. A rugged terrain island with flowers growing in the deep canyons and waterfalls casting hues of blues and green as they splash down to the sea. Visit the vertical basalt cliffs of Rocha do Bordoes, formed by the cooling of lava. See a stunning array of natural features including calderas, fajas, rivers, waterfalls and valleys. This afternoon, conditions permitting, visit the tiny island of Corvo, comprised of one large caldeira. Zodiacs will be used to reach the island.
Day 5 - FAIAL.
Our day begins with an exploration of fairly recent volcanic activity at Ponta dos Capelinhos. See how a 1957-1958 volcanic eruption transformed the area and created a new land mass. This afternoon, weather permitting, we enjoy a walking tour of Horta, including the Scrimshaw Museum and Peter Café or enjoy a whale watching cruise.
Day 6 - PICO.
Explore distinctive Pico, home to Portugal’s highest peak and numerous black lava flows. The UNESCO-designated Lajido Acros tells the story of early winemakers and we will learn about whaling life in the Azores at the Museum of Lajes. We will sail to Velas for an evening arrival so you may take a stroll after dinner in this charming old world harbor town.
Day 7 - SAO JORGE.
This largely rural island has many more cattle than people and is known for its strong cheddar-like cheese. It is of geographical interest with its cliff shoreline marked with flat fajas sweeping to the sea. After visiting the charming old world harbour town of Velas and a cheese factory, the ship cruises the coastline to find a tranquil faja where, weather permitting, we hope to make a Zodiac landing. We will moor overnight in Graciosa.
Day 8 - GRACIOSA.
Known as the “White island”, Graciosa has a gentle rolling landcape, dotted with windmills and traditional whitewashed houses. Visit Furna do Enxofre (‘Cave of Sulphur’), a geologically unique phenomenon and one of the original examples of the volcanic Azores, and take the winding stairway down to the magnificent volcanic cavern and lake. We will return to the ship and set sail at lunchtime.
Days 9 to 11 - AT SEA.
Enjoy three days at sea. Keep a lookout for birdlife, whales and dolphins. Attend some lectures or just relax on deck.
Day 12 - TRESCO, UK.
This morning we will moor off Tresco, which to many is the loveliest of the Scillies. It is leased by the Dorrien- Smith family, who have done much to preserve the island’s great charm and created a wonderful 40 acre subtropical garden, close to their Tresco Abbey home. There will be a tour of the gardens and some free time to explore at leisure. Sail at lunchtime.
Day 13 - POOLE.
Disembark after breakfast. A coach transfer will be provided to Poole train station at a fixed time.

Island Hopping in the Azores reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Day 13 - POOLE. *
Disembark after breakfast. A coach transfer will be provided to Poole train station at a fixed time.
Day 12 - TRESCO, UK. *
This morning we will moor off Tresco, which to many is the loveliest of the Scillies. It is leased by the Dorrien- Smith family, who have done much to preserve the island’s great charm and created a wonderful 40 acre subtropical garden, close to their Tresco Abbey home. There will be a tour of the gardens and some free time to explore at leisure. Sail at lunchtime.
Days 9 to 11 - AT SEA. *
Enjoy three days at sea. Keep a lookout for birdlife, whales and dolphins. Attend some lectures or just relax on deck.
Day 8 - GRACIOSA. *
Known as the “White island”, Graciosa has a gentle rolling landcape, dotted with windmills and traditional whitewashed houses. Visit Furna do Enxofre (‘Cave of Sulphur’), a geologically unique phenomenon and one of the original examples of the volcanic Azores, and take the winding stairway down to the magnificent volcanic cavern and lake. We will return to the ship and set sail at lunchtime.
Day 7 - SAO JORGE. *
This largely rural island has many more cattle than people and is known for its strong cheddar-like cheese. It is of geographical interest with its cliff shoreline marked with flat fajas sweeping to the sea. After visiting the charming old world harbour town of Velas and a cheese factory, the ship cruises the coastline to find a tranquil faja where, weather permitting, we hope to make a Zodiac landing. We will moor overnight in Graciosa.
Day 6 - PICO. *
Explore distinctive Pico, home to Portugal’s highest peak and numerous black lava flows. The UNESCO-designated Lajido Acros tells the story of early winemakers and we will learn about whaling life in the Azores at the Museum of Lajes. We will sail to Velas for an evening arrival so you may take a stroll after dinner in this charming old world harbor town.
Day 5 - FAIAL. *
Our day begins with an exploration of fairly recent volcanic activity at Ponta dos Capelinhos. See how a 1957-1958 volcanic eruption transformed the area and created a new land mass. This afternoon, weather permitting, we enjoy a walking tour of Horta, including the Scrimshaw Museum and Peter Café or enjoy a whale watching cruise.
Day 4 - FLORES & CORVO *
Named after its abundant flora, Flores is often regarded as the prettiest of the Azores. A rugged terrain island with flowers growing in the deep canyons and waterfalls casting hues of blues and green as they splash down to the sea. Visit the vertical basalt cliffs of Rocha do Bordoes, formed by the cooling of lava. See a stunning array of natural features including calderas, fajas, rivers, waterfalls and valleys. This afternoon, conditions permitting, visit the tiny island of Corvo, comprised of one large caldeira. Zodiacs will be used to reach the island.
Day 3 - TERCEIRA. *
This morning explore Angra do Heroismo, a charming UNESCO heritage town with a distinct Mediterranean flavour. Enjoy a walking tour that takes in the Misericorda church, Convent do Sao Francisco, public gardens and museum. In the afternoon there will be free time to hike to Monte Brasil to see the fortification and view, or relax and wander the historic town.
Day 2 - SAO MIGUEL. *
Today we will explore the Furnas Valley, an enormous valley and luxuriant garden in the east of the Island. This is an area of diverse volcanic activity and we will see the famous lake, surrounded by the calderas and boiling sulphur pools. After a visit to the village of Furnas and the botanical gardens we return to the ship this afternoon and set sail for the island of Terceira.
Day 1 - LONDON TO PONTA DELGADA, SAO MIGUEL ISLAND. *
Fly by scheduled flight via Lisbon and, upon arrival, transfer to the MS Island Sky for embarkation. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure as we will be moored overnight.
* = Indicative
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Serenissima, the ship servicing Island Hopping in the Azores

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 87 metres

Passenger Capacity: 107

Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013

Prior to her life as the MS Andrea she spent many years cruising the Norwegian coast as the Harald Jarl. The decision by the Norwegian owners, Hurtigruten to invest in much larger new vessels, presented an opportunity to the American company, Elegant Cruises to purchase the vessel in 2002. After a substantial refit of over $20 million in Sweden she began her new life of worldwide cruising.

Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During the major refit in Sweden the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.

Accommodating just under 100 passengers, the 59 cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience and are fully air conditioned with a modern shower and toilet, telephone, flat screen televisions and other thoughtful appointments. There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes.

The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. In addition there is an outside dining area for when the weather and itinerary permit. A new addition to the vessel is a Lido area on Deck 5 with a bar and Jacuzzi.

Other facilities on board include two lounges, a small library with two computers for internet access, a spacious observation deck, fitness area, massage and an elevator. In areas such the United Kingdom and Norway the vessel is equipped with Zodiac craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible.

The European captain, officers, expedition staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

Deck Plan for 2016 will be different to 2015 - please ask for details.

 

Cabin layout for Serenissima
The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is located about 1,500 km west of Lisbon and about 1,900 km southeast of Newfoundland
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