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Discover the wild landscapes and rugged green coastline of the awe-inspiring island of Sao Miguel on an Azores cruise. A remote archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores are part of Portugal and are a popular destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and those seeking rest and relaxation. The diverse topography of these islands provides plenty of outdoor activities, including whale watching, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Hike through volcanic craters, admire picturesque villages, and visit historical sites by the seaside on your visit to Ponta Delgada and its surroundings.
On an Azores cruise, you'll have the opportunity to explore the quaint cobblestone streets and centuries-old Portuguese plazas of Ponta Delgada. Step into the Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres church to see its ornate, Baroque-style interior, or explore the beautiful Palace of the Governors, which was once the home of wealthy aristocrats. For sweeping views of Ponta Delgada and the Atlantic Ocean, take a cable car ride up to Monte Brasil. Uncover centuries of prized Portuguese culture and rich history on a luxury cruise to the Azores with Celebrity.
Ponta Delgada's architecture represents many layers of Azorean maritime history and culture through its churches, historic homes, and squares. Walk through the plaza at the iconic Portas da Cidade (City Gates), a symbolic entrance to Ponta Delgada dating back to the 18th century. Explore the Parish Church of Sao Sebastiao with its beautiful tiled exterior, created in the baroque style. Then stroll along Rua de Santa Ana to see some of the oldest homes in Ponta Delgada.
Soak in the Azores’ magnificent landscape at sites like the natural hot springs at Furnas, where you can relax in the therapeutic waters and even try food cooked in the thermal vapors. Hike the Caldeira das Sete Cidades, a volcanic crater that’s home to two lakes—one blue and one green. Pay a visit to the Gorreana Tea Plantation, the only tea farm in Europe, and learn about the tea-making process while enjoying views of the radiant, deep green valley below.
Due to their remote Atlantic location, far from mainland Portugal, and history as a stopping point for ships traveling between Europe and the Americas, the islands of the Azores have developed a unique culture. Make sure to try traditional local dishes like Cozido das Furnas, a meat and vegetable dish slow-cooked in the steam of a volcanic crater, and Queijadas da Vila, a cheesecake tart.
Sail to the remote Atlantic archipelago of the Azores on one of these 11- to 16-night itineraries. Cruises depart from Barcelona, Southampton, Rome, and Fort Lauderdale on exciting transatlantic itineraries that will take you to Ponta Delgada and many popular ports in Western Europe, as well as Bermuda.
A cruise to the Azores brings you the best of Portugal’s Atlantic island culture, exciting excursions, and lush volcanic landscapes. While on board, enjoy Celebrity's award-winning service as you sip cocktails at the Sunset Bar, or lunch al fresco at the Mast Grill. Discover pure bliss and relaxation with a wide range of treatments in The Spa, and classes such as guided meditation and yoga. Evenings, meanwhile, are a time for glittering entertainment, dancing, and live music performances.
Your Azores cruise will sail to Ponta Delgada, a culturally-rich city full of historic Portuguese churches, baroque architecture, and dramatic natural surroundings. Walk the charming cobblestone streets to find small, family-run shops, traditional restaurants, and picturesque plazas. Visit the Sete Cidades crater for breathtaking views of the twin lakes, and sit on a quiet beach to watch the waves crash against the volcanic cliffs. With so much to see and do, a luxury cruise to the Azores with Celebrity is an experience you'll never forget.