Ponta Delgada is in the Azores mid Atlantic.


Atlantic crossing, the stop at Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel is not in the Caribbean, but in the Azores mid-Atlantic. Because of its position the island is visited on many Caribbean cruises to and from the UK. Many cruising fans will book this crossing just for the ship and the journey.

Ponta Delgada

The town itself can have four different seasons or weather changes in a day. If you are on the way home from the Caribbean it will feel chilly, on the way out it will feel warm. It is pretty and quite Spanish in style but there is little to see other than a few churches and the square so you might want to book a tour or activity see the options on the Get Your Guide section. It is one of the best places to dive, and that can be arranged before travel. See our film for a contact. It is not an easy port for ships to get into, so the cabaret artists always fret that the weather might not allow them to get in to make the transfer to their next contract.

The bus tour is cheap and quite short so best left to the end of the day when there is no queue. There are two gardens you can walk to one of which features in the film below. It has a children’s area. This is a Portuguese island with less than 100,000 residents. These volcanic islands have been populated since 1444 and the first to be established were fishing villages.

Military Fort and Museum

The military fort and museum only costs a few euros, again because there is little to see and it will not take long. It is a small fort with good views of the harbour and your ship from the battlements. The other rooms are full of guns and weapons and some medical and hospital equipment used throughout the ages in times of conflict. The film below shows you some of the things you will find in the fort.

Car, bike, and scooter hire. Scuba and boats

Azores scooterIf you turn right as you get off the ship, not left into the town, there are outlets in the port buildings for rental and trips.

In a temporary type building on the port, you will find the very helpful divers featured in our main film of Ponta Delgada.

If you are doing the Atlantic crossing, don’t forget to take sickness bands with you, they take up no room and if bought before you go cost very little.

The Atlantic Crossing is something that some cruisers love, so enjoy the ship and sailing, so there are cruises that will go out of Southampton, to the Caribbean and back to Southampton. These cruisers will know Ponta Delgada. Please share and help this resource grow by booking your next cruise through our links below direct with the company.

The Adonia is back with the fleet and has a number of Atlantic Island Cruises, some take in the Azores. Click here.

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