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About Ponta Delgada

The Azores form an archipelago of nine beautiful mountainous islands, located well out in the Atlantic Ocean, significantly closer to Europe than North America. Ponta Delgada, the chief port and administrative center on the island of Sao Miguel, lies 900 miles west of Lisbon. Cruise ships on repositioning voyages between North America and Europe often call there.

Discovered in the 15th century by exploring Flemish and Portuguese sailors, Sao Miguel Island became a favorite stopover for passing ships because of fresh farm food and the abundance of fish in the surrounding waters. Ponta Delgada attained city status one hundred years later, and today the city's population numbers 45,000 with a further 20,000 residing in smaller towns and on the countryside. Since 1976, the Azores have status as an autonomous region of the Portuguese Republic.

Volcanic activity has produced some pretty spectacular scenery on the island, along with some of the highest mountains in "Europe" (if you include the rise from the seabed). Visitors stream out of Ponta Delgada to climb the crater rims for breathtaking views down onto blue and green lakes, hike the mountain and nature trails, and gaze out to sea from mighty headlands.

Unlike the Canary Islands, where travelers go for predictably hot weather and good beaches, the Azores draw a different type of visitor -- one who appreciates the natural beauty of a subtropical environment that produces pineapples, good wines and creamy white cheeses. Hence, beach and resort hotels are few by comparison.

Cruise-ship visitors to Ponta Delgada will often drive out into the countryside for visits to small villages and natural volcanic wonders. There's usually time afterward for a relaxed amble through the lovely port city, noted for its squares paved with black and white tiles, beautiful churches, and public buildings with their white-painted facades and brown-black volcanic stone trim. Fish and shellfish fans will discover moderately priced restaurants, some right outside the cruise terminal.


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Ponta Delgada

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Lisbon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Ponta Delgada Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Seville
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      Malaga
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      Cartagena (Spain)
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      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
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      Barcelona
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    Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

    Cons

    Confusing corridors and congested main decks

    Bottom line

    Fun, fun, fun for everyone

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    Norwegian Epic Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of t...

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    cehenders16
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Pretty Boring Cruise
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Loved every minute!
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Ponta Delgada

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Cobh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    12 Night Cruise to Ponta Delgada Route (Royal Caribbean International)
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      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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      Southampton
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    Anthem of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants

    Cons

    For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag

    Bottom Line

    Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience

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    Anthem of the Seas Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Anthem of the Seas is the second ship in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class. The 4,180-passenger c...

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    VERY OVERRATED SHIP
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    KarateLois
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A mixture of traditional and non-traditional cruising features
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Ponta Delgada

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Lisbon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Ponta Delgada Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      Seville
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      Motril
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      Ibiza
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      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
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      Barcelona
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    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

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    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
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    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    Dolce1989
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Checked off another Check on the Bucket-list
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Enjoyable cruise of Eastern Caribbean - 12 nights
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Ponta Delgada

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Barcelona ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Ponta Delgada Route (Celebrity Cruises)
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      Marseille
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      La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

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    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    JuneEl
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Fantastic Cruise, Service, Food, Spa, and Activities for Suite Seniors.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Loved the Infinity!!!
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Ponta Delgada

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Lisbon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Ponta Delgada Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      New York (Manhattan)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Lisbon
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      Seville
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      Malaga
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      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
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      Barcelona
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      Cannes
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      Florence (Livorno)
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      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Norwegian Getaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.

    Cons

    Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.

    Bottom Line

    Getaway offers an abundance of dining and entertainment options with a Miami flair.

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    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it...

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    lruggles44
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Bedbugs
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Second time around
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    • Butler Service
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Ponta Delgada

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Lisbon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Ponta Delgada Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
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      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Ponta Delgada
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      Cruising
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      Lisbon
    • Day 10
      Seville
    • Day 11
      Malaga
    • Day 12
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 13
      Barcelona
    • Day 14
      Cannes
    • Day 15
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 16
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Norwegian Escape - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound

    Cons

    A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

    Bottom Line

    There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it

    Reviews

    Norwegian Escape Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    There's nothing subtle about Norwegian Escape, which you'll notice before you even board the cr...

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    JJoel
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Beautiful ship, a few disappointing excursions
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great food, Great selection of beer/liquor, Below average service/entertainment.
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