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#1
West Hempstead, NY
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We will be docking here for the day 10-6 in November (on a Sunday). I haven't seen any info on this port on this site (If I am on the wrong forum, please let me know).
Does anyone have any info on what one should do or see here?


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In April, 2017 we did the west to east transatlantic on Holland America. Our first stop in Horta was cancelled because of high winds. We had arranged for a full day tour starting in Ponta Delgado with Pedro Ferreira ar Azores Tours. http://www.azores-tours.com/en/tours/. We were a group of four so we paid for entire van. We specifically asked to do bathing in the hot springs and the meal cooked in the hot springs. We had a great day. You have to pay in cash at the end of the tour. Our driver helped us find an ATM in Ponta Delgada for euros. If you have questions you can contact me at wisriver2322 at gmail dot com.
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#3
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We visited this port for the first time in 2015. I would recommend that you take a tour.

We visited the town but there was not enough to do there on our own.

Depending on time of year sometimes getting in and out of this port is a problem as well and if there are high winds here the port stop has to be cancelled.

We will be revisiting this port again and we are doing research right now in terms of tour options using Trip Advisor.

Keith
#4
Chicago
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This is so weird because there were several threads about the Azores on this board, but when using the search function there are zero hits. I even had a thread on Ponta Delgado.
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#6
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Thanks for some of the great advice.


We were looking into a tour from a company on Trip Advisor that was rated highly. There were so many options that I got confused as I have no idea what I want to see, or should see? We are doing a TA and this is our last stop before we cross the Atlantic, so we sure don't want to risk even the slightest chance of missing the ship with an all day tour.
Are there certain 'highlites' that one should see when visiting this port?


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I'd do a lunch tour where they cook the meal in the volcanic heated ground, and perhaps do a swim in the thermal pool.


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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea make me happy just to be. ~June Polis

Dude, don't you understand the first rule of holes? When you find yourself in a hole stop digging. Take it from a fellow Gopher.
~Planer's Edge


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#8
West Hempstead, NY
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A couple of people on our Roll Call said that it is rainy and such a good deal of the time?? They also said that there are taxi's readily available who do tours. Would this be a viable option, to wait as see how the weather is and then try a taxi tour?


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Hi! Here is what we decided to do - hope it helps you with some of your decision-making:

We are stopping in the Azores on our first Trans-Atlantic in October. Ponta Delgado is our first port of call, with two more scheduled for the Eastern Caribbean before the cruise ends in Miami. On the one hand, I didn't want to miss a port that we might never visit again. On the other, our first catch-up port NOW would be Miami. This means that if we miss the ship, there is NO catching up at the next port.

Fortunately, we are traveling with a couple who have been to Ponta Delgado a few times. They assure us it is a tiny island and getting back to the ship should not be a problem. We consequently scheduled a private tour for the morning, with the idea of going back to the ship around lunchtime. I would like to try a volcano-cooked stew; but except for the novelty (it does sound cool!), I'm not sure the food would taste that exceptional. Our plan is to have lunch in town (walking distance to the ship) or back on-board. This gives us a couple of hours "cushion" if there are issues with our vehicle or tour.

I also asked the tour operator about weather. We prepaid for the tour (credit card) and if the ship does not stop at all, we get a full refund. If there is bad weather on the island, we will modify the sites we visit since bad weather might be on one side of the island only. If the tour does not work out for any reason, we lose our "investment" of $200 (split four-ways). I've blown more on less before, so I am pretty comfortable with our current plans.

Hope this helps!
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We were there in April and used https://www.azoreantours.com/ for an all day tour of the island and lakes. Even though I'm sure the in-ground baked lunch would be cool, our guide said that's the "weather-alternative" option, ie if it's raining and you don't want to be out and about. If the weather is good, definitely drive up to see the lakes. Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it!

Our guide, Carlos, took us all over the place, including a distillery and a little town with a really nice church, along with the lakes, for a full day tour. We had a great time and it was absolutely a stunning island.
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#11
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Once again, thanks so much for all the great suggestions. We will definitely look into them.


Cheers
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I remember reading something about the Azores being one of the best places in the world for whale watching.
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