The Discovery Cruise will commence early June 2021 from the Mid Atlantic island of Faial. The Port of Horta was chosen by Stokey because of his many years sailing to and from what he calls an undiscovered paradise. He notes that the islands host some of the most hospitable people he has ever met during the many time zones crossed and continents he has traversed. This mid ocean set of islands form a crossroad to the world for both new and old sea discoverers and adventures alike and its local inhabitants have a great love, respect, and a wonderful attitude towards them. An incredibly special bond between Jose Azevedo owner of the world famous Café Sport bar & IOS, Stokey Woodall has been nurtured over a period of more than 40 years.
São Miguel is the biggest island in the Portuguese Azores archipelago. It’s known for its volcanic scenery, flora and rich marine life, including whales. Ponta Delgada, the capital, is home to the 18th-century City Gates, Gothic St. Sebastian Church and 16th-century Fort of São Brás. The twin crater lakes of Sete Cidades, one green and one blue, lie to the northwest. To the east, Furnas has fumaroles and hot springs.
Santa Maria, Portuguese for Saint Mary, is an island located in the eastern group of the Azores archipelago and the southernmost island in the Azores. The island is primarily known for its white sand beaches,
Faial, one of the Azorean islands, is where you can see white house’s sprawl, the gently undulating mountains that slowly rise until almost brushing the clouds. Greenness everywhere and broad brush strokes created by the blue hydrangeas – these are the charms of Faial, an island to take hold of all who visit, only letting them go with great reluctance.
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
The resort of Vilamoura in the Algarve region of southern Portugal is best known for its large marina, golf course and casino. Vilamoura also boast fine beaches, red cliffs, Cerro da Vila archaeological museum has a ruined Roman villa with bathhouses and mosaics and the delightful fishing village of Olhos de Água. Vilamoura merges with the town of Quarteira, to the southeast, with more beaches.