British Airways introduces two Portuguese destinations from Heathrow for summer 2022

British Airways has said that it will add the islands of Sao Miguel and Terceira, in Azores archipelago, to its Heathrow short-haul network from next summer.

Flights to the two new summer hotspots will operate once a week, with Sao Miguel launching on July 2 until September 3; and Terceira launching on July 10 until August 28. The flight to Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel will operate on Saturdays and that to Terceira will operate on Sundays.

The Azores archipelago comprises of nine islands, all known for cuisine and wine as well as scenic views offering nature lovers a wide range of activities. The Azores is also the first archipelago in the world to be certified as a sustainable destination by Earth Check. The island of Terceira is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with its stunning laurel forests and Sao Miguel, home to the Lake of Seven Cities, has been dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘After a difficult 18 months, it’s fantastic to be in a position to launch two new routes next summer from Heathrow. These two Islands in the Azores will be the perfect addition to our network, offering more choice in one of the most popular regions in Europe for British sunseekers.’

British Airways will operate an Airbus 320 to both destinations. Customers travelling in the airline’s Euro Traveller (economy) cabin can pre-purchase items from the Speedbird Cafe, or can order additional snacks and drinks on board the flight directly using their mobile device.

Customers travelling in Club Europe (business class) have access to priority check in, lounges and restaurant style complimentary dining, including items from the airline’s new ‘Best of British’ menus. British Airways’ return flights to Sao Miguel, will start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe. Flights to Terceira start from £79 in Euro Traveller and £208 in Club Europe.

CMV launches Azores cruise to West Indies this winter

In preparation for the winter ahead, CMV has launched a 30-night winter cruise to the West Indies offering UK tourists the warmth of holidays in the Caribbean Islands.

Azores, the new addition to CMV’s fleet, is set to take her maiden CMV Caribbean voyage on January 26 from Bristol Avonmouth. The cruise offers passengers the beauty and splendour of nine idyllic islands, dramatic volcanic sites, palm fringed beaches, tropical rainforests with azure seas, busy markets and picturesque sunsets.

From Avonmouth the voyage will first sail down to Lisbon and then Madeira before sailing across to the islands of the West Indies. This includes visits to Antigua, St. Barts, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada and Barbados.

CMV also offers a range of excursions that include catamaran and boat trips typically with drinks on board, journeys through the jungle, stop offs at beautiful beaches and historic landmarks. On the way back to Bristol, Azores calls into her namesake the Azores – at Ponta Delgada.

Azores accommodates 550 guests. English is spoken throughout the ship, with the cruise marked by live entertainment featuring guest speakers and craft classes.

Guests receive accommodation on a full board basis plus afternoon tea and late night snacks. CMV is currently running a Buy One Get One Free offer at its website.

Also included in the fare is a daytime activities programme, stylish ‘big show’ evening entertainment, complimentary tea and coffee (6am – 10pm) and porterage of luggage from port to cabin.