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Ocean Passage on a square rigger to Canaries

A mini Ocean Passage with seas getting bluer and warmer as you head from Lisbon in Portugal towards the Canary Islands. A perfect taste of ocean sailing as guest crew on a square rigger for 8 days and nights. No experience needed but ideal for keen sailors who want to climb the rigging, learn the ropes at deck level or just chill out and enjoy some 'me time'. Pilot whales common around Tenerife. The voyage finishes in Tenerife with affordable flights home or stay on for some island hopping in the sun on the next voyage.

Embark
Sat, 30-11-2019 - 17:00
Lisbon, Portugal
Disembark
Sun, 08-12-2019 - 10:00
Tenerife
Duration
8 Days
Vessel
Morgenster
Voyage No.
MR301119

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Hammock Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 640 EUR. BOOK NOW
TYPE: 4 Berth Cabin Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 760 EUR. BOOK NOW
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Morgenster - Lisbon to Tenerife

Ideal voyage for:

Those who want to experience the ship board life of a big ocean crossing but only have a small amount of vacation time.  Sailing day and night in a almost doubles your active holiday time anyway so it will feel like you have been away for ages. Anyone wanting to gain a healthy sun tan and spend a week in the fresh air. Ambitious beginners and keen sailors who love the open ocean. Sailing South you can start to leave European winter behind and head for African latitudes. The Western Canary Islands are well off the coast of Africa but the Sahara Desert still sometimes makes it presence felt with warm winds and sometimes sandy haze.

You do not need any sailing experience to go on Morgenster's voyage as you will be trained and well looked after. If you are a beginner with the romance of the sea in your head, just remember you can't get off an ocean voyage until the end of the week as there are no stops on route. We want you to enjoy it, so if you have never spent longer than a few hours on a boat or ferry then please speak to us for realistic advice. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail a square rigger in the Atlantic Ocean
  • shake out the stun'sails and flying jib
  • Ocean sunsets and stars at night
  • Become a blue water ocean sailor
  • spot cetaceans, ocean birds or perhaps flying fish
  • multi national crew
  • Easy flights home from the Canaries
Morgenster with stunsails

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

During these short ocean-voyage you can experience real square-rigged sailing with a blue sea below. Morgenster is a brig with square sails on two masts, so she has as many square sails as a barque with 3 masts! (the mizzen on a barque carries no square sails). Even in quite boisterous winds you may be able to set t'gallants and royals (the upper 4th and 5th yards). If the winds are lighter then Morgenster has extra stun'sails that are set on booms that come out from the yards. She also has a flying jib to really fly. The prevailing winds are generally from behind, once you are past the Straits of Gibraltar and every day seems to get warmer.

On an ocean sailing voyage you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. This means that even on a ocean voyage with no islands to land on, you may not go in straight line. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Lisbon & Iberian Coast

Lisbon has been inhabited since Neolithic times and then steep hillsides over the Tagus must be one of the great waterfront cities of the world. Layer on layer of history is built into the jumble of houses and narrow streets. Trams whistle up impossibly steep cobbled streets and have tourists diving for doorways. Houses are covered in ceramic tiles and the influence of the Moors can be seen in some architecture.

As you climb on board your tall ship and leave the dock, look back on the city and parts of it look unchanged from Roman times. The mighty suspension bridge brings you back to modern times and you are off towards the sea.

Sail down the Algarve Coast, past Cadiz and where the Battle of Trafalgar was fought and pretty soon you  are getting near the windy gap otherwise known as the Straits of Gibraltar. You might be to far out in the ocean to the the Rock or the Atlas Mountains but those on watch will have to look out for shipping going in or out of the Mediterranean.

Ocean Sailing off Morocco and Western Sahara

You are unlikely to stop here. Casablanca sounds romantic but its not. I only mention it so you can have an idea of temperatures. This is out of sight of land, blue water sailing at its best. Not as tropical as Cape Verde but pretty pleasant and you might see flying fish. If you love the al fresco life, eating lunch or supper on deck when conditions are not too boisterous, then this stretch of ocean is hard to beat and winds are generally with you.

The only time the African coast makes its presence felt on a sailing route like this is when winds blow sand from the Sahara Desert. It can create haze or very beautiful sunsets and sun rises. 

sunset steering on Morgenster
sunset steering on Morgenster

On Watch At Four Bells

To experience the routine of a ship sailing in deep waters is to be in a different world – the rhythm of the sea reflected in the passing of the watches. You could be in a different age – take part and enjoy to the full. Your participation helps the voyage make way and when you arrive you have a real sense of achievement.

Being woken up in the middle of the night has its compensations; helming the ship under the brightest stars you have ever seen, being in charge as the ship as she plows through the unseen waves and the welcome hot drink at the end of your watch. You do need to be reasonable confident in your level of fitness and stamina for Ocean Passages and settling into the ships routine as she sails day and night is the key to becoming an ocean sailor. Taking advantage of opportunities to rest or sleep when off watch in the daytime will help you enjoy this extended period at sea. Life back on shore will feel very strange once you get used to the rhythms of the sea and shipboard life.

aloft in the sun

Swimming in the ocean blue

Morgenster can hove to and stop for a swim if the winds are light. This involves backing the square sails on the foremast and bracing the main mast yards the other way. There is a wooden boarding ladder you need to be able to climb to get back on board. Jumping off the side is a thrill of about 3 metres. The end of the bowsprit is a bit more daunting at about 7 metres above the sea (point your toes). Mid ocean the sea is incredibly clear and you can see the ship roll in the long swells.

Canaries - Magnet for tall ships in winter

The Canaries consist of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Heirro. Each island has its attractions for those seeking winter sun. Less well known are the smaller islands and islets, which might tickle the captain's fancy to visit. La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste and Roque del Este. Your voyage finishes in Tenerife, but if you make a fast passage there may be time to visit one of the other islands, or at least anchor in shelter of land if Customs Clearance is not immediately available until a main port.

Bring a musical Instrument if you want

Morgenster crew love to play a bit of guitar or have a bit of a sing. You will certainly be encouraged if you bring an instrument.  If you are not musically inclined then Morgenster is a big ship so you can find your favourite peaceful spots too.

 

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

This could be a voyage of two halves so pack for every eventuality. Could be a bit chilly and you might still get some gales if the westerly depressions are routing further south than normal. After sailing as South as the Atlas Mountains and Morocco things should be more predictable. Likely to be blue skies and sun with light to moderate breezes. The ship has water makers so you can use fresh water showers sparingly or cool down with a seawater deck pump shower.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Latest port updates

The exact location won't be known until closer to the time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed. 

Make sure you take a note of the ship's phone number to get in touch with them if there are any problems on the day. 

How to get here

Air & transfers

 Lisbon International Airport (LIS) , also known as Lisbon Portela Airport is approximately 4km from the city centre, and can be reached by public bus or taxi. Many airlines fly into and out of Lisbon, including the national carrier TAP Portugal, as well as budget airlines such as Easyjet. 

There is a bus network from the airport that offers services to passengers who are travelling to various destinations from the airport.

Outside the terminal buildings one is able to obtain taxi services. These generally charge an average of €10 to the city center. Some of the taxis have meters in them. They charge a minimum of €2.35 during the day and €2.50 at night. Double check the price before getting in. Taxis are obliged by law to advertise the prices, and do not pay extra for luggage. The meter fare is the price to pay.

Though some of the taxi drivers may take longer routes to keep the meter running, the trip should take an average of 15 minutes to the city center. Sometimes is better to pre-book your transfer
and there are many to choose from on the internet.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Latest port updates

There are cheap flights to Tenerife from all over Europe as it is a major winter sun holiday destination. You can probably find a flight from regional airports too. There are too many discount airline options to mention.

The harbour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is huge, with two marinas and miles of harbour wall and quaysides for cruise ships and bigger tall ships. Berths for tall ships are small fry for the port authorities as the bigger more profitable ships get priority, so the sailing ships captain will have to go where ever the port authority puts them, and they may not get to stay there for very long. Please book a flight that gets in at a sensible time for you to get to the ship on time, even if it means getting there the day before and booking into a hotel.

If your vessel is small enough to get into one of the marinas then we can usually be a bit more specific as to where to find the ship beforehand.

The ships exact location in port is often controlled by the port authorities and they will only allocate a docking position a few days before. You will be informed as soon as possible of their exact joining location.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

Take a Photo of your Ship

We recommend you take a photo of your ship with you to show taxi drivers so they can get to to the right ship! 

You can usually see the ships masts on the other side of the harbour, but the taxi drivers will know the shortest route to get to that berth. If you are the independent type with a rucksack walking from the bus depot, chose your route with care, or ask a local, or you could end up walking miles without finding the cruise ship / public entry to the dock.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Transfers to the port of Santa Cruz can be pre-booked if you prefer certainty over your travel. However, there are plenty of local taxis that will be waiting for you if you would rather leave it till you get there.  Transfer times from Tenerife South are around 45 minutes and will cost around £50 for a car with two people. (This is from http://tenerife-airport-transfers.co.uk/) From Tenerife North, the transfer time is around 20 minutes and costs around £20.

Bus Service (Public)

Tenerife has an excellent and extensive modern bus service throughout the island.

Company Name TITSA (green buses) Buy your ticket inside the terminal building.

Departure from South Airport to Santa Cruz (Bus Terminal) every hour.

Distance: 65km   Current cost of ticket: 7.00 EUROS

The road is quite fast so bus journey time should be under an hour.

On arrival at Santa Cruz Bus Terminal it is approx 3km to the port, but a taxi is only approx 3.50 EUROS

Santa Cruz bus station is a pleasant modern building, it would be nice to have some like it in the UK.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Morgenster

Morgenster is a 48m tall ship, traditionally rigged as a brig, with square sails on her two masts. Join her as a member of her guest crew as she explores Northern France, the channel Islands and the Baltic this summer.  Morgenster (Morning Star) has taken part in many International Tall Ships Races and is proven as a fast sailor. This sail training vessel is well known in Holland, where she is based, and is making a name for herself further afield as an adventure charter vessel.

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 48m 
  • Length on deck:

 

  • Year built: 1919/2010
  • Vessel type/rig: Brig 

 

  • Guest berths:  24 
  • Crew berths:   10

 

Our expert view: What Morgenster Does Best

Laid Back Style, Educational & Fun

Morgenster has managed to excel in both thoughtful and educational sail training voyages for young people, and extremely hospitable adventure cruising for adults to locations like Cape Verde or the Canaries.

The style of sailing is laid back, but don't under estimate the professionalism of the crew. The Netherlands has a big fleet of working sailing ships and the famous Enkhuizen Zeevaartschool (Nautical College) training future mariners in sail as well as modern ships, so the standard of volunteer and paid crew is generally high, with excellent English used as the working language.

Morgenster has two captain's. Harry and Jakob. Harry is well respected throughout the sail training world and loves to teach and Jakob has just won Sail Trainer of the Year 2017.

Young crews on Morgenster

 

Sail with the Owners - Loving What They Do

Morgenster means Morning Star, and she is the second sailing ship that Harry and Marianne have run together, over many years. They knew exactly what they wanted when they bought a new ship. This sociable Dutch couple put a huge deal of thought and good design into the conversion of Morgenster from deep sea fishing vessel hull to a well functioning and elegant square rigger in 2008. Harry loves his music too so musical instruments and a bit of crew singing often feature during a voyage or in port.

Director of Classic Sailing Adam Purser sailed with them in 2016. When I asked him what was special about the ship, his first comment was:

Best Bit about Morgenster: Harry & Marian - Their enthusiasm for their ship and the love of what they do." Adam Purser 2016

Harry and Marian Mutter run tall ship Morgenster
Harry and Marian Mutter run tall ship Morgenster

Manoeuvrable and Fast Clipper Brig

‘Morgenster’ is rigged as a brig, or a 'clipper-brig' as the Dutch like to describe it. This particular mast and sail arrangement was developed by the Americans during their struggle for independence. A brig only has two masts and has square sails on both masts. The heavy English Man o' War ’s were not fit to catch the light and fast American brigs and schooners who used the “hit and run” tactics to great advantage and considerable embarrassment to the English Royal Navy.

The famous clippers were developed from these fast schooners and brigs. Morgenster frequently does well at Tall Ships Races, and Captain Harry likes to sail right up to the dock at festivals and events if he can.  

Morgenster is a fast brig that does well in tall ships races

 

Sailing Style

On board Morgenster—as on all of Classic Sailing holidays—you are not a passenger but part of the guest crew. You will be assigned a watch together with the professional crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. No sailing experience is necessary. The crew will be happy to explain the functions of all the ropes.

Whilst Morgenster is only 2m shorter than Oosterschelde, the rig is very different. She is the ideal size tall ship for old and young crew, with square sails on two masts and 7 yards with sails to stow aloft.   Climbing up the rigging is easier than on Oosterschelde as the first yards and platforms are not as high, so you can learn to climb a bit higher each day. Going aloft is not compulsory, but the view is great and the ships crew will train you on how to climb and what to do to stow sails or release the gaskets so sails can be set. There is plenty to learn on deck too. To manoeuvre the ship or trim the sails it needs a team a deck level to brace the yards. There are plenty of ropes to learn, or if you just want a holiday, we can show you what to pull to get the ship sailing.  A great place to be is out in the bowsprit netting, but if the ship is sailing fast you might get a bit wet.  There are safety harnesses for going out on bowsprit or aloft.

Working aloft on tall ship Morgenster. sailing holidays on a square rigger

Life on Board

Below decks the two and four cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold water. There is a spacious saloon which is the heart of the ship. Showers and toilets are separate. All cabins have a ventilation system or heating you can control. Bedding and towels are included. The ship is steel, but the interior has been made as characterful and homely as possible, with wood features and paintings on the bulkheads.

In hot sailing areas like Cape Verde the ever present trade winds keep it a pleasant temperature below decks. She has a large galley and cook and you can buy drinks at the bar. On board euros are accepted but not credit cards.

happy crew on tall ship Morgenster

See section on accommodation for more.

Accommodation on Classic Sailing ships - saloon on morgenster

Below Decks on Morgenster

 

Cabins

Morgenster has four x 2-berth cabins and four x 4-berth cabins so she can take a total of 24 guest crew. Bed linen is provided and each cabin has a basin with hot and cold running water. Showers and toilets are seperate - outside the cabin.

If Morgenster is taking part in tall ships races or youth sail training she can take up to 36 crew as there is room for another 12 trainees in hammocks in the saloon. Morgenster will only take 24 guests for adult charter voyages.

two bed cabin with hand basin on Morgenster
two berth cabin with hand basin on Morgenster
4 berth cabin on Morgenster

Saloon

accommodation down below. saloon and dining area on Morgenster
wide companionway steps into the saloon and dining area on Morgenster

Facilities on Deck

On deck behind the fore mast you find a door to the Riggers Bar. This bar serves out the beverages during the daytrips. In this small deckhouse you also find a Lady’s toilet on portside and a Gent’s on starboard.

There is a also a small indoor mess for the watch on deck with bench seating - known as the coffee shop - situated behind the main mast on deck.

Deck Layout & Below Decks Layout

Morgenster racing a larger tall ship at an international tall ships race

 

Length overall:   48 m

length on deck:   38 m

Beam: 6.75 m

Draft:   2.4 m

Sail Area:   600 sq m

Guest crew: 24 in bunks (+ 12 in hammocks on youth trips)

Professional Crew: Up to 10 berths

 

Engine: Scania DI 13  450 HP

Generator 1:  John Deere 62 KVA

Generator 2:  Mitsubushi 20 KVA

Emergency generator: Hatz

Watermaker:

Steering: Ships wheeel - Hydraulic

Certificates and safety

Morgenster’s safety management system is supervised and certificated by Bureau Veritas.
For safety the Morgenster is under the supervision of the register Holland and the  Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate. She therefore sails under two safety certification schemes.

 

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Harry Mutter is the Captain of Morgenster

Morgenster Captain & Crew

Captain Harry & Marianne Mutter

It is hard to talk about Captain Harry without mentioning his wife Marianne as they are a great team.

Morgenster means Morning Star, and she is the second sailing ship that Harry and Marianne have run together, over many years. They knew exactly what they wanted when they bought a new ship. This sociable Dutch couple put a huge deal of thought and good design into the conversion of Morgenster from deep sea fishing vessel hull to a well functioning and elegant square rigger in 2008. Harry loves his music too so musical instruments and a bit of crew singing often feature during a voyage or in port.

Director of Classic Sailing Adam Purser sailed with them in 2016. When I asked him what was special about the ship, his first comment was:

Best Bit about Morgenster: Harry & Marian - Their enthusiasm for their ship and the love of what they do." Adam Purser 2016

Morgenster Captain Jakob
Morgenster Captain Jakob & Mate Pauline

Captain Jakob - Sail Trainer of the Year 2017

Jakob has been Morgenster's other full time Captain since 2016. In 2017 he won Sail Training International's award for the best 'Sail Trainer of the Year.' 

Jakob is originally from Germany but was introduced to sailing when he joined a school sailing trip in the Netherlands’ inshore waters. He liked so much that he knew that this would be his future. Immediately after finishing his school he joined the Dutch inshore fleet as a deck hand on the age of 18. The Dutch language he picked up rapidly, as he would do with English and a bit of French later.

At the age of 22 he joined Morgenster as an apprentice deck rating and hotel manager. Meanwhile in winter he followed the mate education on the seafarer school of Enkhuizen. Next year he started as a mate and developed fast as a first mate on Morgenster and master since 2016.

Current sailing grounds

Morgenster - Kit List

Aloft clothing on Morgenster

Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Morgenster does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun 
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Morgenster has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
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Morgenster - Reviews

Credit to Carol Van Dellen Viggars
Online Reviews

 

I loved it.

I loved everything about my week. The crew were fantastic, the ship was beautiful, the singing on the deck was great fun, the dolphins were around a lot. It was brilliant!

Least enjoy - Nothing.

Why do I Sail?

I love the ocean and have always loved boats. For this particular voyage I was also researching a children's book involving mermaids and pirates!

Liz K sailed in 2017

 

What was the best bit?

Climbing in the rigging, unfurling the sails on the yardarm. 
The cameraderie between the paid and guest crew was second to none. A fantastic atmosphere. Singing in the evenings on deck accompanied by guitar and trumpet. New Year on St Lucia, we celebrated the New Year 3 times (once for Dutch/European time, once for GMT and once for Caribbean time).
The sun glinstering off the ocean surface like a thousand shards of broken mirror.......flying fish like small humming birds skimming over the surface of the water, dolphins on New Years day: what a start to 2019!
Too wonderful to describe, a life changing experience, I want to pack in my job and sail the world! (making plans now) - Carol from Caribbean Season 2019. 

Great experience, will definitely be doing it again.  Climbing the rigging was the best bit. 'First time' sailor. John M July 2018

"Thank you for a very nice trip, some hours on Kattegatt this afternoon. Beautiful boat, nice and joyful captain and crew. I loved it! Wish you all a really nice trip during Tall Ships Races. And I would love to join again someday for a longer trip." Camilla A. June 2017

Thank you Harry, Mariann and all your wonderful crew for an amazing week on Morgenster. Great food Will, such patient climbing instruction Michelle, fun birthday outing Evy and lovely guests from 80 to 22 years old. So many highlights but sailing at night with sparkling dolphins at the bow was truly breathtaking!" Sue G.

Just returned from 11 days sailing round Cape Verde. The whole experience was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable and caring crew; wonderful sailing (the 4am night watch experience was particularly magical!); interesting trips exploring the islands; and great food." Julia G-F

The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer
The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer

Thank you Harry, Marian, Joost, Rene, Hessel & Willie for a fantastic week's sailing. I'll be humming sea shanties and saying "o nay!!!" for days! I really hope to sail with you again. Happy New Year" Kerry Mc C.

Had a fantastic trip around Cape Verde, Jan/Feb 2016. Lovely crew, felt like a family. Thanks to you all xxxx. Really special people and a holiday to remember. My penguins X" Louise G

What a fantastic time, thanks to everyone on the Morgenster both crew and passengers hope to see you all again, maybe next year?" George Mc L

Harry, Marian and their crew make your stay on board the Morgenster wonderful!" Aleike K

What was the best bit?

The trip was fabulous. The crew were incredibly supportive and even helped me overcome enough of my fear to get out onto the first yard. I felt that I was included in everything and that my contribution, however small, was appreciated. The food was excellent and there were plenty of drinks and snacks throughout the day. We had gorgeous weather all the way. I really enjoyed it. - Caribbean Season 2019 by Amanda G. 

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RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR 7 DAYS WITHOUT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

Solo Sailors and Solo Occupancy

The majority of our sailors sail on their own. The boats will always ensure that solo sailors sharing the same cabin are the same sex. Sole occupancy is available on some vessels which will have an extra % charge which varies by vessel.

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Why book with Classic Sailing?

The call of the sea

Destinations for sailors & explorers

Over 300 voyages a year

11, 051 customers introduced to

traditional boats and tall ships.

Tell us your sailing dreams

Experts

Office Team of 4 Skippers

6 Times Around the World between Us

Selling Holidays for 22 Years

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