Skip to main content

Now with no booking fees - Caribbean Christmas & New Year on a Tall Ship - Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Now with no booking fees - usually €30 for first time customers - 

Imagine being on board a square rigger at anchor for a perfect Caribbean sunset for Christmas Eve....a swim in the sea on Christmas Day somewhere like the Grenadines.  A New Year's Eve with rum punch and a chill out in the bowsprit netting the next day. When you are feeling in the mood for starting 2019 with some healthy activity it might be climbing the rigging or mountain walking in the rain forests of St Lucia.  Morgenster has two more Caribbean voyages if you can't get away for this one.

Embark
Sun, 23-12-2018 - 17:00
Martinique
Disembark
Wed, 02-01-2019 - 10:00
Martinique
Duration
11 Days
Vessel
Morgenster
Voyage No.
MR231218

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Hammock Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 1,155 EUR. BOOK NOW
TYPE: 4-6 Berth Cabin pp. AVAILABILITY: Limited places. PRICE: 1,375 EUR. BOOK NOW
TYPE: 2 Berth Twin Bed Cabin PP. AVAILABILITY: Provisionally Full. PRICE: 1,540 EUR. BOOK NOW
*Booking fees may apply

Morgenster - Martinique, St Lucia and the Grenadines

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Exploring south from Martinique and visiting islands such as St Lucia, St Vincent, Bequia, Mayreau and the Tobago Cays nature reserve. 

Watch spectacular sunsets through 18th century rigging, a voyage ideal for sun lovers who get bored on a beach. Perfect for anyone seeking a change of scenery and lifestyle to celebrate New Year. Practice your Captain Jack Sparrow impressions and scan the horizon for 'enemy sail' whilst taking pirate style selfies. If you are an Independent traveller who wants to see as much of the Caribbean as possible from a sailor's perspective, this is perfect too. 

You really don't have to be a sailor either, so this could be a fantastic first voyage for a novice with plenty of opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Celebrate Christmas and New Year somewhere special
  • Sail South to St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Classic Caribbean islands and coral reefs
  • Caribbean Winter Sun
  • island hopping with breezy trade winds
  • A small and friendly tall ship with only 24 guest crew
  • Work aloft with the professional crew
  • square sails and stun-sails
  • Explore ashore, beachcomb & snorkel

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

When you think of the Caribbean you imagine sun, sea and idyllic islands. There is no better way to discover this area then on board a tall ship with masts to climb and bowsprit netting to cool down in. If you sunbathe on deck above you is miles of white canvas and brilliant blue skies. This Caribbean voyage over Christmas and New Year starts and finishes in Martinique, which keeps flights simple. On your doorstep is a perfect Caribbean sailing ground and for this voyage Morgenster is choosing to sail downwind first to places like St Vincent, St Lucia, Grenada, all those small islands and turquoise shallows that make up the Grenadines archipelago. Swim, snorkel and enjoy everything the islands have to offer.

On the helm on Morgenster by Virginia Spencer
On the helm on Morgenster by Virginia Spencer


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but no destination is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

St Lucia in the Caribbean
St Lucia in the Caribbean

St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines

From Martinique Morgenster is aiming to reach as far South as the Grenadines. You pass St Lucia or St Vincent so you could stop on the way there or the way back. With North East trade winds sailing back to Martinique on a square rigger will potentially be the harder direction, so make the most of the sailing South. Bequia has a rich seafaring tradition of boat building, whaling and sailing and Mustique is a get away haven for the rich and famous. The attraction of the Grenadines for sailors are the stunning white sand beaches,  crystal clear seas and extensive coral reefs. 

Morgenster by Virginia Spencer
Morgenster by Virginia Spencer

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

In January the average daily temperature is 81 degrees F ( 27 degrees C). Windy means waves when you are sailing between islands or on the windward coast. The most sensible anchorages are on the South and west side of each island so you do get sheltered water when you approach the shore to anchor. Sea temperatures are perfect for swimming too!

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.

Morgenster is a brig

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 (but only light weight jacket probably needed in case of a shower!)
  • Personal Travel Insurance

 

Martinique, Caribbean

Latest port updates

For Joining Morgenster, the ship is likely to be at anchor in Fort de France Bay. The ship will text you a meeting point and pick you up in the RIB. 

How to get here

Air & transfers

It's possible to get direct flights from UK airports such as Gatwick and Birmingham to Fort de France airport, it's about a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport to the port. 

You can also get direct flights from Paris. 

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Why not sail to the Caribbean with ships like Blue Clipper, Oosterschelde, Lord Nelson and Europa. 

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.

Martinique, Caribbean

Latest port updates

For Joining Morgenster, the ship is likely to be at anchor in Fort de France Bay. The ship will text you a meeting point and pick you up in the RIB. 

How to get here

Air & transfers

It's possible to get direct flights from UK airports such as Gatwick and Birmingham to Fort de France airport, it's about a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport to the port. 

You can also get direct flights from Paris. 

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Why not sail to the Caribbean with ships like Blue Clipper, Oosterschelde, Lord Nelson and Europa. 

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 traditionally rigged as a brig, with square sails on her two masts. Join her as a member of her guest crew as she ventures south in the winter to the Canaries, Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean and in Europe during the 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.

 

​ ​

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.

Morgenster - Reviews

Under the Bowsprit on Morgenster

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

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

 

Off

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.

What others say about us

CURRENT AVERAGE   4.6 STARS
197 REVIEWS

Facebook reviews

"A life changing experience with talented crew who gave us hope for mankind ...and biscuits"

Customer comments

Read what the press say about our holidays
 

Magazine articles

 

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

3 Dogs to make us laugh

Contact Us

How to Book

Voyage Applications Online 24 /7

How to book a voyage

Terms & Conditions   Travel Insurance

Office open Mon - Fri, 9 - 5

Frequently Asked Questions