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**The 2017/18 season dates are fully booked but the 2018/19 dates have been announced. Check them out here.**

Antarctica Sailing Adventure Expeditions on a tall ship are every adventure seeker’s dream.

In 2017/2018 a traditional tall ship is sailing for the 16th time in Antarctic waters. There will be a great voyage to the Falkland Islands, followed by 3 different voyages in Antarctica and an Atlantic crossing Cape to Cape (via Antarctica) to end the season.

Two voyages depart from and end in Argentina in the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. There’s a perfect voyage for those with South Georgia on their bucketlist. You can visit Antarctica and South Georgia and improve your ocean sailing during a 34-day expedition starting on the Falkland Islands, UK or by joining the 52-day Cape to Cape expedition from March 2018.

The Antarctica expeditions are voyages for the sailing and bird lovers, for photographers, artists, adventure seekers and nature admirers. There are a number of slightly different voyages you can take part in including a Cape to Cape (South America to South Africa).

Some people’s curiosity about Antarctica comes from the famous tales of the voyages of Ernest Shackleton and other expeditions. Others are fascinated by the rich wildlife or the beauty of the incredible unspoilt natural environment.

Antarctica is one of the oldest continents on our planet, but man has always been unable to live here because of its extremely cold climate. It is the last great wilderness on Earth and visiting under sail is a truly unique way to experience this incredible continent.

Sailing Experience and Exploring on Land
In the Antarctic waters, you will anchor in sheltered bays every day. The crew will bring groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin colonies. Visitors on shore will often be welcomed by thousands of different kinds of penguins. A professional guide will provide information about the flora and fauna and explain where you can find bird and sea elephant colonies while sharing advice on the best ways to visit without disturbing the unspoiled scenery.

As part of the responsible travel philosophy of this ship and her crew, the vessel is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators,  an organisation that advocates, promotes and practices safe and environmentally responsible travels to the Antarctica.

All fares mentioned are per person and including all meals on board, coffee and tea. The fares exclude drinks at the bar, travel and cancellation insurance and transfer to and from the ship. * Please note that landingfees for South Georgia and/or Tristan da Cunha are excluded in these fares.
Indication landingfees: South Georgia GBP 200,- p.p. (34 and 52 day voyages) and Tristan da Cunha GBP 30,- p.p. (52 day voyage)

**The 2017/18 season dates are fully booked but the 2018/19 dates have been announced. Check them out here.**

VOYAGE 1: Montevideo, Uruguay – Falkland Islands (excluding Antarctica)
1 Nov 2017 – 15 Nov 2017
15 Days
Start: Montevideo, Uruguay
Finish: Falkland Islands
4/6 person cabin: €1,125
2 person cabin: €1,425

VOYAGE 2: Antarctica & South Georgia expedition 1: Falkland Islands – Ushuaia
18 Nov 2017 – 21 Dec 2017
34 Days
Start: Falkland Islands
Finsh: Ushuaia, Argentina
4/6 person cabin: €7,690
2 person cabin: € 8,780

Special Combination Fare

There is a fare for Montevideo – Falklands in combination with Antarctica 1:
1 November – 21 December 2017
4/6 persons cabin: € 8.590,-
2 persons cabin: € 9.920,-

VOYAGE 3: Antarctica expedition 2- Christmas & New Years
23 Dec 2017 – 13 Jan 2018
22 Days
Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
4/6 person cabin: €6,690
2 person cabin: € 7,930

VOYAGE 4: Antarctica expedition 3- Ushuaia, Argentina – Ushuaia, Argentina
15 Jan 2018 – 5 Feb 2018
22 Days
Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
4/6 person cabin: €6,690
2 person cabin: € 7,930

VOYAGE 5: Antarctica Expedition 4- SAILING CAPE TO CAPE
Antarctica & South Georgia & Tristan da Cunha plus ocean crossing to South Africa
3 March 2018 – 23 April 2018
52 Days
Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish: Cape Town, South Africa
4/6 person cabin: € 8,090
2 person cabin: € 9,180
Full voyage details here

The Ship

IMG_2330 (2)Standing out from the many cruise ships that visit Antarctica,  this beautiful vessel is a 103 year old tall ship. Registered as a sail training ship she offers the opportunity to not only visit this incredible environment but to also take part as voyage crew to sail the ship. This means that, more so than on a passenger cruise ship, you will get extensive safety instructions and we ask you to join in the watch system.

Participating in sailing and running the ship is part of the overall experience on board. The level of participation will depend on your interest and physical condition. On deck you work together with the permanent crew. The watch system consists of joining the permanent crew for 4 hours, after which you will be off for 8 hours.

NO SAILING EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling.

This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. Also, you will find no uniforms onboard.

Ocean sailing properly with a square rigger under sail like this is a team effort, so we appreciate every input from the voyage crew.  Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.

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One hour on board and it will instantly be clear: “teamwork” has to be the key to this beautiful traditional sailing vessel. No winches, but an infinity of lines; at first glance maybe a complete jungle. The hundreds of blocks look like spiders in their webs. The novice sailor will be introduced to these matters every day and, after a few weeks, all those lines, blocks, stays, booms with their impossible names and functions become an open book.

VARIOUS PLACES FOR RELAXING
The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio. There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower.

MEALS ON BOARD
An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day. The general meal times on board are:
Breakfast: 07:00 – 09:00
Lunch: 13:00
Dinner: 19:00
Coffee and tea: 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00

Baking of bread and cookies is done at night.
At sea, midnight snacks are prepared, usually during the dog watch (24:00-04:00)

HISTORY

The vessel was built in 1911 under the name of  “Senator Brockes” at the Stulcken shipyard in Hamburg, at the request of the city of Hamburg. The ship was put into service as Elbe 3 lightship on the river Elbe, and later worked as a stand-by vessel. In 1986 the ship was brought to the Netherlands. Over a period of 8 years, she was completely rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted bark.Europa3

The rebuilding and conversion to a sailing vessel was carried out under the supervision of the Dutch Shipping Inspection, Bureau Veritas and Register Holland. She sails with worldwide certificates from each of these authorities and she complies with the highest requirements for sailing ships.

For full details please complete the enquiry form above or email us

Antarctica Season 2017/18

All fares mentioned are per person and including all meals on board, coffee and tea. The fares exclude drinks at the bar, travel and cancellation insurance and transfer to and from the ship. * Please note that landingfees for South Georgia and/or Tristan da Cunha are excluded in these fares.
Indication landing fees: South Georgia GBP 200,- p.p. (34 and 52 day voyages) and Tristan da Cunha GBP 30,- p.p. (52 day voyage)

**The 2017/18 season dates are fully booked but the 2018/19 dates have been announced. Check them out here.**

VOYAGE 1: Montevideo – Uruguay to Falkland Islands (excluding Antarctica) 
1 Nov 2017 – 15 Nov 2017
15 Days
Start: Montevideo, Uruguay
Finish: Falkland Islands
4/6 person cabin: €1,125
2 person cabin: €1,425

VOYAGE 2: Antarctica expedition: Falkland Islands – Ushuaia
18 Nov 2017 – 21 Dec 2017
34 Days
Start: Falkland Islands
Finsh: Ushuaia, Argentina
4/6 person cabin: €7,690
2 person cabin: € 8,780

VOYAGE 3: Antarctica expedition – Christmas & New Years
23 Dec 2017 – 13 Jan 2018
22 Days
Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
4/6 person cabin: €6,690
2 person cabin: € 7,930

VOYAGE 4: Antarctica expedition – Ushuaia, Argentina – Ushuaia, Argentina
15 Jan 2018 – 5 Feb 2018
22 Days
Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
4/6 person cabin: €6,690
2 person cabin: € 7,930

VOYAGE 5: Antarctica Expedition – SAILING CAPE TO CAPE
Antarctica & South Georgia & Tristan da Cunha plus ocean crossing to South Africa
3 March 2018 – 23 April 2018
52 Days
Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish: Cape Town, South Africa
4/6 person cabin: € 8,090
2 person cabin: € 9,180
Full voyage details here

 

AVERAGE WEATHER CONDITIONS

You should bring clothing for all types of weather. Layering is the best approach to be able to adapt to various weather conditions. Best advise is to pack thermal underwear, including long johns, waterproof sailing gear, more tan one pair of warm and also waterproof gloves. Several tin layers of clothing give better protection against the cold than one thick layer. Ashore, lightweight waterproofs are handy.

Antarctica – The climate of Antarctica is one of the most extreme on earth with severe low temperatures which vary with latitude, elevation, and distance from the ocean. East Antarctica is colder than West Antarctica because of its higher elevation. The Antarctic Peninsula has the most moderate climate. Higher temperatures occur in January along the coast and average slightly below freezing.

Once your booking is confirmed a kit list will be sent with your voyage crew info pack.

Enquiry Form

Booking or optional reservation?

**The 2017/18 season dates are fully booked but the 2018/19 dates have been announced. Check them out here.**

 

TO REQUEST A BROCHURE OR TO MAKE A BOOKING REQUEST PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW – Please note we will send you the details for season 2018/19 only unless you specify otherwise.