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Sail to Cuba
Join a 100 Year old tall ship where you are the crew to sail to Cuba via Caribbean islands where you can explore, snorkel, swim and get sail experience
The Caribbean conjures up images of sun, sea and idyllic islands. It’s the perfect place for a sailing adventure and what better way to arrive at the sugar-white beaches of Cuba than on a 100 year old tall ship, where you are the crew?
Cuba has risen to fame on many bucket and wanderlust lists and it’s no surprise. As the island draws closer you’ll see its outline dotted with tobacco fields for the country’s legendary cigars. The capital, Havana, with its 1950s-era cars and streets of pastel houses, and Spanish-colonial architecture in the 16th-century core, Old Havana will capture the heart of all travellers. Listen carefully as you approach and you might hear the beats from the salsa music playing in the dance clubs or have a chance to check out the cabaret shows performed at the famed Tropicana.
This sailing voyage from Saint Martin will cover a lot of miles and so the aim is to have fewer stops with more days and nights at sea in order to have more time to explore the final destination although you will do your fair share of island hopping in between. You would join as guest crew and get involved in all aspects of sailing this wonderful historic tall ship which celebrates her 100 Years Anniversary in 2017.
A top pick for the spring this is a voyage for the lover of sailing, but with exceptional destinations to make this voyage an even more “must do”.
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Itinerary from the Crew
Voyage description: Sail to Cuba
Welcome on board. The tall ship will be anchored at Grand Case Bay at the French side of the island. The crew is waiting for you the bring you to the ship by dinghy. The crew will show you to your cabin and after meeting the rest of the crew and fellow travellers we will have a light meal. On deck the crew will show you around and the captain or first mate will give the first information about do’s and don’ts on board.
After departure from Saint Martin our first destination is Virgin Gorda. It will be a quick crossing of 85 miles and after just a day we drop anchor at Spanish Town. The British Virgin Islands (BVI’s) have everything that you would expect from a tropical paradise.
In the sheltered bay we can swim and snorkel, but we will also make an excursion in the nature park ‘The Baths’ at the south side of the island. At the end of the day we prepare for departure.
Day 4 to 6
The next leg, to the Turks and Caicos Islands, is about 400 miles. From January to March humpback wales have their calf’s here. Especially on the north coast of the Dominican Republic there should be lots to spot. Although we are a bit later there is a chance to spot these amazing animals with their calf’s.
Day 7 and 8
We take our time to get to know the Turks and Caicos Islands better. The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited. The islands of the Turks and Caicos are almost as diverse as its people. Each one offers a different experience and a unique character but all offer year round great climate, beaches and underwater activities.
Day 9 to 13
The third leg of this voyage is the longest. In the meantime, we have become seasoned sailors and the 650 miles to the north coast of Cuba is peanuts. We have the wind and current in our back.
Today we arrive at Hemmingway Marina on Cuba, our final destination.
We have all day to explore Cuba. The ship is safely in the harbour and we will go to visit Havana. Of course one day is too short to discover Cuba so we would advise to stay a few days longer on the island.
After breakfast we say goodbye to the crew and ship.
SAILING AT SEA
Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship is a very special experience. Account has to be taken of the vagaries of weather at all times. Conditions at sea are never constant. This can mean change of plans underway. For longer crossings the vessel sails on through the nights, with crew members standing watch. You will be assigned together with the crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this. The crew will be happy to explain the function of all the ropes, halyards and sheets to you. Our experience has been that most persons on board want to participate actively in sailing the vessel.
LIFE ON BOARD
This tall ship celebrates her 100th Anniversary in 2017 and has become a favourite of sea and nature fans. People do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. The main feature is always active and direct exposure to the sea and sailing, the region being travelled and its fauna. The ship is nevertheless furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. All cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water. Showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano. The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure an agreeable temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines. Life on board is enhanced by the good meals prepared by our professional chef.
EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY
The boat is equipped to sail worldwide. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 persons also contributes to ensuring safe passage. Each sailing area requires special preparations because there are no facilities along the way to repair something or to procure parts. We usually have to manage with whatever is on board.
We are able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Food is stored aboard immediately prior to departure. Some 15,000 litre of diesel oil will also be bunkered for the heating, for the generators for electrical power supply and for the main engine. There are two rubber dinghies on board with outboard motor and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore. In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts,
fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder, etc. For navigation and communications purposes the boat is equipped with a radar set, two com- passes, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-C-fax terminal, 4 marine telephones, etc.
The permanent crew members are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with this boat. The crew holds all the required certificates and diplomas and is qualified to sail worldwide. On thematic voyages in special areas, the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides. These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area. The atmosphere on board is informal.
The vessel is insured for possible legal liability caused during your stay on board. However, the trip operator does not cover any damage sustained on your transfer to and from the ship or during trips ashore. Of course you have health insurance. Most of the time your insurance will not cover the costs to repatriate you in case of illness or accidents abroad. For both reasons you at least need a travel insurance, possibly in combination with a cancellation insurance. For inhabitants of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany the crew office are able to arrange these insurances.
MONEY DURING A VOYAGE
Before your departure the shipping company will send you an invoice for your stay and the meals during your stay on board. Anything extra you consume from the bar etc will have to be paid on board in cash at the end of the voyage.
MEALS ON BOARD
The experienced ship’s cook will prepare three well-balanced meals a day. In between meals snacks will be served. Coffee, tea and milk are included in the price. Other drinks will be charged at normal bar prices at the end of the journey.
Dates & Rates
Embarkation: Wednesday 12 April 2017, 5PM, Saint Martin
Disembarkation: Thursday 27 April 2017, 9AM, Cuba
Price 2 person cabin € 2650,- p.p.
Price 4 person cabin € 2250,- p.p.
(three meals per day, snacks, coffee, tea, milk and water are included)
WHAT IS INCLUDED: three meals per day, snacks, coffee, tea, milk and water
This fantastic three-masted topsail schooner is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship she is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail and we love the brilliant voyages she undertakes that you can join, with no previous sailing experience, as voyage crew.
Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship like this is a very special experience. You join the crew sailing, steering and navigating the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this as the professional crew explains everything you need to know!
Adventure seekers joining this amazing vessel do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. It’s an informal feeling on board and the main point of a voyage is to have a hands-on, active experience and exposure to the sea and sailing as well as the regions you travel between. That said, the ship is furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. Think ‘active days & comfortable nights!’
All the cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water and the showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano.
The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure a cozy temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines.
Life on board is made even better by delicious meals prepared by a professional chef to fuel you up for a day’s sailing.
The vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 people also contributes to ensuring safe passage. On some voyages the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides.
These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area.
Sail to Cuba
- Dates: 12 – 27 April 2017
- Price: from 2,250 EUR
- Depart: St Martin
- Arrive: Cuba
- Length: 16 days
- Adventure: Hands on sailing adventure with Caribbean island hopping, lots of overnight sailing and an exciting destination of Cuba