Pacific Voyages

Pacific Voyage New Caledonia to Brisbane

Duration: 10 days
From: £1,247.00

Set out a course, brace the masts, haul the halyards and off you go into the deep Coral sea.

Your voyage starts on the green and laid back island of New Caladonia. The waters around this small island are many colours of green and blue and at night, the sky is full of magnificent southern stars. Set out a course, brace the masts, haul the halyards and off you go into the deep Coral sea.

Beneath her surface this watermass is home to many incredible coral reefs. They include the Great Barrier Reef, which extends about 2,000 km along the northeast coast of Australia and includes approximately 2,900 individual reefs and 1000 islands. There are at least 30 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises that live in the coral sea, including the dwarf minke whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, humpback whale and dugongs. Six species of sea turtles breed on the Great Barrier Reef and can be seen at sea.

More than 200 species of birds (including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds) visit, nest or roost on the islands and reefs in this sea, including the white-bellied sea eagle and roseate tern. Most nesting sites are on islands in the northern and southern regions of the Great Barrier Reef, with 1.4–1.7 million birds using the sites to breed. Even though we will not be sailing close to the reefs these animals can be spotted along the way.

Sailing in these southern waters gives you the opportunity to learn all there is to know about sailing a traditional square rigger. The ship’s many masts, spars and sails take a bit to get to know but once you know your lines and found your sea legs the fun really begins. You are invited to help the crew with all sailing tasks as well as maintenance jobs. Sailing towards this massive southern continent will be full of excitement, you will steer a course on the helm, stand look out on the bow and climb the tall masts of the ship. You will truly be a part of the crew who sails to Brisbane, working with the weather across the Coral sea.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Set the sails, take the helm - you are the crew!
  • Sail across the Coral Sea
  • See the magnificent southern stars shine their brightest from the deck of a tall ship
Start
New Caledonia
Finish
Brisbane, Australia
Trip Duration
10 Days
Group Size
N/A
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Expedition, Sailing, Tall Ship
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller

Dates

STARTEND

Thursday

16 July 2020

Saturday

25 July 2020

Itinerary

Your voyage starts on the green and laid back island of New Caladonia. Sailing in these southern waters gives you the opportunity to learn all there is to know about sailing a traditional square rigger. Your adventure on board will end in Brisbane, the river city.

What's included

The price includes meals, tea & coffee.

The price excludes the transfer to and from the ship, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.

Trip notes

Price in 4/6 person cabin: €1450,- Price in 2 person cabin: €1850,-

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. An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day.

The ship is a Dutch vessel and part of the permanent crew is Dutch. Your fellow guest crew come from all around the world and you will find various nationalities among them. The common language spoken on board is English.

The ship’s cook and assistant provide 3 delicious, freshly made meals a day. Meal options on board are: non-vegetarian or vegetarian. Due to the limited size of the ship’s galley and storage all other meal requirements and allergies need to be checked with our cook. A vegan diet cannot be catered for on board.

No 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.

Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.

This combination voyage is a perfect chance to truly experience life at sea. The days are filled with assisting in sailing, helping with all kinds of maintenance activities, sailing training, lectures on (celestial) navigation, ocean winds and currents. During nightwatch, there is more than enough time to stargaze. Clear skies with the most magnificent starry nights occur. The sky of the northern hemisphere is losing terrain, with Big Bear and Polaris slowly sinking below the horizon.

Life onboard

Onboard the ship we call our guests ‘voyage crew’. This means that the permanent crew will train you to be a sailor. Unlike going on a cruise, here you will be going on a hands-on, active sailing adventure. You will be divided into three watches; Red watch, Blue watch and White watch, named after the colors of the Dutch flag. You will be ‘on watch’ for four hours after which you have eight hours of free time.

During your four hours on watch there will be different tasks that will be divided between the members of your watch. There will always be two people on helm duty. You will together, maintain a steady course on the helm. The crew will explain how to steer the ship and what to look out for. During the watch there will also be two people on look-out duty at all times. On the bow of the ship, you will stand look-out. You spot ships, buoys, debris, and icebergs in the water then communicate this to the officer on watch. The rest of the watch members will be on deck duty. The permanent crew will give you sail training and you will assist in all sail handling. This involves setting- and taking away the sails by hauling- and easing lines, climbing the rigging to furl or unfurl the sails.

The crew will instruct you how to work on deck and you will learn how to trim the sails to the directing of the wind. During deck duty, there is also time to assist the crew with the maintenance of the ship. This way you will learn how to work with traditional tools and methods. Woodworking, sailmaking, celestial navigation, and traditional rope- and rigging work will all be apart of your sailing voyage. The captains and officers are easy to talk to and like to get involved in your sail training. They will explain traditional- as well as modern ways of navigation. They will organize and run you through safety drills and procedures.

During your eight hours ‘off watch’, there is time to rest and enjoy the scenery. You can read a book in the library or in the deckhouse. The bar will be open for a drink and a snack. The crew will be giving lectures on various subjects, from traditional sailors skills and knowledge to science and astronomy. During your time off watch, you can still assist the permanent crew and the voyage crew ‘on watch’ with sail handling and maintenance jobs. The galley team sometimes asks for a hand peeling potatoes or apples on deck so they can make yet another of their famous pies. In the deckhouse, there will be people playing games, reading books, listening to music, writing diaries and emails. Your off watch time is for you to fill in, you may do as little or as much as you would like. These hours are also for you to catch up on your sleep.

When you are setting sails, reading or working away on deck, in the galley they are always busy preparing meals to keep everyone well fed. Multiple course meals will be served three times a day with coffee and tea times in between, what ever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.

Tour operator

Originally built in 1910, this beautifully restored Dutch tall ship has been crossing oceans and seas on a regular basis since 2000 and has a reputation of a ship that really sails.

Following the favourable winds of traditional sailing routes has brought her to all the continents sailing both the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, thus earning her nick name ‘ocean wanderer’.

Crew and guests join the ship from all over the world and all ages. As a sail training vessel, everyone on board is assigned to the watch system to help sail the ship - navigating, taking the helm and handling the sails. Sailing experience is not required just a desire to sail to new horizons and experience all aspects of a sailor’s life on board: The wind, the sea, new friends and adventure.

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