Over two years 2023-2025 a spectacular tall ship will set sail on a global voyage following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin… this is the final voyage before they set sail from Plymouth ... will you be on board?
The crew of this tall ship are preparing for their third circumnavigation over two years. The official start of this journey is in Plymouth. But this is their farewell to Rotterdam and the Netherlands – their homeport. It will be two years before they get back. A goodbye trip includes goodbyes. They don’t have any big plans yet, but of course we won’t let our farewell pass unnoticed… And then they’ll throw the ropes loose, and away you’ll go!
On arrival in Plymouth the crew will be warmly welcomed! A festive end to a journey for you. A festive start for DARWIN200 Global Voyage!
No experience needed. Passion for adventure is a must!
Why you'll love this adventure
- Join the farewell voyage from the ship's home port Rotterdam
- You're the crew on board, sail, steer and navigate the ship
- Perfect for solo travellers, friends and families - no experience needed
For full details please complete the enquiry form!
- The voyage fee and all sail training on board
- 3 meals a day
- Coffee and tea
- Flights to and from the vessel
- Transfers from the airport to the vessel
The tall ship can carry 24 voyage crew (members of the public joining as sailors) plus professional crew. She has a bar, a piano and a wood-fired stove. You will be accommodated in comfortable, single-sex cabins that consist of 2 or 4 bunks.
The ship is furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. All cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water. A few cabins have their own shower. The other showers and the toilets are communal.
In the spacious and stylish saloon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano. All cabins have forced ventilation and have the option to open a window or a hatch. The always-present wind provides a pleasant temperature on the lower deck.
There are quiet corners where you can write a letter, read a book or to select and edit the photos you took along the way.
The experienced 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 (including alcoholic beverages from the bar) will be totted up during and charged at the end of each voyage leg.
Who is this trip for?
Adventurers, sailors and anyone who wants to experience a sailing adventure with good health and a reasonable level of fitness. There are no upper age limits although a doctor’s note may be requested. The DARWIN200 2023-25 Global Voyage is intended to be a life changing adventure for those who take part. That said, global voyages are intense experiences so make an enquiry to chat to Larissa as to whether this is the voyage for you!
The Global Voyage consists of 32 Voyage Legs which follow Charles Darwin’s route on HMS Beagle. The ship will make landfall at key locations where Darwin stepped ashore.
During each of these landfall stops, the ship will host groups of DARWIN LEADERS to undertake research projects in exactly the same locations visited by Charles Darwin two centuries ago. For logistical reasons, the route of HMS Beagle has been simplified.
For example, HMS Beagle back-tracked north and south several times along the east coast of South America. We will sail this route only once.
The crew have also added a few locations that Charles Darwin did not visit. These enhance the global voyage and enable sailing during periods of optimal weather. These additional stops also allow essential repair and maintenance, refueling, reprovisioning and planned publicity events. Crucially, unlike HMS Beagle (which sailed across the Indian Ocean), we are returning from Australia via Cape Horn to enable visits to South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha!
With the exception of Cocos (Keeling) and Mauritius, the crew will make landfall at every major location Charles Darwin visited during his voyage aboard HMS Beagle!
The crew members are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with the Oosterschelde. The crew holds all the required certificates and diplomas and is qualified to sail worldwide. The atmosphere on board is informal and friendly.
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.
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 will explain and teach you everything you need to know.
There is 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. All the cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water and there are separate sets of showers. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano.
Life on board is made even better by delicious meals prepared by a professional chef to fuel you up for a day’s sailing.
Sail Rotterdam to Plymouth
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