This voyage is part of a series of voyages by the ship to commemorate the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Seville for the first circumnavigation of the globe.Set sail with the ship and celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure. Leaving from Seville, Spain in September 2019 sail south across the ocean and into the Strait of Magellan in Chile to arrive on December 12, 2019, in Punta Arenas. The ship will visit Puerto Williams and Cape Horn on the way to Antarctica. After visiting the white wilderness they will follow Magellan’s route again and sail the Pacific Ocean in early 2020.
This special purpose sail training ship was built in 1911. In 1994 she was fully restored as a barque (three mast rigged ship) and now roams the seas of the world in the best seafaring tradition. With a professional crew of maximum 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crew members of different ages and nationalities, the ship is powered by canvas and co-operation. The crew makes sure the ship operates safely. The atmosphere on board reflects an adventurous maritime history. The traditional mahogany deckhouse, teakwood decks and floors as well as the beautiful interior with authentic early 20th century details provide a perfect ambiance for a fantastic voyage.
Life on board
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, on this ship 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, whatever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.
For those who booked the full trip from Sevilla to Punta Arenas or combining two legs, it is possible to stay on board during the stopover in Sal and Port Stanley (Falklands) on a breakfast-only basis.
During the days between two legs the crew will take care of cabin cleaning, taking in new stores and will be busy with custom procedures and maintenance. The careful attention that the crew want to give to our voyage crew will therefore be limited during those days.
After breakfast all guests will therefore be brought to shore, which is a good opportunity to stretch those sea legs and explore the towns and islands. No lunch or dinner will be served and after dinner you will all be welcomed back on board!
However, during our stop in Tenerife, you can’t stay on board. Please arrange accommodation on the island for 2 nights from the 30th of September until the 2nd of October. On the 2nd you will be welcomed on board again at 17.00 in the afternoon.
The same goes for our stop in Montevideo, you won’t be able to stay on board. Please arrange accommodation in the city for 2 nights from the 14th of November until the 16th of November. On the 16th you will be welcomed on board again at 17:00H.
For those who have only booked one leg, it is not possible to stay an extra day on board.