Enjoy warm winds and sunshine on this hands-on tall ship sailing voyage from Seville to Tenerife.
On the 10th of August 1519, Ferdinand Magellan started his circumnavigation of the globe setting off from Seville, Spain with a fleet of five ships in search of a western sea route to the Spice Islands in the East Indies. This is your chance to set sail just as Magellan did, from Seville, Spain for a 12 day tall ship sailing adventure to the beautiful island of Tenerife to celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure.
A sailing voyage in this part of the world is a real joy, with favourable warm winds and currents . The more south you sail the warmer it gets and these waters are perfect for a mid-Atlantic swim on a quiet and wind still day.
This is a hands on tall ship sailing adventure and this passage will allow for lots of sail training, climbing and rigging work. Together with the permanent crew, you will have time to learn about maintenance, sail theory, sail making- and traditional rigging work.
If there is time lectures about ( Celestial ) navigation, ocean winds and currents, and Marine biology may be held on the sunny main deck under a full set of sails. The usually favorable winds will push the ship towards Tenerife where you will meet the busy and popular sailing community on these sunny and green islands. Sailors from all around the world start or end their world voyages on these Islands, making the yacht harbors crowded with sailors and thus creating an exciting atmosphere on the island as the ship comes into port.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Beautiful warm weather sailing perfect for beginners and experienced sailors alike
- You are the crew on this 12 day tall ship voyage - learn all you need to on the go
- Explore the majestic city of Seville and the beautiful island of Tenerife
The city Seville
Seville is a historic city situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. Seville is approximately 2,200 years old. The passage of the various civilizations has left the city with a distinct personality, and a large and well-preserved historical center. Its Old Town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. Seville is also the hottest major metropolitan area in Southwestern Europe, with summer average high temperatures of above 35 °C
In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth.
The ship’s arrival in this city will mark the start of our voyages celebrating the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure.
To celebrate this historic moment of the first circumnavigation, the ship will be visiting this beautiful city together with some of her sister Tall Ships. The harbor will be an impressive and unforgettable sight.
Arriving in Tenerife
The Canary Islands are an archipelago of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is the largest and most popular island of the seven Canary Islands. On the island, you can find the third highest volcano in the world; Teide volcano at 3,718 meters. A climb up the mountain will give you exceptional views over the island.
From the 14th century onwards, numerous visits were made by sailors from Mallorca, Portugal and Genoa. In 1402 the Castillian conquest began, with the expedition of French explorers to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and El Hierro. The natives of other islands resisted the invaders for almost a century. Tenerife was the last island that was conquered and incorporated into the Kingdom of Castile.
The Spanish enslaved many of the natives of whom many died of new infectious diseases. Many of Tenerife’s pine forests were cleared to make fields for crops such as sugar cane, wine grapes, cochineal and plantains. The islands became an important stopping point for Spanish traders on their way to the New World. This brought quite some prosperities to the islands.
However, the crops-based economy of the islands faced the competition of Spain’s American colonies, which caused some severe recessions on the islands. During the 18th, 19th and 20th century, many families emigrated to the New World due to fewer economic possibilities and the relative isolation of the islands. After the establishment of a democratic constitutional monarchy in Spain, autonomy was granted to the Canaries in 1982.
Just as 500 years ago this voyage will start in Seville. After embarking onboard the ship, you will have a day of excursions in this beautiful old city to find out all we can about the maritime history and the start of Magellan's adventurous expedition. In the evening, after you are settled in, you will enjoy your first meal on board together and prepare ourselves for the next 11 days of sailing.
Just as Magellan did, we will set sail from Seville the next day and sail towards Tenerife.
Price1390 EUR per person in a 4/6 person cabin, 1640 EUR per person in a 2 person cabin
The price includes meals, tea & coffee.
What's Not included
The price excludes the transfer to and from the ship, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.
Trip Duration12 days
Start LocationSeville, Spain
End LocationTenerife, Spain
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. But we have an international crew and guest crew and you will find various nationalities among them. The common language 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.
This Trip is Suitable For
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.
There is always something new to see or to learn from the crew, of the voyage crew or by our environment. For some of the guests sailing feels like an escape from their daily routine. Think of a relaxing time without your phone and without internet. Without Google you turn to each other and books for information. Let the people onboard surprise you with their knowledge of very diverse subjects. Live in the moment and admire the wonder of nature. During a voyage on board you establish a routine that is relaxing and comfortable but keeps you occupied.
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.
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.
Dates & Availability
- 19 Sep 2019 – 30 Sep 2019
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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