Set sail from Seville, Spain and make your way south across the Atlantic ocean via Tenerife, Cape Verde and the Equator to Montevideo, Uruguay - 57 days of adventure and memories of a lifetime.
In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Set sail on an historic tall ship for a transatlantic crossing from Spain to Uruguay and celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure.
This is a hands on sailing adventure where you’ll work alongside the professional crew to sail the ship 24 hours a day through all weathers. Take your turn navigating on the helm, on look out, setting the sails and (if you’re up for it!) climbing the rigging. During down time spot whales, dolphins and flying fish from the desk or lie back at night and star-gaze across an endless sky. There is no more perfect digital detox than a few weeks at sea and no greater adventure than learning how to cross an ocean by sail.
After just over a month at sea it is high time to stretch those sea legs on shore. After a voyage full of adventures with doldrums, swimming, lunch on deck, nice sailing, climbing the rigging and steering you’ll be ready to explore the beautiful city of Montevideo and recount your adventures at sea.
(Options also available to join the ship at Tenerife or Cape Verde or to extend your voyage all the way to Punta Arenas, Chile – enquire for full details of all the voyage legs)
Why We Love This Adventure
- Hands on sailing adventure - you are the crew
- Clear skies with the most magnificent starry nights
- Enjoy short stops at Tenerife and Cape Verde
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 .
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.
The islands of Cabo Verde are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, over 600 kilometers west of Senegal at approximately 16 degrees North. Cabo Verde consists of 9 inhabited and a few uninhabited islands.
Cabo Verde has a tropical climate. The sea temperature stays around 25 degrees Celsius and the often-strong trade winds originate from the northeast. It rarely rains and the bright sun shines constantly. On some days the fine dusty desert sand limits the sunlight (and even your sight). All islands are volcanic, but at the same time the terrain varies widely. The landscape consists of steep terrace fields with bananas and coffee plantations, sand deserts, black volcano’s and a fierce deep blue ocean. On some of the islands rare seabirds can be found. The waters are full of fly-fish, tuna, sea turtles and whales.
Arrival in Montevideo
Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. The city was founded by Spanish troops as a means to counter the maritime power of Buenos Aires in the region. Halfway through the 19th century the city was the battle ground of opposing government groups. After a cease fire, the city had time to develop and the city grew fast. Modern discoveries where added to the developing city, with the first electricity being installed in 1886 along with telephones and a train service.
The city is located along the estuary of Rio de la Plata, which is around 200 km wide at the location of the city. Along this estuary, you can also find world’s longest sidewalk, 13,7 km long! The natural bay on which the city is located is situated in such a way that also for road transport Montevideo is an important stop between Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre in Brazil. One of the most popular places in the city is the Mercado del Puerto, the old harbor market in the Ciudad Vieja, where a lot of bars and restaurants are located.
Today the city does no longer have its once revolutionary railroad, but it has a bus service which drives all around town. Another option are the brightly colored yellow and black taxi’s which can be found all over town.
In September 2019 your ship will depart from Sevilla to commemorate the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. Set sail with us and celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure.
Just as 500 years ago this voyage will start in Sevilla, and sail towards Tenerife.
After a stop in the Canary Islands, we sail to the Cape Verde Islands where the Magellan fleet has stopped at the end of the circumnavigation. Sailing in this part of the world is pleasant and the wind and currents are favorable and warm. The more south we sail, the temperatures will rise. During the voyage we sail about 150 miles off the coast of the Western Sahara with a favorable wind from north east.
After just over a month at sea it is high time to stretch those sea legs on shore. After a voyage full of adventures with doldrums, swimming, lunch on deck, nice sailing, climbing the rigging and steering the ship arrives at Montevideo.
Price€ 6125 EUROS pp in 2 person cabin (reserved for 2 people travelling together) / € 4970 EUROS pp in 4/5 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 Duration57 days
Start LocationSeville, Spain
End LocationMontevideo, Uruguay
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates & Availability
- 19 Sep 2019 – 14 Nov 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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