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Sea Cloud Cruises

Sea Cloud Cruises is true elegance at the top! This Cruise Company is sailing the seas with two tall ships of 110 metres long. During the luxury cruises, you witness how old-fashioned sailing is executed while enjoying the five-star service.

The Sea Cloud "windjammer" (1931) and the Sea Cloud II "bark" (2001) with respectively 32 and 47 cabins are a real landmark. Onboard you will find an interior design that makes you believe you’ve stepped in an early 20th-century chic country house. Actually, everything is perfectly taken care of and you will find many authentic instruments aboard.

These classic sailing yachts of Sea Cloud Cruises are sailing in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, in the Caribbean and along the coastline of Central America. Transatlantic crossings are also possible! Whether you choose for the European or tropical cruises, the enjoyment aboard is unmatched. During these unique cruises, it is really impressive to follow the crew's sailing techniques.

After check-in, you will find a chilled bottle of Champagne waiting for you in your cabin. Your trip begins with a welcome cocktail, after which the ship’s sails are lowered.

Each day with Sea Cloud Cruises you can expect culinary delights, drinks are included and even a gala dinner will complete your experience. On board you will be served Fine Cuisine of a very high level and enjoying your gourmet on deck is no exception. Even a barbecue is part of the rituals to be found aboard. The buffets are also presented (depending on the weather) along the deck and you can even opt for a private dinner with your partner. The professional and jovial crew makes your stay elegant in a casual atmosphere.

Think about the picturesque and historic ports during the stopovers, where you can make interesting excursions on land. Sea Cloud Cruises takes you sailing along volcanic islands and impressive coastlines. It is no dream when the anchor is lowered into a beautiful bay with a peaceful décor.

Where your cruise starts and ends is known, but the route depends on the wind, so sailing determines the rhythm of the journey.

“The whistling of the wind as it blows past the halyard and the gentle sound of the sea will soon banish away the stresses and strains of your daily routine”.

More than just a cruise

Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Sea Cloud
17.08.2017
24.08.2017
7
The Mediterranean, Through the Cyclades to the Peloponnese
Fare from € 3.295
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Travelroute
Day 1

La Valletta/Malta

Guests arrive individually in Malta. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud. This strategically important location has always attracted foreign conquerors. More than 7,000 years ago, a civilisation existed here, leaving behind enormous temple complexes. Just like proud Valletta, these are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grand Master of the Order of St John, founded a modern fortified city on a rock in 1566, between the two splendid natural ports of Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Long rows of facades made from golden-yellow blocks of chalk stretch along the straight streets. Splendid Renaissance and Baroque buildings are evidence of riches and power, such as the Palace of the Grand Master and the impressive St John's Co-Cathedral.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Pylos/Peloponnese

Pylos, an attractive fishing village with a beautiful marina and some nearby beaches, is situated in a picturesque location in the Bay of Navarino. There has been a settlement here since ancient times and it has always been of great strategic importance. The Neo Kastro fortress was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century and this former lookout point for enemy fleets is now the best place to catch a fantastic view. In 1952, the ruins of a Mycenaean palace were discovered near Pylos. Though it is debatable whether the imposing Nestor's Palace really belonged to the legendary King from Homer's Iliad, the former multi-storey building is certainly impressive. Optional excursion - The archaeological sites of Messene.

Day 4

Monemvasia/Peloponnese

The little town of Monemvasia nestles closely against a rock that lies just off the coast. This impregnable fortress was an important trading centre in Byzantine times. Today it is a retreat for wealthy Athenians who spend their weekends here. Behind its walls you can discover the beautifully restored lower town, where you simply want to drift along the tranquil narrow lanes. This picturesque little town on a rock transports you back in time to the romantic Middle Ages, when it was exceptionally modern and lively. Optional City walking tour and rural excursion including olive oil tasting.

Day 5

Hydra/Greece

In Hydra's small northern capital which shares the same name as the island, houses crowd the slope up to the castle ruins above the harbour entrance like a cubist painting. The whole town is listed as a historic monument and there are no cars, only fishing boats and donkey carts. This 'bare rock in the sea' (almost all trees were chopped down and used to build ships) once produced proud sailors and admirals. The thunder of the canons had long ceased when Sophia Loren came to the island and made it famous with the film 'Boy on a Dolphin'. Canadian singer Leonard Cohen was also one of many artists who lived on Hydra during the sixties. Nowadays, wealthy Athenians come to relax on the island, which lies just 40 miles from the capital in the Saronic Gulf, and where property prices are the highest in Greece and luxury yachts roll gently in the harbour.

Day 6

Mykonos/Cyclades

Mykonos, with its houses like sugar cubes with blue shutters, balconies adorned with flowers, blue-domed churches and windmills, is perhaps the most famous of the Cyclades islands and seems to have sprung out of a picture book. We have to thank Aristoteles Onassis and his international jet-set friends for rediscovering the island in the mid-1950s and developing it into the favourite destination of the rich and famous. In Mykonos town you can happily lose yourself in the labyrinth of whitewashed lanes. Fishing boats bob up and down in the port. Upmarket restaurants, rustic tavernas and classy bars and clubs invite you to stay a while. From the promenade you have a spectacular view over the sea.

Day 7

Syros/Cyclades

Although the capital of the Cyclades is situated on the tranquil and traditional island of Syros, outside of the town this seems the most remote island of them all. Ermoupoli, one of the most beautiful island towns in Greece, was built majestically on two hills. Its architecture is exceptional and the numerous monumental neo-classical buildings give the impression of a large, elegant town. Passing over the hill, the spaciousness and vastness transform into a maze of lanes and give a medieval impression.

Day 8

Athens (Piraeus)/Greece

"A ship will come...", declared the singer Melina Mercouri to the port of Piraeus. Later, as Greek Minister for Culture, she made Athens the first European Capital of Culture in 1985. The city is considered the birthplace of Europe, of philosophy and of democracy, and is the embodiment of the Olympic ideal. World-famous and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, its landmark is the magnificent Parthenon temple, lying high up on the Acropolis in all its glory. At the foot of the Acropolis hill is the Plaka, the oldest quarter of Athens, and the world's most modern archaeological museum, the new Acropolis Museum, has been here since 2009. Disembarkation. Guests return home individually.

Please note: itinerary subject to change! Optional excursions are not included in the rate.

Overview

Through the Cyclades to the Peloponnese

Greece has many facets for an exciting week of sailing through the Cyclades on the way to the Peloponnese.

Pylos: a historical fortress city
Due to its exposed location on the “little finger” of the Peloponnese, Pylos witnessed a high number of dramatic sea battles. In the Bay of Navarino, Spartans fought against Athenians, Ottomans clashed with Venetians and, in 1827, the Allies faced the Turkish fleet. A short distance away lies Messene with its archaeological sites where holidaymakers can see the monumental Arcadian Gate.

Hydra: a true individual
Fishing boats and luxury yachts, galleries and donkey drawn carts – on Hydra the past meets modern art, rustic charm and effortless style in a way that is truly unique. As the entire small island, with its traditional merchants’ and captains’ houses, is listed as a heritage site and cars are forbidden there, this little gem has a timeless feel that has been perfectly preserved.

The Cyclades: a paradise in blue and white
The Cyclades jut out of the deep waters of the Aegean like rocks that have been cast out into the sea by a giant. When you set eyes on this stunning paradise of radiant whitewashed houses and blue domes, it is hard not to fall in love with it. Each island has its own unique charm: Whilst Mykonos with its romantic harbour promenade offers plenty to the traditional sightseer, quieter Syros is still considered a well-kept secret.

A lecturer accompanies the trip
Exciting topics, background information and fascinating facts – our expert offers talks on a whole range of subjects from his specialist field.

Highlights

Pylos: a historical fortress city, Hydra: a true individual, The Cyclades: a paradise in blue and white.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Sea Cloud II
06.11.2017
14.11.2017
8
The Mediterranean, Africa, Between Orient and Occident
Fare from € 3.355
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Travelroute
Day 1

Valencia (Spain)

Guests arrive individually in Valencia. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud ii. On one corner its centuries old and around the next totally modern - Valencia is everything all at once. Today the beautiful old town and the old silk market "La Lonja de la Seda", which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still bear witness to the city's wealth in the Middle Ages. A brand new part of the city is situated in a drained riverbed and has avant-garde buildings including a futuristic opera house, the largest aquarium in Europe, a botanical garden and a public park. Valencia is one of the few cities that has a heritage of over 2,000 years and is also so intriguingly combined with the future. And no other city in Europe can proudly make the claim that the America's Cup has already taken place twice right on its front door.

Day 2

Valencia (Spain)

Optional City tour and visit to the market.

Day 3

Ibiza City/Ibiza (Spain)

Ibiza's motto is "live and let live". Artists, hedonists and the international jet set discovered the beauty of this Balearic island many years ago. The little island's character has a Moorish influence, which has given it the pseudonym of "the white island". The tidy old quarter in Ibiza Town, surrounded by huge fortified walls, has been carefully restored and, like the entire island, is under the protection of UNESCO. In contrast, the spectacular, sometimes wildly rugged island coastline with its innumerable bays and beaches shows the traditional side of Ibiza. The primordial backdrop is one of gentle hills cris-crossed with a scattering of fincas. Optional Island excursion and city walking tour.

Day 4

At Sea

Day 5

Motril (Spain)

Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and is mainly resplendent through its Moorish legacy, as well as Christian Renaissance buildings and magnificent Baroque structures. Until 1492, the Caliphate of Granada was the last enclave of the Moorish world in Europe and, over many centuries, the Arabs' flourishing multi-cultural city. Preserved from that time are the fairytale palace fortress The Alhambra with its splendid Generalife gardens, and the Albaicín, the oldest quarter in Granada. They are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lavishly decorated masonry, sumptuous Moorish plaster ornamentation, delightful inner courtyards and the flowering palace gardens have retained their magic to this day and appear like a fairytale from the 1001 Nights. Optional Overland excursion to Granada.

Day 6

Malaga (Spain)

Málaga has spruced itself up. In 2003, the Museo Picasso opened in a 16th century Renaissance palace and is dedicated to the artist's extensive life's work. This historic old city invites you to take a stroll and its buildings gleam like new. And above everything towers the Alcazaba, a mighty walled fortress. The port was completely redesigned when the city was opened to the sea and you can now take a lovely stroll along the promenade. In Málaga's hinterland you can see the most beautiful aspects of traditional Andalusia. From a distance the typical Andalusian villages look like white dabs of paint shining out from the brown of the barren mountain landscape. Optional City walking tour.

Day 7

Cadiz (Spain)

The old city of Cádiz, around 3,000 years old, has a picturesque location on a narrow headland, right by the Playa de la Caleta with its elegant beachside promenade. Visit the Andalusian capital of Seville and you will be transported back to the heyday of Moorish splendour and rule, but also the age of discovery. This town sits on the Guadalquivir River was a centre of Spanish maritime trade with the New World. Many buildings in the old town are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the splendid Moorish Alcazar fortress and the huge Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede. Seville is a fun-loving city that is still at the centre of Andalusian culture and is considered the proud birthplace of Flamenco. Optional Excursion Cádiz and Jerez de la Frontera, including sherry tasting.

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Casablanca (Morocco)

Around 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Casablanca is Rabat, one of the country's four imperial cities. This modern capital with its historic centre was accepted onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2012. Hassan Tower, Rabat's landmark, dates back to the time when the city was the Sultanate's capital. Close by, and yet built hundreds of years later, is the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. You can find this regal residence in the elegant French-influenced residential quarter, Ville Nouvelle, with its boulevards and splendid Art Deco colonial buildings. Disembarkation. Guests return home individually.

Please note: itinerary subject to change! Optional excursions are not included in the rate.

Overview

Between Orient and Occident

Between Orient and Occident: follow in the footsteps of the Moors along the Spanish coast to Morocco.

A fascinating mix in Valencia
Many bygone eras have left their mark on Valencia, but this historical legacy is juxtaposed with an impressive mixture of magnificent modern buildings. It is this vast spectrum that gives the city its unique appeal. The offbeat design of the opera house appears futuristic, with the building situated in an expansive museum and park district that stretches from the city center all the way to the coast. A number of beautiful beaches are also located within the city.

A Moorish jewel: Granada
The citadel city of Granada in the south of Andalusia is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture and Islamic art in Europe. Particularly impressive is the mighty Alhambra, constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries as a place of residence for the Nasrid dynasty. Its palaces, which are decorated in ornamental stucco and arabesques, together with its sturdy fortress walls and elegant gardens, make this citadel a magical World Heritage Site.

The gentle pace of life in Cádiz
History comes alive in the city of Cádiz. One of Europe’s oldest cities, this charming harbor town boasts a beautiful cathedral and baroque buildings, a tranquil old town and defiant watch towers. The town center, with its delightful tapas bars, can be easily explored on foot from the harbor. And there is no shortage of good wine, as Jerez de la Frontera, with its sherry and wine cellars are close by.

A lecturer accompanies the trip
Exciting topics, background information, and fascinating facts – our expert offer talks on a whole range of subjects from his specialist field.

Highlights

A fascinating mix in Valencia. A Moorish jewel: Granada. The gentle pace of life in Cádiz. A lecturer accompanies the trip.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning favorite, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of traveling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Sea Cloud II
14.11.2017
24.11.2017
10
Africa, Morocco’s Mystical Cities and the Canary Islands
Fare from € 4.175
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Travelroute
Day 1

Casablanca / Morocco

Guests arrive individually in Casablanca. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud ii. Around 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Casablanca is Rabat, one of the country's four imperial cities. This modern capital with its historic centre was accepted onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2012. Hassan Tower, Rabat's landmark, dates back to the time when the city was the Sultanate's capital. Close by, and yet built hundreds of years later, is the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. You can find this regal residence in the elegant French-influenced residential quarter, Ville Nouvelle, with its boulevards and splendid Art Deco colonial buildings.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Agadir / Morocco

Taroudant, situated around 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Agadir, was once the residence of a Berber king, a rich caravan centre and an important trading place. In front of the immense protective mud walls are sprawling olive and orange plantations, and the snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas rise up picturesquely in the background. Through one of the five vast city gates you can reach the lively medina with its numerous souks where you can bargain for Berber handicrafts, leather goods, silver jewellery and the famous argan oil. The city is affectionately known as the "Little Sister of Marrakech". Optional Excursion to Taroudant.

Day 4

At sea

Day 5

Arrecife / Lanzarote

The "Island of Fire", a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, has been continually recreated by volcanic eruptions. A third of Lanzarote is a bizarre lunar landscape of barren, beige-grey lines of hills and "fire mountains". In sharp contrast to this are the snow white houses, golden beaches and sparse green vegetation. Its quaint wine-growing areas of La Geria have been declared an all-embracing art form by the Museum of Modern Art. The painter, sculptor and architect César Manrique understood art as the link between man and nature and made a vital contribution to the look of his island home through his artistic creations. Optional Excursion - César Manrique's Lanzarote.

Day 6

Puerto del Rosario / Fuerteventura

The Istmo de la Pared is the narrowest part of Fuerteventura and divides the island into two parts - Maxorata in the north and the Jandía peninsula in the south. With its statuesque fine sand dunes of Corralejo on the northern tip and the kilometre (miles)-long golden yellow sandy beaches in the south, Fuerteventura's savage and austere beauty evokes the spellbinding North African deserts, not far away. Even its name betrays the powerful relevance of the wind - sotavento and the leeward side conjures a gentle turquoise-coloured swell on the wide sandy beaches of the eastern coast. Optional Trike tour around the island interior.

Day 7

Santa Cruz / Tenerife

Even from afar you can see the impressive panorama with Tenerife's landmark, Mount Teide. Its peak is the highest in Spain at 3,718 metres (12,200 foot) and is often covered in snow. The Las Cañadas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a high volcanic plateau at the foot of Teide, surrounded by a circle of rock that rises up steeply. Volcanic activity has created strange-looking rock formations here which are adorned with a huge range of colours and seem like a unique synthesis of nature's art. In contrast to this are the fertile valleys of the north, a barren, almost desert-like south and the island's vibrant capital city, Santa Cruz. Optional Excursion - Las Cañadas del Teide, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8

Santa Cruz / La Palma

The combination of small size and great height make the lush green volcanic island of La Palma one of the steepest islands on earth. The white houses in the island's capital shine out from wooded mountain slopes and the old town centre of Santa Cruz is covered by a preservation order principally because of its Canarian houses with their artistically decorated wooden balconies. The Caldera de Taburiente towers above the north of the island. With a diameter of nine kilometres (5.6 miles) and surrounded by crater walls more than 2,000 metres (6,561 foot) high, it is one of the world's largest volcanic craters. Behind the caldera is the cloud forest of Los Tilos. The Biosphere Reserve was extended by UNESCO to cover the whole island of La Palma. Optional Excursion to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park.

Day 9

Santa Cruz / La Palma & San Sebastián

Many people consider La Gomera to be the most wildly romantic island in the Canaries. Rugged gorges, craggy hillsides, fertile valleys and evergreen cloud forests characterise the landscape. The Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, embraces the whole central mountain area and is an unusual little spot. Ancient bay trees, heather bushes as high as trees and metre-high ferns form a cloud forest where treemoss hangs from the trees and mosses cling to gnarled branches - a truly mystical natural spectacle which has existed for millions of years.

Day 10

San Sebastián / La Gomera

Optional Excursion - Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 11

Las Palmas / Gran Canaria

With its black volcano almost 2,000 metres (6,561 foot) high and endless white beaches along the coastline, the island of Gran Canaria displays a huge variety of landscapes. A "continent in miniature" with rugged rock formations, dense pine forests, dry valleys and reservoirs in the interior, lush vegetation in the north, shimmering dune landscapes in the south and weirdly shaped cliffs in the west. Almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, Las Palmas, is no less colourful, with its port and history stretching back 500 years. The showpiece of this historic old town is the magnificent Santa Ana Cathedral. Disembarkation. Guests return home individually.

Please note: itinerary subject to change! Optional excursions are not included in the rate.

Overview

Morocco’s Mystical Cities and the Canary Islands

Majestic city panorama: Taroudant

Taroudant was once the residence of a Berber ruler, a rich hub for caravans and an important place for trade. The town is lovingly referred to as “Marrakech’s little sister”. The lively Medina is entered through an imposing wall, in front of which lie swathes of olive and orange plantations, and behind which you will see the snow covered peaks of the High Atlas mountains.

Lively variety on the Canary Islands
Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and Gran Canaria – on this journey we will stop at no less than six of the seven Canary Islands. Walking along the promenades or through narrow alleyways, you are sure to discover the multifaceted character of these islands: from cosmopolitan style in Las Palmas to quiet introspection in rustic San Sebastián.

Pure nature: stunning national parks
Magical trade mists, gnarled pine trees, babbling head streams – the Canary Islands’ national parks guarantee protection for some of their most outstanding ecosystems. Whilst Garajonay’s misty evergreen forest boasts over 1000 animal species, Caldera de Taburiente and Las Cañadas del Teide impress with their rugged volcanic craters and rock formations.

A lecturer accompanies the trip
Exciting topics, background information and fascinating facts – our expert offers talks on a whole range of subjects from his specialist field.

Highlights

Majestic city panorama: Taroudant. Lively variety on the Canary Islands. Pure nature: stunning national parks.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 metres

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambience in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness centre, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Sea Cloud
28.11.2017
15.12.2017
17
Ocean Voyage, Africa, Caribbean, From the Old to the New World
Fare from € 7.155
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Travelroute
Day 1

Las Palmas / Gran Canaria

Guests arrive individually in Las Palmas. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud. With its black volcano almost 2,000 metres (6,561 foot) high and endless white beaches along the coastline, the island of Gran Canaria displays a huge variety of landscapes. A "continent in miniature" with rugged rock formations, dense pine forests, dry valleys and reservoirs in the interior, lush vegetation in the north, shimmering dune landscapes in the south and weirdly shaped cliffs in the west. Almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, Las Palmas, is no less colourful, with its port and history stretching back 500 years. The showpiece of this historic old town is the magnificent Santa Ana Cathedral.

Day 2 to 17

At sea

Day 18

Willemstad / Curaçao

Curaçao, alphabetically the last of the ABC, is the largest in the Netherlands Antilles in terms of land area. The neat capital, Willemstad, a trading post for the Dutch West India Company in the 17th century, with its well preserved colonial architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picturesque location of the wide harbour canal, boulevards with beautifully restored facades and colourful, typically Dutch gabled houses make Willemstad a lively "Little Amsterdam", in the bright Caribbean light, beneath palm trees, with azure bays and pearl-white beaches. Disembarkation. Guests return home individually

Overview

From the Old to the New World

An authentic sailing experience

Crossing the Atlantic on a traditional tall ship is an experience that leaves a lasting impression. For 17 days your exact course is determined only by the elements. When the crew sets the sails at dizzying heights, the wind is caught in the ropes creak as they stretched tight, you will experience a tangible sense of freedom.

Follow in Columbus’ footsteps

What would have been going through Columbus’ mind as he set sail in 1492? It si virtually impossible to sail across the Atlantic in the discoverer’s footsteps without constantly considering his thoughts and ideas. Columbus had not yet discovered the trade winds which provide ideal sailing conditions in the westerly direction during the winter months, but nowadays we know that they will provide the Sea Cloud with idyllic sailing on its way to the Caribbean.

Relax and enjoy

Great adventures do not always mean great effort. For 17 days we sail a westwards course across the Atlantic, always heading towards a magnificent sunset. It will not be long before you sit back and relax; surrounded by vast horizons and looked after by an attentive crew, you will leave your every-day stress behind in no time at all.

A lecturer accompanies the trip

Our lecturer will come thoroughly prepared for the two weeks at sea, ready to give you fascinating insights into his/her area of expertise as part of varied and entertaining talks.

Highlights

An authentic sailing experience. Following in Columbus’ footsteps. Relax and enjoy. A lecturer accompanies the trip.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Sea Cloud II
05.12.2017
21.12.2017
16
Ocean Voyage, Africa, Caribbean, Across the Atlantic: From Gran Canaria to Barbados
Fare from € 5.245
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Travelroute
Day 1

Las Palmas / Gran Canaria

Guests arrive individually in Las Palmas. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud II. With its black volcano almost 2,000 metres (6,561 foot) high and endless white beaches along the coastline, the island of Gran Canaria displays a huge variety of landscapes. A "continent in miniature" with rugged rock formations, dense pine forests, dry valleys and reservoirs in the interior, lush vegetation in the north, shimmering dune landscapes in the south and weirdly shaped cliffs in the west. Almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, Las Palmas, is no less colourful, with its port and history stretching back 500 years. The showpiece of this historic old town is the magnificent Santa Ana Cathedral.

Day 2 to 16

At sea

Day 17

Bridgetown / Barbados

More than 300 years of British rule have left their mark. The whole of Bridgetown, Barbados' historic centre, with its colonial architecture surrounding Trafalgar Square, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gentle green hilly countryside and endless fields of sugar cane characterise the island's landscape. Old colonial houses are reminders of the high life of the plantation owners, while innumerable colourful chattel houses are evidence of their workers' "moveable property". The sweeping coastline is a picture postcard of fine sandy beaches and turquoise sea surrounded by colourful coral reefs. Disembarkation. Guests return home individually.

Overview

Across the Atlantic: From Gran Canaria to Barbados

The vast ocean, tranquillity and a simply breathtaking voyage across the Atlantic on board a majestic windjammer.

Pure sailing adventure

For two whole weeks, the expansive ocean will be the home of Sea Cloud II. Water currents and trade winds are all that propel the yacht forwards. Our well rehearsed crew works seamlessly together as the white sails billow majestically in the breeze. On a Transatlantic cruise you will certainly experience one of the most authentic sailing adventures. And as we make our way to the New World, the worries of everyday will vanish as fast as the eastern shore.

Follow the course of Columbus

More than 500 years after Columbus , it is not just windjammer enthusiasts who will be awestruck by this re-enactment of his famous voyage. As the Sea Cloud II follows the legendary shipping route from the canaries to the West Indies, it brings the magic of those great adventures to life. All the voyages on board will be left with unforgettable memories.

Discover a haven of tranquillity

As you cruise across the Atlantic, you will for once be able to read your favorite book without distraction or allow your thoughts to roam as you gaze out over the horizon. The attentive crew will intuitively meet your every need and the relaxed atmosphere is the perfect catalyst for a pleasant conversation.

A lecturer accompanies the trip

The practice of gathering around a storyteller has provided entertainment for groups or voyagers throughout history. Our lecturer has likewise prepared some exciting talks for our windjammer enthusiast during their Transatlantic cruise.

Highlights

Pure sailing adventure. Follow the course of Columbus. Discover a haven of tranquillity. A lecturer accompanies the trip.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 metres

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambience in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness centre, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Please note deck and suite plans are indicative only and may vary slightly.

Sea Cloud II
21.12.2017
04.01.2018
14
Caribbean, Eleven Island Treasures – Christmas Holiday Cruise
Fare from € 6.595
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Travelroute
Day 1

Bridgetown / Barbados

Guests arrive individually in Barbados. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud ii. More than 300 years of British rule have left their mark. The whole of Bridgetown, Barbados' historic centre, with its colonial architecture surrounding Trafalgar Square, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gentle green hilly countryside and endless fields of sugar cane characterise the island's landscape. Old colonial houses are reminders of the high life of the plantation owners, while innumerable colourful chattel houses are evidence of their workers' "moveable property". The sweeping coastline is a picture postcard of fine sandy beaches and turquoise sea surrounded by colourful coral reefs.

Day 2

Soufrière / St. Lucia

Two famous volcanic cones are indisputably the emblem of St Lucia and have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Gros and Petit Piton tower over the southern, windward side of the island and, in Soufrière, seem close enough to touch. The volcanoes have in fact long been extinct, but the sulphur springs demonstrate the power of the earth's core and still bubble up. In the Botanical Gardens, natural abundance is combined with artistic arrangements to create a colourful tropical paradise. Some people claim that Josephine, who later became Napoleon's wife, used to bathe in the little pool in the garden. Optional Excursion to the botanical garden and the volcanic sulphur springs.

Day 3

Soufrière / St. Lucia

Day 4

Cabrits / Dominica

Dominica, nicknamed the "Nature Isle" of the Caribbean, is one of the most untouched of the Windward Islands. It boasts some of the highest mountains in the Lesser Antilles, as well as many beautiful national parks. Its interior is characterised by thick virgin forest, where rivers plunge into the depths and tiny streams wind through the jungle. Two extinct volcanoes are at the centre of the Cabrits National Park and, recaptured by nature, the former strategically important Fort Stanley appears like a picturesque backdrop in the heart of the jungle. Optional Walk in the national park or Creole cookery course.

Day 5

Basseterre / St. Kitts

Optional Island tour including Brimstone Hill Fortress.

Day 6

North Sound / Virgin Gorda & Great Harbour / Jost van Dyke

Optional Excursion to “The Baths” or “Spring Bay”. Explorers and privateers once used to cross swords in the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Nowadays the sea around the British Virgin Islands is one of the world's best sailing areas. Heavenly bays, gorgeous beaches, idyllic anchoring spots, smart yacht clubs and charming little beach bars make the island a popular haunt for sailors. On Virgin Gorda, once called "The Fat Virgin" by Columbus due to its shape, you can find "The Baths", one of nature's most beautiful oddities, in the National Park. Ground to a sphere and polished to a shine, the huge granite formations on the beach and in the water create a multi-branched labyrinth of giant boulders. Sail through the Sir Francis Drake Channel

Day 7

North Sound / Virgin Gorda & Great Harbour / Jost van Dyke

The Sir Francis Drake Channel, where swords were once crossed, is now one of the most beautiful sailing spots. Jost van Dyke, the smallest of the main islands in the British Virgin Islands, is a mountainous volcanic object of beauty with fewer than 300 inhabitants. One of them, Foxy, has been mixing his cocktails since 1968 and the bar of the same name enjoys a legendary reputation as perhaps the most famous beach bar in the Lesser Antilles. The island's past is less reputable - it was named by a Dutch pirate. The island gives its most beautiful treasures to all who visit - fine sand, green palm trees, colourful beach bars and the luminous blue of the sea.

Day 8

Gustavia / St. Barthélemy

St Barthélemy, affectionately known as St Barths by most, had already had many "owners" before the Lesser Antilles were acquired by France in 1877. When the first estate was acquired by the banker David Rockefeller in 1957, the island's future was finally sealed. It became a refuge for the international jet set and an elegant holiday paradise for many Hollywood stars. For over 40 years, St Barths has cultivated a luxurious lifestyle with a Caribbean laissez-faire approach. You can stroll through the charming main town of Gustavia, whose beautifully restored houses and colonial facades look out over the sea with its elegant superyachts, browse in the shops for precious items, or enjoy a sundowner in the picturesque harbour surrounded by clusters of high class bars and restaurants.

Day 9

At sea

Day 10

Terre-de-Haut / Îles des Saintes

Îles des Saintes is a small archipelago which was disputed for a long time until it finally became French in 1816. In the charming main town of Terre-de-Haut, you can take a delightful stroll along the waterside promenade. Boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants invite you to browse and spend some time here. The 'savoir vivre' takes place against a backdrop lit up in all the pastel shades of the Caribbean. Fort Napoleon is set high above the bay and your climb up to it is rewarded by a spectacular panoramic view. On the other side of the island, the Plage de Pompierre invites you to enjoy a dip in the sea and sunbathe on the beach.

Day 11

Chatham Bay / Union Island

Right in the south of the Grenadines are Union Island and the Tobago Cays. Union Island was given the evocative name "the Tahiti of the West Indies" thanks to its volcanic silhouette. Four small uninhabited islands, surrounded by a protective horseshoe-shaped coral reef, form the Tobago Cays. The Horseshoe Reef holds the Atlantic swell at bay and its unique animal and plant life make it an ideal place for snorkelling. The lagoon between the islets shimmers in all shades from turquoise through to emerald green and invites you to take a dip at the fantastic beaches. Optional Snorkelling and swimming excursion to the Tobago Cays.

Day 12

Chatham Bay / Union Island

Day 13

St. George's / Grenada

Beautiful beaches, aromatic spice plantations, dense rainforests, waterfalls and a volcano that has long been extinct, picturesquely towering over this stunningly beautiful island. For many people, Grenada is the incarnation of a tropical paradise and St George's the most beautiful little port in the Grenadines. All around the horseshoe-shaped bay there are numerous houses that remind you of colonial times. There is good reason why nutmeg is immortalised on the national flag. Alongside cloves, cinnamon and ginger, it is one of the island's biggest exports. Optional Island tour of Grenada or hike to Morne Gazo.

Day 14

Port Elizabeth / Bequia

Bequia is actually the largest island in the Grenadines, but still small and tranquil at just 18 square kilometres (87 square miles) in size. Elegant sailing yachts sway in the natural shelter of Admiralty Bay, while in lovely Port Elizabeth, with its attractive beach bars, you are right in the heart of a lifestyle that likes to take things easy. You can find Princess Margaret Beach just nearby, named because it was once visited by the British royal. On the eastern coast you can find the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary which focuses on rearing and caring for endangered turtles. Optional Excursion to a turtle sanctuary.

Day 15

Bridgetown / Barbados

Disembarkation. Guests return home individually.

Please note: itinerary subject to change! Optional excursions are not included in the rate.

Overview

Eleven Island Treasures – Christmas Holiday Cruise

Stunning islands: St. Lucia and Dominica
Although St. Lucia is not considered a saint by everyone, the island is certainly the true queen of this idyllic realm. Even from a distance, its twin volcanic peaks, the Pitons, proffer a regal greeting to the approaching Sea Cloud II. And once we have docked, the island welcomes us with its lush tropical scenery. Dominica, unofficialy dubbed “Nature Island”, is proud of its unspoilt scenery. One of its national parks is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

St. Kitts – a piece of history
“No need to hurry” is truly the motto of St. Kitts! The island is not very quick to make changes: Where you might have expected grandiose hotel palaces, you will instead find the lovingly restored villas from the former French and British colonial rulers. And the fortress still sits atop Brimstone Hill surrounded by cannon defences as it did 300 years ago. Equally breathtaking is the unspoiled view it offers over the lush green volcanoes and the neighbouring islands of St. Eustatius and Nevis.

The British Virgin Islands – a sailor’s paradise
With more than 60 islands and reefs (of which just 16 are inhabited), the British Virgin Islands are a real dream destination. Fans of sailing from all around the world are drawn to their idyllic and tropically warm waters, and the quaint beach bars bring together everyone from luxury yacht owners to solo sailors. It is so easy to get used to the carefree lifestyle, and with your feet in the sand as you gaze out over green hills and the tranquil sea, you will soon forget about the stresses of everyday life back home.

Luxury in a relaxed atmosphere on St. Barts
Known for attracting a certain class of visitor, St.. Barthélemy has been a top holiday destination for the rich and famous from around the world ever since billionaire David Rockefeller discovered the island back in the 1960s. St Barts is all about quality not quantity, so you are more likely to brush shoulders with Hollywood stars than with tourists on its 22 white sandy beaches. In the capital Gustavia, houses with red roofs nestled into the green hills look just like rows of spectators in an amphitheatre, transforming the idyllic port into an impressive stage. As you walk along the luxurious promenade, you will be sure to pass by some spectacular yachts.

French style on the ÎIes des Saintes
The ÎIes des Saintes give such a welcoming first impression, though the historical Fort Napoléon that towers over the main island is a reminder of less peaceful times. This small town’s promenade is perfect for taking a stroll, and the savoir-vivre of life here unfolds against a backdrop of the glowing pastel colours of the Caribbean. Snorkeler’s paradise in the Tobago Cays For many, life under water is a fascinating world – one that becomes even more magical the closer you get. The Tobago Cays’ Horseshoe Reef is such a place. This horseshoe-shaped coral reef encloses four small islands that glow in rich shades of green. The sea, in contrast, embraces turquoise, emerald and every shade of blue.

A delight for all the senses: Grenada, the island of spice
There is a reason why nutmeg is immortalised on this country’s national flag. Since colonial times, nutmeg – along with cloves, cinnamon and ginger – has been one of the island’s most important exports. If the aromatic fragrance of the tropics were to have a name, it would have to be “Grenada”.

A lecturer will accompany this trip to deliver interesting and informative talks on a range of specialist subjects.

Highlights

Stunning islands: St. Lucia and Dominica, St. Kitts – a piece of history, The British Virgin Islands – a sailor’s paradise, luxury in a relaxed atmosphere on St. Barts, French style on the Îles des Saintes, snorkelers paradise in the Tobago Cays, a delight for all the senses: Grenada, the island of spice.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 metres

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambience in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness centre, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Sea Cloud
22.12.2017
04.01.2018
13
Latin America, Central America Adventure
Fare from € 6.655
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Travelroute
Day 1

Panama City (Colón) / Panama

Guests arrive individually in Colón. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud Since 1914, the Panama Canal has linked the Atlantic to the Pacific. This technological marvel of locks and canals also comprises two artificial lakes. The Gatúnsee, one of the world's largest dammed lakes, has now regained a unique range of flora and fauna. In fact, nature has reclaimed the lake for itself, with the rainforest sprawling over its banks. The former hills are now islands on which an astonishing variety of species has formed, due to its isolation. The largest island, Barro Colorado, is completely untouched and has been a nature reserve since 1923. Scientists from all over the world come here to try and discover the jungle's last secrets.

Day 2

Panama City (Colón) / Panama

Day sailing through the Panama Canal from approximately 06.00 to 18.00. The idea of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific at the narrowest part of Central America has been around for many hundreds of years, but from a technical perspective this tremendous achievement only became possible much later. The French took on the project in 1881, after the successful opening of the Suez Canal in Egypt in 1869. But it would be more than 30 years before the canal was finally completed in 1914. This masterpiece of technology is just under 82 kilometres (50 miles) long, has 12 lock basins and negotiates a difference in altitude of 26 metres (85 foot). The Panama Canal is one of the world's most important waterways and most spectacular ship canal.

Day 3

Pearl Islands / Panama

The name of this Pacific archipelago in the Gulf of Panama pre-dates the Spanish conquest to a time when its inhabitants were pearl fishermen and traded in beautiful oyster pearls. Where in previous centuries, pirates and buccaneers hid out and buried their loot, other treasures can now be found. Over 200 pearl islands, of which even the smallest are inhabited, form an almost undisturbed paradise with a diverse range of lakes and rivers, enchanting white coral beaches, golden sandy beaches and black volcanic beaches, rounded off with lush green tropical vegetation. The island of Contadora has special significance as the place where U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty in 1977, ceding sovereign rights over the Panama Canal to the Republic of Panama.

Day 4

At sea

Day 5

Coiba National Park / Panama

The Coiba National Park covers the island of Coiba, the largest in the country, and 38 other smaller tiny islets. It is one of the world's largest marine national parks and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Because the island broke off from the mainland around 15,000 years ago, a unique range of flora and fauna and an extraordinary variety of species are preserved here. Beautiful deserted beaches nestle up to the delightful turquoise sea.

Day 6

Casa Orquideas / Costa Rica

Optional Visit to a botanical garden.

Day 7

Playa San Josecito / Costa Rica

One of the oldest rainforests in Costa Rica is on the Osa Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. The impenetrable Corcovado National Park is home to jaguars, tapirs, pumas, ocelots, anteaters and around 400 species of bird. Some trees grow to 80 metres (262 foot) in height with trunks that are three-metres (10 foot) thick. The time of explorers seeking the legendary gold of Eldorado in the untouched rainforest is over; today the many rare animal and plant species are the real treasure. Optional Hike through the national park.

Day 8

Quepos / Costa Rica

Quepos was a lively little port at the time of booming banana exports. Today it is a gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park, which lies to the south. The park covers an area of just 683 hectares and is one of the most diverse rainforests in Costa Rica. Paths lead you from the beautiful sandy beach straight to the heart of this untamed green kingdom. More than 1,000 varieties of plant and prolific wildlife, including whole herds of inquisitive apes, sloths, coatis and raccoons, iguanas, many species of bird, and unique colourful butterflies have made this place their home. Optional Excursion to a national park.

Day 9

At sea

Day 10

San Juan del Sur / Nicaragua

The beautiful colonial city of Granada lies at the foot of the Mombacho volcano and on the western bank of Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America with its own archipelago of around 300 islands. The country's oldest town, it was founded by the Spanish in 1524. It was often attacked by pirates in colonial times due to its growing wealth as one of the most important trading places. This important historic legacy has received special protection, and the place is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old city around the Parque Centrale is a magnificently restored treasure with its splendid Spanish facades, Cathedral and monasteries. Optional Visit to the town of Granada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, combined with either a boat trip on Lake Nicaragua or a trip to the Masaya volcano.

Day 11

San Juan del Sur / Nicaragua & Playas del Coco / Costa Rica

At the weekends, the beaches of Playas del Coco are likely to be populated with young Ticos hoping to swim and catch some sun. Take a river trip through the jungle areas, rice fields and sugar cane plantations and discover animals that are native to the shores of the Rio Corobici. The Palo Verde National Park stretches along one bank of the Rio Tempisque. It features the densest population of water fowl in the whole of Costa Rica and is one of the best areas for bird watching in Central America - almost 300 species of bird have been identified here. The best vantage point to see them is on a boat trip through the mangroves.

Day 12

Playas del Coco / Costa Rica

Optional Boat trip in the Palo Verde National Park.

Day 13

Islas Tortugas / Costa Rica

Isla Tortuga is on the Gulf of Nicoya on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. It actually consists of two islands - Isla Tolinga and Isla Alcatraz, with the latter known as Tortuga. The turquoise ocean, blue sky, deep green palms and white sandy beaches make "turtle island" a heavenly place to stop for a swim and its many fishes make it a colourful place for snorkelling.

Day 14

San José (Puerto Caldera) / Costa Rica

In gaining its independence, San Jose very quickly transformed from a mountain village into the busy modern capital city of a young, optimistic country. In the Central Valley, Costa Rica's fertile central plateau surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, the natural riches have a particularly aromatic name - coffee. This barren volcanic landscape with deep crater lakes, steaming witches' cauldrons and blue lagoons presents quite a different picture from the rest of the country's tropical colours. Around 100 kilometres (62 miles) to the west of San Jose lies the Pacific port of Puerto Caldera. Disembarkation. Guests return home individually.

Please note: itinerary subject to change! Optional excursions are not included in the rate

Overview

Central America Adventure

Costa Rica’s Pacific coast: perfect sailing waters! The sea surrounding Costa Rica is the perfect place for sailing, and the Sea Cloud is the perfect yacht to sail in. Our ship will cruise between the far flung national parks, ensuring that you arrive completely refreshed and ready to begin each new adventure on land.

Panama City and the Panama Canal
It took 30 eventful years for the Panama Canal to be finally completed. In 2014, this huge construction celebrated its 100th anniversary and this year has seen the new three-tier lock system be brought into service. Travelling through the canal during the day is a very special experience. Panama City is another absolute must-see: Our pre-cruise programme offers you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the latest top destination in Central America, and appreciate the contrast between the historical quarters and the ultra-modern centre.

The most beautiful national parks in Panama and Costa Rica
Experience an incredible eleven distinct landscapes on this journey, all of them starkly different. On the way you will also discover a phenomenally diverse range of unspoilt natural scenery, from rainforests, imposing volcanic scenes and mysterious river banks to picturesque beaches and national marine parks. One of them, the Coiba National Park, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Corcovado National Park, one of Costa Rica’s oldest rainforests, is located on the Pacific Peninsula of Osa. This park is home to roughly 400 species of birds and many other animals have been spotted roaming this forest.

The picture-perfect beaches of Costa Rica and Panama
On the tranquil coasts of Costa Rica and Panama, unforgettable natural scenery and beautiful relaxing beaches can be found just a few steps away from one another. Paradisiacal conservation areas blend into charming bays, and shady palms line the beaches as if on a picture postcard. What is more, if you really just want to relax, you will find the perfect place to do so in the soft sand of Coiba, Tortuga and the Islas
de las Perlas.

Granada – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Situated picturesquely at the foot of a volcano and on the shore of a lake, the Nicaraguan town of Granada
never ceases to conjure up stunning views of the natural and the man-made. Founded by the Spanish in 1524, it was one of the most influential towns in Central America for around 200 years. It is still considered an insider tip among the region’s colonial pearls. The significance of its historical legacy has earned it a very special seal of approval: a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List.

A lecturer accompanies the trip
You’re bound to have some questions about all the fascinating flora and fauna found in the national parks we visit on our trip. For that reason, a scientist who knows all there is to know about the region’s varying ecosystems will be on board to provide you with the answers. He will be joining us for the entire journey, giving talks and accompanying us on excursions.

Highlights

Coast Rica Pacific coast: perfect sailing waters! Panama City and the Panama Canal. The most beautiful national parks in Panama and Costa Rica. The picture perfect beaches of Costa Rica and Panama. Granada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle in to your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.

Sea Cloud II
03.05.2018
07.05.2018
4
The Mediterranean, Nice - Nice
Fare from € 1.895
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nice (France)

Nice lies in one of the world's most lavishly endowed natural landscapes. The sea glows azure and the mountains in the background rise picturesquely up into the sky. Castle Hill gives you a fantastic view over the rambling old town - a labyrinth of alleyways with Baroque churches, pastel-coloured houses and red-tiled roofs. The Promenade des Anglais, a sophisticated, five-kilometre-(3 miles)long walkway along the magnificent Baie des Anges and its long beach, lies at the heart of the elegant new town, with its splendid palaces and aristocratic hotels in the Belle-Époque and Art Deco styles.

Day 2

Calvi/Corsica (France)

Calvi has something enjoyable to suit every taste. Romantics can take a walk through the old town and the view from the fortified walls is not to be missed. A stroll through the town's streets brings you to the colourful, lively lower town with its bars and exclusive cafés. Anyone who enjoys a walk on the sand will love the town's long beach. To the east, sheltered by the highest mountains in Corsica, a lush green wild garden has grown around Calvi, filled with olive groves and orange trees. In the La Balagne region in the interior, you can discover hidden picturesque villages which show you the traditional side of Corsica and, displaying the idiosyncratic pride on the island, there is scarcely a road sign that is not written in the Corsican language.

Day 3

Calvi/Corsica (France)

Day 4

Antibes (France)

This classic French Riviera resort town offers all the attractions of a summertime vacation destination: sunny days, sandy beaches, and a lively ambience. On the legendary Côte d'Azur, between Nice and Cannes, Antibes has 23 kilometers of coastline overlooking the serene blue Mediterranean Sea. There are more than a dozen public beaches on the Cap d'Antibes and in Juan-les-Pins-both areas are considered part of the Antibes community. The beautiful natural setting of pine groves and sea views inspired Impressionist painters and still draws celebrities. The Cap d'Antibes peninsula is famous for its exclusive villas. Blessed with a mild climate and flourishing vegetation, Antibes also has an important commercial flower-growing industry that includes roses, carnations, and other blooms. Besides the allure of sunshine and beaches, Antibes boasts an interesting cultural heritage. The medieval fortified castle in the Old Town was for many years the seat of a bishop and a holiday residence of the Grimaldi family.

Day 5

Antibes - Nice (France)

Disembarkation.
Nice lies in one of the world's most lavishly endowed natural landscapes. The sea glows azure and the mountains in the background rise picturesquely up into the sky. Castle Hill gives you a fantastic view over the rambling old town - a labyrinth of alleyways with Baroque churches, pastel-coloured houses and red-tiled roofs. The Promenade des Anglais, a sophisticated, five-kilometre-(3 miles)long walkway along the magnificent Baie des Anges and its long beach, lies at the heart of the elegant new town, with its splendid palaces and aristocratic hotels in the Belle-Époque and Art Deco styles.

Overview

Nice – Nice

Taster Cruise!

The Sea Cloud II can be recognised as the true sister ship of the legendary Sea Cloud, but has its own, very unique character. It combines the high standards expected of a modern cruise ship with the unique atmosphere of a romantic tall ship.

Classic, nostalgic, elegant

A windjammer gives you that feeling of boundless freedom – a feeling that reaches its pinnacle as you sail the seas under open skies. But this is a feeling that pervades the Sea Cloud II at all times, manifested in the on-board lifestyle and forged by the expansive space of the four decks, the relaxed social atmosphere and the space for private contemplation.

The lounge, the library, the restaurant, the cabins and the gym are all imbued with stylish comfort. Every area has its own way of enticing visitors, so you will still discover new favourite places even after days. The decks of the Sea Cloud II are therefore an ideal place to transform any journey into a very special experience – for couples, groups of friends, anniversary parties or larger events.

Since it was commissioned over ten years ago, the Sea Cloud II has never ceased to enchant and impress people. Not only is it a modern and elegant cruise ship, but a very private yacht. While discerning cruise-lovers will discover their passion for classic sailing ships, sailing enthusiasts will become devotees of great voyages.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 metres

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambience in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness centre, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Sea Cloud II
12.06.2018
17.06.2018
5
Northern Europe, Portsmouth - Hamburg
Fare from € 1.895
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Travelroute
Day 1

Portsmouth (United Kingdom)

Portsmouth

This coastal strip in southern Hampshire, blessed by the Gulf Stream, has always been an easily defensible natural harbour. Indeed Henry VII made it his Royal Dockyard at the end of the 15th century. Still, an important Royal Navy base, the vast port of Portsmouth is situated on the peaceful west coast of Portsea Island, a spit of land that stretches far out to sea. In the old harbour, historic ships with grandiose names proclaim the city's glorious past and several museums are devoted to the navy and seafaring. Where once adventurers and admirals set sail to re-write the English history books, countless yachts now rock gently in numerous marinas. The lavishly renovated quayside with its looming, futuristic Spinnaker Tower and the long seafront at Southsea are now the beating heart of modern life in the city.

Day 2

Honfleur (France)

Honfleur

Many famous impressionists caught the quaint atmosphere of this town at the mouth of the Seine on canvas in the 19th century. This small town in Calvados is still one of the most charming places in Normandy. Tall and narrow slate-clad buildings crowd around the quayside, the exquisite Vieux Bassin and the old 17th century dock. Honfleur honours its famous sons, painter Eugène Boudin and composer Eric Satie, in a museum. East of Honfleur, the breathtaking Pont de Normandie spans the Seine estuary and links Honfleur with Le Havre, an engineering masterpiece and one of the longest bridges in Europe.

Day 3

Ostend (Belgium)

Ostend

King Leopold II built the white palace and the long, wonderfully shady galleries on the beach. Like the casino and kursaal, they hark back to the Belle Époque when Ostend was the favourite summer resort of the aristocracy on the Flemish North Sea coast and was one of the most chic seaside towns in Europe. Although both world wars took their toll on the king's 'queen of seaside resorts', people still come in droves to stroll along the wide beach with its creamy sand and the long promenade. The lively old Hanseatic city of Bruges is captivating and its medieval atmosphere will enchant you. A rich historical heritage has been preserved inside its vast ramparts and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4

At sea

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Hamburg (Germany)

Hamburg

Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th century windjammers and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbour views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Overview

Portsmouth to Hamburg

Taster Cruise! The Sea Cloud II can be recognized as the true sister ship of the legendary Sea Cloud but has its own, very unique character. It combines the high standards expected of a modern cruise ship with the unique atmosphere of a romantic tall ship.

Classic, nostalgic and elegant

A windjammer gives you that feeling of boundless freedom, a feeling that reaches its pinnacle as you sail the seas under open skies. But this is a feeling that pervades the Sea Cloud II at all times, manifested in the onboard lifestyle and forged by the expansive space of the four decks, the relaxed social atmosphere and the space for private contemplation. The lounge, the library, the restaurant, the cabins and the gym are all imbued with stylish comfort. Every area has its own way of enticing visitors, so you will still discover new favorite places even after days. The decks of the Sea Cloud II are therefore an ideal place to transform any journey into a very special experience, for couples, groups of friends, anniversary parties or larger events. Since it was commissioned over ten years ago, the Sea Cloud II has never ceased to enchant and impress people. Not only is it a modern and elegant cruise ship, but a very private yacht. While discerning cruise lovers will discover their passion for classic sailing ships, sailing enthusiasts will become devotees of great voyages.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning favorite, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of traveling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Sea Cloud II
17.06.2018
30.06.2018
13
Northern Europe, Hamburg - Tallinn
Fare from € 4.895
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Travelroute
Day 1

Hamburg (Germany)

Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th century windjammers and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbour views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Skagen (Denmark)

Located at the northern-most tip of Denmark at the point where the Kattegat and Skagerrak meet, Skagen takes its name from the Norse word 'skaga' which translates roughly as 'to jut out'. Surrounded by long sandy beaches and two large wandering sand dunes, there is more to this pretty port with its photogenic warehouses on the harbour than just fishing. Drawn by the picturesque landscape and special light, artists and drop-outs founded an artists' colony here at the end of the 19th century, making the little fishing village famous overnight. Nowadays, the works of the Skagen painters are displayed in the Skagen museum.

Day 4

Copenhagen (Denmark)

With its countless canals, lakes and harbour basin, water is an essential part of this city. The Inderhavnen (inner harbour) runs through the royal capital of Denmark like a wide river before flowing into the Sound. Once the boundary between the western and eastern districts, the harbour quays have now become the heart of the city. Streets, alleyways, parks and squares all remain from the days when kings had them built. Each period of history has left its mark on the magnificent cityscape which includes several castles. In the midst of modern-day life, you can take a ride on a carousel in the Tivoli Gardens, follow the royal bodyguards with their bearskin hats as they march through the streets or visit the city's famous magical landmark, the little mermaid in the harbour.

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Gdansk (Poland)

Together with the chic seaside resort of Sopot and the port of Gdynia, the old Hanseatic city of Gda?sk has a young and confident vibe. With its eventful past, the queen of the Polish Baltic cities was already prosperous and respected in the middle ages and was a flourishing trading centre for many years. Its reconstructed historic old town is a work of art in its own right with sky-scraping brick Gothic edifices and grand patricians' houses boasting magnificent façades and gables which betray Flemish, Dutch and German influences. Everything is overshadowed by the imposing medieval church of St Mary which is the world's largest brick church. In the golden Hanseatic era, the route formed by the famous Long Market and Long Street between the Golden Gate and the Vistula was the lifeline of this prosperous city, which continues to trade successfully in Baltic amber to this day.

Day 7

Klaipeda (Lithuania)

Explore the small: Theater square, Tiltų street, Danė river embankment. Sip a drink and eat dinner in its numerous calm restaurants.
Walk the Lagoon embankment and breakwater in Smiltynė with old romantic villas, a fisherman's farmstead, explorable 20th-century fishing vessels and nice views of the port. A short ferry ride will be necessary to get there.
Imbibe yourself with 19th-century German architecture in Liepų street.
Visit the Lithuanian Sea Museum for sea animals, dolphin shows and information on Lithuanian shipping, all presented in a 19th-century German fortress.
Visit the museum of Lithuania Minor, presenting the regional history and pre-WW2 diorama of Klaipėda.
Imagine the rich pre-WW2 city by printing out some old images and comparing them with what you see today. Much remains but some pretty buildings (such as the historic churches) unfortunately have been torn down by the Soviets.
Visit the small-but-modern museum in Castle ruins to be briefed on the city's history. If it's summer be sure to check if there are no events in the surrounding ex-industrial lands and docks.
Witness how the swing bridge is manually rotated by a couple of dockworkers and how yachts and small ships then pour from castle moat into the Danė river and vice-versa.
Check the Klaipėda University campus located in a massive former barracks.
Sunbath at the surprising northern beaches of Klaipėda. You have a choice to either lie under a shade of WW2 military installation, at a constantly eroded Olando Kepurė cliff or within the traditional gender-segregated naturist sections (pre-dating Western naturism by far and considered uncivilized by the foreign diplomats of early 20th century).

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Stockholm (Sweden)

On its Baltic side, Stockholm looks out to an archipelago of thousands of craggy islands while to the west lies the vast Lake Mälaren. The city itself spans 14 islands connected by more than 50 bridges. In the middle on the city island are the origins of Sweden's magnificent capital. Yellow-gold town houses, splendid Renaissance palaces dating back to the city's hey day and the royal palace crowd the old town of Gamla Stan, a heritage site boasting a medieval network of narrow cobbled streets which lead down to the water's edge. With a third of its area occupied by water and another third by green spaces, this cultural city manages to be both modern and traditional. Here you will find Nordic design, fashion, art, modern architecture, boulevards, promenades, royal residences, seats of government and no fewer than three UNESCO world heritage sites.

Day 10

Mariehamn/Åland (Finland)

The Åland archipelago, an autonomous Swedish-speaking province in Finland with its own flag, is situated between Sweden and the Finnish mainland in the north of the Baltic Sea. Mariehamm, the only town in the Åland islands and capital of the archipelago, can be found on the main island of Fast Åland. It was named after Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Tsar Alexander II, who founded the town in 1861 when Finland and Åland were part of the Russian Empire. The second largest port in Finland was home to one of the last large fleets of windjammers. With its wonderful smooth red granite cliffs, the Nordic landscape on the approximately 6,500 unspoilt islands and skerries remains pristine and virtually uninhabited.

Day 11

At sea

Day 12

St. Petersburg (Russia)

Morning sun follows sunset, night falls only briefly and then an entire city is wide awake. The 'white nights' cast a magic light over this magnificent city forged by the will of the Tsar. Built largely on posts in the ground by Peter the Great in 1703, Saint Petersburg - a 'capital from nothing' - offered the Russian Empire access to the Baltic Sea and the west between the 18th and 20th centuries. The extremely impressive entrance to the shining gold city on the Neva River demonstrates the full extent of St. Petersburg's power. Built predominantly in the neo-classical style, the Hermitage complex which includes the Winter Palace where the Tsars once lived, dates back to Catherine the Great. Now one of the world's most important art museums occupies more than 350 rooms. St. Isaac's Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Russia, while the Church of the Saviour is a playful work of art in the Russian Art Nouveau style. The wonders of this former tsarist capital with 2,300 palaces, ornate buildings and castles are all listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

Day 13

St. Petersburg (Russia)

Day 14

Tallinn (Estonia)

The Estonian capital of Tallinn lies on the Gulf of Finland some 50 miles south of Helsinki. Known as Reval during the Hanseatic era, it was the most important trading port on the Baltic Sea in the 15th century. Those walking through the old town will find themselves transported back to the world of wealthy medieval townsfolk. Russian onion domes and medieval gabled houses restored to their former glory mark the border between east and west. The city's rich historic heritage, still guarded by lofty town walls, is under UNESCO protection. Today, Tallinn is a lively Scandinavian city with a very Hanseatic look, where the middle ages meet modern life.

Overview

Hamburg to Tallinn

The Sea Cloud II can be recognised as the true sister ship of the legendary Sea Cloud, but has its own, very unique character. It combines the high standards expected of a modern cruise ship with the unique atmosphere of a romantic tall ship.

Classic, nostalgic and elegant

A windjammer gives you that feeling of boundless freedom, a feeling that reaches its pinnacle as you sail the seas under open skies. But this is a feeling that pervades the Sea Cloud II at all times, manifested in the onboard lifestyle and forged by the expansive space of the four decks, the relaxed social atmosphere and the space for private contemplation. The lounge, the library, the restaurant, the cabins and the gym are all imbued with stylish comfort. Every area has its own way of enticing visitors, so you will still discover new favourite places even after days. The decks of the Sea Cloud II are therefore an ideal place to transform any journey into a very special experience, for couples, groups of friends, anniversary parties or larger events. Since it was commissioned over ten years ago, the Sea Cloud II has never ceased to enchant and impress people. Not only is it a modern and elegant cruise ship, but a very private yacht. While discerning cruise lovers will discover their passion for classic sailing ships, sailing enthusiasts will become devotees of great voyages.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 metres

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambience in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness centre, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Sea Cloud II
21.08.2018
28.08.2018
7
Northern Europe, Through Gastronomic Northern Spain
Fare from € 3.195
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Travelroute
Day 1

Bilbao/Spain

Guests arrive individually in Bilbao. Embarkation on the Sea Cloud II.

Day 2

Santander/Spain

Santillana del Mar and the Cave of Altamira.
Medieval gem: Santillana del Mar Wooden balconies adorned with flowers, gardens hidden behind thick walls, and small Renaissance palaces – there is something to be discovered on every corner of Santillana del Mar’s old town. You should definitely allow time for these two highlights: the Santa Juliana collegiate church that gave the pilgrimage town its name, and the Cave of Altamira with its famous parietal cave paintings.

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

La Coruña/Spain

Excursion to Santiago de Compostella or city walking tour including tapas.
Santiago de Compostela – a place of pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites, is the final stop and climax of the Way of St James – a pilgrimage route that has been followed since the 11th century. During this time, the city’s magnificent cathedral was also established as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Christianity, alongside Rome and Jerusalem. This building, together with the old town, is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 5

Islas Cíes/Spain

The Islas Cíes Nature Reserve According to Galician legend, the Cíes archipelago is the place where God rested on the seventh day after he created the world – and it is easy to see why. The site, now a nature reserve, encompasses a substantial area of sea and three islands which, with their steep coasts, sand dunes and small forests, are perfect for individual hikes.

Day 6

Porto (Leixões)/Portugal

Porto and port wine experience including a boat trip along the Douro.

Day 7

Lisbon/Portugal

Cruise up the Tagus, city tour of Lisbon.
The approach to Lisbon Before pulling into the port of Lisbon, the Sea Cloud ii treats you to singular panoramic views along the Tagus. You pass the Torre de Bélem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that celebrates the splendour of the former colonial world power. Just a few hundred metres further on, you are greeted by the gigantic Monument to the Discoveries, dedicated to Henry the Navigator.

Day 8

Lisbon/Portugal

Disembarkation. Guests return home individually.

Overview

Through Gastronomic Northern Spain

During this seven-day cruise, we bring the gastronomic region of Northern Spain on board the Sea Cloud II.
Our head chef, a guest sommelier and a Michelin starred chef of the FEINE PRIVATHOTELS invite you to discover the choice cuisine and outstanding wines of this area.

In the four Northern provinces Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturia and Galicia, the fascinating interaction of mountains and the sea has a strong influence on both the landscape and the culinary art. While the Basque Country is considered a stronghold of gourmets due to its numerous Michelin-starred restaurants and famous “Pintxos”, the characteristic Basque tapas, the neighbouring province Cantabria also offers an appealing variety of high-class produce. Besides its abundance of fresh fish, seafood and delectable cheeses, gourmets and top chefs particularly value the meat of the Cantabrian domestic cattle breeds Pardo Alpina, Tudanca and Monchina, which are related to the long-extinct aurochs. A bit more down-to-earth is Galicia; here the preparation of fish and shellfish is a little simpler and influenced by the proximity to Portugal.
But gourmets not only enthuse about the fantastic culinary delights of the entire region, also the tasty high-class wines are not to be missed. Nowadays, the wine-growing regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, together with the Catalonian Priorat, represent the pinnacle of Spanish wine growing and have yielded extremely well-known wines.

Highlights

For many years, we have shared with FEINE PRIVATHOTELS an enthusiasm for individual hospitality and high culinary standards. Many of the hotels have been repeatedly awarded for their cuisine. And thus we look forward to welcoming a Michelin-starred chef from one of our partner hotels on board during this cruise, who – in addition to our own head chef – will pamper your palate with a carefully chosen menu. Also, many famous wines originate from this area. To give you deeper insights into this topic, a professional wine expert will be on board, holding talks and offering wine tastings, during which you will sample wines from Rioja, Priorat and Ribera del Duero.

Exquisite wines, culinary diversity and local specialities – a journey for gourmets through gastronomic Northern Spain. Medieval gem: Santillana del Mar. Santiago de Compostella – a place of pilgrimage. The Islas Cíes Nature Reserve. The approach to Lisbon.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 metres

Passenger Capacity: 96

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 96 passengers in five star luxury, she offers a range of beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambience in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness centre, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

Sea Cloud
09.10.2018
16.10.2018
7
The Mediterranean, Naples - Monte Carlo
Fare from € 4.700
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Travelroute
Day 1

Naples (Italy) to Sorrento (Italy)

Naples

Naples rises from the sea around a huge bay and extends up into the hills like an amphitheatre. From the Castello Sant' Elmo on the Vomero you can enjoy a fantastic view over the sea of houses, the port and the Gulf. The pretty centre of this chaotic Campanian city is the old town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its huge fortresses, dignified churches and monasteries, splendid squares and palaces, and maze of winding streets.

Sorrento

The picturesque little town of Sorrento is delightfully situated high above white cliffs and offers a fantastic view over the Gulf of Naples. Visitors have been succumbing to Sorrento's magic for 2,000 years, which is at its best when there's a picturesque sunset. Everyone has heard about the tragic end that came to the prosperous Roman trading centre of Pompeii, situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. In 79 AD it was buried under ash and lava and remained hidden for centuries. Nowadays it is the greatest excavation site in Italy and gives you a glimpse into daily life in Roman times.

Day 2

Sorrento (Italy)

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Portoferraio/Elba (Italy)

Portoferraio/Elba

Although Elba is only a small Tuscan island, you will be surprised by how diverse it is. Imposing cliffs, white sandy beaches, avenues of cypresses, vineyards and olive groves, traditional villages and elegant beach resorts make the place of Napoleon's exile somewhere you would in fact like to be banished for longer. The beautiful old town of Portoferraio with its narrow streets of steps and medieval fortress is set high up on a rocky headland. In the enchanting town of Porto Azzurro, the palm-lined promenades, charming piazzas and small beach are at the centre of the town's activities.

Day 5

Livorno (Italy)

Livorno

Livorno, itself a child of the Renaissance, is the gateway to Tuscany - the land of cypresses, the Italian lifestyle, art and architecture. Lucca is a Renaissance masterpiece. Magnificent palaces, richly decorated churches and elegant piazzas where you can see the Italians enjoying the summer - this jewel of a town combines the magnificence of typical Tuscan architecture with small town charm. Siena is one of the most beautiful Italian Gothic cities. Its old quarter, like the medieval towers of the world-famous walled town of San Gimignano, is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 6

Portovenere (Italy)

Day 7

Menton (France)

Day 8

Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Monte Carlo

The sophisticated Monegasque city state between Italy and France is one of the world's most exclusive addresses. Its densely packed buildings extend up the rocky coastline and gaze out over a gloriously azure sea, with three marinas where spectacular luxury yachts sway on the waves. In the centre, set high up, is the beautiful old city of Monaco-Ville with the splendid Prince's Palace, cathedral and Oceanographic Museum of Jacques Cousteau. In the centre of Monte Carlo you can find the famous casino, a beautiful Belle Epoque building, and the palatial opera house.

Overview

Naples – Monte Carlo

Huge fortresses, dignified churches, and monasteries, splendid squares, and palaces imposing cliffs, white sandy beaches, olive groves, traditional villages, and a maze of winding streets – this spectacular journey has it all! Discover Livorno, itself a child of the Renaissance, and the gateway to Tuscany – the land of cypresses, the Italian lifestyle, art and architecture. Enjoy Monaco, the sophisticated Monegasque city-state between Italy and France, one of the world’s most exclusive addresses. It’s densely packed buildings extend up the rocky coastline and you can gaze out over a gloriously azure sea, with three marinas where spectacular luxury yachts sway on the waves.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 109 meters

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built / refurbished: 1931 / 2011

Sea Cloud is a ship with a soul, imbued by the original owners, Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F. Hutton in the 1930’s. The ship has played host to royalty, known service in wartime, and sailed the world over. She is a vessel of incomparable grace that harks back to the golden age of ship travel. Once you’ve been on Sea Cloud under full sail, you’ll begin your own love affair.

Welcome aboard a legend 
Sea Cloud accommodates 58 guests in 28 outside cabins including two original owner’s suites that still feature original marble baths and fireplaces. With 110 meters she is an expansive ship with extensive public spaces on the top deck, where we luxuriate in deck chairs and watch the crew of 18 go aloft in the web of riggings to handset her 30 sails. Her dining room is hung with marine oil paintings of the period and accommodates all guests at once for a single seating. We’ll gather in the lounge each evening for Recap. Life aboard is a uniquely pleasing mix of elegance and informality—a return to the golden age of sailing in shorts and deck shoes. You’ll find all shipboard services impeccable. 

Discover the romance of tall ship sailing
Experience something many people don’t know exists in the 21st century—the romance of life under square sails. Discover the thrill of standing on deck as Sea Cloud gently glides through the water, her crew aloft in the riggings, running out and reefing sails. Settle into your favorite areas on the top deck and bask in the incomparable experience of traveling aboard the finest tall ship to ever sail the seas. Lose yourself in an adventure that, in this day and age, is almost unimaginable.