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Sat 02-12-2023, 17:00Cayenne in French Guiana Fri 08-12-2023, 10:00Paramaribo, Suriname, South America Morgenster 6 NightsMR021223

Join one of the most interesting of Morgenster’s New World adventure voyages. Explore an area of unsurpassable beauty that few tourists see. The leg begins in Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana. The city boasts a market, beaches, museums, botanic gardens and superb cuisine. We do love to sail, though, so off we are to the deep blue sea. And that is not just metaphorical, the sea here is a stunning blue. We sail due west along mangrove forests towards Paramaribo Capital of Suriname.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • Sailing in the Caribbean Sea
  • Plenty of local stops
  • Full board and accommodation on board. (As for all our voyages)
  • Short 5 night voyage (why not add this trip on to the start or end of a longer Morgenster adventure?!)
  • Great for all comers including beginners.
  • Amazing beauty that few travellers see.
  • Deep blue sea.


Vessel type / Rig Brig
Guest Berths 24
Beam 19.6ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 125ft
Overall Length 151ft
Tonnage 159 tons
Year Built 1919
More about the Vessel

Voyage Description


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.



This is the shortest leg of Morgenster’s New World Tour, but also one of the most interesting. We are exploring an area of unsurpassable beauty that few tourists see. The leg begins in Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana. The city boasts a market, beaches, museums, botanic gardens and superb cuisine. We do love to sail, though, so off we are to the deep blue sea. And that is not just metaphorical, the sea here is a stunning blue. We sail due west along mangrove forests.

The Tower of Dreyfus author of Papillon.

Old and New

Morgenster drops anchor in the Kourou river at the city of Kourou, a colonial town that  was established over two centuries ago.

Offshore is the famous French Penal Colony Island made infamous in the film ‘Papillon’. It is now in ruin and rapidly returning to the jungle.

The French found that near Kourou was the best place to establish their rocket launching site that has now become the Centre Spatial Guyanais where the European space rockets are launched.

By Spotting973 - Ariane 5 [VA125], CC BY-SA 2.0,

Ever Westwards at a relaxed pace

Next up we sail on along the coast ever heading westwards but the pace is relaxed and you will have a chance to determine where you go next in consultation with the Captain.

Laid back in Suriname  on Tall Ship Sailing on Morgenster with Classic Sailing

The Maroni river forms the border between French Guiana and Suriname. We sail up this river and drop anchor at the town of Saint Laurent du Maroni. Places of interest here are another French penal colony, a river crossing to the Suriname town of Albina or a river cruise in our ship’s boat.


Afterwards, we head upstream again and set sail for the heart of Suriname: Paramaribo. This is the life: Parbo Bier beer, laid back atmosphere, small talk, gone are the worries. Who wants to go and explore the rain forest? Well, there’s always tomorrow..

beautiful Beaches


Sailing in the Caribbean is always a pleasure with Classic Sailing. We never have voyages there in the Hurricane Season.

The prevailing wind is from the North East which Morgenster uses to get from one destination to the next.

Hot by day with strong sunshine and the occasional short refreshing showers. Keep an eye on those clouds, they form lines in the sky which is a very typical tropical cloud pattern, often referred to as ‘streets in the sky’ by glider pilots. It is cooler at night at sea.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


Start & End Port

Cayenne in French Guiana

Cayenne in French Guiana, South AmericaCayenne

Paramaribo, Suriname, South America

Paramaribo, Capitol of Suriname.

Caribbean Sunrise

Caribbean Sunset

Caribbean Sunrise

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Morgenster does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun 
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Morgenster has European 2 pin sockets 240 V
  • Cameras, chargers and video recorders
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.


Online Reviews


I loved it.

I loved everything about my week. The crew were fantastic, the ship was beautiful, the singing on the deck was great fun, the dolphins were around a lot. It was brilliant!

Least enjoy - Nothing.

Why do I Sail?

I love the ocean and have always loved boats. For this particular voyage I was also researching a children's book involving mermaids and pirates!

Liz K sailed in 2017


What was the best bit?

Climbing in the rigging, unfurling the sails on the yardarm. 
The cameraderie between the paid and guest crew was second to none. A fantastic atmosphere. Singing in the evenings on deck accompanied by guitar and trumpet. New Year on St Lucia, we celebrated the New Year 3 times (once for Dutch/European time, once for GMT and once for Caribbean time).
The sun glinstering off the ocean surface like a thousand shards of broken mirror.......flying fish like small humming birds skimming over the surface of the water, dolphins on New Years day: what a start to 2019!
Too wonderful to describe, a life changing experience, I want to pack in my job and sail the world! (making plans now) - Carol from Caribbean Season 2019. 

Great experience, will definitely be doing it again.  Climbing the rigging was the best bit. 'First time' sailor. John M July 2018

"Thank you for a very nice trip, some hours on Kattegatt this afternoon. Beautiful boat, nice and joyful captain and crew. I loved it! Wish you all a really nice trip during Tall Ships Races. And I would love to join again someday for a longer trip." Camilla A. June 2017

Thank you Harry, Mariann and all your wonderful crew for an amazing week on Morgenster. Great food Will, such patient climbing instruction Michelle, fun birthday outing Evy and lovely guests from 80 to 22 years old. So many highlights but sailing at night with sparkling dolphins at the bow was truly breathtaking!" Sue G.

Just returned from 11 days sailing round Cape Verde. The whole experience was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable and caring crew; wonderful sailing (the 4am night watch experience was particularly magical!); interesting trips exploring the islands; and great food." Julia G-F

The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer
The View from Aloft by Virginia Spencer

Thank you Harry, Marian, Joost, Rene, Hessel & Willie for a fantastic week's sailing. I'll be humming sea shanties and saying "o nay!!!" for days! I really hope to sail with you again. Happy New Year" Kerry Mc C.

Had a fantastic trip around Cape Verde, Jan/Feb 2016. Lovely crew, felt like a family. Thanks to you all xxxx. Really special people and a holiday to remember. My penguins X" Louise G

What a fantastic time, thanks to everyone on the Morgenster both crew and passengers hope to see you all again, maybe next year?" George Mc L

Harry, Marian and their crew make your stay on board the Morgenster wonderful!" Aleike K

What was the best bit?

The trip was fabulous. The crew were incredibly supportive and even helped me overcome enough of my fear to get out onto the first yard. I felt that I was included in everything and that my contribution, however small, was appreciated. The food was excellent and there were plenty of drinks and snacks throughout the day. We had gorgeous weather all the way. I really enjoyed it. - Caribbean Season 2019 by Amanda G. 

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Tall Ship Morgenster in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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