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Wed 01-11-2023, 17:00Lisbon, Portugal Fri 01-12-2023, 10:00Cayenne in French Guiana Morgenster 30 NightsMR011123

Varied voyage exploring both the Canaries and Cape Verde archipelagos, and transiting the Atlantic ocean to South America. This trip ticks all the boxes for epic adventuring in largely warm weather, sailing from paradise to paradise and learning square-rig sailing en route. Fantastic way to travel to South America without flying, ahead of further land-based adventures, or as a once in a lifetime experience in its own right.

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  • Big ocean sailing
  • Experience the true rhythm of life at sea
  • Valuable seatime for career sailors
  • Massive sense of achievement
  • Visit some of the most beautiful places on the planet


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

Tall Ship Sailing on Morgenster with Classic Sailing


Those Hankering after an Ocean Passage

To experience the routine of a ship sailing in deep waters is to be in a different world – the rhythm of the sea reflected in the passing of the watches. You could be in a different age – take part and enjoy to the full. Your participation helps the voyage make way and when you arrive you have a real sense of achievement.

Crossing an Ocean on a tall ship is a challenge and once in a lifetime ambition you should seize whilst you can. It is possible to live life comfortably and dare we say boringly, but you may never know your true strengths and what you can achieve working with others, or experience the truly humbling effect of being alone in a wide vast ocean. The sailors who followed the trade winds in square riggers were a special breed, and after a your voyage on Morgenster you will earn yourself a place in a unique ‘club’, and make friendships which will bond you for a lifetime

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.

Tall Ship Sailing on Morgenster with Classic Sailing
Fly with morgenster


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.

Morgenster – Ocean Milebuilder

Morgenster, like several European tall ships, will head South like a migrating bird in Autumn, heading for her favourite winter sailing ground. This impressive two masted Brig is on route from  Rotterdam to the tropical islands of  the Caribbean.  

dolphins under a sailing ship bows by Volker
dolphins under a sailing ship bows by Volker

Milebuilder Voyage – Get into the rhythmn of passage-making

This long voyage offers you the chance to experience the true life of a sailor on a proper ocean passage departing from a  cold, dark European port in winter but quickly reaching warmer seas off Portugal, the Canaries, Cape Verde and on to Cayenne in the Caribbean. You will be on board of a two masted brig.  As a bonus you are sailing through some of the best seas for dolphins and whales in the Northern Hemisphere, especially around the Gomera and the Canary Islands.

Milebuilder for the Career Sailor

If you are working your way towards the 2500 qualifying miles needed for a RYA Yachtmaster exam then this passage is a good way of getting to that target quickly and with considerably more comfort than a large yacht. If this is your aim, remember it will give you open ocean experience but not much coastal navigation or pilotage, but if you combine it with other shorter voyages it is a good string to your bow. 

A mile maker voyage is principally to get a ship from A to B. 

Free as a bird. Why we go sailing
Free as a bird. Why we go sailing


From Lisbon, you will start your crossing to the New World by heading Southwest towards the Canary Islands. Here the Atlantic Ocean waves are long and roll lazily under the ship.

After about 5 days at sea, your first landfall is La Gomera, one of the less touristy islands in the archipelago. There will be time to disembark and enjoy the island, making the most of a proper leg stretch before another sea passage. La Gomera is a volcanic island with beautiful bays, spectacular scenery and thick jungle.

The next stop follows a passage of about the same difference, South again to the Cape Verde islands. You will dock in Mindelo, capital of Sao Vincente, a bustling city and well worth exploring for a couple of days while the ship stocks up with water and supplies for the Atlantic crossing.

The trade winds are strong here, and will blow Morgenster quickly to the coast of South America. On the ocean you mentally separate from the shore, helping the crew to navigate, steer and trim sails. The temperature is pleasant and there’s plenty of time to relax into the routine of life on board. If the wind drops sufficiently it’s possible to swim off the ship with five kilometers of water beneath you and no land in sight.

And then, suddenly, it’s land-ho, a very special experience after an extensive period at sea. You’ll anchor in the mouth of the Cayenne river, before heading ashore to celebrate (watch out for land sickness, it can take several days to adjust again!).


The Canaries and Cape Verde islands are reliably warm and gorgeous, and you stay at fairly warm latitudes for the remainder of your trip, although weather systems moving across the ocean can bring strong breezes and occasional rain. You will have two shorter sea passages to get your sea legs before setting out across the Atlantic, and by the time you reach South America you’ll be taking even the biggest seas in your stride.


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

Lisbon, Portugal

Yard of the Palace#

The exact location won’t be known until closer to the time, you will be informed by email once the exact position has been confirmed.

Make sure you take a note of the ship’s phone number to get in touch with them if there are any problems on the day.

Lisbon is a marvellous City, grand architecture and the Yard of the Palace shown above, narrow streets that climb up the hillside, jump on one the historic trams is it winds it away along the lanes.

Trams in Lisbon

Cayenne in French Guiana

Cayenne in French Guiana, South AmericaCayenne

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. 

Vessel Gallery

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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