|Fri 29-12-2023, 17:00Martinique, Caribbean||Thu 04-01-2024, 10:00Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe||Morgenster||6 Nights||MR291223|
You are spoilt for choice of tropical paradise islands on this Caribbean Adventure. Some night sailing and interesting places to explore in the daytime ashore. Plus you’ll be on the look out for a party, or a beautiful beach on which to uncork a bottle, to see in the New Year in a way you’ll never forget!
Cliché time, the islands of and between Grenada and Guadeloupe have every Caribbean Cliche you can imagine, cay, bay, reef, whale, tropical beaches, sunsets, drinks, snorkeling, frigate birds, wildlife, restaurants and more. You could not ask for more than this for a Caribbean voyage.
The winds are ever present in the Caribbean. Add to that the pleasant temperatures of the region and you’ve got perfect sailing conditions.
Martinique is one of the larger islands of the Lesser Antilles and like the others has many sugar plantations, the bulk of the harvest is used to make good rum. In other words, it’s a perfect location for a drink to embrace the start of an amazing Caribbean sailing adventure.
The island is an Overseas department of France. As you would expect in a French territory there is wonderful cuisine to be enjoyed in many fine restaurants and bars.
Setting sails and aiming for Dominica, an island paradise and a well-known eco-tourism destination. The volcanoes on Dominica are so steep and mountainous that much of the rain forest has been spared deforestation for wood and to make way for plantations. Rivers meander here and there and become stunning waterfalls. Colourful birds flit among the trees, and hot springs emanate from the volcanic waters. On top of the mountain a crater lake bubbles away. The island is home to around a thousand plant species, among which many flowers, and 195 bird species. Mammals are virtually non-existent; only bats are found on the island, although sperm whales, manatees and humpback whales can all be found patrolling the seas.
Guadeloupe is not a single island, but rather a group of larger and smaller, inhabited and uninhabited islands.
The names are almost bigger than the islands , Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, La Désirade, Marie-Galante and Les Saintes and the Petite Terre Islands. Some of them can only be reached by boat which makes sailing there the ideal way to explore them..
They are famous for their sandy white palm beaches and lack of human habitation.
Along the way the crew will be on the look out for a party! The location for a New Years toast will be mutually decided between you, the other guests and the crew, and its sure to be a celebration you’ll never forget
We have some sea miles to make and this may involve some overnight sailing. This is often one of the most unexpected pleasures of the voyage. For the longer passages a voluntary watch keeping rota may be set up. It is definitely worth four hours of your life to experience night sailing. The sky at night without light pollution is absolutely amazing and a dramatic sunrise is always worth the wait.
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.
For Joining Morgenster, the ship is likely to be at anchor in Fort de France Bay. The ship will text you a meeting point and pick you up in the RIB.
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.
- 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
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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