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Sun 14-04-2024, 17:00Port Vendres, France Thu 09-05-2024, 10:00Fécamp, France Morgenster 25 NightsMS240414

Set sail on a 26-day journey from Port Vendres, a town known for its scenic beauty and vibrant markets. After a welcoming dinner and briefing, we’ll head towards Gibraltar, then along the coasts of Portugal and Spain. Weather permitting, we’ll cross the Bay of Biscay or take a more westerly route. The voyage ends in Fecamp, France, where a maritime festival awaits. Possible stops include the Portuguese or NW Spanish coasts and the Channel Islands.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • 26 days at sea.
  • Start in Port Vendres, France.
  • End in Fecamp, France.
  • Journey through the Med to Gibraltar.
  • Sail along Portugal and Spain’s west coasts.
  • Weather dictates Bay of Biscay or westerly route.
  • Likely stops in Portugal, NW Spain, and Channel Islands.
  • Arrive in time for Fecamp’s maritime festival.


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


Morgenster is one of the best for your first tall ships experience. She is small enough not to feel overwhelmed, but big enough to try everything you find a square sailed tall ship.

Meet the Morgenster: A Floating Masterpiece
The Morgenster is no ordinary ship; she’s a square rigger, demanding a larger crew to make her truly come alive. It’s a bit like directing an orchestra; every hand plays a part in creating a harmonious journey. From hoisting the sails to steering the ship, there’s a role for everyone, and you’re encouraged to dive in as much as you wish. 

Morgenster the Grand Maritime Adventure

Ahoy! Seasoned and aspiring sailors alike! Picture this: 26 days of pure nautical bliss, kicking off from the idyllic Port Vendres in the South of France. Before you even step foot on deck, you’ll have the chance to meander through this quaint port town, famous for its bustling markets and jaw-dropping vistas of the Mediterranean. Why not indulge in a pre-voyage feast whipped up by our ship’s culinary wizard? And don’t miss our twilight briefing—it’s chock-full of sage advice and a few sea tales to boot.

As the first light of day dances on the water, we’ll untie the ropes and set our course for the legendary Rock of Gibraltar. From that point, we’ll skirt the untamed western shores of Portugal and Spain. Now, here’s where Mother Nature gets a say: depending on her mood, we’ll either traverse the Bay of Biscay or take a more westerly route. Either way, we aim for smooth sailing and a journey you won’t soon forget.

Our grand finale? The time-honoured port of Fecamp in France, perfectly timed to coincide with a maritime festival that’s a veritable ode to all things oceanic. If you’ve got the time, we highly recommend arriving a day early or lingering a day longer to immerse yourself in the revelry.

But that’s not all. Along our route, we’ll likely drop anchor at a few choice spots—think the Portuguese coast, Northwestern Spain, and the Channel Islands. It’s a golden opportunity to soak up a medley of cultures and landscapes that are as diverse as they are captivating.


Sailing from Port Vendres to Fecamp in April and May, you can expect varying weather conditions. April may bring cooler temperatures with occasional rain and moderate winds. In May, the weather tends to improve, offering milder temperatures and more stable conditions. Sea conditions can vary from calm to moderately choppy, so it’s essential to be prepared for a range of experiences, especially for first-time sailors


On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 


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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.


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.

Start & End Port

Port Vendres, France

Fécamp, France

Fecamp France

Fecamp has been a port since Roman times. It is North of the River Seine and the Ferry Port of Le Havre is only 35 km away. It is about the same distance from Dieppe in the other direction. Historically a herring fishing port and home of whalers in the 19th century, Fecamp has deep seafaring roots.

How to Get There

For UK travellers, a ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe is a convenient choice. From Dieppe, Fécamp is just an hour’s drive away. If you’re a fan of the rails, Eurostar can take you to Paris, where a regional train awaits to bring you to Fécamp.


For those journeying from mainland Europe, the well-kept motorways offer a smooth drive. Trains from various European cities also connect to Paris, providing another gateway to Fécamp.


If you’re flying in from North America, Paris is your likely landing spot. From Charles de Gaulle Airport, you have the option to rent a car or catch a train. Coaches and buses are also available, albeit a slower choice.


For our mates from Australia, your journey will most likely begin with a flight to Paris. From there, you can opt for a car rental, train, or coach to reach Fécamp.


What to Do in Fécamp



When it comes to history, Fécamp is a living museum. The Benedictine Palace is a must-visit, not just for its grand architecture but also for its famous Benedictine liqueur. The Musée des Pêcheries offers a fascinating look into the town’s fishing heritage.



Culture in Fécamp is rich and varied. The annual Fête de la Mer is a maritime celebration that’s not to be missed. For art enthusiasts, the Musée d’Art Moderne showcases a variety of modern art pieces.


Sites of Interest to a Sailor

For sailors, the coastline around Fécamp is a feast for the eyes. The Cap Fagnet provides sweeping views of the English Channel, and the iconic Fécamp Lighthouse stands as a sentinel over the sea.



When the sun sets, Fécamp’s nightlife comes alive. Local pubs often host live music, and there are a few spots where you can dance the night away.


Eating Out

As for dining, Fécamp is a culinary haven. Seafood is the star of the show here, so don’t miss out on the local oysters or a hearty fish stew.



Nature lovers will find plenty to explore. The cliffs and beaches are perfect for hiking, and for the more adventurous, paragliding off the cliffs is an option.


Unique Features

What sets Fécamp apart is its seamless blend of maritime tradition and natural beauty. Whether you’re a sailor or a landlubber, Fécamp offers a unique array of experiences that you won’t easily find elsewhere.

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.


Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes


By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.


UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.


Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.


Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.


Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 


If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Morgenster


  • 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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