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Mon 17-07-2023, 17:00Fredrikstad, Norway Fri 28-07-2023, 10:00Lerwick, Shetland Morgenster 11 NightsMR2170723

Tall Ships Race 1 Cruise in Company

The Tall Ships Races 2023: Cruise in Company offers a magnificent journey for sailing enthusiasts who seek camaraderie over competition. Witness the breathtaking sight of Morgenster, among a fleet of international Tall Ships in Fredrikstad. Embark on a Parade of Sail, setting course towards the Shetland Islands alongside fellow sailors. Explore coastal towns and indulge in refreshing swims along the way. Arrive in Lerwick with ample time to revel in festivities. Join the Crew Parade, cheer at the award ceremony, dance at the Crew Party, and explore other magnificent ships. A voyage filled with unforgettable experiences awaits!

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • Sail a square rigger across the north North Sea
  • Cruise in company with other fine tall ships
  • Sharpen up your sail handling skills
  • No sailing experience required
  • sunsets and stars at night – away from the land
  • multi national crew
  • climb the rigging or go out on the bowsprit – not compulsory but a great buzz
  • Visit the northern most island of the UK


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 under sail
Morgenster under sail


If you’re someone who adores grand sailing events but lacks a competitive spirit, then the Tall Ships Races 2023: Cruise in Company is the perfect journey for you! Picture yourself embarking on this incredible adventure, where a world of maritime wonders awaits.

Your first task will be to seek out the magnificent Morgenster in the ancient harbour of Fredrikstad. It’s a busy harbour and the Tall Ships will make it look truly magnificent.. Here, among a fleet of international Tall Ships, you’ll witness a breathtaking sight that is both unique and beautiful. The mere sight of these majestic vessels, each with its own story to tell, will fill you with anticipation and excitement.

At the start you’ll join the fleet in a spectacular Parade of Sail, setting sail from port and embarking on an unforgettable voyage towards the remote Shetland Islands. Together with your fellow sailors, you’ll navigate the open waters, guided by the wind and the rhythmic of the sea. Along this maritime odyssey, you’ll have time to explore smaller coastal towns along the route, either in Norway itself but also possibly Orkney and parts of Shetland. Immerse yourself in their local charm, discover hidden gems, and create lasting memories as you connect with the authentic spirit of these coastal communities.

When the sea calls for a moment of tranquillity, drop anchor in serene bays and feel the gentle embrace of crystal-clear waters. Take a refreshing swim, allowing the cool waves to invigorate your senses and rejuvenate your spirit. It’s in these tranquil moments that you’ll truly appreciate the vastness and beauty of the ocean that surrounds you.

With the voyage progressing, you’ll finally arrive at your ultimate destination: Lerwick. Here, you’ll be greeted by a buzzing atmosphere and two glorious days of festivities. Join the vibrant Crew Parade, marching alongside your fellow sailors, showcasing your unity and celebrating the incredible journey you’ve undertaken together. The air will be filled with joy and excitement as you cheer during the award ceremony, acknowledging the outstanding achievements of the participating ships and crews.

And let’s not forget the Crew Party! Dance where you can if you wish dance the night away, It’s a time for celebration, a moment to forge deeper connections with your newfound companions, and to share salty tales of daring at sea.

Throughout the festivities, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit other tall ships, each with its own distinct character and history. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of maritime heritage as you explore these magnificent vessels, appreciating their unique designs and gaining a deeper understanding of the seafaring world. Check out the rigging using Classic Sailings ‘Tall Ship Guide Book’.

The Tall Ships Races 2023: Cruise in Company promises an incredible voyage filled with unforgettable moments. From the initial discovery of Morgenster in Fredrikstad to the exhilarating Parade of Sail, the exploration of coastal towns, the tranquil bays for swimming, and the grand festivities in Lerwick, this journey will immerse you in a world of maritime magic. Prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure where you’ll create lifelong memories, connect with fellow sailors, and experience the true spirit of the sea.


Tall Ships in Fredrikstadt, Norway Photo by Johnny Leo Johansen


The conditions in the North Sea can be smooth to very rough but Morgenster is very able to cope with all the sea conditions you could meet.

Virginia Spencer on MOrgenster Bow Sprit
Virginia Spencer on MOrgenster Bow Sprit


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.


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

Start & End Port

Fredrikstad, Norway

Located approximately 100 kilometers south of Oslo, Fredrikstad is a charming coastal town nestled on the eastern shores of the Oslofjord. This picturesque destination seamlessly blends the old and the new, offering a delightful tapestry of history and modernity for visitors to explore.

At the heart of Fredrikstad lies the enchanting ‘Gamlebyen’ Old Town, a well-preserved star fort that stands as a testament to the town’s rich heritage. Stepping into this historic district feels like taking a journey back in time, with its cobbled streets, medieval architecture, and quaint shops and cafes. Across the shimmering waters of the fjord lies the modern waterfront, a vibrant hub of contemporary architecture and bustling activity, providing a striking contrast to the old town’s timeless charm.

For history enthusiasts, a visit to the magnificent Kongsten fort is a must. This impressive 16th-century fortress, with its sturdy walls and towering bastions, offers a glimpse into the town’s defensive past and provides breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Fredrikstad also boasts Scandinavia’s largest model railway, a captivating attraction that will delight both young and old alike. Step into a miniature world of meticulously crafted landscapes, intricately detailed train sets, and charming scenes that bring the railway to life. It’s a place where imagination meets craftsmanship, allowing visitors to marvel at the artistry and precision that goes into creating this miniature wonderland.

Having previously served as a host port for the Tall Ship Races, Fredrikstad has a rich history of welcoming sailors and visitors with open arms. The town comes alive during these grand events, offering an array of exciting festivities and engaging activities that celebrate the spirit of sailing. From vibrant parades and cultural exhibitions to captivating performances and lively concerts, Fredrikstad transforms into a hub of maritime energy, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit.

Whether you’re captivated by history, drawn to modern architecture, or seeking maritime adventures, Fredrikstad offers a unique blend of attractions and experiences. From strolling through the timeless alleys of the Old Town to immersing yourself in the captivating world of model railways, this coastal gem promises a memorable journey filled with discovery and wonder.


Getting to Fredrikstadt from the UK

To travel from the UK to Fredrikstad, there are several transportation options available. Here’s a guide on how you can make the journey:

By Flight: The fastest and most convenient way to reach Fredrikstad from the UK is by air. You can book a flight from a major UK airport like London Heathrow, Gatwick, or Manchester to Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Many airlines offer direct flights between the UK and Oslo. Once you arrive at Oslo Airport, you can proceed to Fredrikstad using one of the following methods:

Train: From Oslo Airport, you can take a train to Fredrikstad. The train journey takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, and there are frequent departures throughout the day. The train ride offers scenic views of the Norwegian countryside and is a comfortable way to reach Fredrikstad.

Car Rental: If you prefer more flexibility and independence, renting a car from Oslo Airport is an option. The drive from Oslo to Fredrikstad takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions. Having a car allows you to explore the surrounding areas and enjoy the freedom of your own transportation.

By Ferry: Another option is to travel to Fredrikstad by ferry. You can take a ferry from ports such as Newcastle or Harwich in the UK to either Oslo or Kristiansand in Norway. From Oslo or Kristiansand, you can continue your journey to Fredrikstad by train or car. Ferries offer an enjoyable and scenic way to travel, allowing you to relax and take in the views during the crossing.

By Train and Ferry Combination: If you prefer a combination of train and ferry travel, you can take a train from the UK to a port like Harwich or Newcastle. From there, you can board a ferry to Oslo or Kristiansand. Once you arrive in Norway, you can proceed to Fredrikstad by train or car as mentioned earlier.

When planning your trip, it is advisable to check the schedules and availability of flights, ferries, and trains in advance. This will help you make informed decisions based on your preferred mode of transportation, budget, and time constraints. Consider factors such as travel duration, cost, and personal preferences to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey from the UK to Fredrikstad.

Carbon offset

Regardless of the chosen mode of transportation, it is essential to consider carbon offset options. Many reputable organizations and initiatives allow you to calculate and offset your travel emissions by supporting renewable energy projects, reforestation efforts, or sustainable development programs. This way, you can take steps to mitigate your environmental impact and contribute to a greener future.

Lerwick, Shetland


Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, offers a captivating blend of history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture. Situated 160 kilometers north of the Scottish coast, this charming town attracts visitors with its allure and rich heritage.

Despite its small size, Lerwick boasts an array of captivating attractions. Fort Charlotte, an 18th-century landmark, provides insight into the island’s maritime history and offers breathtaking panoramic views. The Shetland Museum is a must-visit for those interested in the island’s history, displaying a diverse collection of artifacts and interactive exhibits that chronicle its cultural heritage.

Lerwick’s natural surroundings are equally enticing. The windswept hills surrounding the town offer ideal settings for outdoor adventures, with numerous hiking trails providing stunning vistas and opportunities to connect with nature. After a rewarding hike, visitors can unwind and savor the local cuisine at one of the town’s taverns.

The charm of Lerwick extends beyond its attractions; it lies in the warmth and hospitality of its residents. The town’s community spirit and lively festivals, such as the annual Up Helly Aa celebration, enhance its vibrant atmosphere. This festival showcases Lerwick’s rich Viking heritage through a torchlit procession and the burning of a replica Viking longship.

Now, let’s explore how to reach Lerwick from Scotland and South East England:

  1. From Scotland:

To reach Lerwick from Scotland, consider taking a ferry for a popular and environmentally friendly option. NorthLink Ferries operate services from Aberdeen or Scrabster to Lerwick, providing scenic coastal views and reducing your carbon footprint. You can also explore carbon offset programs to offset your emissions.

  1. From South East England:

Flying is the most convenient option when travelling from South East England to Lerwick. However, air travel has a higher carbon footprint. To minimise your impact, choose airlines that offer carbon offset programs, allowing you to invest in emission-reducing projects. Alternatively, opt for a train and ferry combination journey by taking a train to Aberdeen or Scrabster, where you can connect to a ferry bound for Lerwick. Trains emit fewer greenhouse gases, and selecting sustainable train operators and carbon offset options can further reduce your carbon footprint.

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to Lerwick, where an unforgettable adventure awaits you.


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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