Tall Ship EUROPA sailing the Seas
Antarctica / South Georgia / Atlantic Adventures
|FROM THE SOUTHERN TO THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE 2012|
|Voyage #||From||Till||Days||Embarkation||Disembarkation||Description||Price 4/6p cabin||Price 2p cabin|
|KA-010512||01-05-2012||24-05-2012||24||Cape Town, S.A. 5 PM||Ascension Island, 9 AM||Ocean voyage, via St. Helena|| 1775,-|| 2495,-|
|AH-240512||24-05-2012||22-06-2012||30||Ascension Island, 5 PM||Horta, Azores 9 AM||Ocean voyage, equator crossing|| 1975,-|| 3050,-|
|HS-220612||22-06-2012||06-07-2012||15||Horta, Azores 5 PM||St. Malo, France 9 AM||Ocean voyage|| 1395,-|| 1650,-|
|KS-010512||01-05-2012||06-07-2012||67||Cape Town, 5 PM||St. Malo, France 9 AM||Full ocean crossing|| 4375,-|| 6250,-|
|TALL SHIPS RACES 2012|
|Voyage #||From||Till||Days||Embarkation||Disembarkation||Description||Price 15-25 yr.||Price >25 yr|
|SL-070712||07-07-2012||21-07-2012||15||St. Malo, France 5 PM||Lisbon, Portugal 9 AM||Tall Ships Race 1||blocked||until 21-3-12|
|LC-210712||21-07-2012||28-07-2012||8||Lisbon, Portugal 5 PM||Cadiz, Spain 9 AM||Tall Ships Race 2||contact office||for availability|
|CL-280712||28-07-2012||03-08-2012||7||Cadiz, Spain 5 PM||Lisbon, Portugal 9 AM||Cruise-in-Company|| 695,-|| 805,-|
|LA-030812||03-08-2012||12-08-2012||10||Lisbon, 5 PM||A Coruna, Spain 9 AM||Cruise-in-Company|| 950,-|| 1150,-|
|LL-210712||21-07-2012||03-08-2012||14||Lisbon, Portugal 5 PM||Lisbon, 9 AM||Race 2 and C-in-C via Cadiz||contact office||for availability|
|CA-280712||28-07-2012||12-08-2012||16||Cadiz, Spain 5 PM||A Coruna, Spain 9 AM||Cruise-in-company via Lisbon|| 1520,-|| 1840,-|
|SA-070712||07-07-2012||12-08-2012||37||St. Malo, France 5 PM||A Coruna, Spain 9 AM||Tall Ships Races 1+2 and C-in-C|| 3300,-|| 4050,-|
|SUMMER SAILING VOYAGES 2012|
|Voyage #||From||Till||Days||Embarkation||Disembarkation||Description||Price 4/6p cabin||Price 2p cabin|
|AF-120812||12-08-2012||19-08-2012||8||A Coruna, Spain 5 PM||Falmouth, GB 9 AM||Summer sailing voyage|| 775,-|| 925,-|
|FA-190812||19-08-2012||25-08-2012||7||Falmouth, GB 5 PM||Amsterdam, NL 9 AM||Summer sailing voyage|| 685,-|| 815,-|
|FROM THE NORTHERN TO THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE 2012|
|Voyage #||From||Till||Days||Embarkation||Disembarkation||Description||Price 4/6p cabin||Price 2p cabin|
|AL-090912||09-09-2012||22-09-2012||14||Amsterdam, NL 5 PM||Lisbon, Portugal 9 AM||Sailing voyage|| 1275,-|| 1495,-|
|LL-230912||23-09-2012||04-10-2012||12||Lisbon, Portugal 5 PM||Las Palmas, Spain 9 AM||Ocean voyage|| 1075,-|| 1275,-|
|LS-061012||06-10-2012||02-11-2012||28||Las Palmas, Spain 5 PM||Salvador, Brazil 9 AM||Ocean voyage, equator crossing|| 2175,-|| 2850,-|
|SP-051112||05-11-2012||01-12-2012||27||Salvador, Brazil, 5 PM||Punta Arenas, Chile 9 AM||Ocean voyage|| 2095,-|| 2750,-|
|AP-090912||09-09-2012||01-12-2012||81||Amsterdam, NL 5 PM||Punta Arenas, Chile 9 AM||Combination discount|| 4975,-|| 6600,-|
|ANTARCTICA EXPEDITIONS 2012 / 2013|
|Voyage #||From||Till||Days||Embarkation||Disembarkation||Description||Price 4/5p cabin||Price 2p cabin|
|ANT1-031212||03-12-2012||26-12-2012||24||Punta Arenas, Chile 5 PM||Ushuaia, Arg. 9 AM||Antarctica|| 5900,-||
|ANT2-281212||28-12-2012||18-01-2013||22||Ushuaia, Arg. 5 PM||Ushuaia, Arg. 9 AM||Antarctica||
|ANT3-200113||20-01-2013||10-02-2013||22||Ushuaia, Arg. 5 PM||Ushuaia, Arg. 9 AM||Antarctica|| 5800,-|| 7000,-|
|ANT4-120213||12-02-2013||05-03-2013||22||Ushuaia, Arg. 5 PM||Ushuaia, Arg. 9 AM||Antarctica|| 5800,-|| 7000,-|
|ANT5-080313||08-03-2013||28-04-2013||52||Ushuaia, Arg. 5 PM||Cape Town, S.A.. 9 AM||Ant., S Georgia & Tristan da Cunha|| 7100,- *|| 8200,- *|
Note: Voyage fees with * are excluding landingfees South Georgia of EUR 192,- p.p.
The price are per person and include all meals on board, tea and coffee. The price is excluding the drinks in the bar, the transfers to and from the ship and the travel/cancellation insurance.
Are you interested in one of the voyages above? Please download the booking form here.
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The price includes all meals on board, tea, coffee and the excursions in Antarctica. The price is excluding the drinks in the bar, the transfer to and from Ushuaia and the travel/cancellation insurance.
We can help arrange the transfer to and from Ushuaia. You can of course also make your own travel arrangements. Please make sure you arrive on time in Ushuaia. The ship is not able to wait if you are too late.
Description of the Antarctica expeditions
EXPEDITIONS IN ANTARCTIC WATERS:
Next season, the 56-meter bark EUROPA will sail again in the Southern waters. Five 22-day expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula are scheduled. Voyages will appeal to the sailing enthusiast, bird-watchers, photographers, artists and nature-lovers.The expeditions will start in Ushuaia in Argentina. This southernmost city in South America is located alongside the Beagle Channel. From here, ‘the Drake Passage’, renowned by sailors the world over, must be crossed. Albatrosses and storm birds will accompany the ship on her way to the Antarctic paradise. After passing the Antarctic convergence zone, the ship sails between the icebergs to the South Shetland Islands. The wildlife is overwhelming. Sea lions, seals, sea gulls, cormorants and petrels use the Antarctic summer to raise their young.In the Antarctic waters, the bark EUROPA will anchor in sheltered bays every day.
The crew will take groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin colonies. Ashore visitors will often be welcomed by many different kinds of penguins. Our professional guide will give information about the flora and fauna. He will explain, for example, where to find bird and sea elephant colonies and he will give advice about what you must do to protect the unspoiled scenery.The ship will sail further south. We expect the most loyal visitor of the Southern Ocean to visit EUROPA.
On previous voyages many humpback whales, minky whales and even orcas, came swimming alongside the ship.The daily program will vary. Every day we will get new impressions. The ice masses will get bigger closer to the mainland. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround EUROPA with floating growlers, home to where the leopard seals.Next it is time to leave this paradise and set sail to Cape Horn. On the last day of the voyage the ship will sail in between the chaos of islands of Tierra del Fuego. This fjord area is wild and populated with the Magellan penguin, sea lions and rock cormorants. The green of the fjords are a significant change to the white and blue of Antarctica.But there is a time to leave the ship. Some of the sailors will have caught the Polar fever, something which will never really leave them.
AN INTRODUCTION TO EUROPA
The history of EUROPA
EUROPA was built in 1911 under the name of “Senator Brockes” at the Stulcken shipyard in Hamburg, at the request of the city of Hamburg. The ship was put into service as Elbe 3 lightship on the river Elbe, and later worked as a stand-by vessel.In 1986, Harry Smit brought the ship to the Netherlands. Over a period of 8 years, the ship was completely rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted bark.The rebuilding and conversion to a sailing vessel was carried out under the supervision of the Dutch Shipping Inspection, Bureau Veritas and Register Holland. She sails with worldwide certificates from each of these authorities and she complies with the highest requirements for sailing ships.
Life on board
Below decks your every need is catered for. On deck, you may, if you so wish, work with the crew sailing the ship, joining in the watch system; you may assist with manoeuvres, steering and navigation. Above all, you will have the chance to learn more about the sea and sailing. EUROPA may be steered from within the wheelhouse or on deck. She is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various different places for relaxing: library, lounge, cosy corner and deckhouse.These various areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet background reading, or perhaps a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship carries a video television, a c.d.- and cassette player and radio. There are also washing machines and tumble-dryers (although their use is restricted) and central heating throughout the ship. All cabins have an en suite toilet and shower. An experienced, professional Cook and Cook’s Assistant look after your appetite, with very good, hearty meals.At the beginning of your voyage you will be briefed about safety on board, special sailing terminology and sail-handling, etc. During the voyage the crew will be pleased to answer your questions. There will also be a specialist guide on board, who has a lot of knowledge of the region.
EUROPA is very solidly built. She is fitted out for worldwide sailing and has all the safety certificates required under Dutch law for these activities. The Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute, the KNMI, selects the ship to monitor the weather whilst at sea. To enable us to do this, they supplied the ship with specialised equipment for taking observations. In return, the KNMI analyses our weather reports and provides routing.A minimum of 10 experienced, professional crew make sure that the ship operates safely. They hold all the necessary professional qualifications.One of the challenges of sailing in this region is that we are not able to find local repair or maintenance facilities. We are equipped to be able to carry out such work ourselves on board. In addition to a drinking water capacity of 18000 lt. in permanent tanks, we are able to convert seawater into drinking water using a water maker. Food stores will be taken on board just before our departure from Ushuaia. We will also take on board 20,000 litres of diesel to fuel the heating, electricity generators and the two main engines. The ship has a power supply of 220V and 380V AC and 12V and 24V DC.Our safety equipment comprises life jackets, life rafts, fire extinguishing equipment, fire-fighting outfits with breathing apparatus, diving equipment, a comprehensive stock of medicine, an emergency sick bay, EPIRB, and radar transponders.EUROPA’S navigational and communication equipment comprises radar, a compass in the wheelhouse, on deck and in the rescue boat, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, two SSB transmitters, and an Inmarsat fax terminal, two VHF transmitters, six portable radios and an emergency radio transmitter.There are two inflatable dinghies with outboard motors and one boat for transfers ashore.
Unspoilt natural environment
Antarctica is a huge, cold, white plain, which appeals to the imagination of many. Some people become interested in the North and South Pole after reading about the voyages of Willem Barentz and Shackleton. Others are more fascinated by the rich wildlife or the beauty of the unspoilt natural environment. Antarctica is one of the oldest continents on our planet, but man has always been unable to live here because of its extremely cold climate. It is also the last great wilderness on Earth. In the summer, approximately 10,000 tourists visit the continent. About 3,000 to 4,000 researchers spend the southern summer living in several research stations but, during the southern winter, that number dwindles to less than 1,000. When winter grips this great, white desert, tourist activity is no longer possible. Several countries claim territorial rights over different parts of the continent, but no country has ownership or sovereignty over any part of Antarctica. Following the International Geophysics Year 1957/58, the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 was drawn up, sharing responsibility for the continent between twelve countries. It was agreed that Antarctica would only be used for scientific research activities and that free access to the results of all research would be guaranteed. No type of military activity is allowed on any part of this territory and territorial claims of any sort are prohibited. In 1991, an Environmental Protocol was drawn up to introduce new regulations applicable specifically to tourism.During our visit to Antarctica we will adhere strictly to these regulations. We consider it a great honour to be able to see this immense monument of Nature with our own eyes.
Antarctica is the driest and coldest continent on the Earth, and is surrounded by a wild ocean. The central plateau is a desert with temperatures as low as -50°C and -60°C. EUROPA will visit the impressive lower coastline where it is less cold. The sun often shines and temperatures can reach an average of 5°C, a pleasant temperature which means that when there is no wind you may come on deck or go ashore wearing just a warm jumper and trousers. When it rains or it is windy, however, a warm waterproof jacket really is necessary. Remember that we are in Antarctica, even though it is summer.
As we approach the Antarctic Peninsula, we will probably come across large ice floes. Icebergs are normally visible on the radar, but on our passage to Antarctica we will be extra alert during the short night watches and in bad weather a good lookout will be kept at all times. One iceberg was once seen which was 335km long and 97km wide, roughly the same size as Belgium. It takes years for an iceberg of that size to melt. When icebergs calve off the Antarctic ice-cap, they drift north where they are caught up in the tidal streams which carry them east at a speed of 13km per day. A large iceberg drifting into warmer waters breaks up into smaller bergs. Eventually it reaches the Antarctic Convergence Zone, where it melts. The limit of permanent and, for EUROPA, impenetrable pack-ice lies to the south of the places we like to visit, but fields of densely packed icebergs might still block the way to a planned destination.
It will not always be easy to find good landing places. Steep ice-falls, cliffs and the swell of the sea might hinder safe landings, but as long as luck is on our side the Antarctic world will be open to us. The terrain is often hilly and there is a lot of snow. You might sink up to your ankles in snow. There is no Customs authority, no police force; we will voluntarily adhere to the Environmental Protocol. We have to take extra care when provisioning to ensure that we create as little waste as possible. Our crew will sort our daily rubbish separating paper, glass, plastic, cans, etc that we will take back to South America. Food waste will only be disposed of overboard when we are far out at sea.
A sailing ship is much steadier in the water under sail in strong winds than a motor vessel. Once in Antarctic waters, we will be sheltered and the wind will be calm most of the time, so no one should suffer from seasickness. In Drake Passage, the winds are normally strong and some people on board may suffer. Most guests will get used to the motion of the ship after one day. Healthy eating and sleep are the best ways to overcome seasickness. If you fear that you might be susceptible to seasickness, we recommend you to buy special plasters to stick behind your ears, or anti seasickness pills. Please buy these from a pharmacy before you leave home. The cook makes excellent vegetarian food, besides a wide range of other foods. In the Drake Passage there can be big waves. Once in Antarctic waters we sail in quiet waters, nobody will be seasick anymore.Insurance:The ship’s insurance covers all crew and guests while they are on board. We recommend you to take out additional travel and cancellation insurance. While you are away:Friends and family at home can follow your voyage on-line on , click on ‘Captain’s log’. The Captain updates the expedition log every week.
In the event of an emergency, the ship can be contacted via the owners of EUROPA, Rederij Bark EUROPA, who are in daily contact with EUROPA via Inmarsat.
Recommended reading and viewing
‘Bark EUROPA to no man’s land Antarctic’ A VHS / PAL videotape, 32 minutes of beautiful images made during an expedition to the Antarctic with EUROPA in 2001. To order, please send €25 to account number 580427366 in the name of “D. van Andel” in Giessenburgh (Netherlands). Please give your complete name and delivery address. Victory Adventure Expeditions will order this for you on request. ‘South', Sir Ernest Shackleton‘Antarctica. Lonely planet travel survival kit’, Jeff Rubin.ISBN 0 86442 4159‘Antarctica, a guide to the wildlife’, Tony Soper. ISBN 1898323 47 X‘Birds of southern South America and Antarctica’, Martin de la Peña and Maurice Rumboll. ISBN 0-00-220077-5
‘Whales, dolphins and porpoises’, Mark Cawardine. In our opinion, this is the best identification guide for whales worldwide.ISBN 0-7513-1030-1
These voyage details are based on experiences from the last three voyages which EUROPA made in Antarctic waters. In putting together this year’s itinerary we have included the most impressive places we have visited in the past. However this description is only an example of the possible voyage. We aim to give you an idea of what to expect of your voyage but it is important to realize that the wilderness of Antarctica will eventually control our day-to-day activities. That is part of the adventure. We hope that this helps you to decide to sign up for a voyage to Antarctica on EUROPA.
Day 1: Depart to UshuaiaIf you have had booked your flight ticket via our tour operator where we work together with, you will receive the final voyage information some weeks before departure date. If you fly from Amsterdam, our company representative will meet you at Schiphol Airport before you check in and, if necessary, give you any last minute information.
Day 2: Signing on in UshuaiaWhen you arrive at Ushuaia airport, a member of EUROPA’S crew will be waiting for you and will accompany you to the ship in the harbour. After signing on to the crew list and taking your luggage to your cabin, you will enjoy your first meal on board. The Captain and the expedition leader will inform you about the plans. We will stay in harbour overnight to allow you to have a good rest after your long flight.
Day 3: Casting off from UshuaiaDuring the morning, we cast off our mooring lines. Once underway, the First Mate shows you how to put on the life jackets and introduces you to the many lines on board. We sail through the Beagle Channel, in between steep mountains with snow-covered peaks, under square sail if we find the prevailing westerly winds. During the evening we leave the Beagle Channel and head southwards along the sheltered coast of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).
Days 4 and 5: Drake PassageThe crossing of Drake Passage is approximately 450NM. The seas around Cape Horn have the reputation to be stormy but in between the lows they are calm. The wind varies from southwest to northwest; it should, therefore, be possible to have a good crossing under sail. Cape petrels, white-chinned petrels and albatrosses are our companions. Albatrosses are the best-equipped for a permanent stay at sea. Their territory is the open ocean. They love windy regions, because they are unable to fly with little wind. During the crossing everybody can help the crew to steer, set, shorten, take away and stow sails.
Day 6: Icebergs in Antarctic watersAs we sail south, the likelihood of seeing icebergs increases. Large ice plateaux are visible on the radar, but sometimes smaller ones are not; we keep a good lookout so that we avoid them. Fortunately, the nights are short in the latitudes of 59° to 61° South. It is amazing when we get the brilliant white shapes from the floating icebergs on the horizon. They must be really huge, and very high! This is the first sign that we are really approaching the great white mass of Antarctica! We hope that we can drop our anchor in the evening in the sheltered bay of the Aitcho Islands.
Day 7: At anchor off the Aitcho IslandsEverywhere around the ship we see penguins jumping out of the water. The crew will take us ashore with the dinghies. We share the beach with gentoo- and chinstrap penguins. They walk with us up to the other side of the mountain where we find many elephant seals. We also look for the macaroni penguin; on this island we have the opportunity to meet a lost one. The Aitcho Islands are not completely covered by the ice-cap. In the colourful patches of moss giant petrels and Antarctic skuas make their nests.
Day 8: Yankee Harbour or Hannah PointWe leave at dawn. For the first time of our voyage we will see the white ice cliffs around us. The chance of spotting the humpback whale becomes better. Everywhere around us penguins gives a show on floating ice. If there is enough time, we will sail to Edinburgh Hill, a rock that rises straight out of the water. Close up, we can see that it is made of basalt, solidified magma from the centre of a volcano. Pressure from inside the earth pushed the plug to this height, but so far the volcano has not erupted. When we sail into Yankee Harbour it looks as if we are sailing in between two handmade piers. They are, however, the work of Mother Nature herself. A rookery of gentoo penguins crowds the beach. Occasionally we see a Weddell seal and a fur seal.Hannah Point is a peninsula on the southeast coast of Livingston Island and is a veritable kingdom of animal life. Bird watchers can find nests of the white-chinned petrel, the America sheathbill, giant petrels, skuas, etc. For today the final destination is weather dependent.
Day 9: Deception IslandFurther south, on latitude 63° South, looms Deception Island, a ring-shaped island with an extensive internal crater. If there is not too much swell, we anchor at Baily Head and land with dinghies on the black, volcanic beach. Here we can find the biggest chinstrap penguin’s colony. More than 100,000 pairs nest on the volcanic ash-field. Everyone who is fit enough can walk to the middle of the Island, sinking to our knees in the deep snow. In the meantime, EUROPA will sail through a small opening into this crater and will drop anchor in Whalers Bay, near the ruins of a whaling station. Latterly the buildings where used as a base for research work, but in 1969/70 several stations were destroyed. Volcanic activity still goes on in this area.A couple of miles further on we can go into the crater to Pendulum Cove where thermal currents rise. Those who so wish may bathe in geothermally warmed waters.
Day 10: Trinity IslandWe leave Deception’s crater and set course south, leaving the South Shetland Islands astern. We drop anchor between Spert Island and Trinity Island and visit the beautiful ice scenery of small and large icebergs. Our trip in the dinghies takes us through a landscape of ice that is truly out of this world. The colours and shapes are stunning: overhangs with crystal clear icicles, ice-palaces that could have been created by Gaudí, massive gateways and open-air ballrooms. In some spots a piercing blue light shines through the ice, the water looks turquoise. It is an impressive world created by extreme changes of temperature, sculpted by water and wind.
Day 11: Gouvernøren Harbour (Enterprise Island) or Cuverville IslandAround this peninsula, whales search for krill in sheltered bays. The sight of whales feeding on krill is truly spectacular. On previous expeditions here we saw the world’s largest animal, the blue whale, which can reach more than 30m. We will visit Enterprise Island, Gouvernøren Harbour. The bay is named after the whaler, the “Gouvernøren”, which was wrecked here in 1916. The 25m bow of the ship still rises out of the water. Breeding Antarctic terns now use the wreck.Cuverville Island is special because of the red and green mosses and is the home to skuas, Dominican gulls with chicks and some 4,800 pairs of gentoo penguins.
Day 12: Paradise HarbourThe early birds heave up the anchor and we go further south to Paradise Bay. Here, huge, impressive glaciers of many shades of blue and white surround us. High cliffs of ice rise out of the sea. We hear the ice crack and see huge chunks of ice breaking off. Sometimes a wall of ice tens of metres high slowly tumbles down and when this huge mass hits the sea it sends a flood wave rolling under our ship. Being in the middle of this awe-inspiring natural wilderness is indescribable!In Paradise Bay we can visit the solid rock of the Antarctic continent and possibly the Argentinean base “Almirante Brown”.
Day 13: Argentine IslandA long, popular day lies ahead of us. Through the Peltier Channel with its high, snow-covered peaks, we head for “Kodak Crack”, the Lemaire Channel. 1,000m high mountains tower over the small channel. On Ice shelves around us lie crab-eater seals. Most people want to be on deck, filming or taking photographs of these beautiful sights. We enter the Penola Strait. This stretch might be blocked by ice, and we will find it hard to force a way through, zigzagging round the icebergs and growlers. The heavy ice flow might completely block our passage further south towards the Argentine Islands. If the ice flow allows us through, we will enter the archipelago towards the end of the day. We carefully find a way to our anchor place. We anchor at latitude 65° South, the southernmost point of our voyage. This evening we visit a Ukrainian research station. One of the research assistants gives us a tour round and tells us about their work. At anchor in bays like this, we have to keep a constant watch on the weather in case the wind direction changes. Pack ice can suddenly block our way out, preventing us from leaving.
Day 14: Petermann IslandWe find a way out off the Argentine Islands, and anchor near Petermann Island a few hours later. For the first time we are near a huge breeding colony of adelie penguins. The behaviour of these penguins, busy with feeding their hungry chicks, is different from the others we have seen. Neighbouring penguins wait until they see the feeding chick disappear half-way up the parent’s bill, then quickly steal small stones from the neighbour’s nest to build up and protect their own nest better. Skuas fly above the rookery and take every chance to snatch a penguin chick when the parents leave it unprotected. This island is a strong reminder of the French explorer Charcot, who spent the whole winter here on his ship the “Pourquoi Pas” (Why not) in 1909. The ship, a similar size to EUROPA, was moored in Port Circumcision Bay (so named because the harbour was first discovered on 1st January 1909, the Catholic celebration of the circumcision of Jesus). To make sure that large icebergs couldn’t enter the bay during the winter and damage the ship, the crew stretched cables and chains across the mouth of the bay.
Day 15: Port LockroyThrough Lemaire Channel and Peltier Channel, we reach the Bay of Port Lockroy. We watch blue-eyed shags ashore in between the rocks, feeding their chicks. There has been a station here since 1944, and the area was declared a monument in the Antarctic Treaty of 1995. It is the oldest existing British station in Antarctica. During the Antarctic summers two British people take care of this base. They will probably visit our ship offering postcards and stamps for sale, as they did on previous voyages. This is the most southerly post office in the world. Sometimes it will take a few months for a letter to arrive in Europe. Ashore we see many gentoo-penguins. Sea leopards are often here, waiting for penguins to enter the water. For this speedy animals it is easy to catch one. Afterwards they lie around on the ice, digesting their last penguin feast.
Day 16: Ascent of Jabet PeakToday we hope to climb Jabet Peak. Its glacier stretches from high up near the mountain’s peak, reaching out into the sea, a massive, white tongue of snow. A glacier often looks like a beautiful, white plain of snow, but often there are deep crevasses spanned by snow bridges, some strong enough to carry a man’s weight, some weak. It’s a dangerous and challenging feat crossing a glacier here so we will not walk on the glacier. And for climbing Jabet Peak we certainly take precautions. We walk in groups, roped up to each other with lines. From the top, we have a magnificent view of the bay.In the afternoon we leave Port Lockroy and enter the Neumayer Channel. On the last two voyages a large pod of killer whales came here to bid us farewell. Several large females with young came unbelievably close to the ship, distinguishable as female by the shape of their fin. They kept us company for so long that we had more than enough time to film them and take photographs of them against a beautiful backdrop.
Day 17 and 18: Leaving Antarctica, Drake PassageDuring the night we leave the sheltered waters of the Antarctic to start the voyage back to South America. If the weather is clear we will still see Anvers Island after 100 miles, and Mount Francais, with her 3,000-meter high summit, will remain in view for almost a day. Back in the watch system, we have time to absorb everything we have done, to let it all settle in. We will be accompanied on this passage by dolphins and many sea birds.
Day 19: Cape HornLet us hope that the wind is favourable and that we can leave Diego Ramirez Island on the end of the day on our port side. Now we are near to the infamous Cape Horn. Cape Horn confirms to us that our crossing of Drake Passage is almost finished.
Day 20: Patagonia and Tierra del FuegoIf the Drake Passage delays us with head winds, we will still be sailing the Southern Ocean, but we hope to have reached quieter waters, sheltered by the rocks and islands of Tierra del Fuego. We set a course through the chaotic rocks and islands towards the Beagle Channel. The islands and fjords are remarkably green after our Antarctic visit, the habitat of more than 150 kinds of birds. Wild geese, beavers, rats and condors also inhabit this beautiful wilderness.
Day 21: Sailing into Beagle ChannelIf we have to wait for the pilot in the Beagle Channel, we can visit the historic English settlement at ‘Harberton’. This is an old mission station, now housing a small museum about the flora and fauna from Tierra del Fuego. People who want to stretch their legs after a few days at sea may walk around here. Condors have often been seen here.
Day 22: We are close to Ushuaia, but there is still something to see on the way. We sail along Isla Martillo, where a rookery of Magellan penguins nests in holes and under tree trunks and branches. A few miles before the harbour of Ushuaia we make our last stop near two rocky islets covered with sea lions, the Islas de Lobos. Sea lions don’t go to Antarctica. Huge males lie around, keeping a watchful eye on their harem, protecting them from invaders. A little further on a fur seal proudly grasps its prey, and blue-eyed shags take up every free metre of space. It’s packed. In the late afternoon we enter the harbour of Ushuaia.
Day 23: Signing off in UshuaiaThe citizens in Ushuaia look out over the Beagle Channel. From 1884 to 1947 Ushuaia was a safe haven for political exiles and criminals. The old prison is now open to the public. In the morning, you are free to do as you please. A quiet walk or perhaps buy a few souvenirs in this welcoming little town. Antarctica has probably been an unforgettable experience for everybody. Some of you will have caught the Polar fever. You say goodbye to the crew and step into taxis on the quay. The journey home has started. Three and a half hours later you arrive in Buenos Aires where you transfer to your flight home.
Day 24: Arrival home
CAPE HORN (55°50'S / 67°18'W)
"The classic aspect of Cape Horn is the cliff face to the southern headland. Well below its summit, the old lighthouse I saw burning back in 1977, still stands, but shines no more below the clouds. On exposed rocks, a mile offshore, the sea breaks heavily even on a calm day, as the rollers coming in from the Southern Ocean pile up on shelf water, 75 miles away to the south-west." (Skip Novak: 'Cape Horn cloaked in mystery')
Cape of the ultimate challenge - many destinies and catastrophes have taken place here - symbol for the end of the world. PUERTO WILLIAMS (54°56'S / 67°36'W)
On the final leg, we pass by the worlds most southern town and back to civilisation after 3 weeks of near isolation - showers and shopping - trekking.
USHUAIA (54°56'S / 68°06'W)
Last sail across the Beagle - fresh bread and cheese - transport to the airport.
- Meals and bed linen are included in the fares, transfers to and/or
from the Europa and local taxes are not included.Fares are based on
standard cabins. Two-berth cabins and owners' cabin are offered on
- Bookings and reservations are subject to the general terms and conditions, which are available on request.
- For long term voyages (over 50 days) discounts can be discussed.
Every Antarctica voyage is indeed different. The first voyage in December the penguin chicks will be very small and there will even be a lot of eggs. The temperature is low, but in the sun it will be comfortable. There will be many sea elephants.The second voyage the chicks will be a little bigger. The penguin parents will be busy feeding the chicks. The temperature will most probably be a little higher, but that doesn't mean the weather will for sure be better. It can still be foggy and snowy. There will be many sea leopards.The third voyage the penguin chicks are bigger and livelier. They will start chasing their parents for more food.
There is more chance on seeing more whales. The temperature will be almost the same or a little higher as the second voyage. And again this doesn't say anything about the weather circumstances.The fourth voyage the penguin chicks will be big and almost ready to leave the continent. Their fluffy skin has almost completely changed into the oily black and white suit. The temperature is low, but in the sun it will be comfortable. Again the later in the Antarctica season, the more chance there is to see whales.If we look at all the voyages the EUROPA has made to Antarctica, we have to admit every voyage is different.
It is very hard to give the particulars of every trip. On almost every voyage the ship has seen Orca's and many whales. Sometimes near or next to the ship, sometime further away. Of course there where always many many penguins and we have always seen leopard seals, fur seals, crab eaters and elephant seals. On some voyages there was more snow and everything was covered in white, but one cannot predict when it will snow or when the sun shines.
Weeks with only the sky and the
water is for most people a nightmare,
but for some a boys dream. Enjoy the beautiful sky, sunsets,
seas and a horizon which sails with you day after day and still seems
change every time. Albatrosses, dolphins and whales at your side, but
stormy weather, mist, no wind en ice mountains will be a part of the
In 1994 this elegant lady started a new life. Harry Smit rebuild her, with all the safety requirement. She became a beauty of a deep water sailor. Not only on deck you have the idea to go back in time for 100 years, but also in the deckhouse, the dining area, the library and the cabins you can find the atmosphere of times long ago. Behind al that beauty hides the modern equipments needed in these days.
The Europa is no passengers ship. She is a sail training ship with worldwide certificates. Besides the crew of 14 persons, she has space for 50 trainees or “voyage crew”. They will be taught a way through the spaghetti of lines that will control the 30 sail of the Europa. This all on a very Dutch way, without shouting or uniforms. After a few days on board you will discover that this spiderweb of lines, evaluated through the centuries, an extremely efficient movement machine is.
It will be useless to search for winches or capstans. Everything goes on manpower. Helped by double yoles, handy billies and tackle blocks the machine of 1200 square metres will be set and trimmed.
Besides this the trainees will get in contact with the first beginnings of astro-navigation, estimated position, meteorology, oceanography, doing rope and canvas work but also baking bread and other daily work what determines the life on board of a sailing vessel.
The last couple of years the Europa obtained worldwide fame with her professional crew. Just as the last big windjammers from, the Europa proves that age, nationality or cultural background is not important on a Tall Ship. It is the will to bring “the love where you’re sailing with” together to another horizon that counts.
The embarkation trainees will consist of a variety of nationalities and ages. With the guidance of a Dutch captain en his fast team of crewmembers they will make an unforgettable voyage which will invoke a lot of memories of history.
Are you looking for serious adventure? Join EUROPA on one of her longer 8 week voyages!
Whether you are interested in crossing the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, participating on an expedition to Antarctica or whether you would like to make a voyage round Cape Horn, EUROPA is the right ship to sail with!Long voyages are to be considered voyages of over a week's time. Depending on EUROPA's sailing schedule there are long voyages planned (up to 31 days), but it is also possible to join the ship at several connecting legs, which makes it able to stay on board for a longer period of time.General information long voyages:Embarkation and boarding instructions
Generally speaking we ask you to join the EUROPA at the embarkation date at 16.00hrs local time. After your arrival on board the captain and crew will introduce their selves and you will be able to familiarize with the ship. The sails will be set next morning.
Ports of call
Depending on the sailing schedule the ports of call during long voyages are planned before departure. However weather, amount of time, area in which the ship is sailing and the desires of the trainees on board EUROPA can be of influence of which ports of call she will be visiting.
Technical details bark Europa
Restored 1988 – 1994, Amsterdam
Home port Amsterdam
Length overall 55.6m
Air draft 33m
Max sail area 1250m_
Engines 2 x 420hp
2-berth cabins 2
4-berth cabins 6
6-berth cabins 4
Toilets each cabin has en suite facilities
Showers each cabin has en suite facilities
Call sign PDZS
Many people who come on board struggle to believe the history of the hull of this classic three-master. The Special purpose sail training ship EUROPA was built in 1911. In 1994 she was fully restored as a barque (three mast rigged ship) and now roams the seas of the world in the best seafaring tradition. With a professional crew of maximum 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crew members of all ages and nationalities, EUROPA is powered by canvas and co-operation.The crew makes sure the ship operates safely.
The atmosphere on board reflects an adventurous maritime history. The traditional mahogany deckhouse, teakwood decks and floors as well as the beautiful interior with authentic early 20th century details provide a perfect ambiance for a fantastic voyage. The classic romantic bunks are very comfortable. All cabins are provided with ensuite shower and toilet. There are 11 cabins, of which two are 2 person cabins, five are 4-person cabins and four are 6 person cabins. Furthermore the accommodation comprises: a hospital, deck lounge with bar, mess room and a library.
Towering above the decks are the 3 lofty masts, of which 2 masts each carrying 6 yards. In a light breeze, a spectator may see the EUROPA with 30 sails bill owing gently, being blown towards the horizon; an image reminiscent of the era of swift clipper ships which carried guests and goods from the Orient round the world.
To book Contact us :
Victory Adventure Expeditions is your booking agent for this expedition.
You are requested to fill in passport details, date of birth, etc, as this information must be included in the passenger list required by Customs. We will, of course, treat this information as confidential. On receipt of your booking, we will send you a confirmation, with details of our conditions of payment.
We pledge to do our utmost to ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable voyage.
EUROPA in South Georga
More photos of Bark Europa
Fees includes three meals per day as well as
tea and coffee.
The voyage fees do not include: travel and accident insurance,
cancellation insurance, airport formalities and drinks from the bar on board.
Booking Form PDF Click here to download
Its a good idea to book early as these voyages fill up very fast.
You may book and make reservations with us
We have had very good recommendations from our Europa clients over the last 5 years when she started for her first Antarctic voyages.If you like, you may see some of our dozens of Europa clients testimonies
We can give very good personal service as we are just 25 miles from Ushuaia and have many friends and contacts there.We can do the following services for for you which you will not obtain elsewhere : 1. We can make your hotel reservations in Ushuaia.
2. Obtain equipment and warm clothes for you in Ushuaia.
3. Set up one day side excursions for you to the Lapataia national park, Harborton Ranch, Beagle channel excursions, etc.
4. Obtain air transportation for you to and from Ushuaia.
5. Have you picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel in Ushuaia.
6. Keep you up to date on all changes and new developments regarding the voyage and book it for you by credit card or Bank Transfer.
7. Give you excursions to the world's most southern town, Puerto Williams. There is a ferry that comes here, 25 miles from Ushuaia
For example for the February Cape Town voyage we had Dr. L. Kelly, staying in our new Bella Vista hostal for a few days. (this page tells how to get to Puerto Williams) He chose to come here to go hiking (we have a guide available) to the Dientes de Navarino, the world's most southern trekking circuit.We also had his lost baggage shipped to our office and he received it in time for his trip. :-)
You may not need all these services, but they are just an example of what we provide.