- Bringing the EUROPA Home
- Ascension Island – Horta, Azores
- Horta, Azores – Amsterdam, NL
- Summer 2014
- Amsterdam - Harlingen
- Fredrikstad - Amsterdam
- Sailing to the South
- Amsterdam, NL - Lisbon, PT
- Lisbon, PT - Las Palmas, SP
- Las Palmas, SP - Salvador, BR
- Salvador, BR - Punta Arenas, CL
- Antarctica 2014/2015
- 24-day Antarctica Expedition
- 22-day voyage to the White Continent
- 52-day Cape to Cape Ocean crossing
- How to Book a Voyage
- Day Sails
- Follow the ship
Sail with us
Since 1994 the barque EUROPA has roamed the seas of the world and built up the reputation of a ship that really sails. A professional crew of 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crewmembers of all ages and nationalities sail her. Tall Ships enthusiasts, some with no sailing experience, take the wheel, hoist the yards, navigate, etc. We, the crew, invite you to sail with us. Each year there are different voyages on the schedule: Antarctica expeditions, Tall Ship Adventures, Tall Ships’ races and long ocean crossings - an experience that many dream of and none will forget.
LAST BERTHS ON HORTA - AMSTERDAM
Europa is on her way home. You can still take part in the two final episodes of our world circumnavigation. Join us from Ascension to Horta or for the trip from Horta to Amsterdam. Only a few berths available.
For more information on life on board EUROPA, please down load our general brochure.
What to expect during your holiday on board EUROPA
What a remarkable landmark event in a lifetime. This week I realized a dream and stepped foot on wild and majestic Antarctica! There was a flurry of activity during our visit and here are some highlights: Climbing a snow-covered hillside to discover beautiful views and our
first penguin colony on top, then sliding back down at top speed. Weeee!
Cruising through a channel full of candy-like glaciers and magical looking ice castles in the blur where water meets sky.
Dancing in the wheelhouse to old tunes in the sunshine Ruud showed us his (really good) running man.
Spending hours wandering the abandoned whaling station on Deception Island, discovering long left items and the impacts of a volcano
explosion, freezing cold winters and passing time on the decrepit buildings and machinery.
Running into the nearly frozen ocean and running back out screaming expletives, then sunbathing on the beach.
Hiking up a volcano ridge in the mist and dropping down into a vast crater with dry cracks running through its black floor.
Encountering tons of whales, seals, penguins and other birds. When yet another whale was announced, a selective passenger asked is it close?
The tumbled pieces of clear, white and blue ice washed up on the shore at Hanna point.
Landing at a tiny outcropping Point Wild on Elephant Island, where Shackletons men spent four months awaiting rescue.
We had an embarrassment of riches in Antarctica. I am grateful to the captain and crew for making my dream become a reality. I have newfound respect for the early explorers of the continent. This is a place of extremes and anyone capable of persevering here has character.
Goodbye Antarctica perhaps we will meet again!
Jenny - Red Watch
We approached infamous Elephant Island from the North, gray skies and flurries contrasting against the wisping clouds enclosing the island. As we sailed closer, the jagged peaks and fractured rocks rose dramatically from the seas, dominating the horizon. With all our collective thoughts, we hoped that a landing would be possible on the very beach where 22 men from Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary Endurance expediton were stranded awaiting rescue.
From this very beach, Shackleton and five others had set off on one of the most daring and extraordinary open boat crossing's in human history: 850 miles in a 22 foot converted lifeboat to South Georgia Island. This foreboding place that we were hoping to set foot was home for these 22 men for 4 and a half months as they awaited Shackleton, who at the time of his arrival was 10 weeks overdue. It is hard to believe the power of the human spirit to maintain optimism and moral in such circumstances.
Waiting on deck, we heard Jordi over the radio: we were going ashore.
Stepping on the guano covered rocks, watching the bold and trumpeting penguins waddle around us, the fur seals twist and glide through the water, I couldn't believe that I was seeing such a place from such a perspective. A little less than 100 years ago, Shackleton's party walked along this same rocky outcropping, taking in the glacier and black peaks all around, but fighting for survival in the bitter cold. For us, the clouds lifted and miraculously the sun began to shine, illuminating the water to a deeper than lightening aqua, sunbeams reflecting off the blue of the glacier. What a moment.
After an hour, the zodiacs were sent to gather us up for tea on Europa. How mind boggling a century of technology can make. How brave and
intrepid were those Antarctic explorers. We were told later how rare it is to be able to land, and in such beautiful conditions on Elephant Island. We are all in awe of this incredible experience that Europa has given us.
What a pleasure to be on a real walk after a week at sea. On the way to the chinstrap penguin colony at Baily Head there is the added pleasure of the muted but beautiful colors of Deception Island: red streaks of ashy, volcanic soil, grey and black patches of scoriated snow, blue skies above as the fog dissipates, and at our destination patches of green moss and mats of black and white that turn out to be thousands of chinstraps clinging to the hillsides above the beach. Crossing the tablelands icy white mountaintops on Livingston Island appear briefly in the distance through clouds and mist. A lone, deeply incised iceberg floats like a giant inverted molar on the horizon.
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