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Sailing from South Africa to America - 2017


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Travel information

During this voyage from South Africa to Boston, United States we will be sailing from Cape Town to St Helena, Ascension Island, and Fortaleza, across the equator and onwards to the East coast of the United States. This ocean voyage is perfect for the ones who really want to learn more about life on board a square rigger. During this trip there will be plenty of time to learn from our crew and your fellow trainees. We will not only focus on sail training during this voyage but also on scientific research on the oceans. We will learn more on how they are collecting data for research on weather observations and on global warming. Taking into account the maintenance that is going on on board this voyage combines enough time to relax with a good opportunity to gain some new knowledge.

Embarkation in Cape Town

Welcome on board the Bark EUROPA! On April 13th 2017 at 17h00 you are welcome on board the ship. We expect her to be moored at quay 5, just behind the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

We strongly recommend that you arrive in Cape Town at least one day before embarkation. This allows you to be fit and well-rested when you get on board, while at the same time you have extra time in the unlikely event that (part of) your luggage is lost.


Please check if you need a visa to enter South Africa:

Travelling Cape Town – Letter of guarantee

When travelling to South Africa, there might be officials at the check-in of the airport or at immigration asking you how/when you will be leaving South Africa. For this purpose we will email you a letter of guarantee explaining your sailing holiday on board EUROPA. Additionally it may help to show your airline ticket from Ascension Island back home.

Kindly send us the details of your flight to South Africa (date and time of arrival in Johannesburg or Cape Town, flightnumber and port of origin) so we can prepare and send you the letter before your departure.


To enter the USA in Boston as guestcrew/trainee on the Europa you need a B1/B2 visa, a non-immigrant visa for business or pleasure.

Please note that this INCLUDES citizens from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), like the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and Ireland

Because you will arrive in the United States on a ship/carrier not signatory to the VWP , you will also need to arrange a B1/B2 visa for your voyage. You do NOT apply for an electronic travel authorization through ESTA. This Electronic System for Travel Authorization is only for travellers who can visit the U.S. without a visa.

Please check with the American consulate or embassy your ow country.

Where to find EUROPA

The exact location where Europa is berthed will only be known a few days before arrival. Possibly we will be berthed at the V&A Waterfront near the Cape Grace Hotel. Please go to: on the day of embarkation to see where the ship will be berthed.


Due to a broken airplane landing strip on Ascension Island, the planned crew change has been relocated to FORTALEZA, BRAZIL. The estimated date of arrival in Fortaleza is the 16th of May, and the EUROPA will be docked at the harbour called Porto de Mucuripe. More information on the exact times for embarkation and disembarkation will follow. 

For those of you embarking in Fortaleza, please check the visa requirements for nationals of your country traveling to Brazil. 

For trainees who embarked in Cape Town and sailing all the way to Boston, more information about the visa requirements will follow. 


Disembarkation EUROPA: June 17th 2017, after arrival.


For a recommended packing list please dowload the full Final Voyage Information PDF (top left). Only availble for community members.

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