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While most of our European excursions are on either mega-yachts or river vessels, we do feature a number of cruises aboard sailing schooners for a more traditional maritime experience. The Sea Cloud I & Sea Cloud II, Panorama, and Galileo are a few of our featured sailing yachts. Typically, these classic sail boats accommodate from 50-100 passengers and have a lounge, sun deck, bar & dining room, and various levels of cabins. Unlike bigger ships, they generally don't have amenities like gyms, boutiques, or spas, but what they lack in complexity, they make up for with an atmosphere of intimacy that the bigger vessels simply can't provide. Excursions visit coastal regions from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean and the UK. Several of these cruises even sail around the Canary Islands and Morocco, off the African coast. 

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Best Luxury Sailing Cruises in Europe

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Northern Europe: Hamburg to Tallinn$979514RelaxedThe Sea Cloud II departs from Hamburg’s harbor and glides along the Elbe at a leisurely pace. On this 14-day Northern Europe cruise, visit seven …
Mediterranean: Valletta to Venice$659510RelaxedThis 10-day voyage combines history with ruggedly beautiful scenery, sailing from picturesque Valletta to the charming city of Venice. Visits include …
Mediterranean: Nice to Valletta$58959RelaxedAdmire notable Mediterranean destinations as you observe traditional Baroque churches, pastel-colored houses, and red-tiled roofs en route from …
Mediterranean: Valletta to Venice$629510RelaxedThis 10-day voyage combines history with ruggedly beautiful scenery, sailing from picturesque Valletta to the charming city of Venice. Visits include …
Adriatic: Round-trip Venice$48888RelaxedSail into the historic jewels of the Adriatic Sea on this 8-day small ship cruise on the Sea Cloud. Begin in Venice and journey to Croatia, visiting …
Mediterranean: Naples to Monte Carlo$51558RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud on a wonderful Mediterranean adventure, exploring and enjoying some of the most charming landscapes while you make your way from …
Mediterranean: Lisbon to Valencia$51558RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud on this 8-day sailing expedition exploring some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Mediterranean. Make your way from …
Mediterranean: Barcelona to Valencia$51558RelaxedExplore the marvelous Spanish Coast on a sensational 8-day voyage across this famous and historic region. Starting in the charming city of Barcelona, …

Guide to European Schooner Cruises

Important Information for Sailing Cruises of Europe
Cruises aboard a classic sailing schooner are perhaps one of the most unique ways to experience the sun-kissed shores and ports of Mediterranean Europe. 

Occupancy?
This runs the gamut - there are yachts with capacity for just 50 passengers offering a more intimate experience and those that host well over 200.

What if there's no wind?
While that's really never a problem on the breezy Mediterranean, these are all motor schooners, meaning that they supplement their primary wind power with a motor to make sure the stick to the itinerary no matter the wind.

What are the onboard amenities and facilities?
Since these ships range in size, the onboard facilities vary. You can expect an ample lounge and bar/ dining area, plus spacious cabins on all of them. The larger vessels even offer many of the spaces of standard cruise ships, like swimming pools, multiple restaurants, exercise centers and more!

Best Sailing Schooners in Europe

Ship NameCapacityFromSummary
Sea Cloud64$2955With occupancy for just 64 guests, the Sea Cloud is a modern and elegant windjammer outfitted with modern amenities and uniquely decorated cabins. …
Sea Cloud II94$2795The Sea Cloud II is a legendary windjammer comparable to her sister ship, the Sea Cloud. Featuring her own unique character, the Sea Cloud II …
Sea Cloud (LI)58$8640The Sea Cloud is a glorious and gracious luxury sailing yacht, a four-masted bark, custom built in 1931 by the business magnate E.F. Hutton for his …
Royal Clipper227$1055The Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, carrying just 227 guests. She offers the ultimate sea-going experience, …
Star Flyer170$1020The Star Flyer is a stylish vessel designed to accommodate 170 passengers in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. This true clipper ship reflects …
M/Y Callisto34$2350The M/Y Callisto is furnished with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, rare antiques, and fine works of art for luxury cruising. Because …
Galileo49$1190The 51 meter "GALILEO" is a classic steel Motor Sailer built with the most stringent safety regulations, with spacious and well appointed …

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