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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. 

Top 10 Sailing Tours of Europe

Best Luxury Sailing Cruises in Europe

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Western Mediterranean: Civitavecchia - Valletta$61559RelaxedExplore the stunning Italian coast on this spectacular 9-day adventure aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud. Discover Mediterranean hot spots and learn …
Mediterranean: Valletta - Palma de Mallorca$695510RelaxedExplore the Mediterranean on this unique 10-day Sea Cloud adventure starting in Malta in Italy. Sail to Spain visiting Trapani, Palermo, Lipari, …
Iberian Peninsula: Bilbao to Lisbon$45708RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on this 8-day sailing expedition starting in the traditional and historic city of Bilbao, Spain and sailing to Lisbon, …
Mediterranean: Nice - Malaga$51558RelaxedJoin Sea Cloud II on its 8-day sailing adventure to explore the Mediterranean's best locations that start from Nice, France and disembarking in …
Morocco & Canary Islands: Malaga to Las Palmas$586510RelaxedBoard the Sea Cloud II for a 10-day experience discovering Morocco's breathtaking imperial cities and the artistic Canary Islands. Explore …
Western Mediterranean: Cadiz - Barcelona$51558RelaxedSail across the Mediterranean and discover all the historical wonders this region is famous for on a stunning 8-day cruise aboard the luxurious Sea …
Eastern Mediterranean: Thessaloniki - Piraeus$53958RelaxedTreat yourself to a luxurious 8-day Greek cruise of the Cyclades aboard the Sea Cloud. Sailing the Aegean Sea from Thessaloniki to Piraeus, you'l …
Mediterranean: Venice to Dubrovnik$53958RelaxedFrom Venice to Dubrovnik, this 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard the Sea Cloud mixes adventure and relaxation delightfully, with various stops in …

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$3085With 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$2575The 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$8730The 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$1410The 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$740The 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$800The M/Y Callisto is furnished with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, rare antiques, and fine works of art for luxury cruising. Because …

Europe Sailing Cruise FAQs

Will my vessel have WiFi?
It's possible, but don't count on it. More and more vessels each year are WiFi capable, but it's not quite standard yet. Plus, you might be out of range of WiFi even if your vessel does have it depending on where your cruise explores. Closer to the big cities, you can generally count on it.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
In Europe the power is 220v, not the 110v like in North America, but typically devices can handle both without the need for a converter. You will need plug adapters for either two round prongs (European style) or three flat prongs (British style).

How can I save money on a sailing cruise?
If you're hoping to save money on a European schooner cruise, then check out our Deals & Promotions page to find the best offers each season. We can also help you track the boats of your choice and let you know when there are specials and deals that you might be interested in. We advise travelers to avoid saving money by booking cheaper cabins - cabins that save you a lot of money tend to sacrifice space and often the breathtaking views that make Mediterranean cruises in Europe such a wonderful experience.

Are European sailing cruises a good family vacation?
Certain European sailing cruises are great for family vacations - look for cruises that have activities perfect for the ages of your family members. If you are traveling with kids, then the cruises with lots of easy activities are ideal. If you have adolescents, then consider an active cruise, with opportunities for biking, hiking, and faster-paced exploration. Among adults, the cultural and wine-tasting cruises are a popular option. There's a perfect cruise for every family.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel on European schooner cruises?
All citizens of North America traveling to and throughout Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Due to changes in visa laws in recent years, it is not necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe as long as you plan to stay less than three months. These laws are subject to change in the future. Make sure to check current European visa requirements.  

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