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Sail the Mediterranean on a romantic sailboat like the Sea Cloud I & Sea Cloud II, Panorama, or Galileo, just a few of our featured European sailing yachts. Typically, these classic clippers, schooners, windjammers and traditional European sailboats accommodate from 50-200 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. Contact one of our European sailing cruise experts for help designing your dream trip. 

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Best Luxury Sailing Cruises in Europe

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Canary Islands: Round-trip Las Palmas$573010Nov 18, 2021The legendary windjammer Sea Cloud hosts this 10-day exploration of the Canary Islands, visiting Gran Canaria, La Gomera, Tenerife, El Hierro and La …
Italy, Montenegro & Croatia$307012Aug 1, 2023Explore the Eastern Mediterranean on this 12-day cruise aboard the luxury tall ship the Royal Clipper. This cruise departs from Rome, Italy, and …
Morocco & Canary Islands: Casablanca to Las Palmas$42258Oct 25, 2021Embark on this exclusive 8-day Sea Cloud II adventure cruise exploring the highlights along the coast of Morocco and the Canary Islands. On your …
Canary Islands & Cape Verde: Las Palmas - Praia$700011Nov 9, 2021Cruise the Atlantic ocean as Sea Cloud II sails from Spain's Canary Islands to the stunning shores of the Cape Verde islands. Along the way, visit …
Rome to Cannes$18508Jul 9, 2022Sail aboard a tall ship around the Mediterranean and its vibrant ports of call with their own colorful personalities, cultured ambience, and …
Ligurian Sea$18508Jul 23, 2022On this 8-day trip, the Star Clipper takes you to idyllic destinations including Cannes, Bonifacio, Alghero, Monaco and more! Sail aboard a tall ship …
Transatlantic: Las Palmas to St Maarten$1190018Nov 27, 2021Sail across the Atlantic Ocean on this exclusive 18-day, once-in-a-lifetime offshore adventure on the Sea Cloud schooner. Enjoy an authentic sailing …

Best Sailing Cruise Ships in Europe

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Sea Cloud64$4225With 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$4225The Sea Cloud II is a legendary windjammer comparable to her sister ship, the Sea Cloud. Featuring her own unique character, the Sea Cloud II …
Royal Clipper227$870The Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, carrying just 227 guests. She offers the ultimate sea-going experience, …
Sea Cloud (LI)58$9870The 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 …
Star Flyer170$1520The Star Flyer is a stylish vessel designed to accommodate 170 passengers in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. This true clipper ship reflects …
Star Clipper170$1300Star Clipper is a 170-passenger vessel designed to provide a unique traveling experience unlike any other cruise vacation. Step aboard and discover a …
Panorama49$2140Renovated in 2014 the the Panorama offers its guests a refitted Upper Deck cabins as well as the Main Deck cabin en suite bathrooms and Lounge. It …
Galileo49$1490Board the comfortable Galileo, a motor sailer with occupancy for up to 49 passengers, as you explore the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. Multiple social …
Rembrandt van Rijn33$2450The Rembrandt Van Rijn was built as a herring lugger early last century and has undergone extensive retrofitting making it suitable for arctic …

Guide to European Sailing 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. 

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!

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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