I was very nervous about going to sea, but I needn't have been. Thanks to the patience and professionalism of the crew I was able to function as a sailor very quickly. I strongly recommend a voyage on the Oosterschelde to anyone regardless of whether you are a sailor or not.
Incroyable expérience de naviguer sur ce bateau centenaire. Une équipe passionnée et investie qui sait transmettre sa joie de naviguer dans une ambiance vraiment conviviale, et en faisant avec les différentes langues parlées à bord. Un riche moment hors du temps !”
Met afstand was dit onze mooiste reis ooit! Wat een prachtig schip. En wat een enthousiaste en deskundige bemanning! Samen met de medereizigers hebben zij ons een onvergetelijke zee-zeilervaring bezorgd. Het was onze eerste, maar zeker niet de laatste, reis met de Oosterschelde!
The Oosterschelde is managed by a group of passionate, dedicated, professional and respectful people, both on board and on shore. Oosterschelde, you have given me a unique experience I will never forget, and you will forever remain in my mind and in my heart.”
Together with my husband Bert we were on the trip around the Cape Verde on the Oosterschelde and had a great time. The crew was fantastic and very friendly. They showed us what has to be done to sail a beautiful ship like this.
The camaraderie amongst the guests and crew was amazing and the feeling of being part of a team made the weekend for me! Great food, great fun and great company on board a beautiful ship... what more could you ask for! Thanks to Martin and his amazing crew for a wonderful experience.”
The excursions gave us a good range of impressions of the different islands and left time to sample local food & drinks. We are looking forward to welcome Oosterschelde when they visit London.
Six years after my first trip with ‘Oosterschelde’ I have kept a close watch on her sailing programme, longing for another short trip that would fit in my agenda. This Kiel to Scheveningen trip seemed just perfect - and it was indeed.
The crew takes great care of the ship and their professionalism inspires confidence and appreciation of the skills they bring to the ship. The guest accommodations are luxurious (for a tall ship) and the food is great.
Het was voor mij een hele belevenis en even voelde ik weer mijn zeebenen in actie. Respect en waardering voor de kapitein, de stuurman, de kok, en de matrozen voor hun inzicht en vakmanschap.
Again a very friendly crew, some of which I already knew. New for me was Richard, the cook. We had great food during the trip. Almost all objectives mentioned in the description of the trip on the website were achieved with some creativity of the captain. This is not easy with the Scottish weather.
A voyage with a tall ship is suitable for everyone. To cater for different interest, we make voyages with diverse themes. On most of our trips, we seek a balance between sailing on a beautiful tall ship and discovering an area. During Tall Ships Races the focus is on sailing and teamwork, whereas mile maker voyages are designed to experience the real sailors life. There is no age limit, but it is important to be fit, in order to participate in the life on board.
Supporters of the OOSTERSCHELDE and HELENA are indispensable. Thanks to our Friends, we can realise expensive restoration projects on our unique ships. Besides that, we can organise sailing trips and other activities for special target groups at cost price. Read here the three ways on how to support the ships.
Participating in sailing and running the ship is an important part of the overall experience on board and is a valuable asset of our voyages. Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, learn more on navigation, help furling the sails and much more. Our permanent crew will instruct you during the voyage. This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. Sailing experience is not necessary.
The circumstances on board can be challenging, so you need to be fit in order to participate. On long crossings you need to be able to adjust to the constant movements and angle of the ship. When we are anchored, you must be able to climb the pilot ladder to enter the dinghy and during expeditions we often make long hikes on shore. On our booking form, we request information about your allergies, use of medication and other medical details which can be relevant. If you have, or the shipping company has, any doubts concerning your health, we will ask you to consult to your doctor. The shipping company can advise an alternative voyage, or in rare cases, decide to turn down your booking.
Please keep in mind it is not a bad idea to get started with training and get in shape. You will enjoy your voyage even more when you are fit. Please inform us about any changes in your health occurring between booking the voyage and embarking the ship.
Once we are at sea we might sail for several days and nights. The professional crew takes turns in operating the ship. Before we cast off, you will get extensive safety instructions and we invite you to join the watch system. This means we ask you to join the permanent crew for 4 hours to help sail the ship, after which you will be off for 8 hours. The level of participation depends on your interest and physical condition.