Fresh air, fantastic food, and adventures that can only be reached by small boat â€“ these are just a few of the things youâ€™ll enjoy as a passenger on a tall ship cruise. Also referred to as barques (also barc, bark), brigantines, brigs, small ships, and topsail schooners, a tall ship is a square-rigged sailing ship â€“ Tall from the lofty masts carried on full-rigged ships. Tall ships have become increasingly popular among cruisers and nature lovers for their beauty, their ability to reach off-the-beaten path ports that the bigger ships just canâ€™t reach, and for their romantic atmosphere â€“ especially at night.
While tall ship cruise departure points can be reached by air, many are part of a larger itinerary. can last anywhere from a few hours up to several days or more. Some can last for weeks. Much like traditional mega ship cruises, tall ship feature a variety of themes. Group cruises, chartered cruises, weddings, honeymoons, family cruises, singles cruises, dinner cruises, party cruises, historic cruises, reunions, receptions, and adventure cruises are just a few of the themes available on . You can even enjoy a repositioning cruise aboard a tall ship!
A repositioning cruise, also called â€œRepoâ€? cruise, is a one-way sailing that takes place on just about every cruise ship in the spring and/or fall of every year. During these transitional times of the year, cruise ships (tall ships too) must migrate either north for the summer or south for the winter. Instead of sending their vessels out to be repositioned empty, cruise lines open their ships to the public â€“ and at the absolute lowest rates possible.
While tall ships sail to just as many destinations as big ships, they often hit some of the most exotic locales on the planet. This means, smaller ports, less crowds, and much more in the way of adventure and activities. Passengers will enjoy everything from scuba diving adventures and cave exploration to hiking, snorkeling, and whale watching. Passengers will travel to ports that offer a front seat to local culture, history, customs, nature, and natives. Just a few of the destinations will take you include: Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Coast, Europe, Baltic Sea/Scandinavia, Caribbean Ocean, Gulf Of Mexico, Atlantic Coast & the Great Lakes of U.S. & Canada, the Pacific Coast, U.S. to Central America, Alaska & British Columbia, South America & the Galapagos Islands, Australia & New Zealand, Japan & Asia, Africa & Seychelles, and Hawaii & Pacific Islands.
Some of the most popular tall ship cruise lines include Windjammer Barefoot Cruises and Star Clippers Cruises. Windjammer Barefoot Cruises offers adventure filled tall ship cruises to places such as Aruba, Costa Rica, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, the West Indes, Panama, and the Grenadines, to name a few. Star Clippers Cruises features the flagship Royal Clipper — the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, and the only five-masted full-rigged ship built since the beginning of the last century. Star Clippers Cruises sail the waters of Granada, Tobago Cays, Barbados, Martinique, Iles des Saintes, Antigua, St. Kitts, and everywhere in between.
Rates for tall ship cruises may range from $1,000 or slightly less up to $5,000 or more depending on destination, length of stay, number of guests, season, cruise line, and other factors. To book a tall ship cruise, contact your favorite tall ship cruise line directly or call your local cruise travel specialist