Arrival on board.
The ship is ready at the port of departure for this trip. If you arrive early, the crew is still busy getting the ship ready and clean for the trip. However, you can always leave your luggage on board so that you have your hands free for a walk through the port city.
The boarding time is 17.00 during most trips. By that time all guests will come to the ship. The crew shows them the cabins so that they can focus on them. Then it is time for the welcome drink and the introduction to crew and guests. The captain already tells us about what we can expect from the trip and how things work on board the Morgenster. There is also instruction about lifesaving equipment and various alarms on board. We make an instructive walk on the ship to familiarize everyone with the corridors, stairs and equipment.
When the gong for the evening meal goes everyone rushes to the day room for real enjoyment. The cook takes care of three meals a day, and at 16:00 a snack, and when we sail through the night the wait will get toasted sandwiches.
At each visit to the shore, the cook will come back with rich spoil of fresh fruit and vegetables. We stock meat in the freezers and we hope to catch fish on the way. The cook can always do something with it.
When we are sailing in watches, we have breakfast from 07.30 to 08.30, lunch at 12.30 and dinner from 19.15 to 20.45.
We regularly make coffee and tea. In the bar of the longroom is a tap with very cold water.
On board the Morgenster you are cordially invited to fully enjoy the active sailing and so in the waiting with the crew to turn. We hoist the sails and put them to the wind, we steer, keep watch and put a position on the map every hour. On the Morning Star is also a lot of climbing in the rig. If you also want to do this, you will receive a climbing instruction and a climbing harness with safety hooks from the crew. Climbers must not be under the influence of alcohol.
If we sail day and night, we will share three watches:
The red watch: 08.00-12.00 / 20.00-24.00
The white watch: 12.00-16.00 / 24.00-04.00
The blue watch: 16.00-20.00 / 04.00-08.00
You are welcome to be part of such a watch.
The game with the sea, the waves, the wind, the sails, the search for the balance, is experienced by most people as very pleasant. We try to limit the use of the engine if at all possible. The navigation is an interesting puzzle, the Morgenster a fantastic sailing ship.
Soon you will get to know the other guests. This yields valuable international friendships.
Language on board
If we have foreign guests, we do communication in English. In our crew we speak Dutch, German, English and French.
Some people become seasick, others do not. Seasickness pills can best be taken more than an hour before departure. If you are afraid of getting seasick, you can not drink too much alcohol the night before and avoid coffee and carbonated drinks on the day of departure. Most people need a few hours to swing-in.
Phone and internet.
Emergency communication with the home front.
In European waters within 5 km of the coast you have reasonably affordable telephone and internet traffic. In the open sea this is soon gone. The ship has strong radio stations with which the Coast Guard can be reached at all times. We can also send and receive e-mail in urgent cases.
We hope you will have a wonderful holiday with us on board.