Bark Europa

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San Martin, Ushuaia, Argentina - 02901 42-3912

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tallship Bark Europa: the best way to see Antarctica Feb 03, 2007
I did look at several options to visit Antarctica. Recearch ships, icebreakers were some options, till I saw the picture of this ship. SOLD!

It's a bit more expensive than with cruiseships but you are so close to the animals. There are only 35 trainees on board (everyone is a trainee because of dutch regulations), cooks, doctor and the crew.

Twice a day you jump into a dingo and visit the islands, glaciers, or just go along sealions, penguins, whales.

If the weather is not too rough you can help the crew joining the shifts (red, white and blue). That means helping to sail, anchor watch, drift wacht, icewatch. You also collect weather information (wind, air and watertemperature etc) for the weatherstations.

Watch my blog for more on this trip or the website for ship information.
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xander_van_hoof says:
Hi Jeff, this is a trip on an old ship, but very comfortable. There are not so many people on board as a cruise/expeditionship (and off board with landings). Cabins are basic but there is 220Volt and private showers. There are a few cabins for 2, the rest is for more. But I did not have problems.
The showers work till the waves are too big (they work but you can't stand anymore, water washes in the room). So prepare for a 4-5 days of no shower at the drake passage.
All people are trainees beacause of regulations and you do, unless you don't can or want, some work in a shift. That means raising the sails, stearing the ship, at watch.Fun instead of work! Or patato pealing (for those who don't sail)... Because you work on shifts everyone is on-and-off at work. But because of the waves you actually sleep well. There is enough room on board to relax in the library, watch video in breakfast room, or sit in the bar/diningroom. On deck average is 20 minutes, then you get cold.

Yes, when it's windforce 10 at the drake, almost everyone is in bed. Pills don't help, not even the pills they have on board. No one is allowed outside, everything is closed. The best place to be is in bed (you don't need pills then). With some short visits to the kitchen to get some (excellent and filling) food. Cooks work with every windforce, chappeau!
After the drake there (suddenly) could be strong winds, but much less seasickness because the waves are not big. Normal seasickness occurs, pills help.

The weather at the time was not cold (feels like wintersports), but the water is. Waves that attact the ship are freezing cold. Use sailing gear and layers of dry (thermal) clothing.
Posted on: Mar 27, 2011
thejeffpenalty says:
i read your blog about your antarctica trip and it's amazing!!! i am planning a trip there in another few years and trying to learn as much as i can about the different options...

can you tell me more about the living quarters on bark europa? were the beds comfortable? did you share a room with 3 other people? was the lack of privacy ever a problem? can you charge a laptop in your room?

you mentioned sea-sickness during the drake crossings...was everyone taking ginger pills and still getting sick? were the drake crossings the only times when people felt ill?

how much of an active role did you take in the sailing of the ship? it seems like they expect the guests to help with tasks from time to this voluntary or expected? i think it would be a lot of fun to help sail the ship, but how much work are you expected to do?

did you bring cold weather gear with you or do they supply it? if they don't supply it, what is the cheapest way to rent the necessary gear for the trip?

thanks for the great photos and the great stories! i can't wait to see antarctica for myself!!
Posted on: Mar 23, 2011
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