A Tall Ships Adventure is a unique hands-on experience. Onboard our Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos you will become an important part of the ship’s crew and this involves more than just the sailing – it will include food preparation, maintenance and cleaning.
Each voyage starts with a thorough safety brief before you start your training, which continues throughout your voyage using a combination of practical demonstrations and informative lectures. You are encouraged to get involved with as much as possible while on board and on many voyages you will be able to work towards an RYA qualification. For most voyages you need no previous sailing experience.
To keep the vessel manned 24 hours a day you will be divided into watches (teams). Your Watch Leader and other members of the crew will teach you how to do things while you’re on duty and you will get involved with some or all of the following:
Helming (steering) the vessel
Climbing the masts and going out on the yards to set the sails
Adjust the sails by hauling on ropes as a team
Standing watch (looking out for other ships)
General maintenance on board
Helping with the vessel leaving and entering port
Getting involved in Happy Hour (that’s cleaning!)
You will work hard as a team and although it can be tough sometimes, you will always be supported by our Professional Crew and Trained Volunteers. You will be encouraged to participate as much as possible but we won’t make you do anything that you don’t want to. However, we do expect everyone to take their turn in ‘Happy Hour’ which is cleaning the ship.
Free time and going ashore
You will have plenty of time when you are not on watch to relax and rest. When you enter ports you should be able to explore ashore with a chance to buy souvenirs and stock up on supplies.
There will be a cook onboard who will prepare three meals a day for all of the crew. You will eat in the Mess (dining room) in two sittings depending on your watch and will be required at some point during the voyage to help prepare the food and do some of the washing up! You will be working hard during the voyage though so we will reward you with plenty of delicious food to keep you hunger at bay. You will also be able to help yourself to hot and cold drinks at all times on a self-serve basis.
(We can also cater for special dietary requirements so please let us know about these when booking.)
Stavros has a modern feel below decks with plenty of showers, air conditioning and heating and a modern fitted galley. There is a large Mess (area to eat and socialise) and plenty of space outside to explore. For sleeping there are six cabins with eight bunks in each and you will be allocated your own bunk and storage locker (please bring a padlock.)
Stavros can take up to a maximum of 69 crew which is made up as follows:
Volunteer Crew – 3rd Officer, First Aid Purser, Assistant Engineer, 3 Watch Leaders, 2/3 Deck Hands, Cook Assistant and 2 Youth Mentors (on youth voyages)
Voyage Crew – 48 (that’s you)
(Please note not all the salaried and Volunteer Crew positions will be filled on every voyage.)
Typical day onboard
Wake up early for watch duty
Join friends in the Mess for a hearty cooked breakfast
Happy Hour! – clean the ship (but to music!)
Climb 100 feet high to the yards to set the sails
Admire the beautiful view and maybe spot dolphins on the bow
Join friends in the Mess again for a feast of baguettes, meats and salad
Time to take the helm and steer the ship!
Off watch now, so relax with friends on the bow of the boat
Take in the sights and chat with new found friends onboard
Start planning your tactics to win the next inter-watch challenge!
Watch the sunset over the horizon
Climb into bunk for a well earned rest before the next watch!
The Tall Ship operates to the highest level of international safety standards and procedures and all voyage crew undergo thorough safety training and vessel familiarisation before setting sail. Safety harness and good quality waterproofs are provided. Codes of conduct are also in place and our Permanent/Volunteer Crew will ensure a positive, supportive and encouraging atmosphere on board is maintained throughout the voyage.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has also appointed Stavros as an auxiliary coastguard vessel afloat in recognition of her safety features, equipment carried and level of training the crew receive.
What do I need to take?
Click here to download the Tall Ship Crew Handbook which will tell you everything you need to know. You will be issued with waterproofs and a harness to wear throughout the voyage.