Sea Cloud

Former names: Angelita, Hussar II

Sea Cloud current position

Sea Cloud current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 36.83050 N / -7.54133 W) cruising en route to Huelva. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Sea Cloud

Sea Cloud current cruise is 13 days, one-way from Valencia to Valletta. Prices start from USD 29344 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 25 Apr, 2024 and ends on 08 May, 2024.

Specifications of Sea Cloud

Year of build1931  /  Age: 93
Flag state Malta
BuilderFriedrich Krupp Germaniawerft (Kiel, Germany)
Class4-masted motor sailing ship
Speed14 kn / 26 km/h / 16 mph
Length (LOA)96 m / 315 ft
Beam (width)15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage2532 gt
Passengers64 - 69
Crew60
Passengers-to-space ratio39
Decks3
Cabins32
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2011
Former namesAngelita, Hussar II
OwnerSea Cloud Cruises GmbH
OperatorSea Cloud Cruises

Sea Cloud Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Apr 25 13 days, one-way from Valencia to Valletta Valencia $29344
2024 May 09 10 days, one-way from Valletta to Naples Valletta $19354
2024 May 10 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Sailing the Ancient Shores of Sicily and Malta Cruise Naples $18580
2024 May 19 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Corsica and Sardinia Cruise Naples $18793
2024 May 20 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Corsica and Sardinia Cruise Naples $18230
2024 May 29 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Corsica and Sardinia Cruise Naples $18602
2024 May 30 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Corsica and Sardinia Cruise Naples $18230

Sea Cloud Review

Review of Sea Cloud

The 1931-built cruise ship Sea Cloud 1 is a tall-sailing ship launched as a private yacht constructed by the shipbuilder Krupp Germaniawerft in Kiel Germany. The vessel was drydock-reconstructed and started cruise services in 1979. Sea Cloud was extensively drydock refurbished in 2011 at MWB-Werft (Bremerhaven). Its sistership is Sea Cloud 2 (2000-built as an exact replica). In 2021, the fleet joined the world's largest sailship Sea Cloud Spirit.

All three sailships are owned by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH/fleet (1979-founded, Hamburg-based company).

The vessel (IMO number 8843446) is currently Malta-flagged (MMSI 256084000) and registered in Valletta.

These sailships perfectly combine the elegance of sailing vessels with the luxury and comfort of modern passenger ships. Sea Cloud Cruises fleet in 2021 joined the newbuildSea Cloud Spirit.

Sea Cloud 1 cruise ship

Occasionally, the boat is seasonally chartered by Lindblad Expeditions.

Traditionally for Sea Cloud Cruises, Sea Cloud 1 is often privately chartered, with a schedule combining regular revenue voyages with time- and voyage charters. The charterers are usually specialized groups renting the ship for events like religious conventions, business meetings, alumni gatherings, private parties (family reunions, birthdays, weddings, celebrations). Some even charter the ship for golf-themed cruises.

History - construction and ownership

The 64-passenger ship Sea Cloud 1 is a 4-masted barque originally built as a private yacht for Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) - an American entrepreneur, businesswoman, philanthropist. At the time, Marjorie Merriweather Post was the owner of General Foods Corporation (1929-founded/1990-defunct). The company (as Postum Cereal Company) was established in 1895 by Charles William Post (1854-1914, the pioneer in the prepared-food industry), and in 1988 merged into Kraft Foods Inc (now Kraft Heinz Co).

The vessel also served as a weather ship for the USCG (United States Coast Guard) and the US Navy during WW2 (1939-45). Following World War 2, the boat served as a private superyacht for many influential people, including as Dominicana's presidential yacht. Sea Cloud 1 was the first racially integrated US warship.

 

The boat is very much like a private shelter and boasts some of the most appealing cabins and public rooms at sea.

Decks and Cabins

MV Sea Cloud has 3 decks and only 32 cabins in 8 grades, all of which are outside staterooms. Cabins as types and sizes vary considerably. All upper-grade cabins are with antique furniture and marble bathrooms with bathtubs. All staterooms are without TVs.

All cabins offer as standard amenities large wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), dressing table / writing desk with chair, nightstand (bedside cabinet with 2 drawers), hairdryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, marble sink top, gold-plated fixtures, razor socket), non-opening windows (half-height or Porthole).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

Sea Cloud Restaurants and food bars include Restaurant (open seating), Lido Deck (al fresco buffet, live music, Crew Shanty Choir). Food and service are exceptional, and meals are often served on deck. Dinner is served in the original dining room three times a week, from a fixed menu. Menus have a European influence, though the cuisine is sometimes tempered by the nationality of guests onboard. The most exciting part of the day is an afternoon snack on the Promenade Deck. The baker prepares a new treat each day, including waffles with ice cream, an elaborate afternoon tea or crepes to order. Complimentary wine flows freely at meals.

Sea Cloud 1 cruise ship

The most remarkable feature of this luxury yacht is its 4 masts, 29 sails and a tangled web of lines stretching 54 m skyward to support the rigging. Unlike the modern, computer-operated sail ships, all sails on Sea Cloud 1 are manually-served - by the 18 crew performing dazzling acrobatics, suspended over the ocean.

 

Ship's lounges and bars include Lido Bar, Lounge (featuring selected picture books, literature, board games, a writing desk with a laptop). Other facilities include Lobby area (Reception, Purser), Hospital, zodiac boats, "Fun Island" (sledding via inflatable water sleds).

Itineraries

Sea Cloud 1 schedule calendar includes cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean (departing from Piraeus-Athens Greece and Dubrovnik Croatia), under contract to National Geographic Society. The yacht is also often privately chartered.

Following the Coronavirus crisis, Sea Cloud 1 became Sea Cloud Cruises' first boat to restart passenger shipping in 2021 - on August 27, leaving out of Piraeus-Athens.

For 2023, with Sea Cloud Lindblad introduced two new Mediterranean itineraries: the 10-day "Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia and Slovenia Under Sail" (August 17, 2023, from US$14670 pp with double occupancy/from Venice Italy to Dubrovnik Croatia) and the 16-day "Sailing the Western Mediterranean: Spain to Corsica" (April 19, 2023, from US$25,170 pp/from Lisbon Portugal to Naples Italy).

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Under Captain Sergej Komakin, the ship Sea Cloud sailed approx 4260 km (2650 mi) without its engines - being powered only by the wind and cruising 17 days only under its 30 sails (total surface 2970 m2 / 32000 ft2). Only at ~160 km (100 mi) from Santo Domingo, the diesel engines were powered to support the remaining voyage. The 17-day Transatlantic crossing (itinerary December 3-20, 2019, from Praia, Santiago Island Cape Verde to Santo Domingo Dominicana) was attended by 53 passengers and 60 staff/crew. During the ocean crossing, Sea Cloud maintained speeds 15-20 knots (28-37 kph / 17-23 mph).

In 2021, the 4-masted sailship restarted passenger operations under the command of Captain John Svendsen.