Tall Ship sailing vessels range in size from 200 to almost 400 feet in length with all the comforts of larger cruise ships, and some have room for up to 100 - 300 passengers, although many are much smaller. Sailing ship cruises offer an intimate experience that connects you with wind and wave while providing a closer view of marine life and ship operations. It can be an exciting experience feeling the power of the wind as it fuels your voyage. However, it is reassuring to know that these ships also have engines that are quite capable of keeping you on course should the wind fail.
There are quite a variety of sailing ships offering cruise vacations, and travelers can find as much or as little luxury as they want to afford, particularly as it relates to their private cabins or communal berths, although cabins are usually fairly small except for the suites or Captain's cabins. Passengers are often invited to participate in some of the work that goes on into sailing, and many people return from their cruises with new enthusiasm for sailing.
There is less formality aboard sailing ships than on the typical cruise liner, as passengers come to know and make friends with the crews as well as fellow shipmates. Meals are family style, plentiful and entertaining. Usually meals for breakfast and lunch are served buffet style while evening meals are typically a la carte served by your waiter. Most sailing cruises are all inclusive.
The most popular itineraries for sailing ship cruises are to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and on ocean crossings, but sailing ship cruises are available at most destinations where ordinary cruises are available. One of the big benefits to the Tall Ship is that their smaller size permits them to make ports of call where the larger vessels are not able to navigate, or to sail into smaller picturesque bays and visit more quiet beaches.
Tall Ship cruises also offer a wider range of activities normally not available on traditional cruises, including deep sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and more.