An expedition by sail is not an exact science, but the ways of ancient navigation still make sense today, and we’ve got almost 20 years of intimate experience of all the major ocean-routes. On the most basic level, we will usually be moving west with the wind. 5 months north of the equator (generally December-April) and 5 months south (June-October), with two months in between for transit, maintenance and crew leave. We start very generally by studying cyclone seasons, wind, currents, almanacs, pilot guides, cruising guides, etc. Then we take into account good places to lay the boat up for maintenance each year (cost and services). Then we start pencilling a route, doing more specific research by any means available on each location: anchorages, ports, provisioning, airports, previous experience, etc. Then we hand off the itinerary to your travel concierge who researches exactly when and how you can get out to and from the boat, which leads to inevitable tweaks in dates and locations. Once the dates and locations are hard-wired then the real research begins- we tap into local knowledge, other cruising reports, study the charts, Google Earth and surf reports for waves and other spots of interest. And of course- we rely on own past experience, which of course is known only to us!
Creating the itinerary is without doubt one of the most arduous and yet exciting elements of the expedition.
Memberships start at $ 13,800 USD to join and can be traded, sold, gifted or inherited*. This is a one-time fee. Annual fees start at $ 7000 USD. This covers all the operational expense of the yacht (crew salaries, maintenance, fuel, insurance, etc.). In addition there is a $ 50; per person, per day provisioning fee which covers all prepared cuisine (meals and snacks), and limited beer and table wine (we have a cash bar on board at our cost for additional purchase).
* Subject to restrictions, which are covered in our Membership contract.
We understand that things come up and making a long journey out to the boat is sometimes not possible. If you give us 180 days notice you can cancel and get a 100% refund of your annual fee. Inside of 180 days no cancellations are possible unless you have purchased one of our Flex Insurance options:
FLEX INSURANCE 1: Ocean members can pay an additional $5,500 up front and cancel 2 out of 5 years but have to do so on 90 days notice.
FLEX INSURANCE 2: Ocean members can pay an additional $4,000 up front and cancel 1 out of the 5 years but have to do so on 90 days notice.
We do not currently have Flex Insurance available for Celestial memberships.
Please refer the Membership contract for details.
The expedition lasts six years from our launch, planned for December 2018*. Membership will expire at the termination of the expedition. Flex Members are only obligated to pay annual fees for 3 years, full Members are only obligated to pay annual fees for 5 years (the 6th year is optional and you only take a trip that year if you want to). Members also always get first right of refusal on any open cabins or cancellations for just an additional annual fee.
*Subject to change
Please see the Membership Levels page for the cost differences and structure of our memberships.
Our new “Flex” memberships have been created for those people who can’t commit to taking a trip every year. Our Flex Memberships give members the choice of a minimum of three trips- taken when your schedule allows and the itinerary suits. Flex Members have the same rights as full members to take additional trips if cabins are available (ie first right of refusal on cancellations), and have the same booking priority as full members.