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Antigua Tall Ship

Barquentine ‘Antigua’

Dutch owned Tall Ship Antigua has been running regular summer expeditions to Svalbard (Spitsbergen) since 2008.  Wildlife experts with arctic experience sail with you and run the trips ashore.  Antigua is licensed for worldwide charter and can take 32 guest crew. You are encouraged to join the watches and take part in sailing. Although the ship is Dutch owned, their crew and wildlife guides are typically many nationalities so the common working language is English.

Barquentine Antigua - Voyages in Spitsbergen - descriptions, dates and prices


  • Overall length: 49,50 m
  • Beam: 7,13 m
  • Sail surface area: 750 m2
  • Main engine: Cummins 400 PK
  • Bow thruster
  • 1 x 65 kVA generator and
    1 x 35 kVA generator
  • Safety certificate 9356Z
  • 16 two-berth cabins with shower and toilet
  • 2 additional toilets


History Of The Antigua

The Antigua was built in 1957 as a fishing vessel in Thorne, Yorkshire (U.K.) and served in this capacity for  many years.

Her hull was built to be tough but seaworthy and the extraordinary beauty of her lines was appreciated by keen eyed sailors. At the begining of 1990's it was decided to convert her to a tall ship and really take advantage of her wonderful shape.

She was refitted with all the comforts of a modern tallship, involving an extensive and loving conversion. The metamorphosis from fishing vessel to elegant three-masted barquentine took place gently, in style and with a real sense of tradition.


Style of Accomodation

The Barquentine Antigua now sails the seas on adventure voyages and has takes up to 32 gusets in 16 fully air-conditioned two-berth cabins that guarantee a comfortable stay onboard.

Barquentine Antigua has large middle deck making her easy to work on the sails and observe the sea and wildlife on her exciting passages.

Antigua voyages in Svalbard - Spitsbergen


What to Bring

Personal items
• Passport
• Flight tickets
• Voyage Information
• Any Medication
• Insurance documents
• Washing kit and toiletries
• Clothing for a very cold climate - hat, gloves, scarf, multiple layers.
• Wellington Boots or Sailing Boots
• Hiking boots
• Thermal layers
• Full wet weather gear
• You can charge electrical appliances if you have an adapter for European two pin sockets.
• A book for the flight
• Camera and batteries – film
• Sketching materials if you are an artist
• Small musical instrument are always welcome


Already provided
Hand towels
Bed linen
All meals on board
You may purchase alcoholic drinks on board.


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