Latest News about the Cape Race
July, 20th, 2021
After a smooth ten-day voyage from Kiel direct to Longyearbyen, our beautiful „Cape Race“ is safely in port. Captain Ali avoided an area with stronger winds by choosing a slightly more westerly course. How good that we have an experienced crew on board, who, by the way, did not miss the opportunity to quickly fish for fresh fish in the Arctic Ocean shortly before reaching the harbour. The ship wrote: „old habits die hard.“
July, 10th, 2021
Off to the north! With 11 knots of wind from the west and an air temperature of 13° Celsius, the crew of the „Cape Race“ set off from the Tiessenkai in Kiel Holtenau at exactly 08:00 UTC, 10:00 in the morning. Next planned stop: 78° North…..Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen. Our 2021 season of expeditions in the Arctic has begun…… We are fully booked until Christmas. Hopefully our perseverance will pay off: We are one of the last shipping companies that have not yet given up on the entire 2021 Arctic season and are now ready to show guests the incomparable nature of the polar region.
The ice in the museum harbour has melted and the birds announce the approaching spring in the early morning. Work on board the „Cape Race“ is also progressing. For example, the sea ring is now higher all round and therefore safer, a new watermaker and a UV system ensure clear drinking water, in cabins three and four the bunks are currently being rebuilt, or a generator has been completely renewed. The to-do list for the layover in Hamburg is 27 on deck, 50 in the interior, 32 in the engine room, 14 for the safety systems and 18 minor to major items for navigation that need to be completed before the departure with guests.
The planning for the coming season, on the other hand, is not so easy to keep to. Unfortunately, we will not be going to Spitsbergen this year as planned at the beginning of May. The Norwegian government is closing their country to inbound travellers and guest ships until at least July.
Consequently, we developed an offer adapted to the situation instead: we will sail via Helgoland and the Kiel Canal into the Baltic Sea at the beginning of May and explore the German Baltic coast on five trips of six days each. Without border problems, without flights, with a crew and guests that have been tested several times, we discover the magnificent natural landscape of the Baltic Sea coast, from the Geltinger Birk to Usedom, we land with our Zodiac boats on lonely beaches and wild cliffs and experience a nature that is difficult or almost impossible to visit from land. Click here for the detailed offer.
Since October we are back in Hamburg with the MS „Cape Race“ from our short season (only four voyages in total). Fortunately, we were allowed to dock again in the Museumshafen Hamburg Harburg. We will probably be moored there until spring. During the months, we will carry out smaller works: e.g. the sea railings will be set higher everywhere so that we can find a safe footing even in heavy seas; in the cabins, mess and saloon, the beautiful wood will be further varnished, all tanks will be cleaned, the life-saving equipment will be serviced, a generator will be replaced, the windlass will get a different colour, and more equipment for scientific experiments will be put on board. The list of work is unfortunately not finite….
For the spring we are planning more open-ship days, situation permitting, and in May we finally set off north – along the Norwegian coast to Spitsbergen.
After we were able to conduct exactly one expedition with guests in Spitsbergen at the end of August, no further cruises have been possible there since then due to the high case numbers in Germany (over 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period). We spontaneously switched to Scotland, where we explored the beautiful Hebrides with guests.
Unfortunately, due to the still increasing number of cases, we now also have to cancel all winter trips in Northern Norway and will conclude the 2020 season in mid-October. By then, work on the ship is already on the agenda again. This year’s experience with the „Cape Race“ has been excellent, and we can happily say that all the work of the last few years has been successful. Nevertheless, the usual winter work and a few cosmetic improvements are necessary.
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