Sailing voyages

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  • Sailing voyages

    about the voyages

    A voyage with the Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a life-changing and inspiring experience for many people. It is much more than just an ordinary vacation. Join us in setting sails, stand at the helm, be the ship's look-out and fire watch and - if you are brave enough, climb the rigging. We can guarantee you new experiences on board one of the world's biggest sailing ships, where you will meet people from all over the world and probably get to know yourself a lot better.

    While on board, you will be assigned to a watch team and will be on watch duty for 4 hours during the day and 4 hours at night. You will become an important part of the ship’s crew and will assist in sailing the ship under the guidance of our professional sailors.

    The lower age limit for joining a voyage without a parent or legal guardian is 15 years, or 12 years when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To participate in the watchgroups alone you must be 15 years or older.

    During the Tall Ships Races, the regatta rules do not allow anyone under the age of 15 to be on board the participating ships.

    There is no upper age limit, but take into consideration that you will be sleeping in a hammock and also that all trainees are expected to participate in sailing and operating the ship together with the ship’s professional crew. Hard work and climbing in the rigging are however voluntary.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Sleep like a true sailor in a hammock below decks.

    Our ship is over one hundred years old and we strive to keep her as authentic as possible, which is one of the reasons that our trainees still sleep in hammocks – as they have done since 1914. We do not offer any private cabins. The accommodation is very basic, yet most people find the hammocks very comfortable and practical, especially when the ship is at sea.
    As there is very limited space on board a sailing ship, please do not bring bulky suitcases, pack your things in a soft bag that can easily be stowed away. Each trainee is assigned a chest and a locker with a key, where they can stow their personal belongings to keep them safe and secured at all times.
    All meals served on board during the voyage are included in the voyage price. Additionally, coffee, tea and light snacks will be available.
    There is a self-serve, buffet meal service three times a day and the times for the main meals while at sea are as follows:
    Breakfast 07:20 – 08:30
    Lunch 11:20 – 12:30
    Dinner 17:20 – 18:30
    Coffee breaks at 10:00 and 15:00 and snacks during the night watches.


    The following standard terms and conditions («Terms and Conditions») apply for fjord cruises (day trips) and sailing voyages (over several days, including over-night stays) aboard the ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl (The “Ship”) owned and run by The Foundation Sailing Ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl (The “Foundation“).

    These Terms and Conditions also apply for trainees who commenced their sailing voyage abroad, but the Terms and Conditions only apply for the duration of the stay aboard the Ship.

    1                GENERAL INFORMATION

    1.1            Introduction

    The terms and conditions of subsection 1 apply for both fjord cruises and sailing voyages.

    1.2            Payment

    Tickets for fjord cruises and sailing voyages are to be paid in their entirety upon booking. These Terms and Conditions are confirmed upon payment.

    1.3            Cancellation

    Tickets for day cruises are non-refundable. There are no reimbursements for expenses related to extra products or services such as “accommodation before or after voyage”, “special diet”, “food alternatives” or “handbook”.

    For sailing voyages, see separate cancellation rules in Section 2.2 and 2.3.

    1.4            Cancellation in Case of Force Majeure

    In the case where, prior to a fjord cruise or sailing voyage, an extraordinary situation beyond the control of the Foundation, categorised under Norwegian law as force majeure, occurs, making it impossible for the Foundation to complete their obligation under these Terms and Conditions, the traveller is to be informed as soon as possible. In such events, the Foundation may choose to suspend or terminate fjord cruises and sailing voyages.

    If a fjord cruise or sailing voyage is suspended in accordance with this provision, the Foundation shall arrange for the cruise or voyage to be held within reasonable time after the extraordinary situation has passed. The Foundation shall inform the ticket holder of the new date/period for the cruise or voyage as soon as the date/period is set.

    If a fjord cruise or sailing voyage is cancelled due to a case of force majeure, the ticket holder is entitled to a full refund of the fjord cruise or sailing voyage, provided that the said fjord cruise or sailing voyage had not yet commenced.

    Force majeure includes, but is not limited to, natural disasters, war, lockout, blockades, widespread disease, and strikes. Any damage to the Ship or machine as a consequence of the situations mentioned above is included.

    If the fjord cruise or sailing voyage had commenced, no refunds are offered.

    The Foundation is not liable for any additional costs caused by the cancellation, including but the ticket holder’s additional travel expenses which are to be covered by the ticket holder’s individual travel insurance.

    1.5            Cancellation due to Non-Fulfilment of Minimum Number of Passengers

    The Foundation reserves the right to cancel fjord cruises or sailing voyages if they do not obtain the minimum number of 40 attendants.

    1.5.1         Especially for Sailing Voyage

    Should the  minimum number of attendants not be obtained, the costumer will be contacted a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the sailing voyage. In these cases, the costumer is offered the choice between full cash refund and the possibility of attending another sailing voyage.

    1.5.2         Especially for Fjord Cruise

    Should the minimum number of attendants not be obtained, the costumer will be contacted a minimum of 7 days prior to the fjord cruise. In these cases, the costumer is offered the choice between attending another fjord cruise (if the fjord cruise had not commenced) and a full refund.

    1.6            Changes in Departure or Arrival Time

    The Foundation reserves the right to make changes in departure and arrival times on short notice if necessary.

    If said voyage or fjord cruise has commenced, the trainees have no right to reimbursements of any possible additional costs due to changes in arrival time. The Foundation is obligated to inform about any changes as soon as they are known.

    1.7            Personal Data

    The Foundation collects personal data in the booking process of fjord cruises or sailing voyages. The personal data is treated confidentially by the Foundation, and personal information is only shared if demanded by public authorities in accordance with Norwegian law. Personal data is deleted after 12 months.

    The Foundation reserves the right to publish photographs of the trainees aboard the Ship for marketing purposes. The trainees can be exempted from photographing if the Foundation is provided with a written notice prior to the trainee’s attendance at the fjord cruise or sailing voyage.

    1.8            Complaints

    Should attendants wish to file a complaint for a fjord cruise or a sailing voyage, the complaint is to be sent to the Foundation within 4 weeks of the trip’s end. The complaint is to be sent via e-mail or mail to the Foundation, see contact information in Section 1.9.

    1.9            Contact

    The Foundation Sailing Ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl
    Address: Bradbenken 2, Skur 7
    5003 Bergen
    Phone: 004755301700

    1.10         Settlement of Dispute

    These Terms and Conditions are subject to, and should be interpreted in accordance with, Norwegian law. Any dispute over these Terms and Conditions are to be settled by the ordinary court of law with Bergen District Court as legal venue.

    2                CONDITIONS FOR Especially for SAILING VOYAGE

    2.1            Introduction

    The terms and conditions of subsection 2 apply especially for sailing voyages.

    2.2            Change and Cancellation Fee

    Tickets for a sailing voyage can be cancelled for a fee amounting to 20% of the purchase price up to 90 days prior to the sailing voyage. The ticket holder shall notify the Foundation of such cancellation in writing. If the tickets are cancelled less than 90 days prior to the sailing voyage, the cancellation fee will amount to 100 % of the purchase price, with deduct ion for any savings the Foundation makes due to the cancellation. The latter also applies if the tickets were bought less than 90 days prior to the start of the sailing voyage.

    Travellers can rebook the voyage to another person who fulfils all the personal requirements of these Terms and Conditions. The Foundation is to be noted a minimum of 7 days prior to departure, and an alteration fee of NOK 1000,- will be charged.

    2.3            Cancellation of a Sailing Voyage Without a Fee

    The ticket holder has the right to cancel a sailing voyage which has not yet started, without paying a cancellation fee, if extraordinary and inevitable circumstances, which could not have been foreseen at the time of the purchase, have an immediate proximity to the sailing route in a way which affects the the Sailing Voyage considerably.

    2.4            Ticket Price Review

    The Foundation reserves the right to change the price of a sailing voyage, provided that the change is caused directly by, and reflects:

    1. changes in the general price level on fuel or other relevant sources of energy,
    2. changes in the general taxation load for travel services, or
    3. relevant exchange rate changes/movements

    The Foundation shall inform the ticket holder of any increase in the price of the sailing voyage without any undue delay, and at the latest 20 days prior to the start of the sailing voyage. Such notice shall include the Foundation’s reasons for, and assessment of, the increase.

    2.5            Age Limit for Sailing Voyage

    All attending must be 12 years of age by the time of departure. For attendance without parents or guardians, the traveller must be 15 years of age. For regatta attendance, all travellers must be 15 years of age.

    Note that exceptions for the age limit can occur on certain voyages, for example during the one ocean expedition. This will be notified on the webpage for the specific voyage.

    There is a zero-tolerance alcohol policy aboard the Ship during the voyage and below deck when the Ship is in port. Permission to consume alcohol on deck when in port can be given with permission from the captain. It is strictly forbidden to consume alcohol for anyone under the age of 18.

    Anyone above the age of 70 is asked to provide a medical rapport to confirm that they are in fit health to complete the sailing voyage. Trainees sleep in hammocks aboard the Ship. The journey is not fully suited for persons with functional impairments.


    Contact the Foundation should you have any questions concerning health requirements.


    2.6            Travel Insurance

    All travellers are required to have valid travel insurance which covers the voyage. The travel insurance must be valid for the full duration of the journey aboard the Ship. The undersigned is aware that attending the voyage as a trainee may involve risk and that personal injury may occur. The Foundation is insured against accidents, and this insurance cover all the trainees.

    The Foundation is not financially responsible for any delays that may occur, or any additional travel costs.


    All travellers are required to carry a valid passport on all our voyages. This concerns all citizens, regardless of citizenship.

    Trainees are responsible for bringing visas should the sailing voyage demand it. Trainees are obligated to be informed about any visa requirements for the sailing voyage. At the same time, the Foundation is responsible for contributing with necessary and relevant information to the trainees.

    Trainees under the age of 18 need to provide a written confirmation from parents or guardians that they have permission to attend the sailing voyage. Failure to provide such confirmed permission could result in denied attendance.

    2.8            Illness and Medication

    For security purposes, any relevant medical information concerning illness or medication is to be provided at least 1 month prior to departure. The Captain and the management of the Ship reserve the right to send persons ashore if their medical condition may concern any risk for themselves or the members or the crew/other trainees.  In such cases, no reimbursements are offered unless the relevant medical information has been provided in written form upon registration.

    If trainees have serious or deadly allergies, have been hospitalised due to a severe allergic reaction, or require an EpiPen, attending a sailing voyage could be an irresponsible risk.

    Contact the Foundation for clarification before booking your tickets.

    2.9            Meals

    All meals aboard the Ship are included in the price. Any vegetarian/vegan diet must be specified upon booking the sailing voyage and will come at an additional cost.

    The same goes for any dietary requirements due to food allergies. Such requirements may also come at an additional cost.

    2.10         Travel to and from the Ship

    The travel to and from the Ship is not included in the price and must be arranged privately. Check‑in closes 1 hour prior to departure.

    2.11         International Ship and Port Facility Security Code

    International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (“ISPS”) requires the crew to carry out random checks of passengers’ and visitors’ personal belongings and luggage.

    Visitors who are not trainees are welcome by invitation from the Foundation at the visitors’ own risk. The Foundation has no liability for any damages in connection with such a visit aboard.

    2.12         Limitation of Liability

    The Foundation emphasise that trainees who go ashore at the different destinations on the sailing voyage, are going ashore at their own risk. The Foundation is not responsible for the trainees when the trainees are not aboard the Ship.






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