Based in Hamburg, Germany, Sea Cloud Cruises operates luxurious and refined cruises on their two traditionally rigged sailing ships, Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II. Catering to well-heeled, sophisticated American and German passengers, Sea Cloud's sailing ships travel to smaller, less touristy ports in Europe and the Caribbean.
Founded in 1978, the company acquired the famed sailing ship Sea Cloud and began an extensive restoration to return the vessel to her original glory. For years, Sea Cloud Cruises operated only the one ship until economies of scale prompted them to grow the business.
By 2001, the company was finally able to fulfil one of its longstanding goals by introducing a second traditionally rigged sailing ship with a slightly higher passenger capacity, Sea Cloud II. Building such a vessel in the modern age proved more difficult and costly than expected, and the Sea Cloud II was delivered almost a year late.
Enjoying an enviable reputation as one of the finest small ship operators, much of their business comes from private charters to alumni or museum groups. Because of the high percentage of charters and the number of passengers who choose to sail with them through word of mouth, they are not well known in the mainstream American cruising public and have little need to rely on advertising.
For many travellers, there is simply nothing better than spending a week on one of the Sea Cloud vessels. The experience is exclusive and decadent, and on the beautiful sailing vessels, passengers have the rare chance to sail on an authentic tall ship. No matter the ship you choose, however, you can expect the finest in cuisine and personal service in some of the most attractive vessels at sea.