Double Sailing Ship Visit

Saturday, November 3, 2018
By Louise Powell

MOT Sea Cloud Sailing ShipFor those of you who missed the 5-mast sailing ship that visited Motril recently, you’ll have a chance to see two such ships, both arriving today.

The beautiful sailing ships, Sea Cloud and her sister ship, Sea Cloud II, which belong to Sea Cloud Cruises, will dock at noon (12.00h) and will remain there until 23.00h, when they will both set sail again for Málaga.

During its 87 years afloat, Sea Cloud saw service during World War II, where it served as a weather ship for the United States Coast Guard and the United States Navy. It had been built in 1931 at the Kiel shipyards in Germany for the breakfast-cereal millionaires, Marjorie Merriweather Post and was the largest private yacht in the world at the time. In fact, the main suite is practically as it was when she used it, complete with a Carrara marble fireplace..

The suite has a price to match, costing 15,000 euros per week, but that doesn’t appear to put people off as there is a waiting list. In fact, all its 32 cabins have waiting lists. The ship is handled by a crew of 60.

It was in the year 2000 that her sister ship, Sea Cloud II, was launched from the Gondán shipyard in Asturias.

The two ships are carrying 138 passengers between them, mostly Americans who have come to visit the Alhambra as well as the port-town of Motril.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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