The Sea Cloud was built 1931 a private yacht. She has had a life full of changes. She served in World War II, was owned by a lady, a dictator, a playboy, and now finally by a Hamburg based shipping company that operates her as luxury cruise ship. She is 109.5 m long and carries 3000 sqm sail area. Wherever possible the orignal features are kept in working condition. So you can feel the spirit of the Thirties as you walk over her decks and in her passenger areas. The crew is a happy lot coming from all parts of the world and proud to work here. For me she is the most beautiful tall ship I have ever seen - and I have seen a few. In July 2009 I joined her in the capacity 3rd Mate.