sailing with the children

fun since ’85



Experience the most exciting adventures with your family on the UNESCO World Heritage site ‘De Wadden’.

Of course, you can opt for a holiday home in a park, but if you think about what your children will enjoy most, it is playing with the elements that nature has to offer. Adventure, excitement, being in the open air, getting a breath of fresh air on the beach, or playing with sand and water. You will find it all in our family sailing trips! It is a cabin cruise for families with children of all ages! You sail with several families. Grandpa’s, grandma’s, uncles and aunts are of course also welcome!

Sailing Trip

We have planned the cabin cruises on the two-masted clipper Poolster or the two-masted barge Ideaal. These ships are comfortable, cosy and very suitable for children. Skipper Joska of the Poolster and his wife Marlous have two young daughters who often join them. And ArieJan of the Ideaal has sailed many family voyages with his now grown-up children for 20 years. Both skippers therefore know better than anyone how to organise sailing with children safely and in a fun way.

For five days, we roam the Wadden Sea and visit a few beautiful islands. Falling dry, looking for crabs and shells, watching the seals, island visits, building sand castles, fishing in the harbour of Terschelling/Vlieland, beach sailing and getting a breath of fresh air on the beach. The possibilities are endless! A very nice holiday for families with children of all ages. Sailing experience is not necessary and safety comes first.

The sailing trip

On Monday morning from 10.00 hours you step aboard the Poolster or Ideaal and get acquainted with the crew and the other families. In the course of the morning, the ropes are untied and the sails hoisted. You can actively take hold of the ropes yourself, but there is also plenty of time to enjoy the view over the Wadden Sea. During the sailing, the children can work on deck, chill out in the jib net, help with steering and navigating and the sailor and skipper will gladly teach them some sailor’s knots.

The route

The route will be discussed with you on the day of arrival. The skipper will present you with the possibilities based on the weather conditions and wind direction. Of course they will take your wishes into account. Islands such as Terschelling and Vlieland are certainly on the route and if the tide is right, it may be possible to fall dry.

Food and drink

There will be a cook on board who will prepare the food and drinks for you. He/she always appreciates some help in the kitchen, during cutting or washing the dishes, but in principle, the trip is completely taken care of.

Prices and dates 2022

Monday morning 25 July, 10.00 hrs to Friday afternoon 29 July, 16.00 hrs – Poolster
Monday morning 1 August, 10.00 hrs until Friday afternoon 5 August, 16.00 hrs – Poolsterfully booked
Monday morning 15 August, 10 a.m. to Friday afternoon 19 August, 4 p.m. – Ideaal

Price per person (from 14 years of age): €. 525,-
Children from 3 to 14 years):                       €. 325,-
Children from 0 to 3 years:                          Free

The prices for this sailing trip include food, crew, fuel costs, tourist tax, harbour fees, duvets, towel package and Guarantee Package.


All ships comply with all safety requirements that are mandatory for our fleet. Life jackets are available for both adults and children. In addition, the skippers coordinate their manner of sailing with those who are accompanying them; during these trips, the children play the leading role.

Booking and contact

To book this trip, for more information or a free option, please contact us here.

Take your child(ren) along on an adventure and experience the most beautiful and exciting days together. Your children will be talking about this for a long time!