The Pricing of an Adventure
"The adventure of a lifetime."
It sounds cliché but that's how Picton Castle crew consistently describe their experience aboard our ship. By contrast, those who haven't had the experience of living and working aboard our beautiful barque will sometimes stand mouth agape asking, "You pay how much to work?"
We recognize the cost of a major voyage like our Westward Bound voyage involves more than a little pocket change, but trainees agree our cost-shared voyages are worth every penny. And is it really that expensive?
Consider the Cost of Other Hard-work Adventures of a Lifetime
Mount Everest Climb
To climb Mount Everest with the aid of an experienced guide and Sherpas, but with no guarantee of a summit, costs over $60,000, with your actual time on the mountain being two and a half months. To do it yourself without a guide or Sherpas will still cost you $30,000. To spend a month and a half climbing with a guide just in the Khumbu Icefall (the first section of climbing above Everest base camp) will run you $10,000.
Mount Kilamanjaro Climb
If climbing Mount Kilimanjaro—the highest mountain in Africa—is a more realistic dream for you, you can expect to pay at least $1,000 for the six days it will take you to climb up and back.
National Outdoor Leadership School
To spend a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School, learning skills in sailing, climbing, trekking or paddling, starts at $10,000 for two and a half months.
And these adventures all take place in one geographic area; Picton Castle will visit more than 20 countries as we sail the world.
Around the World by Plane
Consider too, that while a 'round the world airplane ticket will take you to all the places we visit, it will cost at least $8,000 and that's only for the airfare. You would still have to pay for food, lodging, customs fees and sundry items.
Everything's Included on your Voyage
All that's included in your Picton Castle trainee fees—your bunk and board, your share of the cost of running and maintaining the ship, port fees and entry fees for the countries we visit, plus, all instruction and training.
Just one week at an approved sailing school learning to sail a small boat will cost you $1,000. We teach you square-rig sailing, sail making, rigging, navigation and a host of other skills, those that are exclusively marine and those that easily transfer ashore.
Adventure of a lifetime? Absolutely! And at a reasonable price to boot.
Voyage to Europe, Africa, Caribbean and Canada
Spring 2016 - Summer 2017. Sailing the North Atlantic, the Baltic & Caribbean Seas.Read More >
Under square sail to Europe, Africa and the West Indies - October 2015 to April 2016Read More >