Asia Expedition 2022/2023

Götheborg will change its route to deliver an elephant to the Prince of Monaco

Instead of heading straight from Nice to Valletta as planned, the route has been changed and the ship is now also making a short stopover in Monaco. However, it is not just a regular stopover: It will include the spectacular delivery of a 2.4-meter-high elephant sculpture to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. The sculpture will be greeted with a gun salute from the Royal Palace of Monaco before being presented to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Götheborg will change its route to deliver an elephant to the Prince of Monaco

The elephant sculpture named “Oceans of Hope” was presented to Prince Albert II of Monaco, together with The Perfect World Foundation’s annual honorary award, during an award-gala in Gothenburg in April 2022. It has since been on display in Gothenburg, but will now be delivered to Monaco on board the Götheborg.

The sculpture is designed with inspiration from animals that depend on our oceans. Its purpose is to draw attention to how ghost nets are killing our oceans.

“ The elephant sculpture alludes to the saying "the elephant in the room" and its purpose is to make more people aware of the problems in our oceans. Every year, 640,000 tonnes of ghost nets end up in the world's oceans, killing millions of marine animals and fish every year”, says Ragnhild Jacobsson, CEO, and co-founder of The Perfect World Foundation.

With the change of route, Monaco becomes the 11th stopover on the Asia Expedition 2022/2023. The ship will be in Monaco 4 October–6 October, will be moored at Port Hercule, Quai Rainier III, and will be open to visitors 5–6 October.

“ The well-being of our oceans is an issue close to our hearts, and therefore we didn’t hesitate to change our route to support and create awareness around this very important topic”, said Torben Hildemar, Captain on the Götheborg. “Ghost nets are a big problem that all of us who work out on the oceans have encountered On the Götheborg, we always have someone on lookout at the bow, to be able to spot and avoid ghost nets and illegal fish nets. We encountered illegal fishing nets several times on our voyage back from Asia in 2007.”

Visit the ship in Monaco

5–6 October, the Götheborg will be open to visitors. Tickets will be sold on site for this stopover. 

Opening hours in Monaco:

5 October: 11:00–20:00 (last entry 19:15)
6 October: 10:00–15:00 (last entry 14:15)

Sign up for a last minute adventure. Sail with us!

Did you also know that anyone can sail along as a deckhand?! We still have spaces left on the Nice/Monaco – Valletta sailing leg, with sign on date 5 October. Sail with us!

Maintenance volunteers

24 November 2023

Are you interested in volunteering at Götheborg during our maintenance period? We are now looking for a few volunteers who have sailed with us recently and are willing to stay with us for 6-8 weeks. 

Tar weekend coming up!

20 September 2023

Summer is over and the maintenance of our beloved ship is in need of some extra pair of hands! If you have time to spend, and love the dark and musky fragrance of tar?

Open on weekends in September 2023

01 September 2023

Good news! We will extend the period that we are open to visitors in Eriksberg, Gothenburg. All through September 2023, we will stay open for guided tours on weekends. Opening hours will be 11:00–16:00 and tours will leave once an hour. Welcome on board the world's largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship!