Currently Dauntless is wintering over in Waterford, Ireland, a wonderful town in the southeast of the country, full of really nice, interesting, outgoing people. Ireland has so exceeded my expectations, it will be hard not to return next winter, but we have six months of exploring and cruising before that decision must be made.
As of now, I am subject to the 90 days out of 180 days Schengen Visa requirements. Worst case, this means I can only be in the Schengen area for 90 days and I would then plan those 90 days to be 1 June to 1 Sept. There is a possibility that the Schengen area countries will offer a 180 day Visa in the near future. That clearly would solve my issues and I could stay in the Schengen area for April, May and September.
Ireland, Scotland, the U.K. and the Channel Islands are all out of the Schengen area.
So worst case, only 90 days,is once I leave Ireland in the spring, stopping in France and Belgium only for a week or so, before retreating to the Channel Islands. Then by the end of May, start heading east, first into Holland, then Germany ending up in Gdansk by mid-July, starting our Baltic explorations as described below.
Spring and Summer 2015 Cruise Plan
|March||Waterford, Ireland||Prepare Dauntless for the cruising season|
|Early April||Depart for France/Belgium||Channel Islands, enter French Canals, Dunkerque-Escaut, in NE France or go to Belgium direct|
|April, May||France/Belgium or Channel Islands||Explore NE France & Belgium Canals, subject to our Air Draft of 4.5m|
|June||Head NE, Belgium, Holland and Germany||Find the most interesting route to the Kiel Canal, the Baltic adventure begins|
|End of July||Germany and Poland||Eastern Germany and Poland, Gdansk last two weeks of July|
|August||Baltic Republics||Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Russia?|
|September||The Baltic or the North Sea||Finland, Sweden, Baltic Republics, Russia???|
|October||Winter Haven?||Returning to Ireland ,Scotland or the Orkney’s|