Plain Sailing

Can I book a 2021 sailing holiday yet?

Worried about booking a sailing holiday for 2021? How will it all work? What will happen if Coronavirus spoils another summer? Read more here!

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Last updated: 6th May 2021

 What's the latest? 

International travel is currently still restricted, but things will finally be opening up again from mid-May: 

  • The UK Government recently announced that international travel will be possible from the 17th May, when a traffic light system will be in place to determine what additional controls or Covid tests are required on your return to the UK. All of Europe is expected to be on the Green list (no quarantine required) from the end of June.
  • Italy, Greece and other countries in the EU have already announced a willingness to welcome tourists from the 14th May 2021. The EU are expected to make an announcement any day now about how travel within the EU will be controlled - it is likely tests will be required before and after your holiday. The EU are also expected to formally announce that tourists will also be able to arrive from from the USA and other non-EU countries, subjetc to a vaccine or a negative Covid test.
  • Many marinas and all international airports will offer Covid testing to facilitate holidaymakers entering or leaving their country, but it is expected that there may be longer queues or delays at border control, particulalry during the first few weeks of the re-opening.   

In short - this great news and timing for the summer sailing season: we can all go sailing in Croatia, Greece, Italy and the rest of the Med this summer!

 I want to go sailing! Do I need to book something now? 

Absolutely! The prices have seldom been better, and you can book a yacht or catamaran charter with just 25% deposit - and the rest is only due in the last few weeks leading up to your charter. We’re recommending that you get something booked sooner rather than later as, although demand right now is low, there is less availability than normal at this stage of the pre-season because so many boat charters were rolled over from the 2020 season to the same week in 2021.

A good number of the best boats are already booked up, or filling up fast, so if you’re particular about what you want to sail, then book now.

 What size deposit do I need to make? 

Just 25% deposit now is enough to book your private yacht or catamaran.

We know that people are unsure about booking now, so we’re offering bookings with a super-low 25% deposit – it is normally 50%. And the remainder is only due two weeks before the charter start date (normally six weeks before the charter start date), so you can see how the land lies before paying the balance.

 What happens if Coronavirus gets in the way of my 2021 sailing holiday? 

We’re not expecting any issues, particularly from June onwards, but if Coronavirus restrictions (like travel bans at your home or destination country) stop you getting to your charter, then we can either move your charter to later in the season (or to 2022) OR we can give you a credit note for the 25% deposit you have paid (to give you time to choose new dates or a new boat). Easy :)

 Can I a full cash refund if coronavirus stops my sailing trip? 

Sometimes - there are small number of boats and yacht charter operators who will allow you to cover your charter, so that if you have to cancel your holiday (for coronavirus reasons) then they will give you a full cash refund.

But be aware that this isn't as standard - there is usually a surcharge for this additional insurance cover, so do ask us via email, LiveChat or on our hotline and we can find the right boat for you, with the right cover for you. To be honest, given all of the above, and depending upon when you are looking for a charter, we wouldn't recommend paying extra for insurance that you probably won't need.