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Can I book a 2021 sailing holiday yet?Friday, 4th June 2021
Worried about booking a sailing holiday for 2021? How will it all work? What will happen if Coronavirus spoils another summer? Read more here!
Last updated: 6th April 2021
What's the latest?
Much of Europe are working through the third wave of Coronavirus, with some form of lockdown and travel restrictions in place, events cancelled, and non-essential shops closed.
But things are looking up, the vaccine is slowly getting injected across the world, and international travel will be able to resume. Greece have publicly stated that they will re-open their borders for international travellers (subject to a negative PCR test) from the 15th May. Croatia and Italy will be hoping to do likewise as they are both semi-reliant upon tourism. In the UK, international travel is slated to be possible from the 17th May 2021 (just in time for the European sailing season!) and international travel within Europe (for our customers based in Europe) should be possible much sooner. 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!
It is possible or probable that some form of covid-testing will be required to travel internationally - we should know more about what this will entail later in April (when people start travelling again, and the EU and UK Governments announce their rules).
I want to go sailing! Can 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 or mandatory quarantine, 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?
Yes - 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.