Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, your full passport information is required by the Greek Port Police for the boat papers. Names (as per passport) and date of births are submitted to the airline for your e-tickets. You can login to your booking here, and upload your API. Until we receive this info, we cannot issue you your e-tickets.

Yes, email us at LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or give us a call on 020 8438 1122 and we can change your crew. This should be free of charge; however, you may incur a fee if the airline imposes a name change charge.

The best way to correct a name is to email us at LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or give us a call on 020 8438 1122, as soon as you spot anything that is incorrect. This shouldn’t be a problem unless the airline imposes a charge to change the name.

We will try our best to make it work! You will need to email us at LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or give us a call on 020 8438 1122 to talk through the possible options and pricing.

To make any changes to your booking, email us at LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or give us a call on 020 8438 1122 to go over all possible options and pricing.

Yes. If you have hired a professional skipper for the duration of your flotilla, they will require a cabin. You will also need to pay for their food and drink. 

Not to worry, you can hire one of our Extra Pair of Hands at €90 for the first day of sailing. They are a great way to get yourself and your crew comfortable at skippering your yacht on your own for the duration of your flotilla. If you have any questions or would like to book our extra pair of hands, please give email us at LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or give us a call on 020 8438 1122.

If you are feeling a bit rusty of nervous about sailing by yourself, you can hire a Sailing Holidays’ member of staff for the day who will help get yourself and your crew comfortable at skippering yacht for the duration of your flotilla. This is usually a shore based member of staff and not a professional skipper.

Yes, although qualifications are not required for our flotillas (unless hiring a yacht of 50ft or larger), they are great for our records and boat papers. The Greek Port Police only accept practical sailing qualifications, such as a Practical Day Skipper, ICC, Coastal Skipper, Yacht Master, or an international equivalent.  Email us a copy of your practical certificates to LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com and we will update your profile with your qualifications. 

Insurance

In short, no. But we would not suggest travelling without holiday insurance. You are not required to prove to us that you have a policy before you travel however, as with any holiday, we would highly recommend that you have insurance. It is important to check that you are covered for sailing. 

We’re not experts or brokers, but we can recommend MPI Brokers as a trusted insurance provider, who we know provides the specialist sailing-related cover that meets most people’s needs. However, it’s your choice and you must satisfy yourself that whichever policy you buy provides the appropriate cover for you. Most importantly, your insurance policy must cover sailing within territorial waters.

Yes. When you book a holiday, a Yacht Security Waiver is included in your holiday cost. This is a non-refundable deposit and covers you in the event of any damage caused to the yacht or its contents. More details on the Yacht Waiver can be found in our Booking Conditions. However, it doesn’t cover you or any of your crew – your holiday travel insurance needs to cover that.

Sailing Holidays is not an insurance provider itself, but you can buy an insurance policy through our preferred broker, MPI Brokers. Click here to purchase a policy.

Check with your insurance provider. 

Cancellations

If you need to cancel your holiday take a look at our Booking Conditions and get in touch with our Launch Crew as soon as possible by email at LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or by phone 020 8438 1122.

In most cases, yes. If you give our Launch Crew a call on 020 8438 1122 or drop an email to LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com then we can adjust your booking.

Flights

We email you a booking confirmation when you book your holiday. If your flights are confirmed, all the flight details will be shown on your confirmation. You will also receive your e-ticket 2 weeks before your holiday, which also confirms your flight information. 

You’ll find that information on your booking confirmation, or on your e-ticket.

This depends on who you’re flying with. See the table below for details.

 Aegean  British Airways  Flybe EasyJet 
 23kg hold luggage  23kg hold luggage  20kg hold luggage  20kg hold luggage
 10kg hand luggage  8kg hand luggage  10kg hand luggage  1 x unlimited weight

 This depends on who you’re flying with. Please see the table below for details:

 

 Aegean You can check-in online and purchase extras 48 hours before departure here.You will need your surname and e-ticket number from your e-ticket.
British Airways - Heathrow to Preveza If you would like to book special seating, please click here and use your booking number as reference. This flight offers hot and cold snacks which will be available to purchase on board the flight.
British Airways - Heathrow to Athens  
Flybe You can book extras 8 weeks before departure by clicking here with your Sailing Holidays Booking Reference.
EasyJet  

 

If you are flying with Aegean Air, a meal is included. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know as soon as possible.

All our other airlines we fly with, only offer a ‘Buy on Board’ snacks and drinks cart. 

 

Yes! We can tell the airline not to serve any nut products, or ask passengers not to consume nuts on board, if necessary. You can let the airline know yourself, if you prefer, but please tell someone!

We recommend you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled departure time.

It is usually best to pre-book airport parking and hotels. We work in partnership with Holiday Extras, who offer a great choice of parking, hotels and lounge options at amazing prices. Simply click on the link on your booking confirmation email, or visit their website, here.

Most likely – however, please check with the airline as each airline has their own policies and requirements for what you can and can’t carry on board. 

Check with the airline. If they are allowed, they must be packed in your hold luggage (i.e. they must be checked-in). 

This depends on who you’re flying with. Please see the table below for details:

 

 Aegean You can check-in online and purchase extras 48 hours before departure here. You will need your surname and e-ticket number from your e-ticket.
British Airways - Heathrow to Preveza Online Check in is not available for this flight. Please check in at the British Airways check in desk.
British Airways - Heathrow to Athens  
Flybe Online Check in is not available for this flight. Please check in at the FlyBe check in desk.
EasyJet  

 

Don’t panic! You can still check-in at the desk at the airport. You will be most likely be seated together if you arrive at the airport in good time. 

Once your API details (passport information) are uploaded into your booking via our online portal, 2 weeks before you travel. For Saronic holidays, you’ll receive your tickets on the Thursday before you travel; for Sporades, it will be the Monday before you travel. 

If all your crew’s API (passport information) details are entered and you think you should’ve received your e-ticket but haven’t, check your junk or spam emails in the first instance. If you really don’t have it, email LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or give us a call on 020 8438 1122 and we’ll sort it. 

Don’t panic! You’ll still be able to fly without your e-ticket – it’s just there for your peace of mind, and makes check-in a bit easier. As we send e-tickets by email, you can simply print another copy; or, if you’ve lost the email, let us know and we’ll send it to you again. 

No. Unfortunately, they don’t qualify as there are charter flights booked by Sailing Holidays as a group.

Transfers

This depends on who you’re flying with and which sailing area you are in. Click below to see the tables corresponding to specific sailing areas.

 

This depends on who you’re flying with. See the table below for details.

 

  Preveza Nidri (Iris Hotel) Sivota Plataria Salvator Hotel Gouvia Includes
Preveza - 60 minutes+ Lefkas bridge time if boats passing  80 minutes + Lefkas bridge time if boats passing 70 minutes 70 minutes 125 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry Distance includes taxis Preveza to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia Marina
€55 €75 €95 inc. tolls €95 inc. tolls €145 inc. tolls + €11pp ferry Price includes taxis Preveza to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia Marina
Nidri (Iris Hotel) 60 minutes + Lefkas bridge time if boats passing  - 20 minutes  100 minutes   100 minutes  150 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry Distance includes taxis Nidri to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia Marina
€55  €25 €150  €150   €200 inc. tolls + €11pp ferry  Price includes taxis Nidri to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia 
Sivota   60 minutes + Lefkas bridge time if boats passing   20 minutes    - 135 minutes  135 minutes   170 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry  Distance includes taxis Sivota to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia Marina
 €75  €25 €170  €170  €225 inc. tolls + €11pp ferry  Price includes taxis Sivota to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia  
Plataria   70 minutes 100 minutes   135 minutes -   30 minutes   60 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry  Distance includes taxis Plataria to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia Marina
 €95 inc. tolls €150   €170 €55   €50 + €11pp ferry Price includes taxis Plataria to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia  
Salvator Hotel   70 minutes  100 minutes 135 minutes  30 minutes   -   75 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry  Distance includes taxis Salvator to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia Marina 
 €95 inc. tolls  €150  €170 €55   €100 + €11pp ferry   Price includes taxis Salvator to Igoumenitsa and Corfu port to Gouvia
Gouvia    125 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry   150 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry  170 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry 60 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry  75 minutes by road + 90/120 minutes by ferry  -    
€145 inc. tolls + €11pp ferry   €200 inc. tolls + €11pp ferry €225 inc. tolls + €11pp ferry  €50 + €11pp ferry   €100 + €11pp ferry   

 

  Athens Epidavros Navplion Includes
Athens - 130 minutes 130 minutes -
€170 day time - €190 night time tariff  €170 day time - €190 night time tariff 
Epidavros 130 minutes  - 40 minutes   
€170 day time - €190 night time tariff  €60 Epidavros to Navplion taxis are booked locally so prices shown here are approximate
Navplion 130 minutes 40 minutes    -  
€170 day time - €190 night time tariff  €60 Navplion to Epidavros taxis are booked locally so prices shown here are approximate

 

 

  Athens Orei Notes Includes
Athens - 140 minutes by road + 30 minutes by Ferry OR 180 minutes by road via Chalkida bridge   -
€210 + €4 per person & €17 per vehicle for ferry Taxi will charge ferry expenses separately

 

Yes. If you are taking our flights, you're automatically assigned a space on our transfer coaches, at no extra cost.

Once you've arrived in Greece and collected your luggage, you'll be met in arrivals by one of our airport reps. They have everyone's transfer details to hand and will direct you to the correct transfer coach. Don't worry, you can't miss us!

No. If you'd rather make your own way to the flotilla base (e.g. if you took your own flights) that's completely fine. Just let us know your plans as soon as you can. It's important we know of your travel plans so we can make sure everything runs smoothly at the airport and yacht base.

What to Bring

You're welcome to pack as light or as heavy as you like, but remember that whatever your crew brings, must fit on board your yacht with all of you! It's very warm in Greece, so you won't need heavy clothing although we do recommend a waterproof jacket just in case!

 

We always suggest using soft hold-all style bags rather than solid suitcases, so they can be easily stored in the storage compartments on your yacht. If you have a spare cabin and absolutely must bring a solid suitcase, then it can be stored in there out of the way. In some cases, we might be able to store one bag on shore for you; however, this cannot be guaranteed and must never be relied upon.

 

The following:

- Passport - Check validation and expiry dates

- E-tickets

- Holiday insurance certificate

- Payment card(s) plus some cash

- European health insurance card (if you have one)

- Driving license (if hiring a car - please note you must be 21 years and over to hire a car in Greece)

We recommend a daily average of €30-€50 per person.

We recommend taking enough euros for the majority of your holiday, as ATMs are not as widely available as in the UK. In addition, most local tavernas prefer payment in cash and may not accept card.

No. There are no appropriate power-points on board your yacht. Whilst there is a chance you might find a taverna or shower facilities to plug in hair dryers or straighteners, we recommend embracing the natural, windswept look!

On board your yacht, there's a 12v power supply (like the ones in your car). You'll need a 12v charger to use it. On shore, you can usually charge up devices in tavernas, so remember to bring a European adaptor with you too!

Have a look at our Helpful Hints guide which gives you a comprehensive list of our sailing holiday packing essentials, along with useful packing tips.

Please read our 'little sailors helpful hints' for all the information and questions you might have.

Your Yacht Inventory

In our Helpful Hints guide, there's a generic inventory which lists everything that is on board your yacht when you arrive. You will also receive a full inventory list when you arrive, which you should have a look at and check that you have everything you need.

Everything should be there, but if there is something missing, let your Hostie know. She will be able to replace most things while you are still in the flotilla base, but once you have left the harbour, it's not always possible to get inventory items, so make sure you check your inventory as soon as you can.

Have a good look under all the seat cushions and in the cupboards and lockers - there are a lot of storage areas that are not immediately obvious. If after that you still can't find what you're looking for, speak to your Hostie. Your Hostie knows where everything should be stored and can come aboard and show you where everything is. If anything's missing, your Hostie can rectify this for you. 

Tell your Hostie at the end of your holiday. Your Hostie will replace the item(s) ready for the next guests that use your yacht.

On Holiday...

The lead crew will have a rough idea of the flotilla's route, but it is not generally shared with the flotilla beforehand, as they can't promise the flotilla will visit certain places. The Lead Skipper must consider many factors when deciding each day's trip, so the flotilla will find out where they're going on the day, or sometimes the night before, over dinner or drinks. Speak to your Lead Skipper if you have any questions about the route.

Speak to your Lead Skipper. If there's a certain harbour that you'd like to visit and it's not somewhere the flotilla is going, the Lead Crew Skipper might agree that you can sail independently for the day and re-join the flotilla the next day. If both you and your Lead Skipper are comfortable with your sailing abilities, then we can be quite flexible with this. However, the Lead Skipper is ultimately responsible for the safety of their fleet, so please respect their decision.

Get in touch with our London office before heading on your holiday. If both groups did not book together, we will try our best to arrange both crews to sail on the same flotilla. Email us at LaunchCrew@sailingholidays.com or give us call on 020 8438 1122.

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