FAQ's - Question & Answer
Here you find answers to the most frequently asked questions. We are happy to further assist you in case of any unanswered questions. Please feel free to contact us via this contact form.
- What languages are spoken on board?
The languages on board are German and English.
- How can I pay on board?
The on board-currency is Euro. On the day of your arrival, we open a board-account for you that will cover all of your personal expenses. The day before departure, we take the liberty to send the final balance to your cabin for your approval and signature. You may pay in cash, have the money transferred or use your credit card (American Express, Visa, Master Card).
- Is medical attendance/First Aid ensured?
In basically every harbour there is medical care and First Aid. Via radiocommunication we can request medical assistance 24/7. The captain and mate are comprehensively educated in first aid. We have an on-board selection of all common pharmaceuticals.
- Disembarkment/Tender Service?
Whenever we do not land in a harbor/harbour, our dinghies will bring you to shore and pick up again for free.
- What's about safety?
KAIRÓS and CHRONOS are both built and classified as small passenger vessels. Both are inspected annually by Register Holland and are equipped with all safety regulations and devices of professional sailing vessels. The nautical Crew is set up by professional seamen, who passed the STCW regulations. Frequent security trainings and exercises are standard. On board you are covered by our insurance as a passenger.
- I'm a sailor. Both yachts have a professional crew. Does it still fit?
Yes. We have had numerous regatta racers and quite some yachtsmen on board, whose initial scepticism soon vanished once they came to know the fantastic sailing qualities of our yachts. At the end of the trip, more than one had wanted to sign on for a while...
- I have never been on a sailing ship before. Is it a problem?
If you like being at or on the water, enjoy sitting barefooted on the teakwood deck, watching the landscape slowly passing by while the wind is playing in your hair; if you like being to yourself once in a while, but also enjoy good conversations with other nice and uncomplicated people; if you look forward to get to know secluded bays, beautiful harbours and picturesque villages - then you are just perfect on board of KAIRÒS and CHRONOS.
- What about seasickness?
It is no shame to be seasick and even Lord Nelson is said to not have been completely spared from it. Nevertheless, a truly severe seasickness is very rare. With the exception of crossings, we mostly sail not far away from the coast, staying in bays or ports overnight. When sailing, the sails support the ship, decreasing the movements of the water. In the rare case that you still should not feel well: stay on deck and watch the horizon. This mostly helps. If not, try a chewing gum against seasickness or ask the crew for assistance.
- Too many people at limited space?
Kairós is 38 m long with a width of more than 8 m. Chronos even 54 m long and 11 m wide. On our huge decks we have only few superstructures, so there is plenty of space for everybody to find 'his' place, even if we are fully booked. The cabins are up to 15 sm, all with own bath.
- What sort of clothing is advisable for a sailing-cruise?
- Swimming Clothes
- T-shirts, polo-shirts, blouses and dress-shirts (also long-sleeved)
- Long pants for the journey and excursions to the shore, one or two long pants for the dinners and the visit to the restaurant
- Pants and shorts are also recommended for ladies due to the rather steep stairs and the transfer to land by boat
- A light pullover or a fleece for the evenings. Especially during spring, autumn and winter, a sweatshirt and a fleece.
- Wind-/rain jacket · Tarpaulin (oilskin) is only recommended for crossings
- Shoes: We kindly ask you to only wear anti-skid sports- and boat shoes on board. In addition bring a pair of flip-flops or sandals for visits to the beach
- For trips to the shore we recommend you to wear sturdy shoes
- If at all, we recommend boots only for the crossings
- What do I have to bring with me on a sailing-cruise?
Next to personal items we kindly ask you to bring the follwing:
- Flight tickets
- Identification cards: Personal ID-card and/or passport, driver's licence recommendedin
- Money: cash, credit card
- Mobile phone
- Sun protection gel, after sun/sunburn lotion, sunhat or equivalent
- Glasses, sun-glasses
- Your favorite book
- Peer pressure? Do I always have to be part of the group?
On our regular cruises we sail appr. 4 to 6 hours a day and any help on board is absolutely voluntarily, so everybody is completely free to do what they like or go their own way during trips on shore. According to our experience, most guests really enjoy staying together and not only sometimes they feel sorry to part. Stress and worries are inherent to land and not the sea...
- I'm travelling alone. Is this possible?
This is no problem at all. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and uncomplicated, as on a typical sailing vessel. If you prefer to be on the very safe side, we would recommend you to look for a theme cruise when the group is spending more time together with the tour guide, or at one of our Sailing & More cruises, which are specially addressed to single travelers.